We’ve only got two more weekends of the lazy hazy crazy days of summer, so cherish every moment with this event lineup. Hang with MC Hammer at Hammer’s House Party, get down at a bachata festival, shop the businesses of 17th Street, snag theater props at Arena Stage Community Day, tackle a turkey leg at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, and get outside for a workout with a local fitness studio. Make this your first stop for events and things to do in DC this weekend.
Friday, August 23 Entertainment and Sports Arena It’s Hammertime. Events DC is hosting MC Hammer’s epic house party, where the legend himself throws down with some of the biggest names in hip hop and R&B from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Hammer’s House Party stars Sir Mix-A-Lot, Kid ‘N Play, Tone Loc, DJ Kool, and more. Be sure to get tickets, otherwise you can’t touch this. Cost: Tickets start at $20.
Through Monday, August 26 Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel Not sure what bachata is? Even more reason to head to the 11th annual DCBX. The festival is four days of Latin dance performances, concerts, and educational workshops. Ranked one of the top Latin dance festivals in the world, it will surely have you swaying to the infectious bachata beat. Cost: Tickets for spectators start at $25 per day.
Saturday, August 24 17th Street from P Street to R Streets, NW More than 100 vendors -- including artists, makers, nonprofits, politicians, entrepreneurs, and local businesses -- turn out for this annual street festival. Enjoy free activities, specials, entertainment, discounts at participating restaurants and retailers, and more. Cost: Free.
Saturday, August 24 The Theater at MGM National Harbor This iconic Grammy Award-winning R&B group is touring the country and stopping in the DC area for one night only, at MGM National Harbor. Don’t miss your chance to see them perform timeless hits and new favorites. Cost: Tickets start at $43.
Saturday, August 24 Arena Stage For its 70th anniversary season, Arena Stage is going all out with Community Day. Get the chance to see an inside look at the theater, with activities like a props sale, live music, face painting, pony rides, games, dance performances, and storytelling. Cost: Entry is free.
Saturdays and Sundays, August 24 through October 20 Annapolis Lords and ladies, we are pleased to announce that DC’s favorite RennFest officially opens for the 43rd season this weekend. Hoist a stein, don your best tunic, and explore the 27-acre Village of Revel Grove, turkey leg in hand. You’ll find countless performers, jousting competitions, handmade crafts by artisans, and plenty of ale. Cost: General admission adult tickets start at $20.
Sunday, August 25 City Tap Penn Quarter Make these last few summer nights count with a leisurely evening of music and rosé al fresco. City Tap’s acoustic summer sunset series spotlights local artists each Sunday on the patio along with wine and flatbread specials. Cost: Entry is free. Food and drink prices vary.
Sunday, August 25 The Fields at RFK Boutique fitness brand Body by Buckner is hosting an outdoor fitness series at the Fields at RFK. Starting this weekend and continuing into the fall, Lauren will lead workouts ranging from yoga to cardio/high-intensity interval training. Cost: This Sunday’s event is free. Future events are $10.
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