County fair, restaurant week, exhibitions
Arlington County Fair. The fair opens this week and lots of fun events are planned (Wed-Sun, free admission, Arlington). Besides the carnival rides, some highlights of this year include the fair opening ceremonies (Sea, free), a new night market with local vendors (Thursday, free), a bingo game (Fri, free)and goat yoga (Sat and Sun, $40)
Summer Restaurant Week. Restaurant week is here! Check 22 of our food critic’s top restaurant picks, 11 new restaurants for this year’s eventand 15 patios and roofs we recommend. You can also catch up on the latest news before you head out to feast on our latest food critic cat.
- Other fun food and drink events. Join a environmental happy hour to hear from local nonprofits helping the planet (Sea, free, Circle Dupont), recycle old shirts into a Tee-Cycle Happy Hour (game, free, Alexandria)celebrate peaches with a meal and visit to the farmer’s market at Aperitif DC (Wed, $159, Georgetown), enjoy dog treats and happy hour with the Dog Days of Summer series (Thursday, free, Cathedral Commons), see you at Dear Summer BBQ (Sat, $0+, Navy Yard), or get a free root beer float for Floating Root Beer Day at the Plaza with a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network (Mondays, free with a donation, Bethesda).
- Cooking lessons. You can also try your hand at making pasta in a Artisanal pasta workshop (Thursday, $69, Capitol Hill), take a Senegalese Interactive Cooking Class (Sun, $75, Capitol Hill)or turn ancient potions into cocktails at a Conference on Shakespeare and mixology (Friday, free, National Mall).
To feel artistic. Mexican geniuses: an immersive experience between Frida and Diego opens this week with a 360 degree art installation (Opens Friday, $14+ for children, $25+ for adults, Brentwood). You can also enjoy the museum’s extended hours, live performances and public art at ArtWalk Dupont (game, free, Dupont).
- In the wings. If you are looking to learn a bit more about the stories behind the art, head over to a discussion with a curator from the Phillips Collection (game, free, virtual), the NMWA Artistic Cat (Fri, free but registration required, virtual), or one the artists speak with local DMV artists (Friday, free, Spring Valley).
- Art lessons. IIf you want to create something yourself, you can attend a Watercolor Floral Postcard Workshop (Wed, $40, Noma) or one Tie-dye candle making class (Sun, $40, Noma).
Expand your mind. Learn more about the English language at Ellen Jovin’s Grammar Table at Planet Word (Sat, free, downtown), take a korean fashion tour at textile museum (Fridays, free but subscription required, Foggy Bottom), or go to Dumbarton House for Dolly Day (Saturday, free, Georgetown). You can also go to a open day for the exhibition Not an Ostrich at the Library of Congress (game, free, Capitol Hill).
- Virtual conferences. If you’re staying indoors but still want to learn something new, log on to Castle stories: where it all began to learn more about the Smithsonian Castle (Monday, free, virtual), a lesson on French tales (Monday, free, virtual), a poetry workshop focused on black women and beauty (Wed, free, virtual), the Sommelier’s Secrets series (Fri, $65+, virtual), a conference by Security Studies Professor Kevin P. Riehle on Russian Intelligence (game, free but registration required, virtual), or one virtual fair on Mapping women’s suffrage (Wed, $0+, virtual).
Live music. Go out to music and take Bachata dance lessons at Fiesta pop-up with live music (game, free, Franklin Park), head towards the World Reggae Festival (Saturday, $70+, Anacostia), or spend the day listening to go-go on Chuck Brown Day (Saturday, free, Langdon). You can also attend one of these free concerts: Junior Bryce Band at Capitol Cider House (Saturday, Free, Petworth), Where R&B Concert at the Fort (Saturday, free, Parc Fort Dupont).
Children’s corner. If you’re looking for fun activities with the kids, head to Mermaid Landing Beach Club Party for crafts, treats and more (Sea, free, National Landing). You can also head to the Unicorn Kids Club for children with dyslexia (Saturday, Free, Fort Stanton), Mandarin story time (Saturday, Free, Adams Morgan), Where yoga for kids (Wednesday, $10+, Mt Pleasant).
For nature lovers. Show your garden some love by attending a Workshop on the basics of plant care (Thursday, $28, Bethesda), a mini kokedama succulent workshop (Fri, $28, Foggy Bottom), a floral art conference (Friday, $12, virtual), a expert conference at the US Botanic Garden (game, free but registration required, virtual), or the Pints and Succulent Plants Workshop (Sun, $55, park view).
To move. Have fun and sweat with a sunrise hike (Saturday, $55+, Great Falls), yoga through Sundeck Greeting Series (Tuesday, free but on registration, The Yards), an REI Trek of the white oak canyon (Sun, $75+, starts at Fairfax), a Irish dancing lessons with your puppy (Saturday, $15+, Bethesda), a dance classes for Parkinson’s disease, or a kayaking lessons (Sun, $95+, Gaithersburg).
Outdoor movies. Soak up the summer air with an outdoor movie this week, including rear window (Fri, $5+, Forest Hills), In the heights (game, free, National Port), boobies rich asian (game, free, The Wharf), Bridesmaids (Tuesday, free, Georgetown), Flags of Our Fathers (Thursday, Free, Penn Quarter), Angola can you hear us? Voice from a Plantation Jail (game, free, Foggy Bottom), and Under the stadium lights (Game, free, the Mosaic District).
- Bring the kids. Family movies this week include Anne (Sun, free, National Port), The secret life of pets (Sea, Free, Rockville), coconut (Wednesday, free, Arlington), and The princess and the Frog (Friday, free, Arlington).
- LGBTQ film series. Catch a showing of Lover as part of the International Monthly LGBTQ Flim Series (Thursday – Sun, $10+, Penn Quarter or virtual).