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What's better than a Saturday spent at Nats Park? Bringing Fido with you! Skip the dog park on Saturday and head to Nats Park instead to watch the Nats take on the Phillies. (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)

Weekend Report: 11 events to get your weekend poppin'

Thursday, June 21

Midnight Brunch: Usher in the official start of summer at Crimson Whiskey Bar’s Summer Solstice Midnight Brunch, beginning at 5pm. Put your bikini body on hold to enjoy the Gold Plate Special, featuring country-fried chicken and melted cheese sandwiched between two halves of a sliced-and-grilled vanilla bean-glazed doughnut. For something on the lighter side, try the Creole Strata — baked egg, andouille and shrimp colossus — or the Grilled Asparagus Tartine served with a sunny-side up duck egg. Naturally, no "brunch" is complete without cocktails and Crimson’s tea-infused Old Fashioned — "Irish Breakfast Tea” — and their take on the espresso martini — "Wired Friar” — will ensure you’re wide-eyed and woke at midnight to welcome in the new season.

Debt After Dark: SoFi, an online personal finance company, is bringing their popular "Debt After Dark" series to D.C. and throwing a free party at District Winery for anyone with student loans who is 21 and over. All you have to do is register in advance (there is a deposit to reserve your spot but you will be refunded), bring proof of your student loans and enjoy a night of NO BILLS! Free to attend.

Opening of 'Does the body': "Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body?" is the Hirshhorn's first live performance exhibition, presenting a new generation of American artists who blend avant-garde performance art with pop culture. Each work challenges crucial ideas about the body and identity through dance, music, comedy, and spoken word, and will invite you to connect with the artists and your fellow visitors to find ways to “dance better together.” Free to attend.

ChiKo After Dark: Join guest Chefs Danielle Leoni (Breadfruit & Rum Bar), Amy Brandwein (Centrolina), and Tiffany McIsaac (Buttercream) as they serve up a four-course menu (with wine pairings) based on sustainable seafood. Tickets are $75 per person.

Friday, June 22

Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations: Don't miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more. Tickets start at $59.

Silent Disco Party: Celebrate summer with friends, dancing, rooftop views and starlit nights! Dance into the sunset with a backdrop of spectacular city views and submerge into the world of music on the rooftop of the Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont. It isn't a proper summer in the city until you attend a rooftop party, right?! Tickets start at $10.

By the People: Check out this arts and dialogue festival featuring performances, original art installations, engaging conversation and an augmented reality art hunt powered by Artechouse all weekend long. Stop by any of the five locations -- Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building, The Parks at Walter Reed, THEARC, Union Market, or Washington National Cathedral -- to register on-site and check out the schedule of events here. Most are free to attend.

Saturday, June 23

Giant's National Capital Barbecue Battle: This two-day event offers attendees live music, tasty barbecue food, cooking demonstrations and competitions, celebrity appearances, representatives from local professional sports teams and a variety of unique exhibits and special attractions. Tickets start at $12.

Pups in the Park: What's better than a Saturday spent at Nats Park? Bringing Fido with you! Skip the dog park on Saturday and head to Nats Park instead to watch the Nats take on the Phillies. Enjoy the game with other pet lovers in a dog-friendly seating section. Tickets are $32 for humans and $10 for pups.

Sunday, June 24

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.

Chef's Summer Dinner: Join Chef Ryan Ratino for the second dinner in its flagship Chef's Seasonal Dinner Series, featuring a five-course tasting menu with an all rosé wine pairing. Enjoy dishes such as BBQ eel and foie gras, yellowfin tuna, summer sweet corn, Spanish octopus and peaches and cream. Tickets are $145 per person.