Events

Everything You Can Do in DC This Weekend

Share snacks with Hello Kitty or practice yoga outside.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck

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.

Dine al fresco while socially distancing

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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. Head to Shilling Canning Company now through Sunday for a special first anniversary menu in the culinary garden or preview La Famosa’s Puerto Rican fare at a pop up on the patio of Right Proper on Saturday afternoon. Plus, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is resuming its East Coast tour with a stop at Tysons Corner Center on Saturday.
Cost: Prices vary by establishment; be sure to tip well

Support the Black community in the DMV

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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: As much time or money as you can afford

Document your life during the pandemic “In Real Time”

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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

Have a drink and tip your bartenders and servers

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Home
Don’t forget to trip generously as you begin dining out at restaurants again, but you can also still leave a few bucks as a tip via these virtual tip jars for DC, Northern Virginia, and Baltimore. There are also funds you can contribute to, including one in partnership with Hook Hall Helps and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and one organized by the James Beard Foundation. If you’re looking for a little guidance with your drinking, join a virtual happy hour with winemakers and brewers.
Cost: Whatever you can afford

Bring the city’s best restaurants to you

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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. 
Cost: Prices vary by establishment; be sure to tip well 

Catch up on the latest TV shows or movies

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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. You could also venture out for a social distancing-approved movie night at the summer pop-up drive-in theater at The Boro Tysons, happening Thursdays-Fridays through July 11.
Cost: Prices vary; tickets to the drive-in are $20

Cuddle up with a good book

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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. 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: Library rentals are free, book prices vary

Have a virtual social gathering

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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. You could also virtually gather your friends for a secret agent mission, or look for love at an online speed dating event.
Cost: Free

Get a little crafty

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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.
Cost: Prices vary

Sweat it out with a virtual workout

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Online
With gyms and fitness studios shutting down, you may be wondering how to avoid losing those gains. Many businesses are offering online classes, including local ones like Formula Running Center, Barry’s, the Y, the Rosslyn BID, the Boro Tysons, The St. James, The Studio DC, Past Tense Yoga Studio, and The Capitol Riverfront BIDAudi Field is opening its spacious grounds to the public for fitness and fun, so check the schedule for workout classes. Plus, there are several yoga options this weekend, including an online class from the US Botanic Garden, an outdoor event with baby goats, or a fresh air flow at the Kennedy Center. If barre is more your style, try Pure Barre’s parking lot pop-up.
Cost: Prices vary, many are free

Learn something new

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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 virtually visit one of DC's top-notch museums, or tour one of many incredible places around the world.
Cost: Prices vary, many are free

Get your daily dose of the arts and culture, online

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Online
Since you can’t spend an evening at the theater or concert hall, arts and culture organizations are bringing shows to you at home. The Capitol Riverfront BID is taking its summer concert series online with Friday Nights from Home. Synetic Theater is presenting their first virtual production -- the Decameron, an adaptation of Giovanni Boccacio’s stories written in response to the Black Death of 1348. Halcyon and Monochrome Collective have partnered to put on a virtual art fair, By the People, featuring local emerging artists. Transformer’s annual spring Collector’s View series showcasing the private art collections of notable DC collectors is taking place digitally as well, with videos shared online daily via subscription. Transformer’s annual spring Collector’s View series showcasing the private art collections of notable DC collectors is taking place digitally as well, with videos shared online daily via subscription. The Kennedy Center’s digital stage features thousands of archived videos from shows, plus workshops and behind-the-scenes clips. There are also a few galleries opening their doors again: ARTECHOUSE is bringing back the Beyond the Blooms spring exhibition that was only on view for two days before being shut down in March. The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery is presenting a show investigating natural versus artificial selection by artist Tai Hwa Goh.
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.