Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: July 12 to 15

Celebrate Bastille Day, appease your inner child with Adult Recess, and party for FreshFarm Markets’ 15th.

Party with the French for Bastille Day this Friday. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Francois Schnell.

Thursday, July 12

HOT DRY MESS: I don’t know about you, but I prefer my pool parties wild, loud, and, most important, wet. But if you’re classier than me,
cocktail pool party at the Washington Plaza is right up your alley. Dress to impress in a summer cocktail dress or suit—there’ll be prizes for
the best garb. Free. 6 PM.

ARTY PARTY: RAW Artists is hosting a night of
fashion, photography, music, and performance art at Cafe Asia. More than
20 local artists will be showing
off their work—luckily, the artists have been hand-picked
because their works create a party environment, so come ready to
dance. Buy tickets ($10) online. 8 PM.

A SPORT YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT: Have you checked
out Kastles Stadium? For anything other than LivingSocial’s beer
tasting party a couple months ago? Didn’t
think so. The month-long season just kicked off, and with no
baseball in town because of the All Star break and the Nationals’
road schedule, it’s time to get to know your local World Team
Tennis squad.
Martina Hingis takes the court today. Tickets ($30 to $50) are available online. 7 PM.

Friday, July 13

FOOD TRUCKS: I plug this every time, but I know how you love your food trucks, so here goes again:
Truckeroo, the monthly food truck festival at
the Fairgrounds (near Nationals Park) is back. You can expect more than
20 of your favorite
food trucks, live music, bar games such as cornhole, and
free-flowing booze. Oh, and also a sad day hanging out at Farragut
Friday. Free. 11 AM to 11 PM.

USA! USA! USA!: It’s
Bastille Day, which local French institutions
go BONKERS for: The French Embassy naturally has one of the best
celebrations, with a buffet
of traditional foods (French takes on fries, toast, frozen
bread-shaped pizzas . . . just kidding), an open wine and Champagne
bar, and lots of French pride. Not ready to shell out a c-note?
Check out our Bastille Day guide for other options. Tickets
($100) are available online. 7 PM.

SORT OF AN EVENT?: Give a happy hour a name, and it becomes an event—clever marketing, guys. Union Pub is hosting
Cool Down, DrinkUP, a happy hour/networking
event for you new go-getters on the Hill. Check it out, especially if
you lean (or fall over) Republican.
Free. 5:30 PM.

Saturday, July 14

DOG SHOPPING: Sick of being kicked out of Macys every time you try to bring your Great Dane along? No longer! Bring your four-legged friend
to Urban Chic’s
Shop With Your Dog event and not only will you be welcomed, but you’ll save 20 percent off everything in the store. Just make sure ol’ Fido
doesn’t have a taste for dresses.

HOT WET MESS: Another recurring guest in this space: the
Mother Trucker pool party/food truck extravaganza at Capitol Skyline Hotel. Here’s a refresher: lots of food trucks, drinking, swimming,
slip-and-slides, music, and hip twentysomethings. $15. 11 AM to 8 PM.

RECESS: If you miss schoolyard games like Double Dutch, four square (not the app), and, on rainy days, the occasional game of checkers,
head to
Adult Recess at the National Harbor. It’s like getting a chance to relive your childhood, but with alcohol . . . and if you want to hit
on someone, you’ve got to do better than pulling his or her hair. Tickets ($10) are available online. 7 PM.

Sunday, July 15

MINI GOLF: Can’t get enough of the National
Building Museum
after Best of Washington? Or do you just have a weird
obsession with playing
indoor miniature golf courses that feature an odd number of
holes (looking at you, H Street Country Club)? Check out the museum’s
tribute to America’s best use of windmills at this newly opened
exhibit. Each hole was designed by a local architect or artist,
and most are modeled on a famous building, garden, bridge, or
landmark. $5.

EATING: Here’s this week’s obligatory Sunday pig roast/crab feast:
Addie’s is actually upping the ante by
providing both in one day, killing a crustacean and a swine with one
proverbial stone. Get
all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, pulled pork, and all the fixins
plus unlimited beer for $70, which Addie’s assures us is “good
for a two-hour time period.” Noon to 7 PM (tickets sold in
two-hour increments).

BIRTHDAYS: Dupont Circle’s
FreshFarm farmers market has been around for
15 years, and it’s time to celebrate its remarkable maturation from a
pimply-faced 14-year-old
to a punk 15-year-old who’s always spouting off about the
environment. Just kidding, we love you, bro. Members of U.S. Royalty
and Modern Man will play live music, there will be cake,
prizes, and balloon animals—and don’t forget that the market will
still be on in full force. Free. 4 PM.