Weekend Round Up, June 16–20

Happy Father’s Day and Juneteenth weekend! There are lots of things to do, including a performance by The American Pops Orchestra tonight, the singer Pharrell bringing all his friends to The National Mall, a free documentary screening and The Emancipation Proclamation on display at The National Archives — a rarity! 

The American Pops Orchestra Performs TONIGHT at CityCenterDC 

This evening beginning at 7:30 p.m., head to The Plaza at CityCenter (934 Palmer Alley NW) for a special evening featuring The American Pops Orchestra. The orchestra will be performing Broadway hits with a modern twist, all orchestrated by Conor Keelan. Classics like “Almost Like Being in Love,” “On the Street Where You Live” and “Climb Every Mountain,” among others will be featured. More information on tonight’s event (which is free) can be found here. 

Celebrate Juneteenth at Union Stage on Sunday 

Union Stage is hosting a Juneteenth Freedom Day Music Festival on Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m. The event will be hosted by WPGC 95.5’s Nori Nori and DJ Akademiks. The celebration is affordable and family-friendly and will be highlighting local emerging artists and other acts. More information on the festival can be found here. 

Party with Pharrell, The Dave Matthews Band, Justin Timberlake and More 

Pharrell’s massive weekend music festival — Something in the Water — will be on The National Mall tomorrow through Sunday. Dozens of musical acts old and new will be there, including Pharrell himself and Chloe X Halle, Jon Batiste, The Dave Matthews Band, Justin Timberlake and more. Events DC and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office are putting on the event. More information on the event can be found here. 

Musician Pharrell Williams is hosting Something in the Water this weekend in DC. Photo of Pharrell Williams attending the Oscars in 2014 by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

See a Free Screening of the New NASA Documentary “The Color of Space” 

In honor of Juneteenth, head to Cramton Auditorium at 2455 6th St. NW for a family-friendly reception and hands-on activities for kids at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a documentary screening of “The Color of Space” at 7 p.m. Black astronauts who have gone from space to the big screen with the NASA doc will be on hand for selfies with little future astronauts. There will even be a virtual reality station where families can explore the International Space Station. Registration is required for the event. You can do so here. 

Take Dad to See “Jersey Boys” at the Kennedy Center 

If Dad grew up listening to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, you’ll want to take him to see Jersey Boys at The Kennedy Center. The musical tells the tale of the iconic Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning real-life tale. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Performances began last Tuesday and end June 26. More information on tickets can be found here. 

See the Original Emancipation Proclamation, General Order No. 3 at The National Archives 

Saturday through Monday, The National Archives will be displaying the original Emancipation Proclamation and General Order No. 3. The order granted freedom to the last enslaved people in the U.S. out of Galveston, Texas. It was granted two and a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Due to its extremely fragile condition, the proclamation can see just 36 hours of sunlight per year. Over the three-day stretch it will be on display, The National Archives will be open for extended hours, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. More information on this can be found here. 

General Order No. 3, along with The Emancipation Proclamation, will be displayed this weekend only at The National Archives. Courtesy National Archives.







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