Events

Everything You Need to Do in DC this Weekend

Updated On 05/17/2018 at 04:52PM EST Updated On 05/17/2018 at 04:52PM EST
dc bike ride
DC Bike Ride | Courtesy of Michelle Cleveland
Thursday
May 17
Barrel is reviving Capitol Hill’s PoliTiki Bar as a basement pop up. The tiki cocktails will be served in custom vessels shaped like political figures, including Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Steve Bannon. Each mug will have its own drink, like Traitor Don’s Mai Tai and The Suffering Bannon.
Cost: Entry is free, drink prices vary.
Thursday - Sunday
May 17-Jun 3
An all-female creative team is behind this hit musical based on the indie film and featuring Sara Bareilles’ music. It tells the story of a waitress with dreams of a life bigger than her small town.
Cost: Tickets start at $48.
nonotak studio
NONOTAK Studio
Thursday - Saturday
May 17-Jun 30
The latest exhibit at this digital art space consists of four installations that explore light as an abstract matter that can be sculpted, contained, diffused, projected, and reflected. Nonotak Studio is behind the project, which has been dubbed “a choreography of light.”
Cost: Tickets are $8-15.
Friday - Sunday
May 18-20
Clarke County Fairgrounds
The Old Lucketts Store hosts this annual weekend-long market with more than 200 of the best “vintage hip” vendors on the East Coast showcasing painted furniture, vintage garden gems, architectural salvage, antiques, retro clothing, and more. There will also be live music, a beer garden by Vanish Brewery, and food trucks. This year, the hosts of the DIY Network show Salvage Dogs will be at the event.
Cost: Tickets start at $10 per day.
Friday - Sunday
May 18-20
The NGA is putting on a community weekend with classic board and parlor games with an artistic twist, an all-female Afro-Brazilian percussion band, a large-scale collaborative sculpture, and more. Plus, the gallery’s summer staple, Jazz in the Garden, begins on Friday with the JoGo Project.
Cost: Free.
Saturday
May 19

Live like a royal while watching Harry and Meghan's wedding

Live like a royal while watching Harry and Meghan's wedding

Various locations
Royal fever is sweeping the area, with local bars and restaurants hosting Royal Wedding watch parties. The Dish & Dram will serve a British breakfast, beer, and a high tea. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC is transforming the property into Westminster Abbey and throwing a ticketed party complete with scones, crumpets, bangers, and prizes for the best headwear. The St. Regis has a variety of events, including afternoon tea in the lobby, a pop-up hat shop on Thursday and Friday, and a viewing breakfast with British classics. Of course, the #RoyalPUB will air the ceremony and donate 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales to The Invictus Games Foundation.
Cost: Prices vary.
dc bike ride
Courtesy of Michelle Cleveland
Saturday
May 19
This is your one chance to cruise the normally crowded streets of DC without any cars around. The closed-road recreational ride celebrates bicycling with a 20-mile course featuring on-course entertainment, views of the monuments, music, rest stops, and a post-ride festival.
Cost: Standard registration is $70.
Saturday
May 19
The DC BBQ Bash will bring together some of the city’s best BBQ joints for a meat fest to benefit Living Classrooms. Sample plates from Sloppy Mama’s, Rocklands, Due South, Hill Country, Fat Pete’s, and BBQ Bus.
Cost: Admission is free, food is available a la carte. VIP tickets are $50.
Sunday
May 20
Outdoor movie season is upon us and National Harbor has already started their series, Movies on the Potomac. Every Thursday and Sunday through September, there will be films playing on the Plaza Screen, like The Lego Batman Movie, Wonder Woman, Forrest Gump, Dream Girls, Jumanji, Justice League, The Blindside, Mean Girls, A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther, Moana, and more. This Sunday’s flick is Cars 3. BYO chair.
Cost: Free.