Eight things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of August 16-18

August 15, 2013

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


(Cory Grace/Courtesy of the Freer and Sackler Galleries)

Friday: Didn't get enough go-go at the Corcoran's "Pump Me Up" exhibition earlier this year? Art and artifacts inspired by the signature sound of D.C. get another look with "Go-Go Swing: Washington DC's Unstoppable Beat," a show curated by Zoma Wallace and presented by the city's Commission on the Arts and Humanities. While "Pump Me Up" explored the intersection of go-go, hardcore and graffiti cultures, this exhibition zooms in on such musicians as Chuck Brown and Rare Essence. Most exciting for go-go heads: A listening library will provide hundreds of old cassette recordings of performances. Through Oct. 18.

Friday: It’s National Rum Day. Yes, you could celebrate by sipping a daiquiri or a Dark and Stormy, but if you want something more over-the-top, may we suggest the Rum Runner Party Bus? Sponsored by Mount Gay, Chairman’s Reserve and a couple of other rum companies, the four-hour tour sets out from Smith Commons at 6:15, making stops at the rum-focused Hogo, the tiki bar at Farmers Fishers Bakers and the new Teddy and the Bully Bar before heading back to H Street for an after-party. Tickets are $75 and include food and a drink at each bar and “bottomless rum cocktails” aboard the bus.

Saturday: Here's an opportunity to eat all the crabs you possibly can while letting someone else take care of the cleanup. The Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival at National Harbor has seatings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. with crabs served six at
a time and more than 50 beers and wines. Not a bad way to pass a summer afternoon along the Potomac River. $89 in advance, $110 at the door; $39-$50 for beer-only admission.

Saturday: The family-friendly NoMa Beer Fest features beers from seven local breweries, including Shaw's forthcoming Right Proper Brewpub. Food comes from local food trucks and the nearby Union Kitchen, with blues and rock from Johnny Artis and Mission South. Bocce, corn hole and other games will be available, and kids can take advantage of sprinklers, face painting and arts and crafts. From 2 to 8 p.m. Free admission; beers are $5 each, with tasting tickets available at four for $10.

Saturday: Kung fu fighting comes to the Freer Gallery of Art with the venue's latest Asia After Dark event. Don your Chinese-inspired best and head to the museum for an evening of classic martial arts movies paired with hip-hop scores by the Hop Fu DJs; tranquil
tai chi and intense martial arts demonstrations; hands-on art projects; and specialty cocktails paired with pan-Asian snacks. From 7 to 11 p.m. $25-$30.

Saturday: Trillectro is in only its second year, but the cultural crossover of hip-hop and electronic music has made it one of the area’s most vital festivals. This year finds chart-topper Wale in the headlining role at the Fairgrounds, but includes strong support from Nadastrom, Tittsworth, Phil Ade, A$AP Ferg, Gent & Jawns and about 15 other acts. (Expect “Trill Surprises.”) Tickets are $39; VIP spots with an open bar and better views start at $100.

Saturday-Sunday: The English Premier League returns this weekend. Check out our list of the D.C. area's best soccer bars, where you can find English breakfasts, early morning pints of ale and fellow die-hards who don't mind waking up at 7:45 a.m. on a Saturday.

Sunday: Get a preview of the much-anticipated Bluejacket Brewery during the closing event of DC Beer Week, the Bluejacket Sneak Preview BBQ. Bluejacket beers, barbecue prepared by Birch & Barley chef Kyle Bailey, and tours of the brewing facility are included in the $65 ticket.

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