Need Father’s Day Weekend ideas? If your dad is into dragon boats, daguerreotypes or Die Mannschaft, read on. Also worth considering: a father-daughter dinner on Friday at i Ricchi and special programming at George Washington’s Mount Vernon on Saturday and Sunday. For more June events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘The Skin of Our Teeth’
The Theatre Lab, 733 8th St. NW, presents “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s hilarious classic, which tells the history of the world through the adventures of a single family. Performances are: Thursday, June 14, and Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, June 16, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for age 60+ and students. For details, visit theatrelab.org or call 202-824-0449.
‘The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence’
After a sold-out, three-week Off-Broadway run, Step Afrika! closes its season with performances of “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence” in Catholic University’s Hartke Theater, 3801 Harewood Road NE. The show blends body percussion, dance, spoken word, projected images of Lawrence’s “Migration Series” paintings and live music. Performances are: Thursday, June 14, and Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 16, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 17, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 and $60. For details, visit stepafrika.org or call 202-399-7993, ext. 111.
National Geographic Explorers Festival Party
This evening takeover of the National Geographic campus, 1145 17th St. NW, will feature live music, cocktails and sustainable food. Some of the world’s most celebrated explorers, scientists and changemakers will be on hand to party for the planet on Friday, June 15, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. For details, visit nationalgeographic.org or call 202-857-7000.
Daddy-Daughter Date Night
Also on Friday, June 15, between 5:30 and 10 p.m., Mamma Ricchi is setting aside a special night for fathers to treat their daughters to dinner (or vice-versa) at Ristorante i Ricchi, 1220 19th St. NW. There will also be a children’s menu with specials to share. For details, visit iricchidc.com or call 202-835-0459.
Volta Park Day
The annual community picnic hosted by the Friends of Volta Park will take place on Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. in Volta Park, 34th Street and Volta Place. The free event will include children’s games and a bake sale. Note: There is a cocktail party and silent auction at Georgetown Visitation School on Friday, June 15. For details, visit voltapark.org.
Father’s Day Weekend at Mount Vernon
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, about 10 miles south of Alexandria, Virginia, is offering special Father’s Day Weekend programming. In “Father to the First Family,” Gen. Washington discusses his role as husband, stepfather and father of our country. At the distillery and gristmill, demonstrations by costumed distillers take visitors through the historic process of whiskey-making. The buffet menu ($40) at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant features a pig roast carving station and sliced lamb with rosemary sauce. Online admission is $18, $11 for ages 6 to 11 and free for age 5 and under. For details, visit mountvernon.org.
Summerfest DC Festival
Summer’s official kickoff weekend in the nation’s capital is Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17. At this 21+ event at the Capitol Riverfront Festival Grounds, 136 N St. SE, participants will get their own tasting glass to try craft beers, wines and ciders (gluten-free options also available). There will be live music on the main stage, a DJ stage, outdoor games and various food options including food trucks. Tickets for a three-hour session are around $60, with discounts available online while they last. For details, visit summerfestdc.com or eventbrite.com.
Dragon Boat Festival
The DC Dragon Boat Festival, now celebrating its 17th year, is a free two-day festival held along the Potomac River, this year on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17. Opening ceremonies are at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday; the closing award ceremony is at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Besides the races themselves, the event — sponsored by the Taiwan-U.S. Cultural Association — includes cultural exhibitions and craft demonstrations, promoting Taiwanese culture in the Washington area. Headquarters is Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave. NW. For details, visit dcdragonboatfestival.com.
Donvonte McCoy Quintet
One of the performers during the closing weekend of the DC Jazz Festival is trumpeter and composer Donvonte McCoy, who will lead a quintet — named best small jazz ensemble by Washington City Paper two years in a row — on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, at 11 p.m. at Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th St. NW. Free entry before 11 p.m. For details, visit dcjazzfest.org or call 202-466-3922.
Curator Tour: Daguerreotypes
On Sunday, June 17, at 3 p.m., Ann Shumard, senior curator of photographs at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW, will offer fascinating insight into the museum’s collection of daguerreotypes, some of the earliest examples of photographic portraiture. Admission is free. For details, visit npg.si.edu or call 202-633-8300.
World Cup: Germany vs. Mexico
To bring the World Cup spirit to Washington, D.C., the Goethe-Institut, 1990 K St. NW, will be hosting free live streams in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation for all of the defending champion German team’s matches. In the first match of the group stage, on Sunday, June 17, at 11 a.m., Die Mannschaft has to prove itself against the Mexican team. For details, visit goethe.de or call 202-847-4700.
Maritime Voices at C&O Canal
Also on Sunday, June 17, at noon, Washington Revels Maritime Voices celebrates the lives and legacies of the men and women who worked and maintained our nation’s 19th-century waterways. At this free event at Great Falls Tavern, 11710 MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac, Maryland, the placid waters and trails of the C&O Canal will come to life through songs and stories. For details, visit revelsdc.org or call 301-587-3835.