Friday, July 6, 2012

What to Do in the District This Weekend

Gather round, friends: I have good news, and I have bad news.

The bad news is that continues to taunt us with predictions of sweltering temperatures for the entirety of the weekend.  That means B.O. will abound, sweat will be unavoidable, and you'll feel the urge to collapse to the ground and scream, "Why, God, WHY?" when you step outside to get your morning coffee and find that it's already 95 degrees.

But let's get to the good news: A weekend is still a weekend, and it's pretty easy to have a good time in D.C. while remaining indoors or in a body of water at all times.  Here are some suggestions for beating the heat on this post-holiday weekend in the District.


As nice as it is to have a Wednesday off, it makes for a rather painful Thursday and Friday.  What better way to celebrate the end of a two-Monday week than with pizza, beer, and a movie?

First, stop by Pizzeria Paradiso for their annual JulyPA fest.  Through July 15, India Pale Ale lovers can choose from a total of 44 carefully selected IPA drafts at the three Paradiso locations.  Check here for the specific offerings at each spot, which range from nearby favorite Dogfish Head to the Green Flash West Coast IPA.

After you've had your fill of pizza and beer, head on over to the movie theater.  For the Channing Tatum oglers among us, there's Magic Mike, as well as the rebooted Spider-Man, the Oliver Stone thriller Savages, and the foul-mouthed comedy Ted, also known as that Family Guy teddy bear movie. I'm partial to the E Street theater, which plays a good range of more offbeat films like Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild.  Plus, there's booze and baked goods, and lack of cell service in the theater prevents distracting iPhone use and subsequent slap fights among patrons.  


The Corcoran Gallery of Art normally charges $10 for admission, but Saturday visitors get in for free during the summer.  Which is perfect timing, as the museum is currently showing Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Seriesa "retrospective of one of the most important bodies of work in American abstract painting. On view on the East Coast exclusively at the Corcoran, The Ocean Park Series is the first major museum exhibition to focus on this influential series."

Abstract art not your thing?  No problem -- the National Building Museum is now offering indoor mini-golf for only $5 per person:    

"For two glorious months, play holes inspired by the world that people design and build, created by area architects, construction firms, and others who influence the built environment. Challenge your friends and family to a round of mini-golf in air-conditioned comfort, packed with enough fun to make Augusta National Golf Club green with envy!"

For those willing to brave the heat to support a good cause, there's the Day of Connection and Exchange, a community clothing/book swap and festival at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. From 12:00-5:00, bring clothes and books to swap or donate, and enjoy interactive art, live music, an open stage, and free yoga. Items remaining at the end of the day will be donated to several community organizations in D.C., including The Homeless Children's Playtime Project and Dress for Success.

For evening plans, five words: No Scrubs: 90's Dance Party.  Enough said.  


This is the time of year when D.C. residents like myself are rewarded for the otherwise painful act of paying through the nose for an apartment that comes with a pool.  But pool-less residents needn't fret: Sundays are among the best days to check out some area pool offerings open to the public.  

For example, you can head to the Doubletree Hotel in Bethesda, which hosts rooftop pool parties every Sunday, or to the Adult Swim party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (read more about Samantha's favorite summer activity here).  

If you're looking for less of a party atmosphere- or, you know, you want to actually swim- simply type in your address and find the nearest public pool.  My search returned 112 results, so there are quite a few options, all of which are free to D.C. residents.   

For those who want to get out of the city, tubing on the river in Harpers Ferry is a nice way to beat the heat while still enjoying the outdoors (and a beer or two).  This Living Social deal takes care of all of the planning for you; they'll even transport you to and from the Shady Grove Metro for only $30 more.

Stay cool, everyone!    


  1. I used the pool link and found one just five blocks from my apartment -- for free!