Weekend Roundup, June 8 – 11

This article was updated at 9 p.m., June 8.

Another weekend is upon us with lots to do! Celebrate Burleith’s Centennial with a picnic, join the Capital Pride Parade, delight in “Hadestown” at the National Theatre, Summerfest at Mount Vernon, a new exhibit at the Phillips Collection and more. Enjoy! 

Summer at the Wharf: Friday Night Dancing

Put on your dancing shoes and learn to swing dance with Gottaswing, a local community of swing dancers, and live music from legendary local blues-rock band, The Nighthawks, at the Wharf. The Friday Night Dancing event is from 7 to 9 p.m. and is part of the Summer at the Wharf series of events and happenings. More information on the event can be found here. 

Celebrate Pride at the Capital Pride Parade

“Be prepared to experience one of the largest Pride Parades to ever take place in the nation’s capital,” CapitalPride.org announced. This Saturday, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in the Logan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods come out for a joyous celebratory parade with the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. According to the group, this “beloved tradition honors our history and acknowledges the evolution of the LGBTQ+ neighborhoods in Washington, while respecting the origins and importance of taking to the streets in our fight for equality.” Staging: on 15th Street NW between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Step Off: 14th St. at T Street NW, at 3 p.m. Finish: P Street at 21st St. NW. For more info, go here.

Courtesy Capital Pride Alliance.

Updated: This Event Has Been Cancelled (Due to ‘Hazardous Wildfire Smoke’) — Burleith Summer Picnic

This Saturday, June 10, bring your picnic baskets and blankets to Whitehaven Park for the Burleith Summer Picnic, celebrating the neighborhood’s 100th year. Sponsored by the Burleith Citizens Association, the picnic will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m., rain or shine, at Whitehaven and 37th Street NW in the Green Lot. Feast on Rocklands BBQ, enjoy electronic and “chill vibe” music from Auro Duo, face-painting, a kids’ interactive reptile show, an historic walking tour, a raffle, and more! For more info go here.

See ‘Hadestown’ at the National Theatre 

The eight-time Tony Award winning “Hadestown” is running at the National Theatre through June 18. The show tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice goes to work in an industrial version of the Greek underworld (aka Hadestown) to escape poverty, and her singer-songwriter lover Orpheus comes to rescue her. The musical won the 2019 Best New Musical Tony. Tickets begin at $60 and can be found here. 

“Hadestown” is at the National Theatre through June 18. Courtesy Broadway at the National.

Enjoy Summerfest at Mount Vernon 

Mount Vernon’s Summerfest will include craft beer samples from local breweries, live music and the chance to explore the historic area after hours. While the mansion will be closed for the Friday and Saturday evening, the outer buildings will be open (including the gift shop until 8:45 p.m.). More information on how to get tickets can be found here. 

Mount Vernon’s summer social event, “Summerfest,” is this weekend. Courtesy Mt. Vernon.

Visit the Phillips Collection for ‘Frank Stewart’s Nexus: an American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present’  

Opening this weekend at the Phillips Collection is an exhibit celebrating photographer Frank Stewart. On display through Sept. 3, guests can see a retrospective of how Stewart’s photography centers on his sensitive, spontaneous approach to portraying world cultures and Black life in all its forms (including music, art, food and dance). More information on the exhibit can be found here. Also, mark your calendars for another Phillips Collection event: Our Culture Power Breakfast June 22 will feature new Vradenburg Director and CEO of the Phillips Collection Jonathan P. Binstock. More information can be found here. 

A new exhibit opens at the Phillips Collection this weekend. Courtesy Phillips Collection.

See Hometown Band ‘SOJA’ at Wolf Trap 

Arlington, Virginia natives SOJA are appearing Saturday at Wolf Trap. The Grammy-winning reggae group’s signature sound was born from their passion for making music that inspires. SOJA will be appearing with Jamaican stars and collaborators Protoje and Jesse Royal. More information on tickets can be found here. 

Local group SOJA will appear at Wolf Trap this weekend. Courtesy Wolf Trap.

Kick Off ‘Rockin’ at the Ridge’ at City Ridge This Weekend

The City Ridge neighborhood continues its summer music series tomorrow with Todd Brooks and Pour Decisions. Fridays this summer, relax on City Ridge’s Social Stairs in The Branches Lobby at 30 Ridge Square Northwest, and enjoy music, beer and wine. Beer and wine will be available for purchase throughout the event, and guests are welcome to stop by Wegmans and Tatte Bakery & Café. More information on the event can be found here. 

Rockin’ at the Ridge continues this weekend. Courtesy the Brand Guild.

The Choral Arts Society Performs Haydn on Sunday

Haydn’s “Mass for Troubled Times” will be performed at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, featuring Dr. André J. Thomas as guest conductor. The show will include pieces by renowned contemporary composers Dr. Adolphus Hailstork and Dominick DiOrio. The event marks the D.C. premiere of DiOrio’s “Solaris” and will be only the second time the choral symphony has been performed. More information on tickets can be found here. 

Composer Dominick DiOrio will be appearing with the Choral Arts Society this Sunday. Courtesy Collins & Co.

Coming Next Week: 

Join fashion historian John Tiffany at City Ridge’s ongoing fashion lecture series next Thursday, June 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday’s talk will be all about the heart of 1940s fashion. Dubbed “War Style and the New Look,” Tiffany will highlight the amazing changes in fashion over the decade. More information on the event can be found here. 

City Ridge’s Fashion Lecture Series continues next week with a talk on the 1940s.




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