Bastille Day and 8 Other Things to Do in the DC Area, July 11-14 – NBC4 Washington

Bastille Day and 8 Other Things to Do in the DC Area, July 11-14 – NBC4 Washington

DC’s most popular club is now the Washington Convention Center, but only NATO members are allowed in.

Fortunately, the traffic and public transport problems that everyone is talking about should be over by Saturday.

That is why we are convening our own NATO summit.

  • Weekend weather: After a rainy Friday, expect warmth and sunshine for all your outdoor plans. Here’s the forecast.

Weekend highlights

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Multicultural Festival in Vienna
Friday, 4:00-9:00 PM, Vienna, Virginia
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Fill your Friday night with live music, children’s entertainers, games and more (even a Thai fruit and vegetable carving demonstration!). It’s free and open to all.

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Romanian weekend
Fri to Sun, The Wharf
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Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Romania (which happens to be a NATO member) all weekend long at the free, family-friendly festival on The Wharf. The line-up includes rock concerts, traditional violin music, dance shows, food tastings and hands-on arts and crafts.

Capital Fringe Festival
July 11-23, various DC locations, tickets for each show are $15
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Shows that showcase the best, most creative, and sometimes eyebrow-raising stories in the DC theater scene take to the stage at the 17th annual Capital Fringe Festival. Check the site for venues in unexpected places.

Pro Tip: Most of these shows are created by locals, some are first-time playwrights or directors. And some are seasoned performers like Virginia magician Ryan Phillips who took over our IG (where did the liquid come from??!).

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High Wheel Race
Saturday the races start at 12:00 noon at 124 N Market Street in Frederick, Maryland
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The 10th annual High Wheel Race in Frederick, Maryland, isn’t really an Olympic sport, but it is fun to watch.

These 19th century bicycles (you may know them better as penny farthings) will race through downtown Frederick on Saturday for the national title.

Last year, Tommy took a chance. We’ll let you in on a secret: it inspired our Summer Olympics series, Tommy Tries It.

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Alexandria & USA Birthday Celebration
Sat, 6-10pm with fireworks at 9:30pm
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Did you think the birthday celebrations were over last week? Nope!

Alexandria is celebrating its 275th anniversary, which means it’s the place to party on Saturday.

Head to Oronoco Bay Park to see the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, fireworks, and a cannon salute!

Or head to Canal Center Plaza for live jazz from Yellow Door Concert. New Waterfront Park hosts a dance party with DJ One Luv.

It’s Bastille Day

We are deep in our 🥐 It’s time for Francophiles 🥐, as we count down to the Olympic Games in Paris (the games start in two weeks!).

The national holiday of France on Sunday, July 14 is the finished opportunity to party like you’re in Paris. After all, DC’s love of all things French goes back to Pierre “Peter” Charles L’Enfant.

Restaurant parties

The French restaurant scene in Washington DC is fantastic (Eun Yang recently visited newcomer Pastis for Food Fare!), and many places celebrate the French National Day.

Le Diplomate on 14th Street is hosting its annual extravaganza all weekend long. On Sunday, La Grande Boucherie is launching a special Summer in France menu for the Olympics.

Other French restaurants participating include Lutèce, Petite Cerise, Le Mont Royal and Opaline in Washington DC, plus Bastille and WHINO in Virginia.

Elk Run Vineyards in Mount Airy and Lost Boy Cider in Alexandria are both hosting parties.

Child friendly

Bastille Day at the Park in Tenleytown includes food, drinks and activities. Tickets are $20. Take a tour of Georgetown or learn about the French alliance during the Revolutionary War at Mount Vernon.

Haute couture

Want to dress up? The French Embassy offers a taste of Alsace at their Bastille Day Gala with dinner, drinks and dancing. Tickets start at $200.

Concerts this weekend

Pinky Lemon, Thursday 7pm, Songbyrd, $15/$18

DC shoegazers celebrate the release of last month’s EP, “Pinky Hell.” Other Washington shoegaze/emo bands Pretty Bitter and Cuni open. Learn more.

Wanted Man, Thursday 7:30pm, Black Cat (Red Room), $15

Psychedelic DC garage rockers celebrate the release of a new single. Details.

Totally Tubular Festival, Sunday 5pm, The Anthem, $55.50-$95.50

OD on the 80s at The Wharf. The line-up includes Thomas Dolby, Wang Chung, The Tubes, Bow Wow Wow and Men Without Hats. Listen to another song from an 80s artist, followed by their hit. Repeat. Details.

More things to do in DC

Copa in La Cosecha: match days until July 14, free

Jazz in The Parks: Integriti Reeves with opener Baba Ras D: Sat., The Parks at Walter Reed, free

Hot Fuss: Indie Rock Dance Party: Sat., doors open at 9pm, Black Cat, $10 advance/$15 day of

More things to do in Maryland

Chesapeake Shakespeare Co. presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park in Silver Spring, free

Strathmore: Live from the Lawn: Wednesday nights, plus cool kids’ concerts on Thursdays, Strathmore in North Bethesda, free

Montgomery Parks’ Summer Concert Series: Thurs, Black Hill Regional Park, Free

Friday Night Live!: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm, City Hall Plaza, Free

Shakespeare in the Parks: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

  • Fri., 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Grounds in Laurel, Free
  • Sat, 7:30 p.m., Driskell Community Park in Hyattsville, Free
  • Sun., 3pm, Prince George’s Publick Playhouse, free

West African Food Crops: History, Cultivation, and Culinary Uses: Sat., 10:30 a.m., Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, $25

Artisans Market at BlackRock Center for the Arts: Sat. 12pm-4pm, Germantown, Free Admission

Things to do in Virginia

Plants in the Park: Wednesday, 11am-2pm, Met Park in Arlington, free

Pipes and Drums concert: Thurs, Market Square in Alexandria, free

BlerDCon: Fri to Sun, Hyatt Crystal City

Torpedo Factory Art Center 2nd Friday: Fri., 7-10pm, Alexandria, Free

Summer Art Market 2024 at Del Ray Artisans Gallery: Sat & Sun, Alexandria, Free Admission

US vs. UK: Who Drinks Tea Better?: Sun., Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, $18 (lecture only); $40 (lecture + tea)

NVA Thai Street Food & Culture Festival: Sun., Manassas, Free Admission

Football in the Park: Strawberry Park at Mosaic in Fairfax, Free

  • Eurofinal, Sun, 3pm
  • Copa Final, Sun, 8pm