And it will be hot and sunny for the most part, which could drive more people to hit the road. Friday kicks off the weekend with a forecast calling for plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the lower 80s. Saturday’s highs are expected to reach the mid- to upper 80s, and the heat continues Sunday, with much of the region hitting the 90-degree mark. The Capital Weather Gang says Saturday’s “clear skies and little breeze make it a good pool/beach day,” so don’t be surprise if beach traffic is heavy.
For folks staying in town, the biggest events are in some of the District’s busiest neighborhoods. A parade Saturday will trek through the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods, shutting down streets. A festival Sunday will shut down blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The celebration of LGBT culture is expected to draw crowds to other smaller events — and along with that are some street closures.
These are some highlights, starting with the Capital Pride events in the District and ending with Metro’s weekend schedule.
Capital Pride Events
The annual Capital Pride parade is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and end about 7:30 p.m. The nearest Metro station is Dupont Circle, on the Red Line.
Parking restrictions will be in place starting at 11 a.m. along the staging area and parade route. The parade staging area (23rd Street NW between N and Q streets NW, 22nd Street NW between N and Q streets NW, N Street NW between 21st and 23rd streets NW, Newport Street NW, between 21st and 22nd streets NW, O Street NW, between 21st and 22nd streets NW, and Q Street NW between 23rd Street NW and Massachusetts Avenue) will be closed to traffic at 1 p.m.
Here’s a map of the route provided by organizers:
The Metro station nearest the parade’s end is U Street, on the Green Line.
Capital Pride Block Party
The Pride celebration will also close a portion of 15th Street NW, between P and Church streets NW on Saturday. The closures, for the Capital Pride Block Party, will remain from noon to midnight.
Drivers in the area should consider alternate routes. Police also ask drivers to be extra careful and expect heavy pedestrian traffic in the area.
Sunday’s events kick off with the Equality March for Unity and Pride, which this year will honor the victims of last year’s shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The Sunday march will start on I Street NW between 17th and 14th streets NW and will end with a rally at the Mall.
The following streets will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
- I Street NW, between 14th and 17th streets NW.
Rolling closures along the march route will take place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Here is the map of the march.
Capital Pride Festival
The 42nd annual Pride Festival is set for Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets. The nearest Metro station is Archives, on the Green and Yellow lines. The festival exhibit hours are noon to 7 p.m.
Street closings are set to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and continue until 2 a.m. Monday. These are the streets involved: Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets, Constitution Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets NW, Fourth Street between Madison Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue, Sixth Street NW between C Street and Constitution Avenue. See this map of the festival for more details.
The Purple Stride 5K
A 5K run and walk to end pancreatic cancer will bring hundreds of participants to the downtown area Saturday morning. There will be street closures starting Friday night.
The following streets will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday through 2 p.m. Saturday:
- Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 14th streets NW
- 13th Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue and E Street
The following streets will be closed on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.:
- Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 12th Street to 3rd Street NW
- 12th Street from E Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
- 11th Street from E Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
- 10th Street from E Street,NW to Constitution Avenue NW
- Ninth Street from E Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 7th Street from E Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
- Sixth Street from E Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
- Fourth Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Madison Drive NW
- Third Street from Constitution Avenue NW to E Street SW
- Sixth Street from Independence Avenue SW to D Street SW
- Independence Avenue SW from Seventh to Third Streets SW
- Fourth Street from E Street SW to Independence Avenue SW
Air Forces Cycling Classic
The annual Armed Forces Cycling Classic is this weekend in Arlington. Saturday’s main event is the Clarendon Cup, which features a series of high-speed bike races. Various categories of races are scheduled to start between 8 a.m. and noon. See a pdf map of the course on the event’s website. The nearest Metro stop is Clarendon on the Orange and Silver Lines.
Sunday’s events begin at 7 a.m. with the Challenge Ride. See details of that course here. The nearest Metro station to the start and finish is Crystal City on the Blue and Yellow lines.
Baseball and basketball games will also draw crowds to the city all weekend.
The Nationals are back at Nationals Park for games with the Rangers at 7:05 p.m. Friday, 12:05 p.m. Saturday and 4:05 p.m. Sunday. Expect crowds on Metro’s Green Line and near the stadium. The nearest Metro station, Navy Yard, is especially crowded before and after each game. If driving, you should anticipate slow traffic near M and South Capitol streets and on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.
At Verizon Center, the Mystics play the Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. Friday and the Indiana Fever at 3 p.m. Sunday. Metro’s Green Line could be especially crowded as baseball and basketball fans head to the games.
Metro plans to take a break from scheduled track work to allow regular service during the busy Pride weekend. All lines are expected to operate at regular weekend frequency. Trains will depart endpoint stations every 12 minutes Saturday and every 15 minutes Sunday. Red Line service will run more frequently between Grosvenor and Silver Spring stations during daytime hours.
Orange Line riders, however, should remember the track shutdown continues between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton, as part of Metro’s Safetrack program. Orange Line trains will run between Vienna and Largo Town Center. The following stations are closed: New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood and Minnesota Avenue.
Events downtown Saturday and Sunday will affect more than a dozen Metrobus routes. Keep an eye for detours and add extra time to your travels.
Late-night Metro riders should anticipate delays. Metro says it will continue maintenance work during the late-evening and overnight hours.
If you’re planning to use Metro buy your SmarTrip card in advance and preload it avoid potentially long lines at the station. Riders age 5 or older need their own card to enter the system. Metro officials also recommend planning the trip to avoid transferring.