Friday, June 16
D.C. JazzFest at Yards Park: The music is hard to miss when the D.C. Jazz Festival fires up its horns each spring. The three-day weekend extravaganza at Yards Park kicks off Friday with free performances by Ola Onabulé and Lori Williams. On Saturday and Sunday, performers include Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment and Jacob Collier. Through Sunday. 5 p.m. Friday, free. Saturday and Sunday, $49-$150.
‘Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image’ and ‘Antebellum Portraits by Mathew Brady’ at the National Portrait Gallery: Two exhibitions open this weekend at the Smithsonian’s shrine to portraiture. “Antebellum Portraits” explores the work Mathew Brady did before his Civil War photography, having already achieved acclaim as a portrait artist in the rapidly evolving field. “Dressed for the Image” dives into the life of Marlene Dietrich, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of her time, with photographs and film clips among the 45 objects on display. “Dressed for the Image,” through April 15, 2018. “Antebellum Portraits,” through June 3, 2018. Free.
The debut of AwesomeCon's official beer at City Tap House: From the Nationals to the Craft Brewers Conference, everyone has an official beer these days, and you can add AwesomeCon to the list. Ellicott City's Manor Hill Brewing was tapped with drawing up a new ale for the annual gathering of fans of comics, sci-fi and cosplay, and came back with Atomic Smash, a farmhouse ale flavored with pink guava fruit. The label features an original work by comic artists Cuddles & Rage, who will be appearing at AwesomeCon. 5 to 11 p.m. Free admission; beers priced individually.
Nikki Glaser at DC Improv: Last year, comedian Nikki Glaser hosted the provocative, sex-positive show “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser” on Comedy Central. The network passed on a second season, but Glaser is still down to yuk. She’s hitting the road and working on new material that will likely touch on sex — just not the whole time. Through Sunday. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $25.
Saturday, June 17
Patio party and ping-pong tournament at Colony Club: Eat well, enjoy being outside and do some good while you’re at it. Laoban Dumplings and Cassava Boba will set up shop at Colony Club selling their specialties, which will be available along with drink specials and a DJ set. The table tennis competition benefits N Street Village. 5 p.m. Tournament entry, $12 (includes one beer).
‘Frederic Kellogg: Works in Oil and Watercolor’ at American University Museum: Enjoy the outdoor landscapes of activist-lawyer-turned-painter Frederic Kellogg in the appropriately timed summer show “Frederic Kellogg: Works in Oil and Watercolor.” A former assistant U.S. attorney who splits his time between Washington and Maine, Kellogg served as legal counsel for the National Endowment for the Arts and helped many local artists before becoming a full-time painter in 1992. E.A. Carmean Jr., former curator at the National Gallery of Art, curates the show, which includes watercolors done en plein-air and oils. Through Aug. 13. Free.
Anniversary party at Old Ox Brewery: The Old Ox Brewery's Black Ox porter won a gold medal and was runner-up for Best of Show in the 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup, which should make the Ashburn brewery's third anniversary party extra festive. Rare, cellared and brand new Old Ox beers will be on tap, alongside guests from local breweries. There will be food trucks on hand (though you can also bring your own snacks), and bands will provide the entertainment. 1 to 7 p.m. General admission: $25 in advance and $33 at the door, includes five drink tickets; VIP admission: $40, allows entry at noon and 10 drink tickets.
Sunday, June 18
Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds: As the name suggests, jerk cuisine — the spicy style of cooking native to Jamaica — is the main attraction at this Caribbean food festival. Expect lots of jerk chicken and pork, plus several seafood renditions and even jerk ice cream. Other culinary highlights include cooking competitions and demonstrations. There will also be music (reggae, soca), dancers and activities for the kids. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $25; free for children 10 and younger.
Sip and Dip rooftop pool party at the Liaison Capitol Hill: Lounge by the pool while listening to music of the '90s. That means hits by the likes of Britney Spears, 'N Sync and, of course, Hanson. Expect to see lots of floaties in the pool and adult CapriSuns coming from the bar. 1 to 7 p.m. $22.