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Things to Do in DC This Weekend June 18-21: Kathy Griffin, Guy Torry, and a Beer Festival for Dad

Here are the best events around town.


COMEDY: Since his days on Comic View and Martin, comedian Guy Torry has been delivering the laughs to fans. Following years of acting on the big and small screen, Torry returns to standup and Washington, D.C., with a four-night performance at the Improv. Doors open at 8 PM with additional shows at 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday. $15-$17.
THEATER: The title suggests tragedy, but the Picnic Theater production of Arsenic and Old Lace promises humor. Based on the Broadway play and subsequent film starring Cary Grant, the tale follows the Brewster family, including murderous sisters whose troubling hobby causes chaos and thrills. Check it out Thursday or Friday at Dumbarton House. $12-$15. 7 PM.

EAT: It’s grilling season, and National Harbor is serving up its Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival Friday and Saturday. Vegetarians, beware. The thirsty (and legal) can look forward to 40 bourbons and 60 beers on tap. As for the barbecue, get ready for pulled pork, ribs, chicken, bacon, sausage and the Shrine of Swine. $29-$99.
NATURE: Take part in the Sixth Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall. Gaze at Saturn, the moon, sun, Jupiter and Venus during a guided tour of the sky. Telescopes will be available. Plus, there will be speakers, videos, and a chance to meet astronomers. Constitution Avenue and 15th Street, NW. Free. $13 parking available at the Reagan building. 5 PM to 1 AM.

COMEDY: Grammy and Emmy winner Kathy Griffin takes center stage at the Kennedy Center to thrill fans with her comedic observations. Griffin, who holds a world record for writing and delivering the most televised standup performances, brings her Like a Boss tour to the venue for one night. $49-$99. 8 PM.

RELATED: Read Washingtonian‘s interview with Griffin: “I only have one criticism of our nation’s capital…it does make my hair frizz.”

MUSIC: The 18th Street Singers celebrate 10 years of song with a one-night performance at Sixth & I. The 50-voice a cappella ensemble boasts a repertoire that includes classical, folk songs, American traditional music, and more. $15-$20. 7 PM.

DRINK: Who needs another tie? Get Dad a nice cold drink for Father’s Day. Stop by the Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest at Bull Run Regional Park, where more than 50 breweries will offer their goods. Entertainment and a variety of food will be available. $10-$35. 11 AM to 7 PM.

RELATED: If you’re really burning to get Dad a tie, here’s a guide. We also have a guide to under-$30 Father’s Day gifts, and a list of places to take Pop out to eat.

MUSIC: Invite the whole family to a performance of Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf. As part of the 2015 National Orchestral Institute Festival, musicians from across the country tune up for two performances at the University of Maryland College Park’s Clarice Smith Center. Free. 3 PM and 5 PM.

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