Editor’s note: The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted everyday life around the D.C. area and beyond. Even as D.C., Maryland and Virginia begin to reopen, nightclubs and most Smithsonian museums remain closed. Some venues have moved their trivia nights and dance parties online, while theaters have opened virtual screening rooms. This is a collection of our favorite in-person and online events, updated every Thursday. Events are free unless otherwise noted.


Diversity & Inclusion in the Craft Beer Community: Panel Discussion & Virtual Tasting: It’s no secret that the craft beer community is overwhelmingly White. How can the industry, employees and everyday consumers make the scene more inclusive and welcoming to a wider audience? Phil Runco, who writes about beer for Brightest Young Things, hosts a virtual panel of brewers, brewery founders and experts to discuss the state of the industry. Naturally, everyone’s bringing beer, too: The $20 ticket includes a mixed six-pack of cans — look for picks from Union, Soul Mega and Sankofa — that can be picked up at Craft Beer Cellar. 7:30 p.m. $20.

Wharf Movie Nights: The Washington area has seen a resurgence in drive-in movies this summer, but it’s been tough for those without cars, since most major outdoor movies have been canceled. Filling the void is the Wharf’s new weekly outdoor movie series. Socially distanced filmgoers sit at cabanas or reserved tables on the Transit Pier, near Cantina Bambina, while the screen is located on the floating stage in the Washington Channel. Reservations are $10 through Resy, which includes popcorn and a Pacifico beer; customers are required to spend an extra $10 on drinks or food, including sandwiches from Grazie Grazie or pizza from Union Pie. Upcoming screenings include “Jaws” (Aug. 13), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (Aug. 27) and “Dirty Dancing” (Sept. 10). Thursdays at 8 p.m. through Sept. 24. $10, includes popcorn and one beer. Additional $10 minimum purchase per person required.

#19SuffrageStories: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which declared that the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged … on account of sex.” As we get closer to Aug. 26, the day the amendment was adopted, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Smithsonian Institution are sharing “19 Suffrage Stories” about women and the right to vote across their social media channels. (The Twitter pages for the Smithsonian, National Archives and Library of Congress are a good place to start.) The online exhibits include a mix of historic objects as well as multimedia — earlier this week, you could read about Fannie Lou Hamer’s attempts to register to vote in the Jim Crow south, see photos of Hamer from the National Portrait Gallery, and hear her sing “We Shall Overcome.” New stories appear online daily through Aug. 26, and older ones are archived in case you miss a day.

1921 Heurich Revivals Happy Hour: The Heurich House museum, a wonderfully preserved late-Victorian mansion near Dupont Circle, tells the story of Christian Heurich, a German immigrant whose namesake brewery was the largest in Washington in the first half of the 20th Century. Recently, though, the Heurich House has gone from talking about Heurich’s legacy to actually being able to offer visitors a taste. Last summer, Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science Department used a 1948 lab report to recreate Heurich’s flagship Senate Beer, which was released in cans in July. Heurich House has also collaborated with D.C. cider maker Anxo on Liberty Apple Cider, an updated version of an alcoholic cider that Christian Heurich Brewing originally sold in 1920. You can try both of those adult beverages every Thursday in August in the Heurich House’s back garden, during the 1921 Heurich Revivals Happy Hour. Grab a seat in the grass — bring a picnic blanket and bug spray — and enjoy a socially distanced drink or two. There are no tickets or reservations, so space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 5 to 8 p.m.

Fredericksburg Nationals baseball viewing parties: Many of us wish we could be participating in a joyous summer ritual this week: parking ourselves on a sun-soaked seat with a hot dog and cold beer at Nationals Park as the defending World Series champions take the field. However, it’s July, and the first games are just now taking place in Major League Baseball’s abbreviated season, because of the coronavirus. Baseball die-hards itching to see a baseball diamond as part of their distant viewing experience can head to Fredericksburg, where the Nationals’ Class A affiliate was preparing for its inaugural season after moving from nearby Woodbridge. On Thursdays for the next month, the Fredericksburg Nationals will open their outfield for the first 1,000 fans who show up to watch the major league Nationals on the big screen. Areas on the turf available for seating will be marked by dark green stripes and fans (who will be required to wear masks when not seated) will be distanced 15 feet apart. Thursdays through Aug. 20. Gates open at 6 p.m. Free admission; $5 parking per car.

