Things to Do

What to Do This Week: July 7 to 10

A patriotic ride with DC Bike Party and a kickoff party for the Capital Fringe Festival.

Bring your bike to Dupont Circle on Wednesday for an America-themed ride with DC Bike Party. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, July 7

MOVIES: The general obsession with Harry Potter doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, and with news that there are three more movies coming, why would we want it to? Black Cat hosts Muggle Mondays, where the bar will screen Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and have specials on “Butterbeer” all night, plus discounts on other drinks. Free. 8 PM.

Tuesday, July 8

FRINGE: Fringe Festival starts later this week and runs for the greater part of the month, but you can get a preview of what’s to come at the Baldacchino Tent Bar at Fort Fringe. The party starts late and features performances by Black Masala, a Balkan gypsy brass band; deejays Indanile and Mothershiester open. It’s a good chance to check out the digs—if you’re into Fringe-y stuff, you’ll surely be spending a lot of time at the tent this month. Free. 10:30 PM.

Wednesday, July 9

MOVIES: Two good outdoor movies this week: Dumbarton House hosts Emma as part of its Jane Austen outdoor film festival. Over on NoMa’s Loree Grand Field, you can catch a more modern classic with a screening of The Muppets. That showing features food trucks, music, and giveaways before the show. Free. 7 PM.

BIKE: DC Bike Party celebrates two years terrorizing DC traffic (in a totally cool way) with a patriotic ride featuring red, white, and blue balloons, lots of American flags, and loud music. Meet at 7:30 at the Dupont Circle fountain, ride around town for a couple of miles, and end up at Bardo Brewpub for a special bikers party. Free. 7:30 PM.

Thursday, July 10

STORYTELLING: The Perfect Liars Club takes over Fringe Festival for a super-size performance. As usual, you’ll have a host of storytellers—but at least one isn’t telling the truth. If you can guess correctly, you’ll earn a prize. This month’s shows are at Goethe-Institut instead of at Science Club. Tickets ($17) are available online. 6:30 PM.

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