10 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of July 25-28

July 25, 2013

The weekend’s best in nightlife, music and art. For even more, check out Nightlife Agenda.


Saturday is National Dance Day at the Kennedy Center, a great time to pick up a few moves from dancers such as Esperonto Bean. (Kennedy Center photo)

Thursday-Aug. 16: Redskins training camp is underway in Richmond, offering prime viewing (for free) for those who want to watch RGIII, Brian Orakpo and the rest of the defending NFC East champions prepare to hit the field this fall. It's less than two hours from the District to Richmond by car, but be sure to budget time to sip classic cocktails at the swanky Roosevelt, eat tacos at the hip Don't Look Back and visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Make your plans with our handy Redskins Fan's Guide to Richmond.

Friday:  U Street Music Hall co-owner and Bliss DJ Will Eastman calls Daft Punk "the cornerstone of the music that I love." He and fellow DJ Ozker are spinning a night of tunes from the Parisian duo and similar artists (from LCD Soundsystem to Classixx) at 10 p.m. to raise money for Project Create, a charity that provides arts education to at-risk youth in Washington. And with U Hall's powerful speakers, it's the next best thing to the Daft Punk tour we're all hoping for.

Friday-Jan. 20: "Landscapes in Passing," the new exhibition at the American Art Museum gathers the photographs of Steve Fitch, Robert Flick and Elaine Mayes, a trio of accomplished artists whose work show the impact of automobiles on art. Fitch captured roadside attractions, while Flick and Mayes took photos of Los Angeles neighborhoods and American landscapes, respectively, from inside their cars.

Saturday: Nigel Lythgoe hatched the idea for National Dance Day in 2010, but it was when Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) took the lead and organized a day of dance on the Mall that the event truly found its footing. On Saturday, the event moves the Kennedy Center, where, beginning at 1 p.m., visitors will get the chance to learn hip-hop moves, see Bollywood numbers and try a few salsa moves with the accompaniment of a renowned big band. The night caps with an evening of dancing on the outdoor South Plaza, with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra offering live accompaniment from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: The Drink the District beer festival returns to Shaw this weekend, with 50 beers and 10 food trucks on a one-block stretch of New York Avenue near the Convention Center. It’ll be crowded, a little bro-y, and you’ll wonder why people are gathering around the PBR and Shock Top stands. But the combination of unlimited outdoor drinking and games for three hours for under $40  is just too good for many people to pass up.  (Get tickets from the Drink the District Web site.)

Saturday: Check out the campus of the famed St. Elizabeths during the Arts and Humanities Festival, a multi-day event intended to spotlight the upcoming revitalization of the hospital campus. It all kicks off on Saturday with a family friendly day of storytelling, live music and more.


John Isner will hit the courts in Rock Creek Park as part of the Citi Open tournament. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post)

Saturday-Aug. 4: You won't catch the Djokovic, Nadal or Murray types at the Citi Open, a midsummer tradition in Rock Creek Park since 1969. But there are plenty of solid players to watch in this tournament field, including world No. 7 Jual Martin del Potro, No. 12 Tommy Haas, and No. 13 Milos Raonic. Heavy hitter Gael Monfils and American hero John Isner -- winner of the longest match in professional tennis history -- also are included in the field. After qualifying matches on Saturday and Sunday, the main draw begins play Monday at 2 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday:  Skip the supermarket this weekend and do all of your shopping right on the farm. The 24th annual Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale includes 13 of the county's farms where you can stock up on everything from pasture-raised chicken and eggs to fresh melons, tomatoes and flowers. All farms are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, while seven reopen for the same hours on Sunday.

Sunday:  If you miss seeing one of the world's biggest bands, you can usually say, "Oh, I'll see them next time they're in town." Not so with New Order. The trailblazing new wave band's tour, featuring three of the original four members, brings them to the D.C. area for the first time since 1993 for a show Sunday at Merriweather Post Pavilion. They're joined by hard-hitting synth-pop duo Holy Ghost!

Sunday: This weekend marks the closing of the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival, so if you haven't made it to any of the offbeat theater bonanza's performances, the time to do so is now. But who will win the festival's award for best experimental performance? Find out during the Capital Fringe Festival Closing Party, which kicks off with an awards ceremony before turning into a dance party with music by Eastern Standard Time, at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar.

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