Eighteenth Street Lounge Weekend Selection: Pioneering Washington nightspot Eighteenth Street Lounge announced last week that it has closed “indefinitely” and won’t return to the same space once clubs are finally allowed to reopen, whenever that may be. In the meantime, fans can enjoy the eclectic, soulful and fascinating taste of ESL’s resident DJs through an ongoing stream of events, which run Wednesday through Sunday. (Timeslots and lineup changes regularly, so check the Lounge’s Facebook feed for the latest schedule.) Expect to hear vintage funk, deep house, downtempo and Baltimore club bangers — all adding up to the perfect weekend soundtrack, whether you’re on a makeshift dance floor on Friday night or just chilling on your sofa on Sunday afternoon. These events are fundraisers for DJs and staff, so make a donation to the club’s GoFundMe if you can. 2 to 10 p.m.

Virtual Trivia Thursdays at Jackie Lee’s: The Brightwood Park bar is keeping its weekly trivia going in the same format — five rounds of general knowledge, music and various themes — using the Discord chat server and Google forms. Bring a group, or log on early to join the “I need a team” channel. The prizes are as virtual as the game itself, but can you really put a price on bragging rights? Log on beginning at 7:45 p.m.; the game begins around 8:10.


The D.C. Potter Movie Experience: During any other summer, Nationals fans would be gathering at the Bullpen for drinks before games and celebrating victories in the spacious beer garden after the final out. This weekend, though, the Navy Yard bar is hosting “The D.C. Potter Movie Experience” — two nights of celebrating a certain boy wizard, a.k.a. “He who must not be named for copyright reasons.” The viewing parties are organized by the same group that put together wizard and witchcraft-themed bar crawls around D.C., so expect drink specials, costume contests and other high jinks in addition to screenings of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (Friday) and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (Sunday). Seats will be at picnic tables big enough for groups of four to six people, and social distancing is required. Friday and Sunday at 8 p.m. $15-$20; Pass for both movies $30.

Respect Her Crank: Frontwomen of Go-Go at the Hirshhorn: The Hirshhorn’s ongoing “Respect Her Crank” series, which focuses on women in the history of go-go, has covered the music’s origins and its politics. This week, the discussions get deep with some of go-go’s most dynamic vocalists and performers, including Michelle Blackwell, Tabria Dixon of Rare Essence, and Natarsha “Little Boogie” Proctor, a member of the pioneering all-female go-go band Pleasure and currently percussionist with the all-female Be’la Dona. The Zoom chat is free with registration. Also, mark your calendars for Wednesday, when Proctor and bandmate Sweet Cherie perform a special unplugged set, also free to watch online. 6 to 7 p.m.

Arlington County Fair at Home: While state and county fairs across the region have been cancelled due to coronavirus, Arlington has decided to move its annual festival online. Well, mostly. Virtual visitors can tune in to the fair’s Facebook page between Friday and Sunday to watch cooking demos (mmm, fried ice cream), hear local bands, meet cute animals, play bingo and trivia, and tour Arlington landmarks. In real life, there’s the matter of the Pie Eating Championship, which features participants in five age categories scarfing down triple berry pie in Lyon Park on Saturday afternoon, and a community scavenger hunt. The full schedule is on the Fair’s Facebook page, and registration for the pie-eating contest is open through Friday night. Friday at noon through Sunday at 6 p.m.

CapitalBop’s Freedom Summer Sessions: For the past decade, one of the best showcases of the city’s vibrant jazz scene has come courtesy of CapitalBop. Nearly every month, the organization would host its DC Jazz Loft series — most recently at Takoma’s Rhizome — and you could reliably find a dynamic musician of the District’s past, present and future. CapitalBop has brought its programming online for the summer, and has taken inspiration from the swirl and revitalization of protests in the United States. Through Sept. 4, the organization will host a weekly Friday concert featuring a black D.C. musician, with a live performance as well as a chat with each performer about the importance of activism and justice in their music. Fridays through Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.

