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8 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of June 20-22

Looking for something to do this weekend in Washington? Here's a quick guide to some of the best laughs, lyrical interludes and local beer festivals you'll find around town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a little baseball and a film festival mixed in for good measure. (This time, we even included a World Cup event: Sunday's match between the United States and Portugal.)

Friday: I suspect most folks interested in shelling out money to see a stand-up comedy set know this by now, but just in case, a warning: If you're going to see Bob Saget at the Warner Theatre, you're not getting the mild-mannered father from the "Full House" re-runs. Instead, you'll get the author of a newish book, "Dirty Daddy," and a guy who's closely associated with the movie (and the joke) "The Aristocrats." I'd link to it, but I like my job.

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Friday: The Washington Nationals are back at Nationals Park, and after warming back up with the lowly Houston Astros, they're battling the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East. Not enough to get you out to the ballpark? Well how about the somewhat odd-looking giveaway, a Curly W-adorned Miller Lite Bottle Cup, free to the first 15,000 fans?

Saturday: Sing along with the songs you know -- and don't be ashamed if you know them all -- as Wolf Trap shows "Grease" on the Filene Center big screens. They'll also show the lyrics on the screen, but do you really need the words for "You're the One That I Want" and "Summer Nights"?

Saturday-Sunday: More than 60 breweries will be handing out 4 1/4-ounce pours at the annual Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest at Morven Park in Leesburg, including a handful of newcomers from the commonwealth: Champion Brewing, Adroit Theory, Old Bust Head and Hardywood Park, among others. Another treat: The locals Mad Fox Brewing and the Beer Joint Brewing Leesburg will debut a special collaboration for the event called Edible Underwear Ale, a Belgian-style session beer brewed with dark malts and Styrian Aurora hops. The event runs Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle returns to Pennsylvania Avenue NW with a sampling pavilion that's open from noon to 6 p.m. each day and two music stages that keep the event rocking all weekend. On Saturday night, catch Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and on Sunday hear Trouble Funk and Rare Essence. And come hungry.

Saturday-Sunday: AFI Docs, the annual documentary festival, closes with two contrasting high-profile films. On Saturday night, director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) delves into the life of film critic Roger Ebert in “Life Itself” at National Portrait Gallery. And on Sunday, see “Freedom Summer,” Stanley Nelson’s film about the 1964 civil rights struggle in Mississippi, at Naval Heritage Center before it airs on PBS.

The Zac Brown Band will play Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., on Sunday at 7 p.m. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Sunday: A chart-topping country music machine for nearly a decade, the Zac Brown Band hasn’t released a full-length album since 2012’s “Uncaged.” But the EP he released late last year, “The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1,” was produced by Washington’s own hardcore hero, Dave Grohl, who compared the band to the Allman Brothers. Zac Brown and Co. are mixing in those new songs with such crowd-pleasers as “Toes,” “Chicken Fried” and “Knee Deep” on the “Great American Road Trip” tour. The show at Jiffy Lube Live starts at 7 p.m.

Sunday: The United States vs. Portugal World Cup match at 6 p.m. gets top billing on the big outdoor screen at Reston Town Center, but the all-day soccer affair, sponsored by DC United, starts noon with the match between Belgium and Russia. Food and beverages will be available, and there will be music and entertainment for children.

John Taylor is an editor for Weekend and the Going Out Guide.



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