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Best Things to Do in the DC Area 5/31-6/5: Pride, Neighborhood Festivals, and Awesome CON

Plus free admission to museums!

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Happy Pride!

Hello, neighbor.

Thereโ€™s a heatwave in town! Stay hydrated!ย 


So, What Should You Do May 31 – June 5?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:ย 

  • The ๐Ÿ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The ๐ŸŒฒ indicates an event is happening in-person outside.ย 
  • The ๐Ÿ’ป indicates an event is happening virtually.ย 
  • And lastly, the ๐Ÿ†“ indicates an event is free.


Top 5 Picks of the Week

1. Pride. ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย ย 

  • Parties and get-togethers. ๐ŸŽ‰ย There are a few parties this weekend, such as a Queer Prom (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Adams Morgan) and BENT: Pride Month Kickoff (Sat, $25, ๐Ÿ›‹, Shaw), and BloominGayโ€™s Pride in the Park (Sat, $30, ๐ŸŒฒ, Bloomingdale).ย 
  • Festivals and celebrations. ๐Ÿป Additionally, celebrate Pride at the release party of Pride Plis (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“ entry, ๐ŸŒฒ, Navy Yard) or the Queer Beer Festival (Fri-Sat, $65+, ๐Ÿ›‹ /๐ŸŒฒ, Wharf). There’s also the 5th Annual Alexandria Pride kick-off event (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Alexandria).ย 
  • Crafting and art events. ๐Ÿงถ For some Pride-forward crafting, consider aย cross-stitch class (Sun, $40, ๐Ÿ›‹, Union Market) or an embroidery class (Sun, $50, ๐Ÿ›‹, Georgetown). Families may be interested in visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museumโ€™s Pride Family Day (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Penn Quarter). Additionally, thereโ€™s an opening reception for the Dupont Underground exhibit โ€œThe Gender Within: The Art of Identityโ€ (Fri, $10, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont Circle).ย ย 

2. A chance to explore some neighborhoods. ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ–ผ This Saturday, Seventh Street NW will be closed from Pennsylvania Avenue to Florida Avenue as part of open streets (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, variety of neighborhoods). Additionally, the Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk (Sat & Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont & Kalorama) returns. The museum walk includes admission ๐Ÿ†“ to Dumbarton House, Woodrow Wilson House, the Phillips Collection, Anderson House, the National Museum of Jewish American Military History, and Dupont Underground.

3. Romanian Film Festival. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Explore Romanian film all month long at this ๐Ÿ†“ festival. Curated by Romanian film critic Mihai Fulger, it includes 12 features released during the pandemic and offers viewers a better understanding of the Eastern European psyche via various Q&As with directors (starts Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Barracks Row).

4. A few more festivals. ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿฆฎ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐ŸŒญ

  • Join the Mayorโ€™s Office on Latino Affairs for DC Afro Latino Fest (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Columbia Heights). This celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month event will feature cultural performances and live music.
  • Have some summer fun full of face painting, dancing, and raffle prizes at the Uptown Shuffle, part of Cleveland Parkโ€™s Construction Fest. (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Cleveland Park).ย 
  • Planet Bethesda happens this weekend, including a โ€œkidsโ€™ korner,โ€ a biergarten, music, a canine courtyard, and family fun (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“ entry, ๐ŸŒฒ, Bethesda).
  • Head to the Textile Museum for an Indian Art and Culture Family Day (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Foggy Bottom). The event, cosponsored by the Embassy of India, will include scavenger hunts, embroidery, block printing, and gallery tours of the exhibit โ€œIndian Textiles: 1,000 Years of Art and Design.โ€

5. Simu Liu. Kit Harrington. Melissa Joan Hart. ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ DCโ€™s Awesome CON (Fri-Sun, $, ๐Ÿ›‹) returns this weekend, filled with various meet-ups (โ€™90s!, Marvel, Doctor Who, Star Trek, and more!), video games, a LGBTQ+ Pride Alley, and opportunities to meet your favorite stars. For those in cosplay, thereโ€™s aย cinematic photography workshop at the Eaton (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Downtown).


ย Everything Else This Week

  • Outdoor movie season. ๐ŸŽž๐ŸŒŒ There are a few films this week, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Tues, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Adams Morgan), Space Jam (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, NoMa), Spider-Man: No Way Home (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Navy Yard), and Midway (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Navy Memorial).
  • Everyone is a foodie. ๐Ÿน Discover new cocktails at aย sugar-cube cocktail class (Fri, $60, ๐Ÿ›‹, Alexandria), a tiki pop-up at Morris American Bar (ongoing, $, ๐Ÿ›‹, Convention Center), or at aย cocktail book signing (Thurs, $, ๐Ÿ›‹, 14th St). Head to an urban farm and enjoy aย sustainable-cooking class (Thurs, $25+, ๐ŸŒฒ, Shaw) or a Shavuot Feast cooking class (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) from home. Thereโ€™s also a natural-wine party (Sat, $55+, ๐Ÿ›‹, Park View).
  • Free fitness. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Make new friends at this evening of fitnessโ€”thereโ€™s an optional 3-mile run or 2-mile walk, a free yoga class, and a complimentary cocktail from Yours Truly (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐ŸŒฒ, West End).
  • Itโ€™s a doggy dog world. ๐Ÿฆฎ Celebrate all things dog with a Paws on the Plaza partyโ€”featuring a dog park, a splash pad, pet vendors, a beer garden, and more (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Tysons Corner).
  • Fun art events. ๐ŸŽจ Varsha Suresh will debut her first solo exhibit, โ€œKurukku Vazhiโ€ (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹ , 14th St). Additionally, the Line hotel will host an art installation, โ€œSustain,โ€ and a series of short films (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Adams Morgan).
  • Bans Off Bodies. ๐Ÿ’ž Raise money for Planned Parenthood at the Bartenders Against Bans (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“ entry, ๐Ÿ›‹, Downtown) cocktail fundraiser. Sixth & I will host a lecture regarding Judaism and abortions (Thurs, $12, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Ballet on the plaza? ๐Ÿฉฐ This week, the Washington Ballet (Thurs-Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, City Center) will have ๐Ÿ†“ outdoor performances as part of its Dance for All series.
  • Disney trivia. ๐Ÿฐย When you wish upon a star, you might win this themed trivia (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Ivy City).
  • Getting crafty. ๐ŸŽจ Residents of Wards 7 and 8 are invited to take a lotus-painting workshop (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Kenilworth) at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The Anacostia Community Museum will host a knitting/crocheting Craftism Circle (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Anacostia).


Your neighbor,

Jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.