U Hall TV: You probably won’t be able to simulate U Street Music Hall’s booming bass in your own home, but you can still have your weekend nights soundtracked by some of the area’s best DJs. For the past few weeks, U Street Music Hall has been inviting selectors into its subterranean confines to broadcast live sets on Fridays and Saturdays for U Hall TV. Check the club’s website for the latest lineups. Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

A Song and a Slice at Jammin Java: If you’re ready to log off Instagram and get back to listening to music in the real world, you can head to Jammin Java in Vienna. From Thursdays to Saturdays for the foreseeable, less-quarantined future, the suburban club will bring its stage outdoors, with an eclectic mix of local musicians performing on the patio. All shows are free, with donations being accepted for a charity selected by each artist. (Jammin Java will also donate $1 for every beer sold.) Take in the live tunes along with the newest outpost of Union Pie, which slings crispy bar-style pizzas on the Wharf. Capacity will be limited to encourage social distancing, so arrive early to ensure a spot. Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m.

Maxwell Park’s Virtual Wine Classes: Of the many reasons to love Maxwell Park, the staff is at the top. It’s not just because they’re smart as whips — what would you expect from a place opened by three sommeliers? — but because they have a gift for making even the complex and unusual wines seem approachable, even to absolute beginners. If you’ve promised yourself you’d learn more about wine but haven’t gotten around to diving in, there’s no time like the present. Every Friday, Maxwell Park’s founders host a free educational wine seminar online. The “Quaran-theme” changes each week, and if you’d like to taste along, Maxwell Park posts the menu on its social media accounts, and offers discounted bottles that meet the criteria for noncontact pickup and delivery. 7 p.m. Email hello@maxwellparkdc.com for the latest Zoom login and password.


3 Stars Brewing Eighth Anniversary Party: The pandemic has forced many happy occasions to be postponed or moved online. D.C.'s 3 Stars Brewing has chosen the latter option, so while you might not get to celebrate its eight years in business with the team at the brewery, you’ll still get a selection of beers — a four-pack of Technicolor Life double IPA, and two 32-ounce crowlers filled with your choice of vintage barrel-aged stouts and/or sour ales — and a pair of anniversary glasses, plus an invitation to a “live zoomcast” on Saturday with brewer talks and music. $60-$65.

D.C. Black-Owned Restaurant Sweepstakes: August is National Black Business Month, a reminder of how important Black-owned businesses are to our communities, and how much they’ve been devastated by the fallout from coronavirus. U Street’s HalfSmoke restaurant has joined forces with philanthropic event promoters RaiseNation and food writer Anela Malik to create the D.C. Black-Owned Restaurant Sweepstakes, which encourages customers to visit nine D.C. restaurants for a chance to win Wizards jerseys, gift cards and other swag. Scan a QR code at a participating restaurant, such as Roaming Rooster, DCity Smokehouse, FishScale or Pleasant Pops, and you’re entered. (Participants don’t have to visit all nine, but are welcome to — each visit counts as another entry.) Winners will be announced on HalfSmoke’s Instagram page on Aug. 17. Through Aug. 16. No purchase necessary to enter.

Sounds of Hope and Harmony’: For classical music fans missing the thrill of live performances, an unlikely destination is filling the void left by the Kennedy Center and Strathmore: A 235-year-old rectory in Old Town Alexandria. Classical Movements began holding concerts in the courtyard behind its headquarters in June, with socially distanced seats allowing up to 43 people (singles or couples) to attend. Every Saturday through Sept. 26, a series of concerts features chamber, opera, choral and jazz performances, including musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra. As you might expect by now, masks are required, and groups cannot be larger than two. 6 and 7:30 p.m. $40.

DCJazzFest From Home Series: The DC Jazz Festival is one of the city’s summer staples, but the pandemic has forced its postponement until sometime in the fall. Fret not, jazz lovers: You’ll get a chance to hear some past festival standouts right in your home. The weekly performances provide an outstanding slate of musicians each week, including award-winning bassist Ben Williams (May 23). Each new live at-home concert is accompanied by archival footage of previous JazzFest performances, and you can donate directly to the performers and to the festival’s music education program, which benefits kids around the District. 7 p.m.

