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40+ Things To Do This August

August 2nd, 2019 Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Jazz in the Garden
Through Aug. 23
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden through Aug. 23. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5-8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Levels Unlocked PUB – Through Sept. 29
Events DC and Drink Company are here to provide you with the esports pop-up bar you never knew you needed. Open each day of the week, Levels Unlocked will feature esports decor and programming throughout its run, as well as a beverage menu that nods to a range of video game favorites, including OverwatchNBA 2K and the Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. franchises.
Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. |  Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
1839 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Truckeroo – Aug. 23
Truckeroo brings local food trucks to The Bullpen near Yards Park in the bustling Capitol Riverfront neighborhood to dole out everything from Korean barbeque to lobster rolls to pizza to smoothies. More than a dozen wheeled food sellers show up, and there are picnic tables and shade to keep things cool. There will also be games, cold beverages and live music.
411 p.m. | Free admission
The Bullpen, 1201 Half Street SE, Washington, DC 20003?

DC VegFest – Aug. 11
Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, this day-long, free-to-enter event at Nationals Park will educate on why eating plant-based food is the way to go. You can enter and sample food from more than 100 vendors free of charge while learning how to be more health-conscious. Other perks include live music, cooking demonstrations, speeches from authors and health experts and an activity area for kids. Don’t veg out – go to VegFest, the largest vegan gathering on the east coast.
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Summer Restaurant Week – Aug. 12-18
Enjoy the District’s best eats with the summer edition of Restaurant Week, and make sure to read our full neighborhood breakdown. Foodies and deal hunters always swoon over the prix-fixe menus from a cast of DC’s best restaurants. Head over to the DC Restaurant Week website to book a table and keep up with participating restaurants, along with can’t-miss dishes and deals.

2019 Pokémon World Championships – Aug. 16-18
The best Pokémon players in the world will take over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during this weekend-long tournament. Contestants from all over the globe will showcase their skills to determine the world champion in Pokémon TCG, the video game and Pokkén Tournament. Spectators are more than welcome to observe the epic battles and can also participate in side events.
Register
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC 20001

Around the World Cultural Food Festival – Aug. 17
Savor delicious dishes from dozens of countries at this outdoor cultural festival. From dancing displays and music performances to food tastings and hands-on arts and crafts, expect a feast for all of your senses at this family-friendly event. While it is free to attend, the festival strongly urges guests to purchase VIP passes to get special access to food lines and tastings.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Tickets
Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

TopGolf CRUSH at Nationals Park – Aug. 22-25
Grab your golf clubs and get ready for a unique sports experience. TopGolf, in partnership with Coca-Cola and Black Clover, is taking over Nationals Park for four days and nights this August. The field will be lit with glowing targets and private bays will be available for groups. Expect Topgolf’s signature Toptracer technology to be in full effect. You can also enjoy snacks and beer in this friendly and competitive environment. Four ticket options are available.
Sessions available from 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. |Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

DCBX 11 – Aug. 22-26
Ranked the number one Latin dance festival in the U.S. the last four years, DCBX takes over the nation’s capital for five days. Veterans and newbies of dancing bachata, the sexier-than-salsa dancing style from the Dominican Republic, will have plenty of chances to strut their stuff, from concerts to contests to workshops. In addition to its dance events, the corresponding Global Impact Film Festival celebrates different cultures and raises awareness about important worldwide issues.
Tickets
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

17th Street Festival – Aug. 24
17th Street in Dupont Circle has so much to see and do, it needs its own day-long free festival for you to take in all its wonder. Live music will be present throughout the proceedings, providing a soundtrack as you browse through roughly 100 vendors, including more than 50 artists displaying fine art, crafts and jewelry. There’s even a kid’s zone, where the little ones can enjoy a large slide, soccer, face painting and games.
12-7 p.m. |  Free admission
17th Street NW from P Street to R Street NW (1500 and 1600 blocks), Washington, DC

Dear Summer BBQ – Aug. 24
Union Market’s Dock 5 hosts the Dear Summer BBQ, an exciting summer-centric event that comes to the District for the first time just before the season expires. Founded by alumni of Virginia State University and Delaware State University, the BBQ aims to bring together young professionals, influencers, entertainers and entrepreneurs to connect and enjoy positive vibes. Expect music, dancing, food and bars indoors and out (must be over 21 to attend).
4-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Union Market Dock 5, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

The Ubiquitous Women’s Expo – Aug. 24-25
The Ubiquitous Women’s Expo, dedicated to beauty, wellness and health, returns to DC for its sixth edition. The two-day event will feature entertainment, beauty workshops, product demonstrations, panel discussions and a range of health and wellness exhibitors, all dedicated to improving the minds, bodies and souls of women. Guest speakers include Pastor Keith Battle and Dr. Celeste Owens.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Sunday: 12-6 p.m. |  Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Aug. 24 – Oct. 20
Check out this unique festival that takes place every year in Annapolis, Md., roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC. Bring along the entire family and celebrate olde times with Renaissance-themed artisans, dazzling performances (including dances and musicians) and plenty of plate-filling food, like turkey legs. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish. The festival occurs on select dates through Oct. 20.
Tickets
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

Labor Day Weekend – Aug. 31 – Sept. 2
Washington, DC is a great place to celebrate Labor Day and the preceding weekend, the last hurrah of the summer. From DC’s free museums filled with history to numerous outdoor activities to the Labor Day Capitol Concert, there’s no shortage of ways to revel in the holiday. Check out these must-try activities to make the weekend a memorable one.