Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: June 6 to 9

The Capital Pride Parade, DC Jazz Fest, and Israel’s 65th birthday.

Celebrate Pride Month with virtual events around DC. Photograph by Flickr user anokarina.

Thursday, June 6

GOLF: Indoor mini-golf is back at the
National Building Museum, and unlike last year, you don’t have to skip work to check it out. On six nights
this year, the course will stay open until 9 PM. There are two nine-hole courses this
year, both designed by top area architects. $5. 6 to 9 PM.

POETRY: The new(ish)
Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville is hosting a poetry open-mike night, hosted by a poet named Komplex.
Some of the area’s best performers come out for the event, many of them professional.
But you’ll also be wowed by (and sometimes cringe at) some of the amateur talent that
shows up. Tickets ($5) are available online. 9 PM.

Friday, June 7

DANCE: Brightest Young Things is teaming up with Capital Pride for
Spandex, a superhero-themed, LGBT-focused but straight-friendly party at the old Wonder Bread
Factory in Shaw. The night will feature burlesque, drag queens, live music and deejays,
ice cream food trucks, and a lot of sweaty people dancing. Tickets ($20) are available
online. 9 PM.

Jazzy Jeff recently reunited with Will Smith on a British talk show to perform the
Fresh Prince theme song, which was an amazing moment in human history. This week, the deejay will
be at the Howard Theatre spinning classic summer hits plus some new stuff to get the
season started right. Tickets ($15) are available online. 9 PM.

MUSIC: In addition to Jazz in the Garden, which we always recommend, this week is
DC Jazz Fest. Dozens of artists from around the country will take over all the usual spots and
a few others as well—check out the website for a full schedule of performers. This
week in the Sculpture Garden, Sin Miedo, one of DC’s best (only?) salsa bands heats
up the night. Free. 5 PM.

COMEDY: Velvet Lounge hosts
Comedy on the Table, featuring six of Washington’s up-and-coming women comics. The best part: It’s free.
7 PM.

Saturday, June 8

FREE STUFF: Like a yard sale without the haggling,
Freecycle Fete asks people to bring their old junk and give it away to people who might not think
it’s junk. To spice things up, there’ll be karaoke, a pie-eating contest, food trucks,
and games. Free. 3 PM.

PRIDE: Thousands of people will hit the streets for the annual
Capital Pride Parade
, which travels about a mile and a half from Dupont to Logan Circle. The parade has
more than 170 floats, attracts about 100,000 spectators, and is always good for people-watching,
especially if you like looking at half-naked men. Along the route, most bars and restaurants
have some sort of drink special. Free. 4:30 PM.

DANCE: This weekend, Rosslyn hosts Supernova, a three-day performance-art festival. To celebrate,
Big Bang Dance Party at Artisphere should suffice: It’ll be loaded with deejays, dancers, live musicians,
performance artists, and, of course, Artisphere’s always impressive art installations.
Tickets ($15) are available online. 9 PM.

Southwest DC Public Library is getting rid of its old stuff with a gigantic used-book sale. That means top-notch
books, DVDs, and music for just a couple bucks (or less) each. There’ll also be a
section of new bestsellers. Small paperbacks are 3 for $1; most books cost $2 or less.
Free. 10 to 2.

Sunday, June 9

ART: Supernova continues with performances all day in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park, featuring a Grandma
Parade at 3 and 16 performance artists doing their thing both in the park and nearby.
Free. Noon to 5.

FESTIVAL: Israel is turning 65, and
Union Market is celebrating in the best way: with food and wine. Four Israeli musicians will perform
out front, there will be Jewish food and an Israeli beer and wine garden, food trucks,
and various things for the kids to do. Free. Noon to 5.

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