As ever, the Fourth of July will be celebrated in D.C. with a parade and "A Capitol Fourth." You can also mark the nation’s 243rd birthday at the National Archives and the Rooftop at the Graham Georgetown.
Shoppers can loosen up for the District Warehouse Sale on Saturday with a little morning tai chi in Chinatown. This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival is Saturday and Sunday on the National Mall.
The Smithsonian museums will be open until midnight on Saturday as part of the By The People festival. Check out the Bolivian dancing at the National Museum of the American Indian, followed by a dance party.
The 2019 DC Jazz Festival will shoot the works with free afternoon and evening shows on Saturday and Sunday at the Wharf. Also this weekend: final performances of two Shakespeare plays.
The 2019 Capital Pride Parade steps off from 21st and P Streets at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Also this Saturday: Pride on the Pier at the Wharf and CultureFest DMV at National Harbor.
On Saturday: mandolinist Chris Thile’s “Live from Here” will broadcast from Wolf Trap and balalaikas will ring out in Rockville.
Looking to become one with nature? Volunteer at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on Saturday morning, then sketch mindfully in the Kreeger sculpture garden that afternoon.
On Sunday, canal mules Dolly and Eva will munch hay in Fish Market Square, vintage cars will gleam on King Street and bands will play on porches in Southeast D.C.
Don’t forget: Sunday is Mother’s Day, with flower-forward workshops at Milk Bar, the Lemon Collective and the Farm at 55 M Street.
This weekend’s performances include Bach oratorios, a Charlie Parker tribute and a contemporary dance piece at the National Portrait Gallery.