Things to Do

Things to Do in DC this Weekend (August 4-7): All-You-Can-Eat Burgers, Drinking with Dogs, and a 1,000-Foot Waterslide

As the ultimate ode to summer, plummet down a 1,000-foot water slide at Slide the City.


MUSIC Boris perform their opus, Pink, at 9:30 Club. Heavier than any metal, catchier than lots of pop, and distorted enough to rip holes in the space-time continuum, Pink—the tenth album from this Japanese experimental-rock trio—is one of those records that could be talked about for ages. Ten years after its US release, the band is playing the album in full for fans who want to enter that wormhole one more time. $20, 7 PM

FILMS The Help, the best-selling novel-turned-tearjerker-film starring Viola Davis and Emma Stone, is tonight’s offering at Glen Echo Park’s Moonlight Movies. Bring a blanket, tissues and some snacks—but probably pass on any pie. If you’ve seen the movie before, you’ll understand. Free, 8:30 PM

FOOD & DRINK Washingtonian is hosting a battle of epic—and delicious—proportions. The Bud & Burger Battle at The Yards is a showdown between some of the area’s best restaurants to see who makes the best burger of them all. Your ticket gets you samples of the finalists’ burgers, unlimited beer, and live tunes by Jeff From Accounting. $55, 6 PM


MUSEUMS Check out the first floor of the historic Heurich House Museum as part of First Friday Dupont. The monthly series highlights local artists and makers, and tonight’s event features pop-ups shops by Printed Wild, Great Hill Studio and Carol Herwig pottery. Free, 6 PM

FILMS If you’ve already finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and you need to get your wizarding fix, you’re in luck: Strathmore is screening Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with a live score by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It may not be the best of the J.K. Rowling adaptations, but it’s the one that most deserves to be seen with an orchestra. As the first of the series, the 2001 film debuted John Williams’s otherworldly, celesta-laden music, which would come to define the movies. Hearing the opening credits cued up by the BSO is sure to be…magical? $35 to $75, 8 PM


WATERSLIDE What’s better than a waterslide on a hot day, you ask? Well, how about one that stretches three football fields. Slide The City is once again setting up its 1,000-foot waterslide in Tyson’s Corner. They’ll provide the food, drinks and music—you bring the floaties, squirt guns, and a desire to ride what they boast as “the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt.“ $40-$45, 12 PM

MUSIC You typically don’t find many music festivals featuring go-go—which makes the Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion unusual in hosting artists such as the Chuck Brown Band and the local all-female ensemble Be’la Dona. There are myriad other genres as well, including soul, jazz, and R&B, performed by names from Erykah Badu to Janelle Monáe to the Roots. The festival runs Aug. 6-7. $52 -$225, 2 PM

PETS Because a day filled with music, booze and food trucks is only missing one thing: man’s best friend. Woofstock at DC Pavilion checks all the boxes for dog owners and lovers, with live music by Party Like It’s and DJ Deviir, beer from from Raven Brewery, plus activities and food for humans and pups alike. We’re sure your furry friend would love to try Spoil Me Rotten Biscuits’ puppy gelato. $5, 3 PM


YOGA Ward off the impending Sunday Sads with an hour-long vinyasa flow Serenity Yoga class in Dumbarton House’s especially serene, tree-lined East Park. Participants are asked to bring their own mat. Suggested $5 donation, 10 AM

FOOD & DRINK Friday may have been National Oyster Day, but it’s never too late to celebrate. Sunday Rooftop Roasts at the Donovan Hotel feature a different roasted animal each month, and August is all about shrimp and oysters. Also included: stunning views, live music, pool access, and a complimentary welcome drink with a take-home koozie from Jailbreak Brewery Company. $40, 5 PM

Note: This post originally had an incorrect listing for the Star Wars Marathon at Warner Theatre. It is next Saturday, August 13. There was also an incorrect listing for Quarterdeck’s Crab Fest Monumental Extravaganza. That is Monday, August 8.