Happy rainy Friday and happier King Kamehameha Day to one and all! Celebrate with leis and with the help of the US Capitol, where a statue of King Kamehameha I holds a place of honor within Statuary Hall. The Capitol Visitors Center has a talk about celebrating this day today at 1 p.m. and you can register here. Make sure you check all the other events by the CVC here!
DC Pride Weekend is here! While all of June is #Pride month, this year the Pride parade is happening all over town. The Pridemobile Parade sets off from Dupont Circle at 3 p.m. on Saturday and will traverse many neighborhoods, including ours. See the map below and click here for more information. You can also, uh, “Bing” the route turn-by-turn here.
Additionally, you can join Mayor Bowser for a rally departing from Freedom Plaza toward Dupont Circle at noon. More information and RSVP here.
We are so excited to be partnering up with DC Music Live to bring you The Set List! The app, designed by Naomi-Grace Palnaqui and Nameer Rizvi, helps you explore all the venues around the area offering LIVE MUSIC! Download it here for iPhone and here for Android! In the meantime, check out the bimonthly column, which features reviews, photos and commentary on the local scene!
By the way, Boom Town Wreck, a local band headed by friend of the blog Jim Havard, will have its final show this Friday at Trusty’s from 8:30-10:25 pm!
Soccer fan? The Euro Cup is kicking off this weekend and you can catch the action around town and at Wundergarten. Click here for more information.
Cinematery is happening at Congressional Cemetery. Dine under the stars and on top of dead people at the hippest cemetery around! Check out their whole lineup here. And you can sign up for a guided stroll on Saturdays here.
On Sunday, A Tour of Her Own will have a virtual “herstoric” call box tour and you’re invited. Click here to register.
It’s always a good day to talk about DC Statehood and Wednesday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m., tune in to a Zoom panel to discuss the history and the way forward. Click here for more info and to register (free).
DC-based band SHAED‘s Max Ernst first came out to his bandmates, twin brother Spencer and best friend Chelsea. His journey to acceptance and the love and support that he encountered led to the band writing “Colorful.” “Colorful” is a love letter to anyone and everyone who may find themselves along Max’s same journey, as an LGBTQ+ or an ally. SHAED has also launched the Colorful Campaign, in partnership with the Capital Pride Alliance, We knoto support LGBTQ+ organizations. Listen to and watch the song video below:
THE CAPITOL HILL FOURTH OF JULY PARADE IS ON! Click here for more info.
Sunset cinema is coming to the District Wharf. Through August, you can pre-register to watch new and old classics by the water. Click here to find out the line-up and to register.
We know that Pennsylvania Avenue is an important stage for the nation, but what else can it be? Join the National Capital Planning Commission on June 29 to discuss America’s Civic Stage. As long as no one gets doored there anymore, it can be whatever people want it to be. Click here to learn more and to RSVP.
Have you signed up to pick up a Picnic Pack at The Yards? The picnic-ready totes have a $150 gift certificate to your favorite riverfront restaurant, plus a basket, blanket and a deck of cards. What else do you need? Okay, bug spray, maybe? Click here to order for June 17 and 25.
CHAW’s Sculpture Stampede, their virtual 5k around the animals, is happening June 19 through 27. The sign-up deadline is June 18. Register here and help support CHAW’s wonderful mission of art for all!
Off-Hill but awesome:
Swingers Crazy Golf, an indoor mini golf experience, is opening next week in Dupont Circle and it looks like a lot of fun! Check it out here.
Did you miss tennis? The Citi Open is back and will happen from July 31 to August 8. Get more info and tickets here.