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10+ Things to Do in the DC Area – NBC4 Washington

May closed on a busy note as we said goodbye to DC’s favorite little cherry tree, Stumpy, and hello to the prospect of new giant panda bears at the National Zoo.

And as if that emotional rollercoaster wasn’t enough, we’re hoping for a rain-free weekend. Chuck Bell of Storm Team4 says it’s possible – keep an eye on the forecast here.

Highlights of the weekend

Pride Month is starting

Pride Month kicks off with celebrations in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun in Virginia, plus Annapolis and Rockville in Maryland. These community festivals are free and offer activities for the whole family.

If you’re ready to party – with an Olympian – for a good cause, look no further than Pride! at the Disco Brunch presented by Worthy Mentoring! Carson Kressley will host the party with performances, live music and bottomless food and drinks. Olympic gold medalist and WNBA Seimone Augustus will be honored as the 2024 Worthy Mentor Honoree. Tickets are $200.

On Wednesdays, subscribers to The Weekend Scene newsletter will receive our Pride Guide newsletter packed with pro tips for the biggest weekend of Capital Pride (June 7-9).

Free choice
Opera Italiana is in the air
Sat., 6-7:30 p.m., The Lincoln Memorial, free
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Arias and symphonies will soar over the Lincoln Memorial for Opera Italiana is in the Air. Don’t worry about tickets or dress codes – just show up (perhaps with a blanket to soften the seating on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial).

“For more than 400 years, opera was considered ‘pop’ music and only very recently was wrongly seen as music for the elite. In its purest form, it is pure entertainment for everyone,” said maestro and founder Alvise Casellati in a press release, in which he encouraged everyone to give opera music a try.

More summer jams

There are free concerts all summer long in parks, on the MLK Library roof and in city squares – here’s our guide.

Some highlights include:

Free choice
Spectacle of positive masculinity
Sat., noon, 205 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg
🔗 Details

It’s busy on Saturday at Mr. Leesburg at Crooked Run Fermentation in Leesburg. Last year, the bartenders and some other guys competed in ‘talent’, ‘swimsuit’, ‘interview’ and other categories to compete for the coveted title and raise money for charity.

This year, $12,000 will be raised for LAWS, which aims to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence so they can live lives free from fear, anxiety and danger.

Free choice
Occoquan Riverfest & Craft Show
Sat. and Sun., 10am to 5pm, Occoquan, Virginia
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Browse the work of more than 250 artisans, enjoy live concerts at River Mill Park, and stroll the environmentally conscious Conservation Alley.

Head to the ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat Parade’ on Saturday or the Duck Splash on Sunday, where large numbers of rubber ducks ‘race’ across the river to benefit a good cause.

Concerts this weekend

Dwight Yoakim, Friday 5:30 p.m., The Anthem, $55-$125

No intro needed, right? But a cool location to meet the iconic country singer-songwriter who achieved major popular and critical success while remaining an outlaw over a four-decade career. The well-traveled, long-lived (with a few long breaks) country band The Mavericks, with many country chart-topping songs on their record, open. Details.

Shannon and the Clams, Saturday 8pm, The Black Cat, $25 (in advance)/$30 (day of)

Garage punks have been mining the sounds of early pop and rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelia and R&B for fifteen years, with songs that are both compelling and poignant. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced their latest album, “The Moon Is in the Wrong Place.” Don’t miss DJ Baby Alcatraz’s set to open the evening: crate digger supreme discovers rock ‘n’ roll jams that will make you wonder why you haven’t heard them before. Details.

Things to do in DC

DanceAfrica DC
Thursday. through Saturday, Dance Place in Northeast, free

“Mindbender Mansion” at the National Children’s Museum
Until September 2, included in admission

Mystics vs. Dream in Women Game Changers theme night
Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 PM, Entertainment and Sports Arena

Spring night market
Wednesday. and Thursday, 5-11 p.m., Hi-Lawn at Union Market, free admission

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Thursday, 8 p.m., The Lincoln Theater, $55-$149

NGA First Saturdays
Saturday, National Gallery of Art, free

Fiesta Asia street fair
11am to 7pm, downtown DC, free

Daybreaker PEACE TOUR yoga and dance party
Saturday, 8 a.m., The Kennedy Center, $25-$40

The biggest Beyoncé Block party ever
Sun., 2pm-8pm, The Bullpen in Southeast DC, $10-$100

Cleveland Park Day
Sun., noon to 5 p.m., free

Pixar Putt
The Wharf, $32+ for adults

What to do in Maryland

Shake It Off in Gaithersburg: A Taylor Swift Sing-A-Long
Fri., 8:30 p.m., Concert Pavilion, free

Taste of Riverworks Festival
Saturday, Poolesville, Maryland, free

Asia on the Creek
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., Carroll Creek Amphitheater in Frederick, free

Outdoor film screening: “Bee Movie”
Sun., 6 p.m., National Harbor, free

Things to do in Virginia

Watch the finale of Bravo’s “Summer House”
Thursday, 8-10 p.m., The Boro at Tysons, free, check in for a free drink ticket

Sari-Sari pop-up night market
Fri, 5-10pm, UPSIDE on Moore in Arlington, free admission

Celebrate South Riding Carnival
Fri. and Saturday, $10 admission

Scavenger hunt in Old Town Alexandria to benefit the Inova Alexandria Hospital
Saturday, 1-4 p.m., $15

SummerFest with Eric Bellinger and more
Sun., noon to 8 p.m., Lerner Town Square in Tysons, $51+

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