Movies, Music, Festivals and More on Tap
The weather is supposed to dry up and start warming up this weekend, just in time for the outdoor films, festivals and other events on tap around the DMV this weekend. Get out and enjoy before the humidity is back next week.
Work continues this weekend on Metro with Orange Lines trains running every 16 minutes and Green Line trains running every 20 minutes beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through closing Sunday. Red Line trains will run every 12-15 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont and every 6-8 minutes between Medical Center and Silver Spring between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate on regular weekend schedules with Yellow Line trains running between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only.
The weekend-long Celebrate Fairfax festival has a little something for everyone. The main event is three nights of music with headliners Kongos at 8 p.m. on Friday, 3 Doors Down at 8 p.m. on Saturday and The Amish Outlaws at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, but there’re also carnival rides, mixers for young professionals, art exhibits, local vendors, a comedy hypnotist and, of course, fireworks. There will be fireworks Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. following the main entertainment.
June 5 from 6 p.m.-midnight, June 6 from 10 a.m.–midnight and June 7 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Tickets range from $5 for children 3-12 and $12 for adults to $22 for an adult weekend pass and -$72 for a Fun Pack that includes four tickets and two all-day carnival ride handstamps.
Green Festival Expo
The Green Festival Expo returns to Washington, D.C. for its 11th year. Visit the marketplace of more than 250 eco-friendly businesses with everything from all-natural body care products and organic clothing to Fair Trade gifts, solar energy for your home, and a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, non-GMO, organic and artisanal food and beverage products. Test drive BMW’s newest electric/hybrid vehicles. There is also free cooking demos, yoga, activities for kids, speakers and live music and entertainment.
June 5 from noon-6 p.m., June 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and June 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for a weekend pass and $35 for a 3-day pass. Bike to the festival and show your helmet at the box office and receive free admission. Children 16 and under are also free.
Jazz in the Garden
There’s nothing better than free outdoor music on a warm summer night. Pack a picnic and enjoy the music at Jazz in the Garden. A different jazz artist will be featured each Friday during the summer. You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, but beer, wine, sangria and mixed drinks must be purchased from the Pavilion Café. A special menu of appetizers, entrees and salads is also available at the café, while an outdoor grill will serve barbecue pork sandwiches, beef and chicken kabobs and chicken sausages. A gelato cart will also be available. Jazz drummer and keyboardist Robert Jospe and Butch Taylor perform this week, followed by jazz vocalist George V. Johnson Jr. next week.
Every Friday through Aug. 28 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Union Market Drive-In
Flashback Fridays is the theme for this year’s Union Market Drive-In. Every Friday in June, the market will project a flick from the 80s or 90s on the front of the building. The series begins tonight with Space Jam, followed by Pretty Woman on June 12, Jurassic Park on June 19 and Beverly Hills Cop on June 26. The films begin at 8 p.m.
June 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6-10 p.m. with the movie beginning at 8 p.m. at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. Admission is $10 per car and free for bikers and walkers. Parking can be reserved here..
Cultural DC’s eighth annual Source Festival is back with 24 new works to premiere. Along with three full-length plays and 18 10-minute plays, the festival will present three “Artistic Blind Dates” that pair artists from different creative disciplines to collaborate on plays based on three different themes: science and soul mates, love and botany, and mistakes and media.
June 5-28 at the Source Theater, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 for the full-length plays and 10-minute places, $10 for the artistic blind dates and $32 for VIP tickets, which include a reserved seat and free concession. Play 3-packs are $45 and all-access passes are $100.
Rosslyn Outdoor Film Fest
The theme of this year’s Rosslyn Outdoor Film Fest is LOL Fridays: Quotable Comedies. Starting Friday, the Rosslyn BID will show some of the funniest and most quotable comedies of recent years. Take a picnic or enjoy dinner and drinks at one of Rosslyn’s restaurants. Go early for preshow games and prizes. Popcorn and water will be on sale for $2. Films start at dusk (generally between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m.). Leashed dogs are welcome. The lineup includes Wedding Crashers on June 5, Mean Girls on June 12, Happy Gilmore on June 19, Tommy Boy on June 26, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on July 3, When Harry Met Sally on July 10, Anchorman on July 17, Clueless on July 24, The Big Lebowski on July 31, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery on Aug. 7, The Hangover on Aug 14, Despicable Me on Aug. 21 and Zoolander on Aug. 28.
Fridays from June 5-Aug. 28 at dusk in Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Rosslyn. Admission is FREE!
I Love the 90s
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents I Love the 90s, a party featuring the greatest songs from the decade of grunge, ska, pop, hip-hop and rock! Performances by Arrested Development, Stifler’s Mom and Words Beats & Life. Each performance includes stage props, costume changes, move clips and 90s soundbytes.
June 5 from 8-11:30 p.m. at Blind Whino Arts Club, 700 Delaware Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk
During the 32nd annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk seven area museums including Dumbarton House, The Phillips Collection, Anderson House, Mary McLeond Bethune Council House NHS, Heurich House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History (Sunday only) and the President Woodrow Wilson House will open their door to the public for free. In addition to a wide variety of exhibitions, many sites are offering special programming. Enjoy and participate in English country dance at Dumbarton House, stop by Jazz n’ Family Fun Days at The Phillips Collection and practice your 18th Century navigation using a solar telescope at Anderson House.
June 6 and 7 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at seven Dupont-Kalorama area museums. Admission is FREE!
Colors of the Caribbean
Strathmore hosts Discover Strathmore: Colors of the Caribbean, a family-friendly open house featuring arts activities, costume making and musical and dance performances by the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers and the Washington National Steel Orchestra. The celebration honors the cultural heritage of the Caribbean. Music Center.
June 7 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Admission is FREE!
Taste of Wheaton
Taste of Wheaton highlights the diverse restaurants in downtown Wheaton. Sample food from 17 of downtown Wheaton’s best restaurants for $1-$5 per “taste.” There will be cooking demonstrations by local chefs, food and wine pairings/tasting, a craft beer garden, kids’ rides, face painting, balloon sculptures, caricatures and live music from Natty Beaux at 11:30 a.m., Chopteeth Afro Funk Big Band at 1 p.m., 8 Ohms Band at 2:30 p.m. and Flex Mathews at 4 p.m.
June 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Wheaton Triangle, Grandview Avenue ad Reedie Drive, Wheaton. Admission is FREE!
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