8 things to do in the D.C. area May 30-June 1

May 29

The weekend’s best in nightlife, music and art.  


Head to the country for the Vintage Virginia wine festival. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post)

Saturday: The day-long Tour de Fat Festival at Yards Park is a celebration of all things bicycle-related.  But even if you don't own a bike, Tour de Fat is a great day out in the sun. The New Belgium Brewing Company, which sponsors the event, hosts a beer garden with a dozen drafts for $5 each, including a blood orange saison called Carnie Blood that's only available at Tour de Fat. Mellow Mushroom and DC Slices provide pizza. Entertainment includes rock bands, vaudeville acts, puppeteers, a dance contest and demonstrations by yo-yo champions.

Saturday-Sunday:  A trip to the Virginia countryside is a lovely way to spend a weekend, made even more so by the presence of more than 30 of the commonwealth’s wineries. Sample the bounty at this weekend's Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival, along with chef-prepared snacks and more than two dozen of your favorite food trucks Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park. Shuttle bus service ($33) is available from the Vienna Metro station.  $30-$35; designated drivers, $18-$20.

Saturday-Sunday: Whether you're hunting for kale chips, not-tested-on-animals makeup and solar panels, looking for inspiration to get your composting setup together, or just want to mingle with your fellow conservation-minded man,  this weekend's Green Festival at the Washington Convention Center should be on your must-see list. The event features a massive market of sustainable goods, talks and a vegan and vegetarian-friendly food court. The festival is set for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; advance tickets are $10 a day.

Saturday: The enigmatic Mark Oliver Everett has been piloting the shape-shifting vessel known as Eels for nearly 20 years. But despite constant lineup changes — and 10 studio albums since the release of 1996’s “Beautiful Freak” — Everett, also known simply as E, is still making records in his inimitably pained yet unimpressed manner. Dark folk artist Chelsea Wolfe opens the show, Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre.  Tickets are $35.

Saturday: With Memorial Day weekend last week, the Corcoran Gallery of Art quietly kicked off its annual Free Summer Saturdays program, which welcomes guests into the museum at no charge during the hottest months of the year. If you didn't get a chance to go, now is your opportunity to see the gems from the Corcoran's permanent collection of works before the museum's absorption into an arrangement with the National Gallery of Art. Looking for the most interesting pieces? Check out this guide: 22 jewels from the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Sunday through June 14:  Matisyahu and Kinky Friedman are the biggest names scheduled to perform during the 15th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, which begins Sunday at 7 p.m. Another performer not to miss: Yemen Blues, a project by Yemenite Israeli vocalist Ravid Kahalani that blends contemporary Western and South American rhythms with old world chants. Performances take place at the D.C. Jewish Community Center and other venues.

Sunday: Ever seen kickball played in makeup and glittery high heels? The annual DragBall game at Francis Field finds players from the Stonewall Kickball league dolled up in drag for a day of fun and games, followed by a sunset screening of the Mel Brooks classic “Spaceballs.” (Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.) After the movie, the crowd heads a few blocks north to Cobalt (1639 R St. NW) for beer pong and flip cup. The $5 admission fee benefits Capital Pride and the DC Center, and includes one raffle ticket. Gates open Sunday at 4 p.m. Francis Field, 24th and N streets NW.

Sunday: For years, the D.C. Record Fair has provided reason to spend an afternoon crate-digging and daytime drinking, but in its fairly new perch at Artisphere, it's really broadening its vision. Head to the arts complex on Sunday, and you'll find record-heads as well as music-themed panels, live music and art installations (the buzzy "Fermata"). But don't miss the screening of filmmaker Jeff Krulik's "Led Zeppelin Played Here," which will be followed by a talk with Krulik and Ian MacKaye of the Evens and Fugazi. Admission to the fair is $2-$5; the event kicks off at 11 a.m., with the movie screening set for 2:30 p.m.

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