Free events this week: Strathmore kicks off their free summer concert series and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage celebrates their 14th anniversary with a concert by OK Go and Pomplamoose.
“16 Candles ”
If you’re looking to enjoy a classic film under the stars, look no further than the screening of Molly Ringwald’s breakout movie, John Hughes’s “16 Candles” at Crystal City’s outdoor film series, “Crystal Screen: By the Numbers.”
Learn about current trends in Mexican art, including a burgeoning scene near the United States-Mexico border. The talk features artists Ruben Gutierrez and Julio Castro, and coincides with the center’s current exhibit, “Registro 02: Mirar Por Segunda Vez.” A reception with light, Mexican-themed refreshments follows the talk.
Strathmore’s free summer concert series of international acts kicks off with LaBrassBanda, an ensemble from Southern Germany that uses their tuba, trumpet and trombone to emulate ska, polka and even Mexican mariachi music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
To celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Kennedy Center’s free venue, Millennium Stage, internet sensations OK Go and Pomplamoose give a free concert. Tickets have already been distributed via lottery, but there will be a standby line at 10 a.m. at the Kennedy Center Hall of Nations to get free tickets.
The Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts continue with the ever-popular reggae night, headlined by Archives and Lenny Kurlou. Passion Reggae Band and Carl Malcolm & Positive Vibrations Band round out the lineup.
Through Sunday, historic sites throughout Montgomery county associated with African American history offer free and open admission. See gospel performances from several different groups, tour a simulated underground railroad route and an old African American schoolhouse, among other attractions.
Fire off hundreds of pre-filled water balloons or bring your own water weapon of choice to the Great Georgetown Water Balloon Battle, the pinnacle of the Georgetown Waterfront Summer Celebration. The festival also includes a steel drum band, face painting and other child-friendly fun.