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Whether you want to take in a coffee barista competition or chill out with an outdoor showing of Wonder Woman, we can help you plan your weekend! (Image: Courtesy The Royal)

Weekend Report: 10 outdoor movies, concerts and markets not to sleep on

Thursday, August 9

The Color Purple: The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival is playing at the Kennedy Center through August 26. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. It’s the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Tickets start at $79.

Outdoor Showing of Wonder Woman: If you were one of the people hanging around Georgetown earlier this summer desperate to catch a glimpse of the Wonder Woman 2 filming, come catch up on the original, with an outdoor showing of the superhero flick. Movies begin at sundown, seats open at 7 p.m., free to attend.

Friday, August 10

Encore Rocks Concert: Love 60’s, 70’s & 80’s Rock? Don’t miss this free summer concert series “Encore ROCKS!” featuring 120 singers, age 55+ performing at Maryland Hall,before they hit the Kennedy Center. Free to attend.

Generation Gap: Chicago comedy institution The Second City will present a new show created for Kennedy Center audiences. From the Greatest Generation to the latest generation, The Second City’s "Generation GapOr, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X?" takes you on a satirical crash course spanning miscommunications, careers, dating, and more in this two-act, interactive new spin on the age-old battle of the ages. Tickets start at $49.

A Garden Party from Africa to Asia: There’s no better place to celebrate summer than the Enid A. Haupt Garden, flanked on either side by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution and the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries. Spend a late-summer evening in the dramatically lit garden, and enjoy exclusive late-night access to galleries featuring art from the African and Asian continents. Add music by DJ As-One, specialty cocktails, and curators’ talks, and you’ve got a garden party you just can’t miss. Tickets start at $30.

Saturday, August 11

Rooftop Yoga: Rosewood Washington, D.C. has launched a summer rooftop yoga series in partnership with The Loft at Lululemon Georgetown. Led by several of the city’s most esteemed yoga professionals, the vinyasa-style classes will focus on linking breath to movement through a series of fluid poses and static holds intended to build strength and flexibility. Free to attend, but reserve a spot ahead of time.

Target Family Night: Clap, slap, stomp, and step to the beat as students from Summer Steps—Step Afrika!’s flagship arts education program—take the stage with an exhilarating performance that culminates their week-long camp. Watch as they blend technique, agility, and pure energy in a step show that is sure to leave the audience with their hearts pounding. Free to attend.

Ankara Bazaar: Come check out an event that blends fashion and homewares that you'd find at a pop-up shop with the energy of an open-air market, all inspired by the vivid West African patterned fabrics, called Ankara. Enjoy music, food, drinka nd performances while you browse. Tickets are $12.

Sunday, August 12

Festa di San Lorenzo: Help Chef Massimo Fabbri continue a long-standing Italian tradition celebrating food, wine and Florence at his first annual Festa di San Lorenzo with a special three-course dinner. Enjoy traditional Tuscan dishes such as chilled melon soup with crab and prosciutto, tuna tartare served on a bed of burrata, roasted tomatoes and yuzu and Tosca-style rabbit ragu. $55 per person.

Capital City Barista Preliminaries: Baristas from across the Mid-Atlantic are gathering at the LINE DC this weekend for the Capital City Preliminaries, to pour their best drinks for a panel of judges (with the winners securing competition spots at Qualifying Events in Denver, Co and Nashville, TN). The Capital City Preliminaries are part of the first leg of the United States Barista Championship competition cycle. Free to attend.