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Tuesday - Sunday
Jun 12-Sep 16
The Kennedy Center run of the smash hit Hamilton sold out right away in an online and in-person frenzy, but there will be 40 tickets offered for every show for just $10 each in a day-of lottery. If you don’t hit the jackpot, you can always live vicariously through Hamilton-themed specials around the region, like cocktails named after the show’s characters at Kingbird, themed talks and rival drinks at The Jefferson, and a ticket raffle at Hamilton Hotel (enter by purchasing the “My Shot” cocktail).
Cost: Prices vary.
Thursday - Sunday
Jun 14-Jul 15
Various locations
The time has come again for Americans to actually pay attention to football... er... soccer. Plenty of local bars and restaurants around DC will be airing the games as they take place in Russia, but you can also check out two pop-up bars dedicated to the tournament, too. Field House will be home to World Cup Bar, with a 22-inch LED video wall, food trucks, soccer-themed games, and beer specials from the countries playing in each match. And U Street Pop-Up will become World Cup HQ with internationally-inspired burgers from Lucky Buns, shareable cocktails, and more.
Cost: Prices vary.
Thursday - Sunday
Jun 21-24
Various locations
This international arts and dialogue festival features performances, interactive visual art installations, conversations, speakers, an augmented-reality art hunt, and more. The focus of these events will be the themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Cost: Free, donations encouraged.
Saturday - Sunday
Jun 23-24
Pennsylvania Avenue, between Third and Seventh Streets NW
Barbecue buffs will takeover Pennsylvania Avenue at this event featuring piles of samples, wine, beer, cooking contests, live music by The Plain White T’s, celebrity pitmasters, the Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile, Nathans’ Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, and more.
Cost: Tickets start at $12.
Wednesday - Wednesday
Jun 27-Jul 4
National Mall
Smithsonian’s annual educational festival showcases cultural traditions through interactive workshops and performances. This year’s program spotlights Armenian and Catalan culture with food, crafts, dance demonstrations, and music. There will also be a concert tribute to the Sisterfire music festivals that Roadwork produced in DC in the 1980s.
Cost: Free.
Friday
Jun 29
All summer long, Truckeroo brings together the hottest food trucks in the area for monthly festivals at The Bullpen. The family-friendly affair is chock full of live music, cold drinks, games, and, of course, delicious eats from more than a dozen trucks.
Cost: Varies by truck.
Saturday
Jun 30
Get ready to hear some country crooning at this annual outdoor blowout. This year, Rascal Flatts will headline the festival, alongside Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce.  Morgan Evans, Trent Harmon, and Jimmie Allen are some of the other country performers you can expect to see on the smaller stage.
Cost: GA tickets on the lawn start at $35, with higher tiers depending on which section you choose.
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Wednesday
Jul 4

Celebrate Independence Day in the nation's capital

Celebrate Independence Day in the nation's capital

Various locations
Grab all the American flag garb you can find and take your pick from a stacked lineup of July 4 events. There’s the national parade along Constitution Avenue, A Capitol Fourth concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol, and of course, show-stopping fireworks that can be viewed around the city.
Cost: Free.
Wednesday - Monday
Jul 4-Sep 3
The National Building Museum’s latest Summer Block Party pop-up is a house that reimagines the idea of a traditional home with a sequence of interactive rooms to tell the story of the Snarkitecture.
Cost: Tickets are $16.
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 7-29
Various locations
Embrace the weirdness and open your mind at this independent art festival with a mission to amplify fringe theatre, music, art, dance, and other forms of live performance and visual art.
Cost: Tickets go on sale June 18th.
Thursday - Friday
Jul 12-13
The one and only Britney Spears will be at National Harbor for two nights only. You’ll have to shell out to see her epic show, but true fans will find it well worth the price tag. When else are you going to enjoy hits like "...Baby One More Time," "Oops!... I Did It Again," or "Toxic"?
Cost: Tickets start at $325.
Friday - Tuesday
Jul 13-17
The MLB All-Star Game is taking place in DC for the first time since 1969. Secondary-market tickets for the game itself are outta-this-world-pricey, but there’s of course a whole week of activities planned around the game, from a FanFest at the Convention Center to a Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.
Cost: Prices vary, but FanFest admission starts at $30 and the Legends & Celebrity game tickets start at $55.
Monday - Saturday
Jul 23-28
Loudoun County Fairground
The Loudoun County Fair is a chance for cityfolk to get a taste of the country, with lawnmower races, a petting zoo, goat showmanship, a kiss-a-pig contest, a real-deal rodeo, milking demonstrations, a poultry parade, an egg toss contest, sack races, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, and more.
Cost: Tickets are $15.
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 28-Aug 5
The Citi Open will feature big names in tennis like Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, and more. You can snag tickets for the whole week, for just the weekend, or for a single session.
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
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Saturday
Aug 11
After postponing her El Dorado World Tour for some doctor-ordered R&R, Shakira is back on the road. Don’t miss your chance to vibe with the international superstar whose "Hips Don’t Lie" and who will most likely be performing other hits like "Whenever, Wherever" and "She Wolf."
Cost: Tickets start at $90.
Monday - Sunday
Aug 13-19
Various locations
RAMW Restaurant Week has rolled around again, with three-course prix-fixe menus at 250 of the best restaurants in DC. Participating restaurants and their menus will be announced online before the week begins, so keep an eye out.
Cost: Dinner is $35 and lunch or brunch is $22.
Sunday - Sunday
Aug 19-26
Various locations
The DC Brewer’s Guild is hosting their 10th annual DC Beer Week in celebration of the craft beer community. Local breweries, restaurants, and bars will offer tastings, educational seminars, and parties throughout the week. The official event lineup is still TBA.
Cost: Prices vary.
Thursday - Sunday
Aug 23-26
Comcast is putting on a free outdoor film fest on the lawn at Strathmore in honor of the NIH Children’s Charities. Grab your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic basket and get ready for four nights of pre-show activities and family-friendly flicks, including Coco, Black Panther, The Lion King, and Wonder Woman.
Cost: Free.
Saturday
Aug 25
17th Street, from P Street to R Streets NW
One-hundred vendors, including artists, makers, nonprofits, politicians, entrepreneurs, and local businesses turn out for this annual street festival. Expect free activities, specials, adoptable pets, and discounts at participating restaurants like Duke’s Grocery, Agora, Malbec, and more.
Cost: Free, but a $10 wristband gives you access to additional discounts.
Monday
Sep 3

Say goodbye to summer over Labor Day Weekend

Say goodbye to summer over Labor Day Weekend

Various locations
Labor Day Weekend is summer's swan song, so be sure to relax and take in the last moments of the sweet season. Hit up one of the nearby beaches, take a river cruise, savor a weekday brunch, or check out the National Symphony Orchestra's free annual concert.  
Cost: Prices vary.