Monday, June 23: First Night of Fort Reno
There’s no better way to kick off the first official week of summer than by heading to the kickoff of Fort Reno, the free outdoor indie-rock concert series (directions here). Tonight’s show will be headlined by Olivia Mancini & the Housemates, who play upbeat pop tunes filled with trumpets, hand claps, and harmonies. Shows start around 7:15. If you want more free summer music, check out our guide to free concerts around town, and the full schedule of Fort Reno.
Tuesday, June 24: Half-Price Belgian Beer
This warm weather got you itching for an outdoor happy hour? Let me recommend an oldie-but-goodie happy hour that’s a favorite for my friends and me: half-price Belgian beers at Bohemian Caverns on U Street. From 6 to 11 PM Tuesdays, the beers include everything from Delirium Tremens to Lucifer to a variety of Chimays. There are bottles and drafts; expect most drinks to run you between $3 and $5 after the discount.
Wednesday, June 25: Smithsonian Folklife Festival Starts
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is on the Mall June 25 through 29 and July 2 through 6 with performances, exhibits, and more. This year it showcases Bhutan, Texas, and NASA—and though those may seem like three very different subjects, we’re sure the always-excellent Folklife Festival will find unique and interesting ways to tie them together. Read on for full details.
Thursday, June 26: Free Anniversary Pre-Party at Palace of Wonders
Oddball bar Palace of Wonders on H Street, Northeast, is celebrating its second birthday, and you’re invited to a special party before the official festivities Friday and Saturday. Enjoy drink specials and a general carnivallike atmosphere.