Things to Do

Things To Do in DC This Weekend (June 8-11): Capital Pride, A Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit, and a DC “Truck Touch”

Hop on board different DC vehicles at the Department of Public Works’ tenth annual “Truck Touch” on Saturday at RFK’s Lot 7. Photo courtesy Department of Public Works.


PRIDE The Capital Pride Celebration returns, running Thursday through Sunday. Thursday’s kick-off party is now sold out, but there’s still tickets available for Friday’s opening party at the Rainbow Warehouse, and Saturday’s Pride Parade is free and open to the public. Only VIP tickets remain for Sunday’s Pride Concert featuring headliner Miley Cyrus and classic R&B group The Pointer Sisters. Friday: $30, 9 PM. Saturday’s Pride Parade: Free, 4:30 PM. Sunday’s Pride Concert: $200 (VIP), 1 PM.

DISCUSSION Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Fahrenthold spent the 2016 election season investigating Trump’s charitable giving for The Washington Post. He will be at DC’s Northeast Library on Thursday evening discussing “News Media in Unprecedented Times” in our era of fake news and alternative facts. Free, 7 PM.


WINE Smithsonian Associates is presenting a two-day event titled “The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions.” Experts in the culture, history, science, and production of wine will lead visitors in a day of wine tasting and explanations of early wine-making traditions. Friday night is an opening reception at the Embassy of Georgia, and Saturday features tastings, wine pairings, and panel discussions, all culminating in a Grand Tasting. $325 (Friday & Saturday) or $60 (Grand Tasting only).

BOOKS Reporter and producer for MSNBC’s Morning Joe John R. Bohrer will discuss his first book, The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK, on Friday night at Politics & Prose. The book traces Robert Kennedy’s transformation in the three years after his brother’s death, during which he reversed his support of America’s presence in Vietnam and ran for the Senate. Free, 7 PM.

FESTIVAL The Celebrate Fairfax! festival takes place Friday through Sunday at the Fairfax County Government Center. In addition to craft and food vendors, the festival features rides and activities for children and adults as well as musical entertainment. Headliners include Bush (Friday night) and Everclear (Saturday night). $12, Friday: 6 PM-midnight; Saturday: 10 AM-midnight; Sunday: 11 AM-7 PM.


KIDS The Department of Public Works’ 10th annual “Truck Touch” takes place on Saturday at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. Kids can look up close and climb into nearly 30 DC vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency services, administer mobile health care, and more. On the perimeter of the event, local high schoolers will race their battery-powered electric cars in the annual Electric Grand Prix, hosted by the District Department of Energy and the Environment. Free, 9 AM to 2 PM.

MUSEUMS The Hirshhorn and arts organization Transformer are hosting an after-hours performance art event featuring Jason Barnes (Pussy Noir), Alexandra ‘Rex’ Delafkaran, Kunj, and Hoesy Corona. Along with music by DJ Natty Boom (of Anthology of Booty) with drumming by Devin Ocampo (the Effects, Warm Sun) and Jerry Busher (Fugazi, French Toast), these performances will include a three-story tall shadow casting performance that will turn the Hirshhorn into a physical shadow theater. $18, 7:30 PM to 9 PM (extended museum hours) and 9:15 PM (performances).

PETS Dog owners are encouraged to bring their pups to Nationals Park on Saturday for the Pups in the Park event. Dogs’ shots and vaccinations must be up to date, and dogs are only allowed in the family picnic area near section 143 or in the seats in sections 140-143, not in other concession areas or the ballpark. $30 for owners and $10 for dogs, 12:05 PM.

MUSEUMS The National Building Museum is celebrating the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright with an interactive, large-scale “coloring book” exhibition called “Wright on the Walls” that runs through September 4. The space challenges visitors to add their own creativity to the drawings printed on the walls, which include lesser-known and unbuilt projects. $10, 10 AM.


BOOKS Columbia’s inaugural book festival Books in Bloom takes place Sunday afternoon at the Chrysalis in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. In addition to authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and David Ebershoff, the festival will feature a discussion on race in America, a panel on feminism in young adult fiction, and several children’s authors. Free, noon to 5 PM.

MARCH Tied in to the Capital Pride Celebration, the Equality March aims to affirm and protect the rights, safety, and full humanity for those in the LGBTQ+ communities and their allies. Line up at 9 AM at 17th & Eye St, and begin marching at 10 AM towards the National Mall. Free, 9 AM.