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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for July 26-28

We've gathered up some fun things to do in DC this weekend. You can also read what else is going on during the week and throughout the month.

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People enjoying an outdoor mini golf course with colorful obstacles and decorations themed around Pixar films, including a large number 95 from Cars. The area is lively with participants of various ages.

Pixar Putt

Pixar Putt at The Wharf
Go to infinity and beyond this summer with whimsical, Pixar-themed mini-golf. The outdoor pop-up is open daily at The Wharf for a limited time and includes 18 interactive putt-putt holes inspired by some of Pixar’s most beloved films, from Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. to Turning Red and Inside Out. Book your tee time for a daytime outing or an 18+ after-hours activity. 
580 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


A theater poster for a performance by Julia Masli. The poster features Julia Masli in profile with an elaborate headpiece against a dark blue background. The text 'ha ha ha ha ha ha ha' and 'Julia Masli' are written in orange.

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Billed as an “award-winning clown,” Julia Masli is from Estonia and based in London. Her newest show, which was nominated for Edinburgh’s top prize for Best Comedy Show and named the no. 1 comedy show of the year by The Guardian before a sold-out, four-week engagement at London’s Soho Theatre, comes to DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


A collage of black and white photos of three iconic jazz singers: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington, against a purple background.

Signature Theatre

Summertime: Awa Sal Secka Sings Ladies of Jazz
Outstanding vocalist Awa Sal Secka pays tribute to legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and many more. Settle in for an evening of loving renditions of songs such as “Take The A Train,” “Summertime,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Misty” and “Guess Who I Saw Today.” The cabaret performance takes place at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206


Back to the Future: The Musical
Great Scott! A cinematic classic that is now a Broadway musical is coming to the District. Winner of the 2022 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Back to the Future: The Musical is adapted for the stage by the film’s creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis and directed by the Tony Award® winner John Rando. The play features original music by GRAMMY Award winners Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard alongside hit songs from the movie including “The Power of Love,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Earth Angel,” and “Back in Time.”
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566




Mubadala Citi DC Open
The District’s signature professional tennis tournament returns to Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Top-tier talent from all over the world will compete for a prestigious trophy, leading to action that you do not want to miss.
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 5220 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011


Broccoli City Festival
Now at Audi Field in Navy Yard, Broccoli City is a music festival focused on celebrating not just music but culture and community, with not just concerts but interactive art installations and culinary vendors. Headliners this year include Megan Thee Stallion, Gunna, Concrete Family, Kaytranada, Lil Yachty and PartyNextDoor, but the experience doesn’t stop there. The event will be hosted by comedians Desi Banks and Funny Marco, and there will even be an intro by Issa Rae.
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


A black and white photo of a couple. The man is wearing a suit and hat, smoking a cigar, and holding a book. The woman stands next to him, wearing a dress and looking directly at the camera.

Gordon Parks, Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan (Bert Collins and Pauline Terry), 1950

Gordon Parks: Camera Portraits from the Corcoran Collection
The National Gallery of Art honors one of the best set of eyes in American history with a 25-portrait exhibition. Gordon Parks revolutionized photography in post-World War II America, situating his subjects in their environment while also paying close attention to their expression, character and dress. You can see images of Muhammad Ali and Leonard Bernstein alongside shots of a Harlem gang leader and a Detroit couple in this moving tribute that features some of Parks’ most beloved photographs.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker have reunited after more than a decade and hit the road again. Their world tour stops at Capital One Arena with special guest Pierce the Veil in tow. blink-182 will play their classics along with the two no. 1 singles off their latest album, One More Time…
7 p.m. | Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Beck and the National Symphony Orchestra
Eight-time Grammy winner Beck takes the stage with the National Symphony Orchestra for the first time in an experimental, cross-generic exploration of his body of work. For one night only, the singer-songwriter will let the audience in on new interpretations of classic hits as well as deep cuts.
8 p.m. | Tickets
Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182




A composite image showing a detailed golden peacock illustration on the left and a portrait of a bearded man on the right, divided diagonally.

Ruffled Feathers: Creating Whistler’s Peacock Room
One of the most famous rooms in the nation’s capital receives a full in-depth investigation thanks to a new exhibit at the National Museum of Asian Art. The Peacock Room is the museum’s calling card, and this display will be located right next door. The creation of James McNeill Whistler was originally meant for the London home of British businessman Frederick Leyland. Its origin story and tangled history is detailed through paintings, works on paper, decorative art and additional ephemera.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds 
ARTECHOUSE welcomes visitors to its seventh annual installation dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the cherry blossoms in DC. The museum treats your eyes to an exhibit inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime, allowing for the exploration of alternate universes stacked with colors, adventures and immersive technologies. Plus, discover Gachapons hidden throughout the exhibit to win prizes from local businesses or snag a book from the 'Isekai Library'. Make sure to take advantage of tickets with a 10% discount.
Tickets (10% off)
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


A blue Volkswagen car equipped with multiple cameras and sensors on its roof, displaying logos of various sponsors including Red Bull, MDV, and Android, driving on a dirt road.

Stanley: Toward a New Kind of War
The National Museum of American History welcomes a landmark object in the form of Stanley, the self-driving winner of a historic robotic vehicle race back in 2005. The east wing of the museum’s third floor will display this modern marvel, a blue Volkswagen Touareg that competed in and won the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Grand Challenge robot race. Made by a Stanford University team of faculty and students along with Volkswagen and corporate sponsors, the vehicle revolutionized driverless car technology.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


Places to Stay

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Need some inspiration for a place to stay in between events? Washington, DC is filled with a multitude of hotels to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for that specialty boutique hotel or booking at your favorite hotel brand, Washington, DC's booking engine has it all. Find your stay today!

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Do you know where you’ll be dining pre- or post-event? From pop-up restaurants to award-winning hot spots to laid-back food halls, our DC food guide is perfect for helping you plan a more memorable experience.

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