The quiet of August may almost be upon us, but this weekend there are still so many things to do in the area. EventsDC launches its summer concert series with such D.C.-based groups as Junk Yard Band and Thievery Corporation. The National Museum of African Art has reopened and the All-American Beer Festival and Hello Kitty Café Truck are back. For soccer fans, DC United’s playing the New York Red Bulls and lots more below. Have a great weekend!
Take in the Summer Concert Series with EventsDC
The Summer Concert Series by EventsDC kicks off today. Grammy-nominated artist Robert Randolph and the Family Band starts off the weekend, followed by the D.C.-based group Junk Yard Band on Friday and then another legendary D.C. group, Thievery Corporation, takes the stage Saturday. Latin pop star Jason Cerda plays Sunday. The series hails the beginning of more in-person live and local music. More information on the series can be found here.
Visit the Newly Reopened National Museum of African Art
The National Museum of African Art, like many Smithsonians of late, has opened its doors to the public once again. Escape the heat and explore the museum designed “to inspire conversations about the beauty, power, and diversity of African arts and cultures worldwide.” The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. More information on the museum can be found here.
The All-American Beer Festival is Back
Dubbed “DC’s most patriotic beer festival,” the All-American Beer Fest takes place this Saturday at the Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds. Session One goes from noon until 4 p.m. for VIPs (with a 1 p.m. start time for general admission) and Session Two runs from 6 – 10 p.m. for VIPs (with a 7 p.m. start time for general admission). Expect some food trucks, and unlimited samples of 55+ beers from over 30 breweries. More information on the festival can be found here.
Stream “The Beatles: From Liverpool to Legend — A Musical Celebration”
Saul Lilienstein takes an in-depth look at the Beatles’ music, roots and more with this all-day Smithsonian Associates program (open to all) on Saturday. The topics are highlighted by musical recordings and film clips. A lunchtime talk is called “Reflecting and Shaping a Generation” about how the Fab Four became drivers of social freedom and the heart of the optimistic youth of the Sixties. Later in the afternoon, John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s musical and personal styles are compared. The event is $80 for members and $90 for non-members. More information can be found here.
Enjoy a DC United Match
DC United is back and better than ever this season. Sunday, at Audi Field, they take on the New York Red Bulls at 8 p.m. Note: Audi Field is a mobile-only venue now and tickets are checked via smart phone. Kids ages two-and-under don’t need a ticket if they’ll be sitting on an adult’s lap. More information on DC United can be found here.
See “Seeing Differently” at the Phillips Collection
The exhibit “Seeing Differently” is showing now through September 12 at the Phillips Collection. The exhibit is the first major celebration of the museum’s permanent collection in over a decade! “Seeing Differently” is guided by the universal language of art, connecting artists across race and gender lines. More information on the Phillips Collection can be found here.
The Hello Kitty Café Truck is Back Again
The ever-popular Hello Kitty food truck is back again! The smaller version of the larger California café’s, the truck will be parked on Pentagon Row Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. In addition to sweet treats, the mobile café will sell Hello Kitty plushes, t-shirts and cookie sets. Both kids and kids-at-heart should enjoy this one. More information can be found here.