17 Jun 2022

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The To Do List: Week of June 17, 2022

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It’s halfway through June: Can you believe it? It’s Juneteenth on Sunday (observed on Monday) and we wrote a special post all about it here. Make sure you check it out!

It’s also time to celebrate dads, and here are a few ideas on how to do it:

  • Frager’s is offering free knife-sharpening through July 4 in-store. If you’ve never had the dangerous joy of cutting with a newly-sharpened knife, this should be a present at the top of your list for the dad-figure in your life. You can also check out Frager’s Father’s Day sale here.
  • Stop by our friends at Honey Made and get something special for dad. More info here.
  • Have you tried A Presto!? The Italian food pop-up, which started at Sushi Capitol and is now Thursday through Sunday at Bullfrog Bagels, is a celebration of Chef Stephanie Hulbert’s family– especially her poppy, Angelio DelPresto. Seems like a fitting way to celebrate dad, doesn’t it? Plus: meatballs– among the best we’ve had. Check it out and make reservations here.
  • Bistro Cacao has a special brunch priced at $49 per person. To make a reservation, click here.
  • Off-Hill? The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is opening an exhibit centering about the Black fatherhood experience, titled “Framing Fatherhood.” From June 19 to July 31, view the work of Black photojournalists offering intimate glimpses of fatherhood and boyhood. On June 18, meet the artists at a special reception. More info here.

The Live, on the Hill concert series is on! This and every Friday, head on down to Eastern Market Metro Plaza and listen to vocalist Dominique Bianco, from 5-6:30 p.m. More information here.

East City Books welcomes local author Louis Bayard to discuss his latest book, “Jackie and Me” Friday, June 17. The talk is both hybrid and in person. More info and RSVP here.

The FREE MONEY GAME SHOW is coming to Eastern Market Metro Plaza on Saturday, June 18 from 1-4 p.m. You can join live or watch online. More info here.

On Saturday, June 18, the Northeast Library will have a really cool-sounding discussion about the enduring influence of the Wu-Tang Clan. This event is in partnership with East City Books. More information here.

Want to get into home brewing? Then the Hill Center has an event just for you. On June 18, you can listen to DC Brau “fermentation guru” Dr. James Shellhammer. More information and tickets here.

The Wharf has so much programming! Highlights include:

  • Starting May 31 and going through August 30, do outdoor yoga at the Wharf, Tuesdays at 6 p.m.and Sundays at 9 a.m. Info and RSVP here.
  • You can also *roller skate.* The thrill of the 80s is back every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. and you can even rent roller skates there. More info here.

Did you know Songbyrd in Union Market district has shows almost every day of the week? Their sister record store Byrdland is celebrating Record Store Day this Saturday! Check Songbyrd out here and check out all the great vinyl titles coming to Byrdland here!


Pharrell Williams is headlining Something in the Water, a HUGE festival taking place along Independence Avenue SW between 3rd and 9th Streets SW this Juneteenth weekend, June 17-19, 2022 (map). The festival has its origins in Virginia Beach, but this year they are moving up farther north. The line-up is big and DCPS 2022 graduates get a free pass each. Wanna go? Buy tickets here.

How about learning to ride a bike, or riding with new friends? WABA DC has several events around town such as learning to ride bikes at Anacostia Park. For more information, click here. By the way, WABA is also hosting The Sweet Ride around Arlington and Alexandria on June 18. It’s their fundraiser and signature event, so if you love safe biking around the area, this is an event for you! Click here for more info and tickets.

If you’re looking for fun in The Neighborhood Formerly Known as Crystal City, National Landing is launching their NaLa Fridays this Friday, from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.


On June 21, Barracks Row Main Street celebrates their Garden Party at Little Pearl. This is one of the signature events and a big fundraiser for the Main Street. For more information and tickets, click here.

Mosaic Theater Company is opening their newest play on June 22. In His Hands is a classic “boy-meets-boy” love story with an all-local cast, and runs through July 17. For tickets and more information, click here.

Ever thought, “Beatles songs would be even better with syncopation and conga drums”? If you have, then Los Day Trippers was a band that came together with you in mind. They will be taking over the Hill Center’s lawn on June 24. Secure your tickets here.

On June 25, let yourself indulge and have ROSE ALL DAY! A festival that celebrates the pinkest of wines and everyone’s inner Basic Girl, Rosé All Day takes over Yards Park and features such unambiguously awesome crafts/accessorizing as flower crown-making and glitter tattoos. WE ALL NEED PINK. Click here for tickets.

A cookout at the Four Seasons? Why not? Bourbon Steak inside the Georgetown Four Seasons is having a series of cookouts this summer and you’re invited. The first one is on Sunday, June 26. For tickets, click here.

The National Building Museum— one of my favorite museums in the city– always done something magical for their Summer Block Party series, and this year is no different. Together with the Folger Theater, this year they will bring an ACTUAL SHAKESPEAREAN PLAYHOUSE to the Grand Hall! The Playhouse will be open during the day for visiting, behind-the-scenes peeks and education. At night, it’ll transform into Titania and Oberon’s lair of love and mischief as the Folger Theater brings “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the stage starting July 12. For info on The Playhouse and the National Building Museum, click here. For play tickets, click here.

And it’s a ways off, but start getting excited for the DC Jazz Fest, August 31 to September 4 this year. Check out the line-up here.

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