Things To Do In DC This Weekend: Markets, Exhibits, Conferences

Head to a sidewalk sale this weekend for another summer shopping spree. Photograph by Igda Warner for Visit Alexandria.

No plans this weekend? Here are some last minute things to do.

Sidewalk and market sales. Head to the MidCity Dog Day Sidewalk Festival (Sat-Sun, free, Logan Circle) Where 16th Annual Middleburg Summer Sidewalk Sale (Fri-Sun, free, Middleburg) to support local businesses by buying cute clothes, jewelry, food, etc. Or shop at A Tree Grows on U Street Bookstore (Sun, Free, Cardozo) for a new summer reader, Immigrant-owned mini market (Sat, $0+, Dupont circle) for local craft beer, Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market (Friday and Saturday, free, Bethesda) for flowers and pastries, and East End Market August Festival (Saturday, Free, Capitol View) for more goodies from local businesses.

Back to school. In the market for new school supplies? Check Pop-up back-to-school market (Saturday, free, Fort Washington). You can also help raise funds for scholarships and school supplies by participating in the Kick it for Education Kickball Tournament (Saturday, $0+, greenway).

Skateboarding session. No matter your experience (or not) in skating, there is an event for you this weekend. Beginners can take a summer skate lessons (Sat, $10, Anacostia). If you know what you’re doing, go to Family Fun Skating (Saturday, $15+, park view) Where White Safari Skating Party (Saturday, $20, park view) to show off your skills. If you prefer to sit and watch, you can find out more about the sport at National African American Roller Skating Archives exhibit (Saturday, $5, Ivy City).

Lectures and lessons. Discover Shakespeare’s storytelling skills at Hip Hop Shakespeare Workshop (Fri – Sun, $10, Penn Quarter), catch readings from your favorite LGBTQ authors at LGBTQ Literary Festival (Fri-Sun, free, Cardozo), tap into your creative side at Poetry Workshop: Photography, Protest and Perspective (game, free, virtual), hear from a panel of peace-seeking experts at 77 years later: Eliminate nuclear weapons, not life on Earth (Fri, free, Cardozo), Where discover women and politics at Hear the Hear Her Roar protests and marches (Saturday, $0+, the National Mall).

Visit an exhibition. Head to a new exhibition this weekend like the opening of the People From Away exhibition (Sun, free, Georgetown) to see photos and paintings from all 50 states, the new Lou Stoval exhibition (Thursday-Sunday, $10+, Kalorama) to display many draws, or Put it This Way: (Re)visions of the Hirshhorn Collection to see more art (open daily, free, the National Mall). Also, don’t miss your last chance to see Laurie Anderson: The Weather (closed on Sundays, free, the National Mall).

Let’s celebrate. Try tomato-themed dishes, play games and take a farm tour at the tomato festival (Thursday, $0+, Columbia Heights). You can also enjoy some beers, cocktails, music and food at Yappy Party (Sun, Free, Brentwood), Bethesda Oktoberfest at BarkSocial (Fridays, free but you must pre-register your puppies, Bethesda), or the Haus of Gaga Celebration (Sat & Sun, free, NOMA).

Go to a show. Watch a professional magician take the stage at this magic show with Ran’D Shine (Saturday, $5, Anacostia). You can also laugh at one of these free comedy shows: Friday sweets showcase (Fri, free, Cardozo) Where Comedy of Errors Production (Wednesday, free, Tysons).

Help the earth. Get out to pick up litter and improve the planet at ft. Stanton Park Volunteer Day (Sat, free, Anacostia) or do the same on the water at the Cleaning the Four Mile Run Kayak (Sun, Free, Alexandria).

For the family. Have a family book read to you in a family book reading (Saturday, Free, Capitol Riverfront) or listen to a mariachi band at Family Day of Music and Stamps with guest artist Rafael Lopez (Saturday, free, Downtown).

Free movies. There are free outdoor movies for everyone this weekend. Family movies playing this weekend include News (Sun, free, National Port), Wall-E (Thursday, free, the National Mall), and tron (Fri, free, National Landing). Other films on the bill include Mahogany (Thursday, Free, Penn Quarter), Yesterday (game, free, National Port), Spiderman: No Coming Home (game, free, Mosaic District), and In the heights (Friday, free, Arlington).

  • Film festival. You can also head to the African Diaspora Film Festival in person or virtually to watch black creator movies (Fri-Sun, prices vary, Foggy Bottom)