‘Only at Congressional’ Guided Tour at Congressional Cemetery: Maybe you’ve promised yourself that you’ll visit Congressional Cemetery, the Capitol Hill burying ground that counts war heroes, Native American leaders, musicians and politicians — including Vice President Elbridge Gerry and former mayor Marion Barry Jr. — among its “permanent residents.” Maybe you’ve just never found the time. But while the cemetery is currently closed to the public, its docents offer weekly Saturday morning tours on Facebook Live, recounting the fascinating stories of the personalities and everyday Washingtonians who rest there. 11 a.m. to noon.


National Museum of Women in the Arts Community Day: The National Museum of Women in the Arts reopened on Aug. 1, and this weekend marks the return of the museum’s popular Community Day, which waives the usual $8-$10 admission fee. Visitors are required to reserve free timed tickets; current highlights include two photography exhibitions: “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” and “Return to Nature,” a collection of nature photography that should be especially inspiring after weeks cooped up at home. Noon to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required.

The Eavesdropping Sessions with Frédéric Yonnet and the Band With No Name: French-born harmonica ace Frédéric Yonnet is a fixture in Washington jazz venues, and his skills have found him touring with Prince and dueling with Stevie Wonder. But after coronavirus postponed his band’s latest tour, Yonnet began hosting weekly jam sessions in his Capitol Hill home, opening the windows so neighbors and passersby could hear the sweet music coming from within. Each session is live-streamed on Facebook and Twitter, so the whole world can listen. 4 to 6 p.m.


Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week: Local eateries have long counted on Summer Restaurant Week to bring in new customers and much-needed business during the dog days of summer. But with restaurants devastated by the coronavirus, the set-price, multicourse dining deals — $22 for lunch or brunch, $35 or $55 for dinner — have taken on new importance for the more than 200 participants. This year, with dining rooms limited and some customers still wary of dining out, restaurants are offering to-go menus for larger parties, starting at $60 for two people and $130 for four, and some are including wine or cocktail pairings with dinner. Notable newcomers to Restaurant Week include chef Frank Ruta’s Annabelle. Through Aug. 30. $22 for lunch or brunch, $35-$55 for dinner.

Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Reopening: After five months of closure, the Hirshhorn’s sunken Sculpture Garden is finally ready to reopen on the Mall. Two new works have joined more than 30 pieces already on display: “We Come in Peace,” a female figure with five faces that stands more than 12-feet-tall by Huma Bhabha — whose title references the 1951 sci-fi film “The Day the Earth Stood Still” — and Sterling Ruby’s “Double Candle,” a pair of monumental bronze candles. As with the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden on the other side of the Mall, the Hirshhorn’s garden will be open daily, subject to capacity limits, and masks must be worn by all visitors aged 6 and older. The museum’s plaza and interior remain closed. Daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Hamilton Loft Happy Hour: Anyone missing the cozy sounds that wafted across the Hamilton as you noshed on happy hour sushi can find some of that ambiance back in their life. The downtown restaurant and concert venue has started a weekday happy hour series through Facebook, featuring some mainstays of the local music scene providing a nice reprieve after a day cooped up inside. The performances, which began Monday, have included the soulful stylings of Carly Harvey and Americana singer Justin Trawick and his girlfriend Lauren LeMunyan (who host their own popular quarantine series through Trawick’s Facebook page). Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Stay-at-Home Showtunes at JR’s Bar: Through good times and bad, JR’s always has show tunes to pull its crowd through. And while the pandemic means customers are home instead of packing into the Dupont Circle gay bar, they can still sing along in the privacy of their own homes. On Monday nights, JR’s “Stay at Home Showtunes” brings more than three hours of music to its virtual party, including video clips from “Moulin Rouge” and “The Lion King” and “Hadestown” and … Susan Boyle doing “I Dreamed a Dream.” Each week includes a special drag performance — one video began with regular JR’s guest Citrine lip-syncing “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen 2” in an empty JR’s — and viewers are encouraged to tip the performers and JR’s staff through Venmo. 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

