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16 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for August 3-5 include the final weekend of the Citi Open, Real Madrid vs. Juventus at FedExField, a new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art and much more.


United States Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC

‘People, Land & Water’
The vitality of the Department of Interior is relayed through this state-of-the-art exhibition at the Interior Museum. People, Land & Water features more than 75 artifacts, a 14-minute film, a multimedia presentation that details the Department’s relevance and history and a timeline that showcases the interplay between the Department’s nine bureaus and their missions. Note: the museum is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday) |  Free admission
Interior Museum, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240

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Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office Museum - Museum off the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘War On Our Doorsteps’
Civil War photography and its effect on the citizenry of the time is the focus of this special exhibition at the Clare Barton Missing Solders Office Museum. Alexander Gardner’s The Dead of Antietam exhibit of photographs shocked observers when it debuted more than 150 years ago, showing the grisly aftermath of the bloodiest day in American history. The museum features the photos and re-creates the powerful impact that these images had on DC residents in this immersive display. War On Our Doorsteps runs through Nov. 3.
Hours & Admission
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, 437 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Roy Ayers concert at Lincoln Theatre - Summer concert on U Street in Washington, DC

Roy Ayers
Roy Ayers is considered the godfather of neo-soul, an icon whose career has now spanned more than four decades. Early in his career, Ayers released a number of jazz albums with Atlantic Records, before helping to pioneer jazz-funk. Ayers has had an immense influence on hip-hop and R&B as both a jazz vibraphonist in the 1960s and as a band leader in the 1970s-80s, crafting classics like “We Live In Brooklyn Baby” and “Everybody Loves the Sunshine.” Ayers will be at the renowned Lincoln Theatre this Friday.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Citi Open summer tennis tournament - Pro sports tournament in Washington, DC

Citi Open – Final Weekend
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center plays host to this DC summer sporting tradition, now in its 50th year. International tennis stars battle in front of thousands of fans during the week-long tournament that concludes this Sunday. As always, the lineup features talent from all over the world, including Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson and John Isner in the men’s field and Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka in the women’s field. You can purchase discounted tickets to individual sessions that will lead to a savings of up to $10 per ticket and benefit the American Experience Foundation, which enriches the lives of low-income students through inspirational travel experiences and educational opportunities.
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 4850 Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Where to Next Race in Washington, DC - Events in DC this August

Where to Next? Race
This innovative event comes to the nation’s capital for the first time this Saturday. Where to Next? Combines a race, a scavenger hunt and an interactive city tour into one day of rapid exploration. You’ll stop at three or more iconic DC landmarks, two local spots and one mystery location. Prepare for an epic adventure as you navigate your way through Washington, DC. The race will begin at Wunder Garten.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  Tickets
Meet up at Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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@dartavv - Atrium in the National Gallery of Art's East Building - Free modern art museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘Spaces: Works from the Collection, 1966-1976’
Five essential minimal and post-minimal sculptures will each be given their own individual gallery in this new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. The East Building and its fascinating architecture will be showcased in this arrangement, as the pieces and their appearance will also be shaped by the space around them. Works by Fred Sandback, Robert Morris and Barry Le Va will be featured, among others.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Taste of Studio at Studio Theatre in Logan Circle - Events this August in Washington, DC

Taste of Studio
Studio Theatre hosts this lavish celebration every year, but 2018 is extra special, as the company is set to embark on its 40th anniversary season. At Taste of Studio, you’ll be able to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at that upcoming season, in addition to enjoying dishes and drinks from 30 restaurants, community performances, live music and a special birthday extravaganza to start the season right.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Tickets
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Summer Spirit Festival - Merriweather Post Pavilion

2018 Summer Spirit Festival
The Summer Spirit Festival returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion to bring two days of outstanding performances to one of the DC’s areas most prestigious venues. Saturday’s roster includes Erykah Badu, Nas, Method Man & Redman and Bilal, among others. Sunday is headlined by The Roots, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Daniel Caesar. You can purchases passes for each of the two days, or go all-out and grab a weekend pass.
Doors open at 1 p.m. |  Day One Pass |  Day Two Pass |  Weekend Pass
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10745 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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International Champions Cup Real Madrid vs. Juventus at FedExField - Sporting events in Washington, DC

International Champions Cup: Real Madrid vs. Juventus
One of soccer’s most popular international tournaments touches down at FedExField in Landover, Md. this Saturday. While full rosters for Real Madrid and Juventus, two of the world’s greatest club teams, have not yet been finalized, Cristiano Ronaldo recently migrated from the former to the latter. Regardless of whether the world-class forward plays or not, numerous premier players will take the pitch for a friendly competition at one of the area’s finest sporting venues.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, MD 20785

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Cher concerts at the MGM National Harbor - Can't-miss summer concert near Washington, DC

The Goddess of Pop will rule at the MGM National Harbor this August. In a career that spans more than 50 years, Cher has had smashing success in all realms of entertainment, from her days starring on television alongside Sonny Bono to her chart-topping musical career to her Academy Award-winning acting career. Hear her legendary catalogue and watch her stunning stage show inside the state-of-the-art Theater at the MGM National Harbor on Saturday and Sunday night.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Theater at MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD 20745


Alexander Hamilton Portrait at the National Gallery of Art - Hamilton-inspired things to do in Washington, DC

‘Picturing Alexander Hamilton’
The National Gallery of Art is in the mood to celebrate Hamilton and its namesake this August. This Sunday lecture entitled “Picturing Alexander Hamilton” will be held in the East Building Auditorium, inviting visitors on a voyage through art that features Hamilton, his family and other essential persons from his life.
2 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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'The Bridges of Madison County' at Keegan Theatre in Dupont Circle - Summer theater and performing arts in Washington, DC

‘The Bridges of Madison County’
The Keegan Theatre hosts this musical adaptation of a classic novel from Saturday through Sept. 2. The play was developed by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, a Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning team. The romantic drama concerns a love affair in the American heartland, where bridges must be crossed in order for the relationship to succeed. The 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Score and Orchestrations is sure to leave you breathless.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
The Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Summer Sunset

Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams achieved his first top-10 hit in 1983 and has been churning out classic songs ever since. The king of the power ballad is responsible for classics such as “Summer of ’69,” “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and “Heaven”. One of the area’s premier venues, Wolf Trap (located in Vienna, Va.), will host the legend this Sunday.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182

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