The Ultimate Guide To D.C.’s Best Events: This Weekend And Beyond


Are you looking for exciting ways to spend your upcoming weekend and the week ahead? Washington D.C. has you covered with a vibrant lineup of activities that cater to diverse interests. From savoring exquisite cuisines during the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week to indulging in the unique flavors of Black-owned beers at MegaFest, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a curated list of the best things to do:


Thursday, Aug. 24

DCBX at the Renaissance Washington Hotel
Experience the energy of the “Super Bowl of Latin dance festivals” as the Renaissance Washington Hotel hosts DCBX. With over 7,000 dancers expected to attend, this four-day event offers more than 100 classes in various dance styles. From bachata to salsa, kizomba to lambada, participants can groove to the music until 8 a.m. Explore dance groups from around the world, enjoy rooftop happy hours, and themed parties. Tickets are available for individual nights or the entire event. ($79-$599)

Local Natives at 9:30 Club
Catch LA-based Local Natives in concert at the 9:30 Club. Their album “Gorilla Manor” debuted strong almost 14 years ago and still resonates with fervent drums, delicate strings, and impassioned vocals. The band’s evolution is evident in their 2023 album, “Time Will Wait for No One,” reflecting their transition into adulthood. (7 p.m., doors; $39.50)


Friday, Aug. 25

Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument Reopens
Explore history at the historic Belmont-Paul house, headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, which reopens after essential repairs. The museum showcases the story of the 19th Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, and Alice Paul’s contributions to the women’s rights movement. (10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Free)

Girls and Boys at the Black Cat
Step back into the ’90s with the “Girls and Boys” dance party at the Black Cat. Unlike typical ’90s-themed events, this one focuses on indie rock hits, promising a diverse collection of ’90s music, from Blur to the Beastie Boys. (9 p.m., $10-$15)


Saturday, Aug. 26

"Indulge in D.C.'s dining scene, experience beer and whiskey festivals, cheer for World Cup heroes, and savor cultural delights this weekend and beyond."

MegaFest at Sandlot Anacostia
Experience the second edition of MegaFest, a festival celebrating Black-owned craft beers. With an array of beer brands, DJs, and food trucks, Sandlot Anacostia is the place to be. Enjoy unlimited beer tastings and a vibrant atmosphere. (3 p.m. – 8 p.m., $50-$85)

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Transport yourself to medieval times at Maryland’s Renaissance Festival. Delight in live entertainment, archery demonstrations, comedy shows, and artisan booths while embracing the medieval spirit. (10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tickets vary)

Around the World Cultural Food Festival at Oronoco Bay Park
Indulge in a cultural feast at the Around the World Cultural Food Festival. Sample dishes from 16 countries, accompanied by captivating music and dance performances from around the globe. (11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Free)

BBQ and Barrels at Nationals Park
Experience the inaugural BBQ and Barrels festival at Nationals Park, offering a variety of bourbons, ryes, and American single-malt whiskeys. Savor these spirits alongside delectable barbecue and live music. (4 p.m. – 7 p.m., $75; VIP sessions $25-$38)

That’s So Vintage Market at AutoShop
Discover unique vintage treasures at the That’s So Vintage market. Explore curated collections of inclusive clothing and vinyl records from local vendors. (11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Free)

Tight Five Pub First Anniversary Party
Celebrate Tight Five Pub’s first anniversary with a lineup of events, including rugby viewings, spelling bees, live music, and a DJ set. Enjoy a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere. (Times vary; Free admission)

Ari Voxx and the Sad Lads Album Release Show at Songbyrd
Immerse yourself in the dreamy cotton candy aesthetic of Ari Voxx’s album “I’m Okay, Please Stop Asking.” The artist and the Sad Lads will perform songs that showcase her jazz vocal history. (7 p.m., $15-$18)

Sunday, Aug. 27

Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns at Audi Field
Witness an intense soccer match between the Washington Spirit and the Portland Thorns. Cheer for players who recently participated in the women’s World Cup, making this a thrilling showdown. (5 p.m., $15-$210)

Fairwood Music Festival at Fairwood Community Park
End your weekend on a musical note at the Fairwood Music Festival. Enjoy performances from the Bowie State University Chorale, the 8 Ohms Band, and Marcus Johnson. (1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Free)

Monday, Aug. 28

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week
Indulge in delectable offerings during Summer Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants offer special menus, making it a perfect opportunity to explore a variety of dining options. ($25 lunches and brunches, $40-$55 dinners)

Tuesday, Aug. 29

‘Mars, Voted Most Likely’: A Grand Tour of the Solar System
Join the Smithsonian Associates’ virtual lecture to explore the potential for life on ancient Mars. Learn from NASA mission scientist Katie Stack Morgan about the Red Planet’s history and its significance in the search for microbial life. (8 p.m. – 10 p.m., $30)

Profs and Pints Lecture: ‘AI’s Promise and Perils’ at Penn Social
Engage in a thought-provoking conversation about artificial intelligence and its impact on various aspects of life. Duke University professor Missy Cummings will delve into AI’s workings, challenges, and ethical considerations. (6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., $13.50-$17)

Wednesday, Aug. 30

DC Jazz Fest Opening Night
Celebrate the start of Washington’s largest jazz festival with free performances. Enjoy musical acts at the Eaton Hotel and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, featuring a range of talented artists.

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