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National Book Festival at Home: While the National Book Festival is still tentatively on track for Sept. 25-27, the Library of Congress has been ramping up its digital offerings to give bookworms a taste of the popular event, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year. Each weekday, the Library’s blog posts a “best of” book talk from a past festival, highlighting different literary genres. If you’re looking for a little fun and whimsy, turn to a discussion with actor Neil Patrick Harris about his children’s novel “The Magic Misfits: The Minor Third” from 2019. Or if you’re interested in seeing one of the great modern novelists before he became widely known and recognized, tune in to a 2012 talk with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead covering “Zone One,” his spin on the zombie genre. Daily.

U.S. Army Band and U.S. Army Field Band concerts: Military bands are staples of the Washington area in the spring and summer, performing everywhere from the steps of the Capitol to regional parks. But with public events on hold, the U.S. Army’s bands have gone virtual. The U.S. Army Band, known as “Pershing’s Own,” hosts concerts on its Facebook page at 2 p.m. Tuesdays, 3 p.m. Thursdays and 4 p.m. Fridays. Each screening features one of its ensembles, such the U.S. Army Blues jazz band and the pop-focused Downrange. The U.S. Army Field Band, meanwhile, broadcasts daily concerts from Fort Meade, with themes including “the World War II Songbook” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone: Uplifting Songs of Broadway.” If you can’t tune in live, the streams are archived. (Swamp Romp, the New Orleans-inspired unit of the U.S. Army Blues, has a Jazz Appreciation Month concert from April 9 that’s worth replaying.) U.S. Army Band: Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Thursdays at 3 p.m. and Fridays at 4 p.m. U.S. Army Field Band: Daily at 7 p.m.

Meditation and Mindfulness Workshops at the Freer Gallery of Art: We could all use some stress relief, and we’re thankful that the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art has moved its regular lunchtime meditation series online. Four times each week, local meditation teachers offer 30 minutes of stillness and peace. You don’t need meditation experience to join the sessions — just an open mind. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

‘Swept Drawings’ at the National Gallery of Art: It can be hard at times to focus on much of anything beyond getting through the day. Thankfully, some people, such as the modern sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, are channeling life in quarantine into compelling art. You might be familiar with the British-born artist’s mesmerizing works from Glenstone (“Clay Houses”) or the National Gallery of Art’s nine stacked-slate domes in its East building (“Roof”). Goldsworthy’s latest work, shared through the National Gallery’s website, is “Swept Drawings,” a video during which, for five-plus hours, he simply sweeps the dusty floor of a shed near his home in Scotland. The work depicts nine different drawings of lines and forms along a narrow pathway, and the artist even suggests not consuming it as you would a movie, but rather “more something to be lived with as you would a painting or sculpture.” Press play and see if it doesn’t sweep you in. Ongoing.

#HirshhornInsideOut: Your fingers (and brain) might want a change of pace from all the sourdough concoctions you’ve been whipping up, so how about trying your hand at crafting some modern art? The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden was priming itself for Round 2 of the wildly popular Yayoi Kusama installation before the widespread shutdowns, but instead, the museum brings art into your home across social media platforms with #HirshhornInsideOut. Each day offers a post with a brief history lesson on an artist featured in the museum’s collection, along with a way you can emulate that artist while stuck inside. You just need some basic art supplies: a recent post considered artist Annette Lemieux’s work on body and space, simulating her work “Nomad” by suggesting you paint the bottoms of your feet and walking around a sheet of paper. Daily.

D.C. Library at Home: Now that you’ve cleaned your closet or reorganized your kitchen for the umpteenth time, it’s probably time to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to finish. If you’re more of a social reader, the D.C. Public Library is offering a few online resources to make sure you have someone to talk with about whatever you’re reading. The library’s Twitter feed has a bevy of hashtags to follow along with daily: Fans of audiobooks use #audiobookafternoon on Mondays at noon, while those who want to keep up with what the local community is writing about join #DCwriterschat on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Even younger readers can stay engaged with a virtual story time on Facebook (facebook.com/dclibrary) with a D.C. librarian at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Daily programming varies.