Events

Everything You Can Do in DC This Weekend

Explore an Alexandria sidewalk sale and newly opened museums.

Normally, our goal is to bring you the most exciting events and happenings around DC every weekend. But this guide looks a little different these days. Our goal is still to help you have fun, but to do so while also being a positive, supportive part of your community -- all while prioritizing health and safety. Here’s everything you can do in DC this weekend.

Shop at a safe social distance at the Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, August 15 - Sunday, August 16
Alexandria, Virginia
This outdoor event happens to be well-suited for social distancing guidelines, so Visit Alexandria is still hosting it this year, but with one new requirement: stylish face coverings. More than 50 local boutiques will be offering deeply discounted summer merchandise right on the sidewalk. To sweeten the deal, there’s free street parking and Instagram giveaways from participating boutiques. 
Cost: Prices vary.

Support the Black community in the DMV

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Everywhere
There’s work to do, and while there are many national organizations and resources you can turn to, we thought it best to start at home. Support Black-owned restaurants and businesses. Join the local Black Lives Matter chapter. Donate to support protestors. Educate yourself with literary material like How to Be an Antiracist, and buy them from Black-owned bookstores. Find, listen to, and amplify the voices of Black influencers, creators, and activists in your niche. Don’t let up.
Cost: Prices vary

Get outside

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Six feet away from other humans
One of the safest activities right now is exploring the great outdoors. As long as you maintain a safe distance from other folks and take precautions to stay cool and hydrated, this is a great time to check out a hidden gem trail in our area, go tubing, try out paddling, float on the Potomac, or frolick in a sunflower field. If it’s rainy or just too darn hot, take a virtual tour of one of 31 National Parks on Google Earth instead.
Cost: Some are free, others have park entry fees. Be sure to check the opening status of parks and trails before visiting.

Dine al fresco while socially distancing

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Various locations
Dining out is a viable weekend activity again, as long as certain rules are followed. Outdoor dining has been the norm for the past few weeks, and why miss out on prime patio weather? Grab a few friends and spend a summer afternoon at one of our patio and rooftop picks. Plan ahead by checking each restaurant’s website for the latest opening status and guest requirements, and remember that reservations are encouraged. This weekend, join Immigrant Food on Friday for an evening of laughter and light bites on the outdoor patio. The comedy night features the stories of immigrant comedians and ticket prices are redeemable for food and beverage. Or, head up to Riggs’ brand new rooftop terrace offering panoramic views and a Mediterranean-inspired menu.
Cost: Prices vary by establishment; be sure to tip well

Document your life during the pandemic “In Real Time”

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Online
We’re all sick of hearing it -- we’re living in “unprecedented” times. But that’s why the Historical Society of Washington, DC wants to capture said times. They’ve started a project to record the current events of our everyday lives. You, an average citizen, are invited to reflect on and record your daily reality for future readers and viewers looking back on the history we are living. Their website has information on how to participate and make your mark, from taking photographs and completing a survey to keeping a journal and gathering items for a time capsule. 
Cost: Free

Bring the city’s best restaurants to you

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Home
If you aren’t ready to venture out yet, you can still support the struggling local hospitality industry, get takeout or delivery from your neighborhood restaurant. Many spots are still open for to-go food, as well as booze and meal-kits or grocery items. You can find out who’s offering which services and how to order via online database Dining at a Distance (currently tracking DC, Arlington, Loudoun, Richmond, and Baltimore). If you opt for delivery, use the new DC To-GoGo app developed by local bar owners to help restaurants regain control of the food delivery process with lower fees and the ability to hire furloughed workers as couriers. This weekend, visit and support black-owned restaurants as part of a DC sweepstakes organized by Feed the Malik, HalfSmoke, and Raise Nation LLC. Participating restaurants include FishScale, The Kitchen Jerk, DCity Smokehouse, Roaming Rooster, HalfSmoke, Mr. Smith's of Georgetown, Pleasant Pops, Ethiopic, Souk. You could also grab a cocktail to-go and support a cause while you do so -- local craft distiller Butterfly Spirits has teamed up with Bartenders Against Racism to offer cocktails to support the Black Lives Matter movement. They’re available at Compass Rose, Maydan, Maketto and The Gibson. Plus, grab takeout from Busboys and Poets and join their virtual dinner party with activist Linda Sarsour.
Cost: Prices vary by establishment; be sure to tip well

Catch up on the latest TV shows or movies

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Various locations
You finally have the perfect excuse to Netflix and chill. Try one of these binge-worthy shows with 100 or more episodes, or watch one of the best movies on Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu right now. You could also join the American Film Institute’s virtual Movie Club. AFI has followed suit and taken their annual AFI DOCS Film Festival online this weekend, screening documentaries of all stripes, from premieres to historic films. If you’re feeling retro, throw it back to drive-in days at RFK’s new Park Up events pop-up, featuring Selena, Get Out, Despicable Me 3, and Jumanji: The Next Level this weekend. Tysons Corner is hosting a drive-in as well, along Fashion Boulevard between Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s with live music and vendors prior to the movie. This weekend’s feature is Aladdin
Cost: Tickets to Park Up start at $29 per car. The Tysons’ drive-in is free, but tickets are required and a $10 donation to Second Story is encouraged.

