Walking the streets of the city when the mercury is riding high can make even the most even-tempered of Washingtonians cranky. Luckily, you can get all the entertainment you'll need this weekend in the air-conditioned halls of the Washington Convention Center.
The Capital City Community Festival will rock through halls A, C and D of the Center Friday through Sunday. The celebration is being billed as a giant indoor block party with more than 40 local entertainers -- from breakdancers and jugglers to mimes and go- go bands -- scheduled to perform; there'll also be boxing exhibitions, a fashion show on Saturday night and lots of Washington exposition booths. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. Friday night with a concert by New Edition. Concert tickets go for $12, all other events are free. New Edition performs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Festival hours are 11 to 5 Saturday and Sunday with the fashion show from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 789-1600.
If all the Washingtonia makes you hungry, slide over to hall B where D.C.'s sixth annual culinary extravaganza, Taste of the Town, will be swinging. More than 50 area restaurants will serve samples of their cuisine, and there'll be continuous entertainment on two big stages ranging from rockabilly bands and jugglers to tap dancers and magicians. Hours are 11 to 8 Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7.50 at the door, $3.50 for those under 19, free for kids under 12. A 20-ticket tasting booklet goes for $5, with most food requiring four tickets. Call 548-4034. The Convention Center is on Ninth Street between New York Avenue and H Street NW. If you're taking Metrorail, exit at the Metro Center Station.