Seen and Heard: Happenings Around Town
Weekend Best Bets: Pokémon, County Fairs, Flying Circus and Hot Air Balloon Fest, Chuck Brown Day, Cultural Food Fest, Summer of Love Music, Dogs & Wine, Books, Film Zests, museums, music and more!
Mary de Pompa WTOP NewsAll Weekend:
Arlington County Fair runs through this weekend with rides, kids activities, vendors, games, music, beer garden and more.
Prince William County Fair continues through Saturday with great family fun, rides, games, vendors, music and more.
Montgomery CountyAgricultural Fair continues through Saturday with great family fun actives, animals, rides vendors, entertainment and more.
Pokémon World Championships at the DC Convention Center this weekend features the world’s best competition with games, vendors, displays, and more all weekend.
Flying Circus Airshow and Hot Air Balloon Festival this weekend in Bealeton, Va., features wing walkers, parachute jumps, barnstormers and the Balloon Festival
DC Black Film Festival and different venues and showtimes this weekend will highlight quality film, web and TV content by and about diversity.
Cirque Du Soleil VOLTA under the bigtop at Tysons II is an electric urban atmosphere as artists tumble and jump through shapes with colorful acrobats, BMX and more at various times.
Greenberg Train & Toy Show at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend features model trains, displays, vendors, collectibles and more.
ARTECHOUSE presents Infinite Space transforming the infinite possibilities at the intersection of man and machine with the tools available for the 21st century artist exploring dreams of the mind through data sets at various showtimes.
Dino Roars at the National Zoo will feature animatronic dinosaurs throughout the zoo with the Erth’s Dinosaur Live Show featuring performers, puppeteers and roaring dinosaurs.
Freer | Sackler Gallery new exhibit My Iran: Six Women Photographers depicting life within and outside home country with themes of memory, loss, exile, defiance and hope.
Smithsonian IMAX presents Apollo 11: First Steps Edition to honor the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrating moon walk see a special documentary on the giant screen theaters at science centers and museums.
National Portrait Gallery presents In Mid-Sentence is a collection of photographs from pivotal moments in history with a interactive kiosk and illustrated brochure.
National Geographic Museum’s new exhibit Queens of Egypt will feature over 300 ancient Egyptian artifacts with a 3-D virtual tour and more.
Smithsonian American Art Museum has a new exhibit American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal photographs that bring together six of the artist’s best known bodies of work exploring American pop culture.
Newseum presents Seriously Funny: From the Desk of the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in a new exhibit exploring Comedy Central’s show had on American politics with over 50 artifacts.
The Hirshorn presents Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release employs a variety of media – including sculpture, painting installation to develop unique vision of human form.
The Phillips Collection presents The Warmth of other Suns stories of global displacement featuring over 75 historical and contemporary artists in a variety of medium, new this weekend.
National Gallery of Art new exhibit By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs prepares us for the 2019 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing on July 20, 1969.
The Kennedy Center has Dear Evan Hansen the Tony and Grammy winning hit musical at various showtimes this weekend.
The Kennedy Center presents Aladdin the Disney classic comes to life in the hit Broadway musical various showtimes this weekend.
National Law Enforcement Museum present the The Case fo the Queen of Diamonds a 10 week crime solving contest with clues and puzzles peppered throughout a museum visit.
Smithsonian Sleepovers is your family can have a real life Night at the Museum this weekend at the Hazy Center.
Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week starts this weekend with 35+ venues in various neighborhoods offer delicious deals.
Sat., Aug. 17:
Around The World Cultural Food Festival at Freedom Plaza is a full day of culture, art, food and performances, artisans, crafters and more.
5th Annual Chuck Brown Day celebrates the musical legend with a free concert, kids activites, food trucks, vendors and more.
Dulles Summer of Love Music Festival in Round Hill feature a day of music, vendors, wines, food trucks and more.
Doukenie Winery’s Bluegrass Festival is a day of bluegrass music, wine, BBQ and more.
Beer, Wine and Dog Festival in Old Town Alexandria will feature dog rescue, demos, music, vendors, trainers and more.
Emerging Writers Festival: Book Fair in Old Town will celebrate, educate and inspire with all thing literary featuring vendors, literary reps, gifts and more.
Eastern Bayside Blues & Wine Festival with a day of exceptional tri-state music, highlighting Maryland wines along the Bay with vendors, food and more.
Solomons Dragon Boat Festival is a day of colorful boat racing, entertainment, food, vendors, artisans, crafters and more.
Summer Soul Funk Festival at the Charles County Fairgrounds is a ticket to wine tastings, local foods, vendors, shopping, music, food and fun.
Kegs and Corks Festival at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds features tastings, vendors, food, music in a suggested 21+ event.
The Kennedy Center presents UK rockers greatest hits tour Squeeze – The Squeeze Songbook.
The Birchmere it’s smooth jazz with Kim Water and guest Kayla Waters.
9:30 host the syndicated radio show DC Music Rocks Festival.
Anthem hosts Detroit indie rockers The Raconteurs with Jacuzzi Boys.
Pearl Street Warehouse it’s the ragtime, jazz of Atlanta’s Blair Crimmins & The Hookers.
The Fillmore has Strangelove – The Depeche Mode Experience.
Rams Head On Stage it’s a tribute to Petty, Journey & Mellencamp with Idol Kings.
The Hamilton presents singer-songwriter, violinist Amanda Shires with Scott Kurt.
Amp by Strathmore has Cabaret with Veronica Swift.
Wolf Trap hosts 19 Grammy winning vocalist Tony Bennett.
Merriweather Post Pavilion has The Smashing Pumpkins & Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and AFI.
DAR Constitution Hall presents R&B Royalty Concerting with Jagged Edge, 112, Genuine, Carl Thomas and Mya.
Warner Theatre hosts Bandhouse Gigs celebrates Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary.
City Winery it’s the funk, jazz, soul of Black Alley.
The Song Byrd Cafe has Boston singer-songwriter Sidney Gish.
Tally Ho Theatre has a detailed tribute with The U2 Show.
Blues Alley has the pianist compared to his brother Nat, Freddy Cole.
Bethesda Blues & Jazz hosts Rahsaan Patterson with Antone ‘Chooky’ Caldwell.
Sun., Aug 18:
Signature Theatre Open House to kick off this Arlington icon’s 30 Anniversary there will be a day of performances, classes, concerts, games, crafts and more.
Water’s End Brew 4 ACTS Live Music & Art in Lake Ridge, Va., is a day of art, music, tastings, kids activities and more for charity.
The Secret Garden Reggae Music, Arts & Wine Festival in Westminster is a ticketed event to vendors, tastings music, artisans and more.
Live Music at the Winery at Bull Run Winery is a afternoon of music by Matt Waller with food by Bonefish Grill.
Montgomery International Film Festival begins a weekend of events, viewings, screenings, premieres in a celebration of Art House film.
The Kennedy Center’s Family Theatre Korea’s showcase Choe Contemporary Dance with the integration of multimedia, tech and powerful choreography.
Rams Head On Stage hosts DC’s Del Florida: Album Release Show.
The Strathmore has performances by UkeFest Evening Concerts.
City Winery hosts singer-songwriter Tyler Hilton.
The Song Byrd Cafe presents the all-rock of Minnesota’s Vanshire with Kainalu and Jeff Draco.
Blues Alley has the pianist compared to his brother Nat, Freddy Cole.
Wolf Trap hosts Dire Strait’s guitar man Mark Knopfler.