Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend July 23-26: Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, and Black Cat’s Run for Cover

Here are the best events around town.

Ariana Grande performs at the Verizon Center. Photo courtesy Verizon Center.


MUSIC: Summer is the perfect time to celebrate the four seasons, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is offering its version of the Vivaldi classic at the Strathmore to do exactly that. Handel is also on the program. 8 PM, $25 to $45.

MUSIC: Rapper Waka Flocka Flame likely expects a “Round of Applause” or two—fans, please use your hands—as he brings his Flockaveli flavor to the Fillmore for one night. 8 PM, $30.


MUSIC: Grammy award-winner Sam Smith performs at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. The “Stay With Me” crooner’s latest album, In the Lonely Hour, has outsold all others in the UK this year. Jazmine Sullivan opens. 8 PM, $45 to $97.50.


THEATER: Move over, Annie. Oliver takes the stage at Round House Theater. The Broadway production of the Charles Dickens classic features well-known tunes like “Food Glorious Food” and “Consider Yourself.” The production runs weekends only through August 16. 2 PM or 7 PM, $25 to $35.

DANCE: It’s National Dance Day at the Kennedy Center. “Dance for Everybody” is the theme of the celebration, featuring dance lessons and performances. Visitors won’t just be spectators; it’s an interactive event, so dust off those dancing shoes. 4:30 PM, free.

MUSIC: Ariana Grande takes a break from licking donuts and stops by the Verizon Center. The 22-year-old singer vists DC as part of her Honeymoon Tour. 7:30 PM, $29.50 to $79.50.

MUSIC: It’s time for this year’s edition of Run for Cover. Check out the annual concert of tributes and parodies, benefitting Girls Rock DC, at the Black Cat at 8 PM. $12.

MUSIC: Go-go fans won’t want to miss this birthday bash for Experience Unlimited—that’s EU—front man Sugar Bear. The singer of “Da’ Butt” is celebrating with Rare Essence, Suttle Thoughts, and more at the Howard Theatre. 11 PM, $30 to $40.


THEATER: The Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights mixes salsa, hip hop, and soul while telling the story of a New York community and its residents who are on the brink of change. Check it out at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. 8 PM with some matinee shows available, $25 to $30.

Correction: This post originally had the wrong date for EU’s Howard Theatre show. It’s on Saturday.