Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (August 21-23): The Solar Eclipse, a Barrel-Aged Beer Competition, and a Ukelele Festival

Ukuleles take the spotlight at Strathmore’s annual Uke Fest on Wednesday night. Photo by Jim Saah.


ECLIPSE Everything will stop when Earth’s moon passes in front of the sun to cause a total eclipse—okay, fine, 81 percent in DC. Washingtonian has already rounded up National Park Service locations and rooftop bars offering prime viewing locations. In addition, the National Archives is hosting a viewing through safe solar telescopes provided by the National Air and Space Museum; the Archives will also have records from their holdings about past solar eclipses. Free, 1 to 4 PM.

MUSIC Singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield performs under the band name Waxahatchee. Her recently-released fourth album Out in the Storm showcases her sharp songwriting in a remarkably polished format, abandoning the rough, lo-fi aesthetic of her earlier records. That polish should make her heartfelt songs even more accessible; Waxahatchee performs at the 9:30 Club with Palehound and Outer Spaces. Tickets $20, 7 PM.


COOKING Jennifer Jones, the former executive chef at Dupont Circle’s Swann House bed and breakfast, leads a “Dinner on a Dime: Summer in France” cooking class at the Hill Center. The menu features a sweet caramelized onion and brie bread salad, braised chicken in white wine sauce (coq au vin blanc), and a chocolate and lemon mousse trifle. $49, 7 PM.

BEER DC Beer Week continues with a Battle of the Barrel-Aged Beer at Boundary Stone. Local breweries DC Brau, Atlas, 3 Stars, Port City, and Right Proper are each bringing a barrel-aged beer; a ticket to the event includes a four-ounce taster of each brew and a full pint of Solidarity, a collaboration from the members of DC’s Brewer’s Guild. The competition’s winner gets to choose the beer or barrel style for the following year; last year’s winner 3 Stars has selected wine barrels for this year’s contest. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door, 5 PM to 9 PM.


MUSIC Strathmore’s annual Uke Fest celebrates the little instrument with an outdoor concert at Strathmore’s Gudelsky Gazebo. The finale of Strathmore’s ninth annual Uke & Guitar Summit features an all-star uke lineup of Benny Chong, Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Sam Marchuk, Maureen Andary, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, and the Strathmore Uke Orchestra. Free, 7 PM.

CELEBRATE Women were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920 with the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is hosting a Women’s Equality Day celebration on Wednesday at the Crimson Diner + Whiskey Bar at POD Hotel; wear something yellow or gold to celebrate women’s equality. Free, 6:30 PM.