Some people can stay out until the sun starts to rise. The rest of us aren’t so hardy. But the night owls don’t have to have all the fun: Some of the best weekend parties of the summer are happening during daylight hours all around the District. Just don’t forget the sunblock.
Adult Swim sounds like an event that would be held at the Playboy Mansion — and it kind of looks like one too. Go-go dancers gyrate on platforms, but otherwise, it’s a pretty laid-back, mixed-gender scene. Burgers and hot dogs sizzle on the grill, attendees are pretty mellow (bring a book, maybe) and poolside bars provide enough alcohol to keep things that way all afternoon.
Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW; Sundays, noon-6 p.m., free before 1 p.m. with a text RSVP to 202-737-3783, $20 after 1 p.m.; Dcpoolparty.com. (Navy Yard)
Your call: The Midnight Group’s “Champagne Campaign” Saturday party is either a boozy brunch with optional dancing or a daylight rave with optional eating. Hosted on Lost Society’s rooftop deck overlooking 14th and U streets, the weekly event is a (nearly) all-inclusive afternoon: Unlimited food from a brunch buffet, a complimentary glass of champagne and, of course, the dance floor. Expect a crowd; reservations can be made by text to 202-RES-ERVE.
Lost Society, 2001 14th St. NW; Saturdays, 1-5 p.m., $25; 202-618-8868; Dcbrunchparty.com. (U Street)
Every summer, various groups put together pool parties at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, and every year we’re surprised that they feel that the hotel’s swimming pool isn’t enough of a draw on its own. The newcomer to this scene is the Mother Trucker festival, which will happen every few weeks over the summer. While you’re lounging by the pool, your reverie will be accompanied by DJ’d music (and interrupted by the occasional conga line of slightly tipsy circus performers). When you need a break, grab a cocktail from one of the poolside bar stations or head out to the parking lot for an inflatable water slide or to patronize the food trucks that will be at every Mother Trucker all summer.
Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW; June 23, July 14, July 28, Aug. 11 & Aug. 25, $15; 202-643-1223, Facebook.com/mothertruckerdc. (Navy Yard)
New York Avenue Beach Bar
Though we can’t vouch for the cleanliness of the sand, we love this idea. Derek and Tom Brown of the Passenger have carted 70 tons of sand into the parking lot behind the bar and created a whole new bar. There’s no ocean, but you can find prop Jet Skis, hammocks, sandwiches (courtesy of the Sundevich food truck) and beers from little cabanas. The weekend late-night scene gets pretty Cancun, but it’s calmer on weekdays, so cut out of work early and snag yourself a deck chair.
New York Avenue Beach Bar, 645 New York Ave. NW; 202-656-9229. (Mt. Vernon Square)
OverEasy: A Ladies’ Tea Dance
After hitting the clubs hard on a Saturday night, Sunday might have you pining for a more mellow dance card. OverEasy, a monthly “summer tea dance for the ladies” at Dodge City, features DJs that you’ll usually find spinning the night away and a crowd (of mostly women and LGBT folks, but everyone is welcome) that’s there to dance, drink and snack on sausages and veggies grilled on the bar’s back patio. DJ vANNIEty Kills, below, and DJ LadyFace bring the tunes this month — expect a mix of ’80s and ’90s pop, hip-hop, indie, soul, house and disco. So, what’s a tea dance? Back in the day, gay party promoters would organize daytime dances to avoid getting raided. Today, according to vANNIEty, “It allows us to get in bed at a reasonable time!”
Dodge City, 917 U St. NW; Sun., 2 p.m., free; 202-588-9080. (U Street)