The weekend’s best in nightlife, music and art. For where to watch World Cup matches and find drink specials, see our World Cup coverage.
Friday: Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who passed away in January, recorded for the Smithsonian Folkways label and performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival a number of times in his career. The institution will honor the legacy of the "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" songwriter in the Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Pete Seeger, with performances by Tony Seeger, Abigail Washburn, Tony Trischka, Quetzal and other Folkways musicians, right in the midst of this year's Folklife Festival. The free concert starts at 6:30 p.m. on the Mall, on the Ngoma Stage, near the Smithsonian Castle.
Friday-Sunday: D.C. Jazz Festival is in full swing. If you're on the hunt for a low-key event this Friday, hit Capital Bop's Jazz Loft block party; for something even bigger, look to Yards Park, where the festival hosts three days of concerts overlooking the Anacostia River. Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront kicks off Friday with a free show with local faves Akua Allrich and Frederic Yonnet; Saturday rocks with a lineup that includes Trombone Shorty and vocalist Gregory Porter. There will also be wine and beer tastings, chef demonstrations and a marketplace. Prices vary; find details here.
Friday: A classically trained musician looking to revive go-go, Liza Figueroa Kravinsky ended up with an in-demand, 20-member orchestra backed with the distinctive rhythms pounded out by real go-go percussionists. The Go-Go Symphony's outing at the winter's Intersections Festival was a hit; the group returns with the Capital City Symphony and guest MC Head-Roc for two shows; tickets are $30.
Through Aug. 10: With their fantastical characters and witty dialogue, Roald Dahl's books are ripe for adaptations that are crowd-pleasers for kids and their chaperones. "The BFG," which stands for Big Friendly Giant, is not your typical monster. Not only does the star of Imagination Stage's summer production, which opens this week, have a distinctly granola vibe, but he also befriends an orphaned girl, whom the not-so-friendly giants (NSFGs?) would probably like for a snack. Together, the unlikely pair sets out to save kids from the BFG's more unsavory brethren. The show is best for ages 5 to 10; tickets are $10-$25.
Friday: Dimitri from Paris is a disciple of disco, and his journey to become of the gods of house music has always had a sexy disco thump as a guiding principle. This weekend, the Frenchman takes over one of the best sound systems for house in the city, at the French restaurant/lounge Malmaison. Get your $20 tickets now to avoid lines at the door.
Friday-Saturday: You won't need to know the cost of dishwasher detergent to compete at SpeakeasyDC's storytelling-filled twist on "The Price Is Right," but a little math might come in handy. Contestants in Speakeasy DC's Story Showdown, who will be chosen from the audience, can win by calculating the tally of all the numbers in a certain story or by guessing the correct ending to one of the six tales. There are even prizes. Just don't bank on a new car. Shows start Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Dance Place. Tickets are $15-$20.
Saturday: Kicking yourself for missing Union BBQ a couple weeks back? Then don't miss VinoFest in Union Market's Dock 5 space, featuring a similar lineup of DJs and musicians -- most notably Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, See-I and R&B singer Jesse Boykins III. While the music thumps, browse the pop-up art gallery while enjoying glasses of wine from top-flight vineyards and food from Union Market vendors and other restaurants. The festival runs from 2 to 10 p.m. at Dock 5 at Union Market. Tickets are $50-$125.