Washington DC

Actually Fun Things to Do in DC This Weekend

Celebrate Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and Pride Month.

National Landing
National Landing’s Gateway Park Green | Photo by Daniel Swartz
National Landing’s Gateway Park Green | Photo by Daniel Swartz

Juneteenth has been recognized as a national holiday—and if that’s not cause for celebration, we don’t know what is. So whether you celebrate every year or are just learning about the momentous holiday, there are many ways to honor Juneteenth on Saturday. Then on Sunday, thank dad for all he's done with Father’s Day celebrations across the city. Finally, there are still Pride Month celebrations going on this week and beyond. With so much to celebrate, it’s going to be a busy weekend. So mark up your calendar, and get out there.

Get a free scoop of rainbow cake gelato

Friday, June 18
Various Locations
With temperatures heating up this weekend, you may find yourself craving something cooling and sweet. Head over to a nearby Dolcezza to try the shop’s new Rainbow Cake gelato, a special flavor in collaboration with chef Paola Velez in honor of Pride Month. The collaboration hits all Dolcezza shops Friday and to celebrate the flavor's launch, Dolcezza will be giving away a free scoop of Rainbow Cake at all shops from noon to 5 pm. It will be available for the rest of the month, and a portion of the proceeds from this weekend's sales will be donated to Queer Food Foundation.
Cost: Prices vary

Join the Juneteenth Freedom Fest

Friday, June 18 – Saturday, June 19
Looking for a virtual way to celebrate Juneteenth? Check out Freedom Fest, hosted by the DC-based organization, Juneteenth Foundation. Visit the virtual discussion panel on Friday featuring some of the nation’s largest brands and corporations. The panel will evaluate what corporations are doing to understand and support the Black community both within their workspace and externally. Visit the virtual career panel and fair on Saturday and close out the event with the Juneteenth Freedom Concert.  
Cost: Free

Work remotely or enjoy happy hour at a new outdoor space

Friday, June 18 – Sunday, June 20
Arlington, Virginia
If you’re looking for a new location to work remotely or a chic meet up spot for happy hour, consider visiting National Landing BID’s Summer House. The brightly colored, beach-themed space opened this week and will take over National Landing’s Gateway Park Green. Enjoy free cold brew and WiFi to fuel your workday, then during happy hour, listen to the best songs of the summer by live DJs from across the DMV. Visitors can also look forward to outdoor yoga classes, complimentary cocktails, and summer camp activities like friendship bracelet-making, field day games, and tie dye.  
Cost: Free 

See a live performance from New Orchestra of Washington

Saturday, June 19
North Bethesda, Maryland
In honor of Juneteenth, catch the New Orchestra of Washington’s first live show since the beginning of the pandemic. The performance, titled Juneteenth Celebration: Lift Every Voice! will take place at the newly built outdoor Strathmore Patio Stage on the Trawick Terrace. Enjoy the music and story behind some of the most talented African American composers from the past and present, including works by George Walker, Jessie Montgomery, William Grant Still, and Florence Price. Bring your family or close friend group as tickets will be sold as pods for four people, with seating at socially distanced tables.
Cost: $120 per 4 tickets

Dine at a new restaurant and art gallery in one

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 20
Arlington, Virginia
An art gallery inside a restaurant? That basically means you get two dates in one. Head over to Ballston Quarter this weekend for the opening of WHINO, a 6,200-square-foot restaurant, combined with an art gallery opening on the second floor. This modern open concept venue invites patrons to inhabit large-scale mural installations while enjoying craft cocktails, beer, wine, and globally inspired shareable plates.
Cost: Prices vary

Check out a new adults-only mini golf course

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 20
Dupont Circle
A trip to the greens is closer than you think. A new adult-only mini golf course, called Swingers, opened in Dupont Circle earlier this week, and this weekend is the perfect time to check it out. Book your tee time for nine holes of “crazy golf,” with obstacles and challenges along the way, then kick back with snacks and cocktails from a mini food hall inside that’s run by KNEAD Hospitality + Design, the restaurant group behind popular restaurants like The Grill, Mi Vida, and Gatsby, among others.
Cost: $19 during off-peak times; $24 during peak times; food and drink prices vary

Catch a drive-in movie in Alexandria

Friday, June 18 – Saturday, June 19
Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria’s 2021 Movie series continues this weekend, so pack the car up with snacks and head over to the drive to re-watch old favorites or experience classics for the first time. This weekend, catch the blockbuster hit Black Panther on Friday, and $10 from each ticket purchased will directly benefit the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. On Saturday, you can watch the animated classic Shrek, and proceeds will benefit the ATHENA Rapid Response Innovation Lab and help establish scholarships for Alexandria City High School Grads through The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.
Cost: $40 per car, per movie

Enjoy all-day cocktail and beer specials with dad

Sunday, June 20
Park View
Bring dad to Hook Hall this Father’s Day weekend to celebrate him. Enjoy the spot’s summer theme and take advantage of all-day Maker’s Mark cocktail specials and a specialty craft beer list. Spend some quality time outside of the house and show dad how much you appreciate him with some specialty drinks on you.
Cost: Prices vary

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Oyin Adedoyin is a Baltimore-area freelance journalist with previous experience at The Wall Street JournalPolitico, and The Baltimore Sun. On the off chance that she’s not writing, you can probably find her nose buried in a good book or learning new songs on the ukulele. Follow her on Twitter @Oyin_Adedoyin_.
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