Things to Do in DC: Festivals, Parades, Art Markets

Happy Pride!

Hello Neighbor,


There’s the Pride Festival, March for Our Lives, Pride on the Pier, the Home Rule Festival, and various pop-up markets this Saturday. Expect delays getting across town.

By the way, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is calling for entries to its β€œAs long as” feminism prompt for an art installation this fall. The public is welcomed to submit suggestions till Wednesday.

So, What Should You Do June 6-12?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these times:

  • The πŸ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The 🌲, indicates an event is happening in-person outside.
  • The πŸ’» indicates an event is happening virtually.
  • And lastly, the πŸ†“ indicates an event is πŸ†“.

Top 5 Picks of the Week

1. Say Gay! 🏳️ 🌈🏳️ 🌈🏳️ 🌈 It’s DC Pride weekend! There’s so much to do including a block party (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, Dupont Circle), festival (Sun, πŸ†“, 🌲, Downtown), fireworks show (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, The Wharfand a parade (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, various locations). There’s also the DC Dyke March (Fri, πŸ†“, 🌲, Downtown), Rock the Lot with Pride (Thurs, πŸ†“, 🌲, National Landing), and Takoma Pride (Sun, πŸ†“, 🌲, Tacoma).

2. Museum fun. πŸ‘‘πŸ‡°πŸ‡· Explore the collaborative relationship of Princess Grace and the fashion house Dior as part of a new exhibit at Hillwood (starts Sat, $18, πŸ›‹Van Ness). Head to the National Museum of Asian Art for the after-hours kick-off of the Korean Film Festival (Fri, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹/🌲, National Mall) with late-night access to museum galleries, food trucks, live painting, performances, and a screening of Hot in Day, Cold at Night.

3. March for Our Lives. 🀍 The student-led demonstration in support of gun control legislation returns to DC (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, Downtown).

4. Other celebrations:

  • Mi PequeΓ±o El Salvador Festival. πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡» Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month, the festival will highlight the contributions of the El Salvadoran community to Mount Pleasant. Enjoy artisans, cultural performances, food, and more (Sun, πŸ†“, 🌲, Mount Pleasant) .
  • Home Rule Festival. πŸ₯ Pay tribute to Washington, DC’s music and jazz culture at this free outdoor music festival with a record fair, food trucks, and craft beverages (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, Historic Walter Reed).
  • Platinum Jubilee. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Honoring Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, the Fairmont Hotel’s courtyard will host a ceremonial celebration Featuring Champagne, slices of cake, and an authentic Scottish bagpiper (Wed, πŸ†“, 🌲, Georgetown).

5. Pop-Up markets. πŸ› Shop at a Black Market Creatives Showcase (Sat, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹Anacostia) at Anacostia Arts Center. Visit Each Peach Market for a Spring Pop Up (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, Mount Pleasant). Discover over 50 emerging brands at the DC Summer Market (Sat, $8, πŸ›‹Union Market). While enjoying the parade, stop by the Dupont Main Street Summer Pop-Up (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, Dupont).

Everything Else This Week

Your Neighbor,

Jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.

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