There are lots of options for things to do this weekend. The Kennedy Center is celebrating World Refugee Day, Shop Made in DC is moving to Georgetown and Georgetown GLOW has only 10 days left for the spring edition. Also, Saturday is Juneteenth, now a federal holiday commemorating the end of U.S. slavery in 1865. There will be lots of celebrations and educational activities with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Step Afrika! and more. Enjoy your weekend and Happy Juneteenth!
Check Out World Refugee Day at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Summer Series
The Kennedy Center, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Refugee Agency, in partnership with One Journey are hosting three days of activities in honor of World Refugee Day. The program is designed to present fun and inspiration to celebrate the courage of the people who have been forced to leave their homes due to war, violence and other causes.
Today, there will be an Arts Market on the REACH Plaza, a DJ playing music and a film screening of the movie Runner. Tomorrow, expect more art on the REACH Plaza as well as a performance by the musician Melat and a jazz show at 8 p.m. Saturday morning, there will be yoga at the REACH and contemporary dance and storytelling. Saturday evening should be fun with DJ sets and the NSO Youth Fellow Chamber Groups’ open rehearsals. Access to the event is first come, first served. More information can be found here.
Visit Shop Made in DC’s New Georgetown Space
Shop Made in DC, a retail initiative to grow D.C.’s makers and artists, is moving to a bigger space in Georgetown tomorrow. Check out 1353 Wisconsin Ave. NW — a 2,400 square foot storefront that will have an indoor and outdoor classroom. Friday night from 5 – 8 p.m. will be a grand opening party with a DIY bar (make your own body scrub with Elevation Lifestyle or block print your own pouch with The Other Cat). Later this weekend, check out cocktail demos with Republic Restorative, Pratt Standard and Element Shrubs. There are also plans for block print bike card making with Allie Tripp of The Block Print Bike and a vintage glassware sale with Underground Goods. More info here.
It’s the Last 10 Days of Georgetown GLOW
It’s true—Georgetown GLOW is ending its spring run on June 27. That leaves you 10 days to check out the outdoor installations before they leave us. GLOW is the region’s only free, curated outdoor public light experience. With the weather we’ve been having, it’s a great time to walk around the neighborhood and explore the creative settings. More on GLOW can be found here. By the way, don’t worry if you miss this round—the next iteration will be July 2 through September 26.
Celebrate—and Educate Yourself—about Juneteenth
Local dance company Step Afrika! will return to the virtual theater to commemorate Juneteenth (June 19, 1865), as the day that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to make sure all enslaved people were freed, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. The troupe will be premiering three works: “Trane,” “Little Rock Nine” and “The Movement” in a virtual celebration Saturday at 8 p.m. Register here.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will be hosting a day of events Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth. The museum’s events will be virtual, with activities exploring the meaning of freedom and engaging in African American cultural traditions. There is a discussion with food writer Adrian Miller on his latest book called “Black Smoke,” a panel discussion on the origins and significance of Juneteenth, musical performances and a conversation with singer Amythyst Kiah and much more. Registration for the virtual programs is free and open to the public at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming. Learn more by visiting the Juneteenth website at https://s.si.edu/2U4KKrr.