Cuddle up with a good book

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Home
Whether your to-read stack is about to reach the ceiling or you just feel like maybe you should tear your eyes away from a screen for a few precious minutes, now is a great time to get lost in a fictional world or expand your perspective. Pick up one of our favorite books of 2020 so far, or browse an endless selection of virtual titles via the library app, Libby. You can also connect with authors or join virtual book clubs and workshops via live streaming events by Politics & Prose and Old Town Books. Columbia’s annual Books in Bloom Festival kicked off virtually last month, with panels, workshops, and contests running through August 20. If you have youngsters at home, you can encourage them to read more by joining the Nationals and several local libraries for their summer reading programs.
Cost: Prices vary

Have a virtual social gathering

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Online
While in-person dinner parties and game nights are verboten right now, that doesn’t mean you should stop socializing -- just do it virtually, with FaceTime or other video conferencing apps. Sit down for a meal together, dance in your living rooms, or play games online.
Cost: Prices vary

Get a little crafty

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Home
If you’ve been putting off learning the art of subversive crochet, today is the day. Rekindle an old hobby or go buy the supplies to pick up a new craft like knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, woodworking, indoor gardening, origami, or anything to keep your hands busy. Neighborhood Provisions offers local crafting kits to get you started on projects like hand lettering and watercolor. This could also be an opportunity to work on an outstanding house project, like oiling your cutting boards, repotting an overgrown plant, or organizing your junk drawer.
Cost: Prices vary

Put your cooking skills to the test

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Home
With all the time in the world, bust out a cookbook or find an online recipe and whip something up. It can be a simple slow cooker stew or dressed up grilled cheese sandwich if you’re a beginner, or something more elaborate like homemade ice cream or a Great British Bake Off-inspired showstopper if you’re up for a culinary challenge you’d never attempt on an average weeknight. Instead of braving the crowds at big chain supermarkets, pick up your ingredients at a local shop or pre-order from a farmers’ market. If you’re looking to learn something new, sign up for one of Top Chef finalist and first-generation Ghanaian-American Eric Adjepong’s virtual cooking classes. Each live, interactive class focuses on a signature dish and offers an opportunity to learn about West African history and culture through the lens of food.
Cost: Prices vary

Sweat it out with a virtual workout

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Online
With gyms and fitness studios shutting down, you may be wondering how to avoid losing those gains. Many businesses are offering online classes, as well as socially distanced in-person classes, including local ones from Formula Running Center, Barry’s, the Y, the Rosslyn BID, the Boro Tysons, The St. James, The Studio DC, Past Tense Yoga StudioThe Capitol Riverfront BID, and Audi Field. You could also try an outdoor Pure Barre class at National Landing or yoga on the pier at National Harbor.
Cost: Prices vary, many are free

Learn something new

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Online
Endless TV streaming can turn your brain to mush, so you might want to intersperse some online education. You can learn up a new skill or delve into a new topic with a variety of virtual classes aimed at all levels from sites like MasterClass, edX, and Class Central. You could also join Professor Ibram X. Kendi for an anti-racist teach-in series, starting with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson on Sunday.
Cost: Prices vary

Get your daily dose of the arts and culture, online

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
Online
Arts and culture organizations are now cautiously opening their doors again for in-person experiences. The Sandy Spring Museum just debuted an outdoor sculpture garden by the Washington Sculptors Group, called Light: A Sculptural Solar Dance. The renewable energy sculptures reimagine solar energy as an art form and represent a need for more environmental responsibility in light of climate change. The new Lucy Burns Museum at the Workhouse Arts Center (the former Lorton Workhouse prison) explores women’s suffrage by telling the story of the members of the National Women’s Party who were once imprisoned at the site after picketing the White House for the right to vote in 1917. The O Street Museum is offering secret door tours where you can explore covert doors and passageways on a super-sleuth adventure.
Cost: Prices vary, many are free

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Lani Furbank is a freelance food writer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @lanifurbank or read her work at LanisCupOfTea.com.