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What to Do This Weekend: June 7 to 10
Capital Pride, beer’s biggest event, and an arts and crafts fair.
By Jason Koebler
A flag team member of DC Different Drummers in last year’s Capital Pride Parade, happening this year on Saturday, June 9. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user dctim1.
Comments () | Published June 7, 2012

Thursday, June 7

MOVIE: It’s finally free outdoor movie season—head to Tingey Plaza, near the Navy Yard Metro, for a screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. The movie that cursed us to a thousand sequels. Free. 8:45 PM.

POOL PARTY: Show the suburbs some love at the Bethesda Doubletree’s Rooftop Pool Party—admission is free and you can grab some free appetizers fresh off the grill. Free. 5 PM.

BEER: Step aside, DC Brau and Chocolate City: Bluejacket Brewery plans to launch next year, but you can try its first offering at ChurchKey tonight. The Snack Attack is an Imperial porter with Key West sea salt, cocoa nibs, and honey roasted peanuts. 6 PM.

Friday, June 8

BEER: There’re a ridiculous amount of craft beer events this week, and it’s all because of Savor, two classy nights of beer and food at the National Building Museum. America’s top breweries, including New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish, Flying Dog, and dozens more, will show off almost 150 different craft beers paired with bites such as fresh oysters and artisanal cheeses. Tickets ($120) are available through Ticketmaster. 5:30 PM Friday and Saturday.

FOOD TRUCKS: Truckeroo returns to Nationals Park Fairgrounds—expect bands all day, more than 20 food trucks, and plenty of drinks. Free. 11 AM to 11 PM.

FREE FOOD: You don’t have to be a congressman or a law firm partner to show up to Morton’s Power Hour on the Patio. From 6:30 to 7:30, enjoy free filet mignon sandwiches as you talk about important business such as which animated gif Tumblr is hot these days. Free.

ADVOCACY: Worried where your clothes come from? So are the people behind Fashion Fights Poverty. At Artisphere, Experts will discuss the different ethical and environmental concerns faced by the fashion industry, such as sustainable fabric sourcing and ethical factory practices. After the discussion, watch After the Factory, a documentary about the crisis facing Detroit as the city tries to find a new industry to call its own. Tickets ($15) are available online. 6:30 PM.

HOT MESS: Pride Week would be nothing without a Brightest Young Things blowout, and it won’t disappoint. Wildlife at the Howard Theatre will feature transgender legend Amanda Lepore, JD Samson of Le Tigre, and the requisite glowsticks, outrageous costumes, and lots and lots of dancing. Tickets ($20) are available online. 9 PM.

Saturday, June 9

PARADE: This week’s big event is easily the Capital Pride parade, which takes over much of Dupont and Logan Circles. Expect plenty of colors, music, drinking, and debauchery at one of the district’s biggest events. The parade brings out a mixed crowd, so people of all sexualities should feel welcome. Things kick off at 4:30 PM and continue long through the night. Free.

SINGING: Like a barbershop quartet if quartet meant “dozens and dozens,” the Alexandria Harmonizers’ nearly 100 members sing American classics. What actually started as a barbershop quartet in 1948 has just continued to grow—the group now has members between the ages of 18 and 81. They’ll be performing at George Mason University Center for the Arts. Tickets ($29.50 to $34) are available online. 7:30 PM.

NON-BEACH BEACH PARTY: We may be a couple of hours from the beach, but you can still pretend at Clarendon’s Eat Bar. Their Beach Bash will feature more than 20 types of wine and classy takes on boardwalk favorites such as fries, conch fritters, and fish tacos. Tickets ($25) are available online. Noon.

Sunday, June 10

ARTS, CRAFTS, AND STUFF: The people of Mount Pleasant are a crafty bunch, and they’re dead set on showing it off at Make It Mount Pleasant, featuring handmade arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, and music. Free. Noon in the McCormick Paints parking lot (Mount Pleasant and Kenyon streets, Northwest.

LUAU: Black's Bar & Kitchen in Bethesda is showing off its brand new tiki bar. For $50, you get the whole luau experience—they'll be serving up suckling pig, craft cocktails, barbecue-pork sliders, and brunch standbys. $50. 10:30 AM.

Know of something cool to do around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at or find him on Twitter at @jason_koebler.


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  • Adrian

    In case you're wondering where Mt. Pleasant and P Streets intersect (for the location of Make it Mount Pleasant), it's at the corner of fantasy and imagination. The real intersection is Mt. Pleasant and Kenyon.

  • Tanya Pai

    You're right, Adrian; fixed. Although the intersection of fantasy and imagination doesn't sound like a bad place to be on the weekend.

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