Everything You Need to Do in DC This Weekend

Updated On 08/17/2017 at 05:39PM EST Updated On 08/17/2017 at 05:39PM EST
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Thursday - Sunday
Aug 17-20
Various locations
This is the last weekend of the season to take advantage of affordable prix-fixe menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Two hundred fifty restaurants across the DMV are participating, including new additions to the promotion like Arroz, Espita Mezcaleria, and Haikan. This year, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington partnered with Capital Area Food Bank to donate a portion of Restaurant Week proceeds to families in need.
What it costs: The brunch and lunch menus are $22 and dinner is $35.
Friday - Monday
Aug 18-21
Escape the light pollution of the city and head out to the Shenandoah Valley for unbeatable views of the night sky. The second-annual festival hosted by the National Park will have presentations, constellation tours, telescope viewing, and more led by park rangers, guest speakers, and volunteer astronomers. The programming will focus on the basics of astronomy and the importance of protecting the dark. On Monday, the event will close out with a solar eclipse viewing at 2:40pm.
What it costs: The programs are free, but a pass to the park is $25 per vehicle and is good for seven days.
National Harbor
Friday - Monday
Aug 18-Sep 4
It may still be summer, but winter is here at National Harbor. The life-sized snow globe making its debut this weekend is sure to become the latest Instagram obsession. The translucent geodesic dome will be kept appropriately chilly and have regular dustings of real snow. Inside, there’s a bar and lounge with live music performances on the weekends.
What it costs: Entry to the 21-and-over space is $10. Tickets to the live music events are $25.
Aug 19
Few things are more zen than panoramic views of the Potomac and mindful vinyasa yoga. The Watergate’s new series invites yogis to breathe and stretch on the rooftop, and then re-energize with a juice bar and swanky continental breakfast buffet. BYO mat and towel.
What it costs: Classes are $55.
Aug 19
Try your hand at homesteading by learning how to make your own tomato sauce from freshly harvested ‘maters. You’ll take farm-to-table to a new level when you pluck tomatoes from the vine in Arcadia’s fields and then cook them down into a zesty red sauce. Take-home gifts include a pint of sauce, plenty of ripe tomatoes, and an enviable skill to show off at the next pot luck.
What it costs: Registration is $20.
Saturday - Sunday
Aug 19-20
This weekend’s lineup at NoVA’s favorite outdoor venue includes sardonic stories from a popular humor writer and a throwback surf rock party. On Saturday, join David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, for on-the-nose social critique. Then pick up “Good Vibrations” with the Beach Boys while bopping along to “Surfin’ USA” on Sunday.
What it costs: Tickets to see Sedaris range from $25-$55 and the Beach Boys concert runs $35-$85.
Aug 20
The sun is setting on summer, so now’s the time to hit up the DNV Rooftop’s open swim Sundays before they’re gone. Spend the day lazing by the pool sipping orange crushes, slurping boozy popsicles, and munching on brunch.
What it costs: Get access to the roof for $10, and then order a la carte $5 crushes, cocktails ranging from $13 to $20, and brunch plates from $10 to $18.
Sunday - Sunday
Aug 20-27
Various locations
Beer Week begins this Sunday with Brewers on the Block. The region’s best breweries, cideries, and meaderies will be at Union Market pouring all afternoon. Then make your work week a little better with events like a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for DC beer history pages on Tuesday, a DC tap takeover at Churchkey on Thursday, and specials at City Tap House, DBGB, Roofers Union, and more. Next weekend, the festivities continue with Old Ebbitt’s Brew HaHa and DC Brau’s reggae concert.
What it costs: GA to Brewers on the Block is $20, but you can spring for $65 Beer Junkie VIP tickets.