Friday, June 9
Paul Simon at Merriweather Post Pavilion: When singer-songwriter Paul Simon played in Queens, his childhood home, last summer, he hinted that it might be his final tour. While he’s back at it this summer, the 75-year-old legend is donating all proceeds from this 17-show stint to the Half-Earth Project, scientist E.O. Wilson’s biodiversity preservation initiative. Sarah McLachlan opens this show with her own brand of deeply emotional tunes. 7:30 p.m. $55-$175.
A Gilded Age Garden Party at the Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden: To celebrate the new “Cultivating America's Gardens” exhibition, the Smithsonian is hosting a Gilded Age-themed garden party in the lovely Enid A. Haupt Garden outside the Castle. Guests can learn about public gardens, while making customized journals and framed floral messages; tour the Arts and Industries building, which is currently closed for renovations; and make Victorian-style visiting cards while dressed in late-19th century style. Tickets include hors d'oeuvres and two drinks from Oregon craft brewer Ninkasi. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45.
Rainbow Resistance at the Rainbow Warehouse: Pride's official opening party is once again organized by Brightest Young Things, which means you can expect photo booths and outrageous costumes, at the converted warehouse in Ivy City. Entertainment includes live performances by Tiffany — yes, the '80s singer of “I Think We're Alone Now” fame — and Ultra Nate, plus hometown DJs Will Eastman, Lemz and Rosie. 9 p.m. $30 in advance.
Booty Rex Pride Party at the Black Cat: DJs from the all-female Anthology of Booty crew and the She Rex team up to take over the entire Black Cat for their annual Pride party: Catch six selectors on the main stage, including Natty Boom and Alex DB, while Junebullet leads the lineup on the backstage. 9 p.m. $10.
Saturday, June 10
Capital Pride at multiple area locations: This annual celebration of diversity and the LGBT community culminates with the parade Saturday and the festival and concert Sunday. The parade features nearly 200 groups marching through Dupont Circle to 14th and S streets NW, starting at 4:30 p.m. The next day’s festival takes over Pennsylvania Avenue NW at noon, with music starting an hour later and rocking into the evening. Miley Cyrus is the concert bill’s big name; other acts include the Pointer Sisters, Tinashe and the queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Through Sunday. Free.
Wolf Trap Opera and Halcyon Stage Pop-Up at Union Market: The Wolf Trap Opera and the arts incubator Halcyon Stage collaborate for a free event in an unusual setting: the food and shopping hall at Union Market in Northeast Washington. The pop-up will be organized as a scavenger hunt, with short opera and chamber music pieces played throughout the popular shopping destination. Noon to 2 p.m. Free.
'Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection' at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens: Known for collecting fine art from Russia and France, cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post also had an eye for jewelry, commissioning some from firms such as Harry Winston. This exhibit of more than 50 pieces includes a 1920s Cartier pendant brooch with more than 250 carats of emeralds. Through Jan. 1. $18, $15 seniors, $10 college students, $5 ages 6 to 8, free for children younger than 6.
Sunday, June 11
Toki and Astro Doughnuts Pop-Up at Toki Underground: Two local favorites are coming together for one tempting brunch. Normally closed Sundays, ramen spot Toki Underground is hosting a pop-up in collaboration with Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. The mash-up fare will include doughnuts, of course — black sesame glazed, lime glazed with dragon fruit jam and a “Toki Monster” with a bourbon and angostura glaze with bacon bits. There will also be scallion biscuits with fried pork cutlets, and several coffee and alcoholic beverages. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jack Johnson at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Surfer-turned-singer-songwriter Jack Johnson made a name for himself in 2001 with his album “Brushfire Fairytales,” featuring mellow beach pop. Since then he’s recorded a number of albums, including the soundtrack to the 2006 film “Curious George.” Recently he scored the music for the short documentary “The Smog of the Sea,” about plastic pollution in the ocean. Opening this show: Lake Street Dive and No Lawn Chairs. 7:30 p.m. $45- $75.
Kevin Ross at Songbyrd: Washington singer-songwriter Kevin Ross is having a successful year. His debut album with Motown Records, “The Awakening,” dropped in March, and the lead single, “Long Song Away,” topped the adult R&B Billboard charts in April. Vibe called the album a “stunning yet understated entrant that doubles down on some of the best elements of R&B and gives them a fresh coat of paint.” 8 p.m. $20-$22.