The weekend’s best in music, nightlife and family events.
Friday: As mobile as they are, food trucks don't make it to every part of D.C. So for the office workers of the DMV who must jealously endure Instagrams of tacos and tweets about al fresco banh mi, there is Truckeroo, the all-day food truck fest that kicks off for the season on Friday. More than 20 mobile vendors will be there; bring cash for your grub, and expect long lines.
Friday-Saturday: Each year, the Georgetown French Market lures vendors out of their adorable boutiques and onto the sidewalks lining Wisconsin Avenue to sell their wares in one massive sidewalk sale. Napoleon Bistro, Macaron Bee, Nectar Skin Bar and plenty of the strip's boutiques will get in on the act, but if the weather's nice, use it as an opportunity to peek into Montrose Park or peep the view from Book Hill. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’ll also be able to hang out at a street fair with performances, art demonstrations and food from restaurants such as 1789.
Saturday: Break out your favorite footie pajamas. snuggliest stuffed bear and BYO sleeping bag, because there's a poolside slumber party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. It's the Washington Project for the Arts's 12-hour Sleepout party, which promises themed performances (including an interactive work called "Seven Minutes in Heaven," and a dance performance dubbed "Pillow Talk"), karaoke, S'mores, storytelling, alcoholic beverages and other staples of a good sleepover.
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent brick-and-mortar music shops, attracts vinyl-heads with special in-store performances, sales, giveaways and exclusive releases to mark the occasion. Get to your favorite indie record store early Saturday, and you might have a (slim, very slim) chance at getting your hands on limited-edition albums by artists including Phoenix, Mumford & Sons and the Rolling Stones at shops such as Red Onion Records, Som and Crooked Beat; in Maryland, check out Ka-Chunk!! Records in Annapolis, or Joe's Record Paradise in Silver Spring, where there will be a panel featuring former WHFS DJs. In Virginia, try Vienna Music Exchange. (For tips on navigating Record Store Day, check out this interview with Neal Becton, the owner of Som Records and a prolific DJ.)
The annual croquet match between St. John's College and the Naval Academy in Annapolis isn't much of a competitive sporting event -- the Johnnies have won 25 of the 30 matches, including the last seven in a row -- but it's a wonderful excuse to dress up in your finest Gatsby-esque outfit, dance to swing music and sip champagne at the genteel garden party. While outside alcohol is no longer allowed, you can bring a picnic and spread a blanket on the college's lush lawn. (In case of rain, the match will be held Sunday, April 21.)
Saturday-Sunday: A smaller, upstart version of San Diego's Comic-Con International, Awesome Con will take place in an approximately 18,000-square-foot "salon" at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday. Among Awesome Con's draws are panel discussions on "Futurama" and the Zombie Apocalypse; a geek comedy show; a performance of Super Art Fight; a room for gamers; and, of course, lots of comic books.
Sunday: Hear ye, hear ye, all lovers of the Bard: The Folger Shakespeare Library's annual Shakespeare's Birthday celebration returns Sunday with chances to mingle with court jesters, learn the art of stage combat, nosh on cake and have a moment in the spotlight onstage in the Folger's jaw-dropping theater.
Sunday-Monday: If you've already done the Georgetown market and are in search of what's new, hit Zaytinya's first outdoor Greek "agora," or market, set for Sunday and Monday. Sunday is the day market, when you'll have a chance to pick up Greek honey, olives, salt, wine and catch the sounds of the Achilles Greek Band. On Monday, go back for a nighttime event beginning at 6 p.m. when you can laze on the patio, listen to a DJ spin Greek music, sip frozen ouzo drinks and taste free small bites from the restaurant.
Sunday: And finally, a mention for Sunday's screening of the new animated flick, "Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" at the Warner Theatre. Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes have made another Jay and Silent Bob film and are now touring fine theaters across the country with it. If you didn't get enough of those two back in the '90s, the show starts at 8 p.m. and is followed by a live taping of Smith's "SModcast" podcast.