Weekend Roundup, June 22 – 25

The summer solstice has welcomed us into a season of full-on sunny days, warm nights and lots of things to do. As we celebrate the new season, here’s your latest weekend roundup.

See Cellphone: Unseen Connections’ at National Museum of Natural History 

Through over 750 objects from around the world, multimedia installations, an interactive group chat and more, learn about how cell phones influence our lives. The new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History opens June 23. It will tackle the ways cell phones connect us to the natural world, and to an unseen global network. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

A new exhibit on cell phones opens at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Courtesy Smithsonian.

Check Out the Out and About’ Festival at Wolf Trap 

A celebration of music, nature and inclusivity kicks off at Wolf Trap this weekend. Singer Brandi Carlile will be headlining both days of the festival, along with Rufus Wainwright, local artists Bad Moves and more. In addition to music, the festival will include community-focused activities and entertainment as well as food trucks and an off-site buffet. More information on the festival can be found here.

See The Lion King’ at the Kennedy Center 

It’s a tradition that’s been passed down generations — seeing “The Lion King” on stage. The film that became a musical phenomenon returns to The Kennedy Center for a summer run beginning this weekend and ending July 29. The musical features classic tunes from Elton John and Tim Rice. More information on how to get tickets can be found here.

“The Lion King” is back at The Kennedy Center this summer. Courtesy Kennedy Center.

Hungry? Enjoy the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle 

The annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle is back along Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 3rd and 7th Streets NW. Expect to enjoy lots of pit masters, local restaurants, and live music, along with cooking demos and free tastings. Get tickets for the event here.

Check out the Home Rule Music Festival 

The 2023 Home Rule Music Festival is this weekend. The event, co-presented by the Home Rule Music and Film Preservation Foundation and CapitalBop, is a three-day festival whose last day is Saturday. The event celebrates the best in D.C. music and culture. Saturday’s lineup includes Hear In Now, Jamal Moore, Hamid Drake and Nag Champa Art Ensemble. More information on how to get tickets to the event can be found here.

St. John’s, Georgetown Celebrates Spirited Women from the Bible and Today

Georgina Warren with her new book, “Tales of Virtuous Stepmothers.”

This Sunday, June 25, led by its all-women clergy team, St. John’s Church, Georgetown will be celebrating spirited women of the Bible and today. The celebration, which starts at 10 a.m., will include stories and preaching about some of the courageous and unexpected women in the Bible, with music composed and performed by women. And after the service, the celebration will continue at 11 a.m. — with food from women-owned businesses, including Chef Jenn Crovato’s neighborhood hot spot, 1310 Kitchen. Local author Georgina Warren will read excerpts from her new book, “Tales of Virtuous Stepmothers,”the inspiration for St. John’s celebration of women. Local artist Diana Bulger will show some of her beautiful watercolors, including one of former St. John’s parishioner (and overall amazing woman) Madeleine Albright.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, is at 3240 O St., NW, across the street from Hyde Addison Elementary School in the heart of Georgetown. Learn more at www.stjohnsgeorgetown.org. St. John’s, Georgetown: Be you. Be here. Belong.

Take in VOCA’s A Raisin in the Sun

The Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA) presents “A Raisin in the Sun” at Atlas Performing Arts Center now through July 2. The play will be performed by a Deaf, Hard of Hearing (HoH) and CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) African American cast, showing the perspective of Black Deaf culture and the use of American Sign Language and Black American Sign Language in the 1950s. More information on tickets can be found here. 

VOCA’s “A Raisin in the Sun” is being performed at Atlas Performing Arts Center through July 2. Photo courtesy Atlas Arts.

The National Portrait Gallery Presents One Life: Frederick Douglass


Open through 2024, Frederick Douglass, activist, writer, speaker and intellectual, was one of the most influential people in 19th century America. The National Portrait Gallery celebrates the icon through a series of prints, photos and more. More information on this exhibit can be found here.

The National Portrait Gallery has introduced an exhibit on Frederick Douglass. Courtesy Smithsonian.




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