BENEFIT: Monument Music & Arts Festival celebrates its first by year doing what it does best—partying with live music. The event will feature local acts Guards, Xylos, and Brandon Minow to benefit 826DC, which fosters writing skills in DC students. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. DC9 at 9, doors open at 8.
ART: The subculture art exhibit Urban Decay II starts today at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and runs through June 26. You can expect sculpture, fine portraiture, film, custom vinyl art toys, and more. On Saturday they’re hosting an opening reception. Free.
Friday, June 3
WINE: Enjoy local wine and cheese at the Park Hyatt in a tasting class taught by the Washington Post’s Dave McIntyre. The event is part of the Park Hyatt’s Masters of Food and Wine Tour of the World, with events through Sunday. Class starts at 7:30, call 202-419-6755 to make reservations; $35.
FOOD TRUCKS: If you’ve ever wished all your favorite food trucks were in the same place at the same time, here’s your chance. The Truckeroo! Festival will be parked at Half and M streets, Southeast (across from the Navy Yard Metro) and has confirmed 17 trucks (including our Food Truck Fight winner, Red Hook Lobster Pound) plus live entertainment. 11 AM to 9 PM, free.
Saturday, June 4
PRIDE FESTIVAL: Capital Pride hosts the Mr. and Ms. Capital Pride Pageant, complete with a formal wear contest (“black jeans are not formal wear”), pride attire (“all colors of the rainbow must be represented”), and talent portion (“categories are lip-sync, live-vocal, and other”). Town Dance Boutique at 7, $10 at the door.
FAMILY FUN: Spend some quality time at Imagination Bethesda, a family-friendly arts and entertainment event to include face painting, activity tents, and a live entertainment stage. The festival is on Woodmont Ave. and Elm Street from 11 to 4. Free.
FESTIVAL: Glen Echo Park’s 31st Annual Folk Festival is this weekend, showcasing a wide variety of traditional music, storytelling, dancing, and craftspeople from all over the world. The festival is from noon to 7 on Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. Free.
FASHION: The Seersucker Social is back again for dandies and quaintrelles out there. Don bowties and pearls for an afternoon of bike riding, lawn sports, food, drink, crafts, and impeccably dressed peers. The Hillwood Estate 2 to 7 (bike ride meeting point to be announced to ticket holders), $10. Get tickets through the event Web site.
BEER TASTING: Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione invites you to a tasting and book signing featuring Dogfish Occasionals and free swag. D’vines in DC’s Columbia Heights, noon. Free.
MUSIC: This weekend, six U Street, Northwest corridor venues will host the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival, a blowout two-day local music fest with more than 125 acts from all over the Northeast. Bands include the Echo Wall, Noble Air, We Were Pirates, and many more. Free.
Sunday, June 5
ART: Today’s your last chance to see the "Gauguin: Maker of Myth" exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. Our reviewer found the exhibit “gorgeous and profound, offering a more thoughtful side to the painter than just the sum of his dubious parts.” Free.
GARDEN: If this week’s heat wave has you thinking about going green, check out the Ninth Annual Green Living Home and Garden Tour from 1 to 5 PM in Arlington. You’ll learn about eco-friendly gardens and greening your home from residents who have already made the switch. Meet at the Arlington Oaks Condominiums Community Center; $5 for the self-guided tour, $25 for the guided bicycle tour. Get tickets from the event Web site.
WEDDING EXPO: Hotel Palomar in DC hosts the LGBT Wedding Expo today from 1 to 5. The event will feature LGBT-friendly planners, florists, photographers, caterers, and more, as well as workshops, floor shows, tastings, and prizes. Singles $7, couples $10. Get tickets from the Say I Do Web site.