Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend June 11-14: Prince, Capital Pride, and Summerfest DC

Here are the best events around town.

Prince performs at the Warner Theatre this weekend. Photo courtesy WB Records.


MUSIC: Seemingly oblivious to their impact on music, the members of Belle and Sebastian charm fans with their talent and humility. The group graces Echostage and offers up musical gems from their two-decade-long repertoire. $45, 7 PM.

ART: Unleash your inner artist at the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ “Earthly Delights happy hour event. Guests can create paper bouquets and funky jewelry, while enjoying specialty cocktails and snacks. Check out the museum’s new exhibits while you’re there: “Organic Matters” and “Super Natural.” Reservations recommended. $15 to $25, 6 PM.


COMEDY: Former Talk Soup host Hal Sparks hits up Washington for a two-night gig at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. In addition to cracking jokes, the comedian might share some tunes; he’s gearing up for a tour with his band, Zero 1. $20, June 12 at 10:30 PM, June 13 at 7 and 10 PM.

DRINK: Did George Washington spend many a summer night sipping wine and overlooking his Virginia estate? It’s easy to imagine the scene–and even easier to reenact it youself this Friday or Saturday at the Summer Escape at Mount Vernon. Visitors enjoy live music, beer, wine, and chocolate at the First President’s plantation home. $20 per person or $60 for four people, 6 PM.


DRINK: Try more than 100 craft beers at the Summerfest DC Beer & Wine Festival. Live music, games, wine, and food are also available at this bash at the Fairgrounds in Southeast. $39.95 to $70, noon to 10 PM.

PRIDE: Celebrate Capital Pride at Asia After Dark: Peacockalypse. The Freer and Sackler Galleries‘ courtyard once housed live peacocks; now revelers can fill the space with their own dance moves, while sipping specialty cocktails and touring the museum. ($25 in advance. $35 at the door. 8 PM to midnight.) Also, check out the Pride Parade in Dupont and Logan Circle from 4:30 to 7:30 PM, as well as the Pride Concert on Sunday night featuring En Vogue and Carly Rae Jepsen.


BIKE: Take part in a cool cycling event as racers and amateur riders take to the streets for a 15-kilometer route around the Pentagon, Crystal City, and Air Force Memorial. Families welcome: The Air Force Association Cycling Classic also includes a kids’ race benefiting Tay-Sachs Awareness and Prevention. $50 to $65, check-in from 7 to 8 AM.

MUSIC: The Cookers septet is ready to heat things up at the DC Jazz Festival. Influenced by the sounds of the ‘60s, the gentlemen have more than 250 years of experience under their belts and will perform at Sixth & I. $28, 8 PM.

MUSIC: Following his surprise “Rally 4 Peace” benefit concert in Baltimore, Prince comes to Washington for a special performance at the Warner Theatre. Tickets go on sale on June 11 at noon, so pick them up at Live Nation before they sell out.