The DJs, bands, dance nights and parties you need to plan for. We'll feature more events throughout the week.
Thursday, May 29
As the World Cup draws closer, you can expect to hear much more about the vibrant music and culture of Brazil. But if you want to actually experience it, you can start this weekend at the Festival Afro-Bahia, which celebrates the diversity of one of Brazil's largest states. The four-day event includes a Friday night Taste of Brazil with entrees and snacks from different regions; classes in dance, drumming and capoeira; and a Sunday concert by singer Tonho Materia. (Tickets and registration are required are required for some events; check afrobahia.eventbrite.com for a full schedule.) Everything begins on Thursday night, when the Carriage House in Adams Morgan hosts a night of drinking and dancing. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., sample caipirinhas made with Novo Fogo cachaca and Brazilan beers Palma Louca and Xingu. DJ Valney keeps spirits high with samba music until midnight. A $5 donation is requested at the door.
Saturday, May 31
The day-long Tour de Fat Festival at Yards Park is a celebration of all things bicycle-related. After an 11 a.m. group bicycle parade where decorated bikes are encouraged, it's on to a costume contest; a "slow ride race" where the last person to cross the finish line wins; and a bike pit filled with wacky machines that the public is encouraged to take for a spin. (The Washington Area Bike Association hints at "a John Deere tractor bicycle," among other contraptions.) But even if you don't own a bike, Tour de Fat is a great day out in the sun. The New Belgium Brewing Company, which sponsors the event, hosts a beer garden with a dozen drafts for $5 each, including blood orange saison called Carnie Blood that's only available at Tour de Fat. Mellow Mushroom and DC Slices provide pizza. Entertainment includes rock bands, Vaudville acts, puppeteers, a dance contest and demonstrations by yo-yo champions. It's free and no RSVP is necessary.
The combination of cheap booze and a killer jukebox has made Showtime Lounge one of our favorite neighborhood joints over the past year. The Bloomingdale dive celebrates its first anniversary Saturday with a focus on day-drinking and great music. Doors open at 2 p.m., the house band Granny and the Boys delivers old-school funk at 7 p.m., and then some of the area's finest soul DJs, including Soul Call Paul, Mad Squirrel and Baby Alcatraz, will spin records from 9 p.m. until the wee hours. As always, a can of beer and a shot of firewater-ish whiskey costs $5, and there's no cover charge.