The 26 Best Things to Do in DC This Weekend and Next Week

The 26 Best Things to Do in DC This Weekend and Next Week

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Championship matches of the ‘Summer of Football’

Two major continental football tournaments have taken place in the past month: the European Championship and the Copa America. Both tournaments end on a very busy day for football fans. England and Spain face off at 3pm, with English fans heading to the queen Vic on H Street NE — the adjacent Granville Moore’s is open for overflow — with doors opening at 11 a.m. Spain, whose embassy has hosted events at venues including Wunder Garten and Casa Teresa, has told fans to “stay tuned” for details on a viewing party. It’s Argentina vs. Colombia at 8 p.m. Moon of Buenos Aires Union Market is your go-to for Argentinian food and soccer — the Diego Maradona mural is the first clue. Colombia fans should head to Café Citron or Public bar.

Looking for a less partisan atmosphere? Tysons Corner Center’s Cup Tysons from 11am to 3pm on the square by the metro, with football darts, mini football goal competitions, ‘pickleball football’, a DJ, free face painting and snowballs and other family fun.

Columbia Heights’ Toro bar offers half-price buckets of beer during the first half of each final, with free green tea shots for women. All German beer styles brewed at Navy Yard’s Blue coat (kolsch, weissbier, Bavarian pilsner) will cost $10 per liter during the 2024 European Championship final. Franklin Hallon 14th and Florida, is open to both finals with $7 pints of Atlas. Wonder garden remains a popular spot, but make sure you get to the NoMa beer garden early enough to sit in the shade. The Midlands still has special offers inside and out, including discounted pitchers and pints for $5.

Bastille Day Celebrations

July 14 is France’s Independence Day, and there are events around the city celebrating America’s oldest ally. And while you can shell out $250 to attend a party at the French Embassy, ​​these options seem a little friendlier to the wallet.

The picturesque Bar à Vin at At Billy Sud celebrates the holiday with live jazz from Bon Vivants; a menu of oysters and classic jambon beurre (ham and butter) sandwiches; and a trio of French-inspired cocktails from Jewel Murray, formerly of Gibson. Union Market Cheese Counter The Jambe is offering a trio of specials honoring its founder’s French history, including a happy hour Bastille drink menu featuring Citadelle Gin and two free cocktails with the purchase of a large charcuterie and cheese board.

From the Loire to Provence, from Burgundy to Bordeaux, the East will demystify French wine regions with veteran sommelier Michael Scaffidi. The $50 tickets include all wines during the class (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and snacks from the kitchen. The Canadian disco flair of The Mont Royal meet the old country during a day party featuring variations on cognac-based cocktails (think an old fashioned with duck-washed cognac) and music from DJ Harry Hotter.

The Diplomat has become the most recognizable French restaurant in Washington DC, and the all-day party starts at 10 a.m. and features pantomime artists, accordionists, face painters, caricature artists, and balloon artists. (There’s also a pre-party on Saturday night that lasts until 1 a.m. with burlesque dancers and cocktails.) Small cherry redfrom the team behind Dabney, is hosting a French feast featuring foot-long jambon beurre, oysters, and French wines poured from magnums by the glass. Tickets are $75, good for a 2½-hour seating from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and include a glass of sparkling kir royal followed by unlimited punch made with French aperitifs.

‘Glee’ Drag Brunch at Red Bear Brewing

If you can’t seem to put Ryan Murphy’s jukebox musical, teen drama-laden, cult-followed TV series to rest, you’re not alone—and honestly, you might as well cringe, Rachel Berry-style. Desiree Dik and a cast of DC drag queens are hosting a “Glee”-themed brunch featuring the best songs from the beloved (and sometimes hated) show. Tickets get you admission plus two drinks, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 11:00 am $35.

R&B Club: Neo Soul at Songbyrd

“Neo-soul” was a defining sound of the ‘90s and 2000s, but it’s always been more of a spirit than a genre that’s easily defined. What are the common threads that connect Jill Scott, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Raheem DeVaughn? The music lovers at R&B Club tackle the thorny topic of neo-soul during their monthly discussion on Songbyrd, delving into hits and forgotten artists and getting more than a few crowd sing-alongs along the way. 12:00 to 2:00 PM $15-$20.