Where & When: What to Do This Weekend

There’s plenty to do this lovely but hot June weekend. Try Texas waltzing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Crafty Bastards fair, a free outdoor concert, and a slew of ten-minute plays at the Source.

Thursday, June 26: 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. If you have fun, head back on Friday and Saturday for the official parties.

If you like your theater in easy-to-digest formats, than the Source Festival is the place for you this weekend. The festival, held at the newly renovated space at 14th and T streets, NW, is presenting a slew of ten-minute plays. You heard that right—no play lasts longer than it’d take you to make a Starbucks run. Take your pick—the full schedule is here.

Washington Post political reporter Dana Milbank is one of the most respected names in the media. Get down and dirty with him tonight when he hits up the Modernist Society event at Bourbon in Adams Morgan. The monthly series brings in names of note to talk, drink, and—later in the night—get down to a DJ. Now’s your chance to ask a question in the Q&A session with Milbank. Free; 9 PM.

Friday, June 27
: Free-concert alert! Free-concert alert! (Bonus: It’s outdoors.) Check out salsa groups Bio Ritmo, Orquesta Zeniza All Stars, and Sin Miedo at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre tonight at 7:30. Free tickets will be released on the day of the show at noon at the Carter Barron box office and starting at 8:30 AM at the Washington Post building.

Saturday, June 28: The DC Caribbean Festival is a feast for the eyes—as well as the other senses. A parade of performers, steel drums, floats, and fantastic and colorful Caribbean costumes kicks off at 11 AM at Georgia and Missouri avenues, NW. The parade ends at Barry Place near Banneker Field, where there will be concerts, food, and more. The parade is free; $10 for the festival.

If you love handmade items, you don’t want to miss the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair in Silver Spring’s Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. More than 50 vendors are signed up to sell their wares from 10 to 5. We’ve spotted some really cool things in the advance lineup, including Vaya bags and Bright Lights, Little City lamps made from cocktail umbrellas. Fab!

[NOTE: Club Five's liquor license has had a suspension extended, so Nouveau Riche will be moving to MCCXXIII across the street at 1223 Connecticut Ave., NW] If you liked the old DJ dance night Nouveau Riche, you’ll like the new one—in a much larger venue with much later hours—even better. Nouveau Riche comes to the three stories of Club Five from 9 to 5 (yep, that’s right), spinning its good old mix of indie and dance tunes. It’s also flying in Australian electro and rap musicians Miami Horror and Gameboy/Gamegirl. The cover charge is $10.

Sunday, June 29
: We hope you’ve been enjoying the Smithsonian Folklife Festival all weekend, but we particularly wanted to recommend the Waltz Across Texas Dance Party tonight at 6. Do your best Western-style swing in the festival’s dance hall while the bands Gillette Brothers, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys, and Asleep at the Wheel play.

It’s the last evening for the Hirshhorn’s hilarious Summer Camp Film Series, where a terrible—terribly awesome, that is—sci-fi movie from the ’50s gets screened with an introduction by film scholar David Wilt. Tonight it’s 20 Million Miles to Earth. Free; 6 PM.

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