Take in a demonstration of water calligraphy at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. (Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution)

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.


'Lords of the Valley'

Test your problem-solving prowess with a game of “Lords of the Valley” at the Goethe-Institut. Created by the Center for Systems Solutions in Poland, this large, role-playing board game allows players to pretend to be members of a river valley community dealing with challenges from droughts, floods and the choices of the other players.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Goethe-Insitut Washington, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de. Registration required.


Film screening

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, the National Archives presents "From the Vaults: 80th Anniversary of the National Archives," a selection of films about the history of the Archives, including "The Washington Parade: The Archives" (1940) and the "National Archives: Your National Archives" (1953). (This event was rescheduled from its original June 19 date.)

Noon. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov.


Conversation Piece: 'Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman'

Deborah Gaston, director of education at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, leads a discussion about artist Dara Birnbaum’s “Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978-79),” a video installation featuring footage of the 1970s TV series with Lynda Carter as the Amazonian warrior princess.

Noon to 12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org.


Grilling with Caribbean spices

Looking for a way to heat up your summer cookouts? Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month and learn about Jamaican spices from O’Henry Bryan, the creator of Portland’s Pride Jerk Spice Blend. Hosted by Bazaar Spices at Union Market, this outdoor tutorial will be followed by a jerk chicken cooking demonstration.

6:30 p.m. Bazaar Spices at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. SE. www.bazaarspices.com. Registration required.


Exhibition closing

This is the last day to check out “If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can’t We Go Somewhere There,” a video and photo exhibit featuring works by female artists who identify as black and African. Exploring themes of Afrofuturism (a cultural and literary movement that blends sci-fi, speculative fiction, fantasy, magic, historical fiction and Afrocentricity) and time, the show features works by Charmaine Nicole Bee, Danielle Deadwyler, Bree Gant and several other artists.

Noon to 5 p.m. Vivid Solutions Gallery, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-365-8392. www.vividsolutionsgallery.com.


Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Grab the kids and head to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this weekend. This year, the focus is on Kenya and China, and the schedule is packed with family-friendly activities. Play games, check out water calligraphy and taste Swahili curry. Stick around for two evening concerts: "Expressions of China: A Musical Revue" and "Taarab Classics and Pwani Grooves From the Coast." The festival continues next weekend.

11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On the Mall, between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. www.festival.si.edu.



Choral groups from around the world take to the Strathmore stage in the final Serenade Choral Festival performance. The lineup features several international groups, including Zimbabwe’s Insingizi trio, Russia’s Konevets Quartet and Arishi, a folk group from the Democratic Republic of Georgia. Tickets not required; lines forms at 3 p.m.

4 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org.