Friday, August 24
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.
Saturday, August 25
Salute the Sunset Concert: The Airmen of Note are the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. The band hhonors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States. Free to attend.
100th Birthday of Leonard Bernstein: The Kennedy Center celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein—to the day—with an all-star lineup of vocalists and instrumentalists paying tribute to Bernstein’s genius and vision. Curated by conductor Teddy Abrams and featuring the brilliant singer Morgan James, this concert will explore a broad range of Bernstein’s output, including special new arrangements of orchestral masterpieces and personalized versions of his most beloved songs. Free to attend.
3rd Annual Taste of the World Festival: Mayor Bowser will host the 3rd Annual Taste of the World Festival, highlighting the rich diversity of international communities that live and thrive in the District of Columbia. This year’s festival will showcase food, music, and dance from the Dominican Republic as the honored host country, and other featured countries include India, Ethiopia, and several Caribbean islands. Free to attend.
Loop Installation: CityCenterDC invites Washingtonians and visitors alike to discover Loop, an original interactive installation by world renowned artists Olivier Girouard and Jonathan Villeneuve. The installation is in town through September 16, and consists of six giant zoetropes – an animation device that combines film, music and optical illusion. When a zoetrope is activated, images are shown in rapid succession, creating the illusion of motion. Free to attend.
Capital Dragon Boat Regatta: Dragon boat racing has been part of the Chinese celebration of Duanwu Jie for centuries, and it’s been a tradition on the D.C. waterfront for the past four years. Settle in on District Pier to watch this year’s dragon boat teams race along the Washington Channel in their ornately carved boats. Free to attend.
Sunday, August 26
Canine Cruise: In honor of National Dog Day, Potomac Riverboat Company will offer its popular Canine Cruise Saturday and Sunday. This dog-friendly sightseeing cruise around Alexandria’s seaport is approximately 45 minutes long and open to passengers with or without a pup companion. Passengers will enjoy light snacks and a variety of adult and kid-friendly beverages (for purchase) as well as treats for your four-legged friend. For every dog that cruises, PRC will donate $5 to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Tickets are $20 for adults; dogs ride free.
Bark & Brunch: Art and Soul restaurant will host a pup-friendly brunch on its outdoor Pooch Patio in partnership with Tito's Vodka. The menu features brunch favorites like the restaurant's signature Habanero-Mango Fried Chicken Sandwich, S’Mores French Toast and BLT Benedict for humans and The Hungry Dawg (grilled sirloin), Peanut-Banana Pupsicles, Bowser Beer (nonalcoholic brew) and more for our furry friends. In honor of National Dog Day, Bark & Brunch proceeds will benefit D.C.’s Humane Rescue Alliance.
Taco Mile: What's a taco mile? Just combine two of your favorite things--running and tacos--in a race against the clock. It's you, four tacos (from District Taco), and one mile. You'll down a taco after each mile of your run, and yes, you must eat all the tacos. Free to attend.
Vida Fitness Open House: As part of VIDA Fitness’ month-long wellness initiative called the Glow Up Challenge , VIDA Fitness – U Street will host an open house to benefit Augie’s Quest, a nonprofit research initiative dedicated to finding treatments and cures for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). For a $20 donation to Augie’s Quest, guests will be able to participate in three 30-minute fitness classes, attend a nutrition seminar and have complimentary food and drinks at the Penthouse Pool Club. $20 donation.
Monument Moon Walk: Join the Washington, DC History & Culture for a three-mill monument walk under a full moon. Start and end at the National World War II Memorial, with stops at The Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincolm Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial. Free to attend.