It's shaping up to be a beautiful Father's Day Weekend. So if you can keep Dad off the golf course, you'll find plenty to do around D.C. To get you started, here are this weekend's best bets in nightlife, festivals, theater, music and much more around the Washington area.
- Good dog! Haute Dogs & Fries piles on the toppings
- All day in Eastern Market: Eating morning, noon and night
- Shop and eat: Filling up at farmers markets
Through Sunday: The D.C. Jazz Festival wraps up this weekend with a handful of shows around the District. Saxaphone legend Maceo Parker plays the Hamilton on Friday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. ($19-$42); Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet, the Chuck Brown Band and others perform at D.C. Jazzfest at the Yards on Saturday ($45-$150); And trumpeter Igmar Thomas and the Revive Big Band will be joined by singer Bilal, rapper Talib Kweli and Kamasi Washington, among others, on Sunday at the D.C. Jazzfest at the Yards ($45-$150). The D.C. Jazz Festival runs through Sunday, and prices and venues vary. For a complete schedule, visit dcjazzfest.org.
Through Sunday: "Kinky Boots" enters its first weekend at the Kennedy Center. During its Tony and Grammy award-winning run on Broadway, “Kinky Boots” was described by Post theater critic Peter Marks as “sweetly, vivaciously, irresistibly good.” Now D.C. theatergoers will get a chance to judge for themselves, as the traveling version of the musical from Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper and Jerry Mitchell brings its shoe factory and catwalks to the Kennedy Center through July 10. Tickets are $25-$199.
Friday: Truckeroo returns to the Fairgrounds area outside Nationals Park with more than 25 food trucks, in addition to live music and a number of beverage options. Participating trucks include Arepa Zone, BBQ Bus, Urban Poutine, Pittsburgh Rick's and many others. Truckaroo runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and admission is free.
Saturday: Weren't we just talking about new beer gardens? Well, add another to the list: Canteen, a 100-seat beer garden from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, opens in Washington's West End (2100 M St. NW), serving a menu of Nathan Anda's hot dogs and sandwiches and pouring 20 beers selected by Greg Engert. Canteen will be open from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, with live music from Adam E Project and Sulaiman. Its regular days after this week will be Wednesday through Saturday. (Update: Canteen decided to open Friday!)
Friday: Heads up, Beatlemaniacs: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band play the Warner Theatre. This is your chance to see one of the last two living Beatles sing some of the band's most popular songs. (You'll get another in August, when Paul McCartney plays Verizon Center for two nights.) And, his band lives up to its name: guitarist Todd Rundgren, Toto’s Steve Lukather and Santana’s Gregg Rolie. That's a pretty good group of friends to get help from. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $75-$280.
Friday: One of the unique outdoor movie options around the District is Cinematery at Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington. (Yes, that means you're watching movies on a big screen while gathering among the gravestones.) Bring your own food, drinks, chairs and blankets for the screening of "All About Eve," a 1950 classic starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter, both of whom were nominated for best actress. The gates open at 7 p.m., the move starts betwen 8 and 8:30 p.m. and there's a $10 suggested donation at the gate.
Saturday: The Columbia Heights Day Festival will kick off the summer instead of ending it this year. The family-friendly party stretches along the busy two block stretch of 11th Street between Park Road and Kenyon Street, and will include a beer garden, food vendors, music, artisans and activities for kids at Tubman Elementary. The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free.
Saturday: The first Petworth Park Summer Jam on the lawn of the Petworth Recreation Center is billed as a big, family-friendly dance party, featuring house and techno DJs and electronic musicians. Baltimore singer Ultra Nate is headlining this first party, along with Lisa Moody, event founder Chris Burns, DJ Lisa Frank and Trev-ski. There will be two more this summer: July 16 and Aug. 20. The event runs from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and admission is free, although the organization is accepting donations.
Saturday: Two of country music’s most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters, both experiencing successful second acts, share the stage this summer on a co-headlining tour as Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell touch down at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (If it had a name, it could be the “This Ain’t Bro-Country” tour.) At the Grammy Awards this year, both took prizes home: Isbell for “Something More Than Free,” and Stapleton, below, for “Traveller.” The show starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $45-$75.
Saturday: There are probably a handful of you who've attended a Dave Mathews concert every year for the past 25 years. In that case, you should make this weekend's Dave Matthews Band show at Jiffy Lube Live count, because the band is taking a hiatus from touring in 2017. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $40.50-$85.
Saturday: Even in your wildest dreams, you never thought you'd see Biz Markie DJing in front of the actual Star Spangled Banner. But that's just one of the highlights at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's first after-hours party, We the Party People. Chef Ailsa von Dobeneck is cooking up favorite meals of former presidents; historians will offer short "TED-style" talks; special objects from the museum's collection are being put on display for one night only; and there's a scavenger hunt with prizes. The entire museum will be open, with DJs, roaming performers and photobooths. Naturally, there will be plenty of bars, while Maketto, Red Apron and Mason Dixie are among the restaurants offering food. The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m.; tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. — Fritz Hahn
Saturday: DC Brau's Solar Abyss was at or near the top of any list of 2015's best local beers. You had to move fast to try it, though: Cans of the juicy double IPA, made exclusively with Mosaic hops, completely sold out in about two weeks. Thankfully, DC Brau is bringing it back this summer, although it's now known as Space Reaper for legal reasons. Space Reaper will make its debut at 1905 on the rooftop deck, where it will be pouring alongside other DC Brau beers. There's no cover charge: Just show up after 6 p.m. — Fritz Hahn
Saturday-Sunday: It's looking like we'll have perfect weather for the Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest at Bull Run Regional Park. Bill Madden of Mad Fox Brewing Company helps organize this festival, which includes an all-regional beer list, including a number of breweries that don't often make it to the city: Smartmouth out of Norfolk, Escutcheon out of Winchester, and Spencer Devon and Adventure out of Fredericksburg, just to name a few. Bands will perform throughout each day, and there will be a cornhole tournament each day as well. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, and tickets are $35, which comes with a commemorative glass and six sampling tickets.
Sunday: The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue NW (between 12th and 14th street), part of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, is already touting itself as the "first annual" event, so expectations are high. Feast on a number of jerk dishes — chicken, pork, lobster, even ice cream — and check out chefs competing in the Jerk Cook-off. There also will be music throughout the day, including traditional Jamaican folk and reggae. The festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. and tickets are $20 (with children 12 and younger getting in free.)
Sunday: The Second City’s "Almost Accurate Guide to America" opens at the Kennedy Center, applying a heavy layer of laughter to this U.S. history refresher. The Second City improv troupe filters its timeless tales through a comedic filter, so you’re bound to laugh — even while learning about the Cold War and the Industrial Revolution. The Chicago company’s partnership with the Kennedy Center runs at least through July 21, and may eventually return on a permanent basis. The show on Sunday is at 8 p.m., and tickets are $49-$64.
Sunday: If you're trying to get ahead of the restaurant curve, it's a safe bet that Doi Dua will be the next pop-up foodies are fighting to get into. Owner Anna Marie Vocaturo, a former line cook at Rose's Luxury, and partner Sarah Bui recently moved back from Portland, where they'd been serving modern twists on Vietnamese dishes. The Doi Dua pop-up at Archipelago on U Street NW is Washington's first chance to sample their Vietnamese fare, which will be served with boozy Polynesian drinks. Service begins at 5 p.m. and continues "until food runs out." — Fritz Hahn