Wake to Washington

Where is the summer, the unimaginable Zero summer?

VIP Polo Vibes

Join DC Polo Society for our 4th summer Sunday on August 25. Use promo code 730DC for $5 off and be entered for a VIP upgrade giveaway! Don’t miss out on DC’s best summer event.


Grade inflation might not be just for classrooms

The limits that the EPA has set for E. coli in the Anacostia and Potomac were just declared to violate the Clean Water Act, so we might be even farther from a passing water quality grade than we thought. In the meantime, enjoy these photos of dreamy swimming pools built into contaminated waterways.


Grab your shovel

This story of Civil War-era buried treasure in Arlington sounds suspiciously like a 21st century internet scam, but maybe there were more strangers wandering around with money to hide in the 1860s. With construction ongoing at the alleged site, ARLnow “reached out to the developer but did not receive an answer on whether or not any Civil War treasure was found.” They would say that though, right?


Burn after reading

Visitors to the Renwick’s No Spectators temple inscribed nearly 123,000 wooden tablets with personal messages. In keeping with the work’s theme (“I wanted it to have an ephemeral life”) and Burner origins, they’ll be hauled to the Nevada desert and ritually burned

  • The temple will actually be here through the end of the year; it makes a very excellent place to visit should you ever need a quiet moment. It might even belong on our list of best places to have a panic attack downtown.

Mopeds zoom into town this weekend

400 Revel mopeds become street-legal—on a test basis—this weekend. You have to wear a helmet, must have a driver’s license, and, according to a local motorcycle shop owner, “You’re going to feel like every car driver’s out to kill you.”

Wednesday, August 14

Plan ahead: Coworking at Eaton Workplace 8/29

We’re partnering with Locale for another pop-up at Eaton Workplace on Wednesday! Explore the space, talk shop, and linger for drinks on the Wild Days rooftop terrace (or join us there even if you can’t cowork!). (10am-5pm)

August Bike Party: Body Positivity

Celebrate Body Positivity at DC Bike Party's August ride. DC Bike Party is a monthly social bike ride with hundreds of diverse participants. Starts at Dupont Circle and ends at Penn Social. (7:30pm)

Full moon bathing

Take in some fresh air and enjoy the National Arboretum under the full moon. (7:30pm)

Also || Feminist book club | CAIR benefit for immigrants | Vitamin Sea Brewery | She’s the Man outside movie | short films about cities | chocolate and wine pairing | dada collage night | Wharf wednesday concerts | Lawn late night | painting with palette knives | Wakanda Forever: Reading Blackness in Film


Thursday, August 15

Come hang out with us at WeWork in Chinatown for the day (and come early for buttery Mason Dixie biscuits!). If you can’t make it for coworking, celebrate the productive day anyway with draft beer, cocktails made with local shrub, and a cheese board from Vaughn Cheese. Come hang! (
9am-4pm, HH until 6pm)

Tunes: Lightmare + Strange Froots + Black Folks Don’t Swim
It’s a triple-header at Rhizome tonight! Need we say more? $10 suggested donation. (

An alternative happy hour
If you’re exasperated from the seemingly endless “post-work drinks” gatherings without any alternatives, check out the SoBar happy hour: a $35 ticket gets you into a wellness pop-up featuring breathwork, sober sips, and mindful conversation. (

Also ||
Go-go book club | living and loving as an African gay man | Grease at NBM | live salsa at LOC | hand lettering workshop | a drawing workshop that’s also about the surveillance state


Friday, August 16

How to be an antiracist

Author and activist Ibram X. Kendi will be at Politics & Prose talking about his latest book, How To Be An Antiracist. This writer is currently reading another book of his, Stamped from the Beginning, and it’s dope. High recommend this evening. (7pm)


Late night garden party 

The best place to garden party is a castle, of course. The Smithsonian is hosting a late night garden party at the castle with the promise of a “dramatically-lit” garden plus late night access to the Freer and Sackler galleries. (8pm)

Also ||
tunes @ Dwell | emerging writers festival | beer and food pairing | marry fuck kill but with Hirshhorn artwork | 2000s dance party | Yards Park friday night concert series  

Saturday, August 17


Eat all the food

Like, all the world’s food. The Around The World Cultural Food Festival is taking over Freedom Plaza with food, dance, arts and music from, you guessed it, around the world. (11am-7pm)



The 5th Annual Chuck Brown Day is taking over Chuck Brown Park (duh) with performances from go-go bands like Bela Dona, The JunkYard Band and the Chuck Brown Band (duh duh). Kid friendly and open to all. (2-7pm)

Also || Summer of Love deals on Upshur | meditation for activists | Souled Out! jazz/funk/soul night | Film: Manifesto @ Hirshhorn | Soviet Diaspora Poetry


Sunday, August 18



DCAC is hosting a comedy variety show featuring local LGBTQ+ performers doing standup, improv, storytelling and sketch. As one comedian describes himself: “Imagine Trevor Noah...but as a big gay slut." (7:30pm)


Sunday punkday

  • Lo-fi, punk-rock band Jack on Fire, of Burn Down the Brixton fame, takes it to the Black Cat. It should be “weird and wonderful.” (7:30pm)

  • Catch Portland-based punk band Summer Cannibals at Comet Ping Pong, with DC’s Panini Girlfriend starting it off. (9pm)

Also || hot air balloon festival way out in Virginia | Women Uncorked sex discussion group | comic rummage sale | Performance: Who Am I? | Granny & the Boys  


Monday, August 19


Shakespeare in the pub

Here’s what we know about this show: it starts with a cleaning deposit. The rest will leave up to you. Tag us on the gram if you go; we’d love to see what’s up. (7:30pm


Learn to talk like anyone

OK, fine, actually just a Bostonian, New Yorker or Texan. Expensive but neat, possibly helpful for your next undercover assignment! (all week)

Also || Brain Injury Families & Friends Support Group | Fish People | women uncorked | tunes: Balun | film about gender disparity in music | women’s trailside bike repair  


Tuesday, August 27


Tolentino: Reflections on self-delusion

New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino sits down with NPR’s Kat Chow sit down to talk about Tolentino’s latest book, a series of nine essays on, well, ourselves. (7pm)


Looks, smells, tastes, feels…

Sounds like DC is hosting a live panel conversation featuring local musicians. Find your next favorite musical act, or podcast. (8pm)


Also || the Inner Loop | Locale coworking at Steadfast Supply | about Bauhaus | Caboose Brewery | pups on the patio in van ness




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