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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Hot Chip at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Union Market preview and 18 other D.C. area events this weekend

Hot Chip plays Merriweather Post Pavilion this weekend. (Photo by Steve Gullicklores)
Here’s our list of the 20 best things to do in D.C. this weekend, including a picnic too hip for a basket and gingham blanket; dazzling electro-pop group Hot Chip; and an enhanced way to enjoy the kids movie “How To Train Your Dragon.”

• While current dance music has become typified by stylish, fist-pumping DJs blasting wobbling bass, Hot Chip has always been the opposite: a group of non-stylish people calmly playing their instruments and letting the music move the audience. The London group’s combination of modern sounds and classic songwriting makes them one of the best acts around.

• Brightest Young Things offers a sneak peek at Union Market with the Summer Picnic Spectacular, where you’ll be able to sample food from 40 local vendors, jump on an 85-foot moon bounce, ride water slides and enjoy music from DJs Soul Call Paul, Tariq and Christylez Bacon.

• “How To Train Your Dragon” comes to life in a spectacular live show featuring a fire-breathing dragon with a 40-foot wingspan flying overhead. The story of a young viking and a friendly dragon plays out in front of your eyes with a combination of actors, animatronic technology and video projections.

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