15+ things to do around DC to shake up the summer – NBC4 Washington

The DC area is full of opportunities to try something new with the whole family, whether you’re looking for fun activities to fill summer vacation or a family visit.

Maybe you golf easily accessible – CitySwing is indoors and family-friendly, while mini-golf spots like Puttery and Swingers are a good choice if you want to keep a hand free for a cocktail.

To get on the water, try the water parks of Northern Virginia or go hydrobiking in National Harbor. It’s easy to drive to many lakes, rivers and beaches, including North Beach in Maryland or tubing on the Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry.

Once the sun goes down, you can head out for movie screenings under the stars.

Here are some more ideas for the weekend of July 9-11.

Things to do this weekend in the Washington, DC area

Free choice
In-person behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation center
Friday, July 8, 12 p.m.
Smithsonian American Art Museum (8e and G Street NW, Washington, DC)

Attend this free event at the Luther Conservation Center to learn about the techniques used to preserve plastic artwork. Seating is limited and registration is required for the event.

Hotter Than July: Stevie Wonder
Until July 17
Signature Theater

The Signature Theater’s first cabaret in two years is inspired by Stevie Wonder’s 1980 platinum album “Hotter than July.” Performances run until July 17.

Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival
Friday to Sunday, July 8 to 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
St. Clement Island Museum (38370 Point Breeze Rd, Coltons Point, Maryland)

Pick a day this weekend to enjoy jazz performances from bands like the Howard University Jazz Quartet. Tickets start at $85 and include a water taxi cruise on the Potomac River, free museum admission, and seafood.

tightrope walker
Until July 13
MGM National Port

Spend a night at the circus with MGM National Harbor serving as the marquee. Daring demons, acrobats, pranksters and clowns will entertain the whole family. Tickets start at $15.

DC Power Plant Week
Wednesday-Sunday, July 6-10

Plant week kicks off at the Little Leaf Plant Shop for discounts on plants and refreshments. Participate in plant-related events across DC and Maryland, including a pressed floral frame class and plant care workshops. Ticket prices vary for each event.

Friday to Sunday, July 8 to 10
Hyatt Regency Crystal City

Black nerds unite for a weekend of cosplay, workshops, tournaments and more. Fans of anime, sci-fi, games, comics and cosplay will come together, and the theme is “homecomin'”. Passes start at $65.

Free choice
Let’s Skate DC at The Wharf: July Series
July 9-10, Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Transit Pier (970 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC)

Visit The Wharf for outdoor roller skating, music and professional roller skating shows. No pre-registration is required. Skate rental for children is $10, adults must bring their own skates.

Free choice
Baltimore Washington One Carnival
Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10
Clifton Lake Park, Baltimore, MD

Celebrate Caribbean culture in Baltimore with this colorful parade. This two-day Caribbean-style festival features authentic Caribbean cuisine, costumed dancers, live music and entertainment.

Free choice
Unveiling of City Ridge
Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
City Ridge (3900 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC)

City Ridge unveils its new 10-acre redevelopment with free activities all day. The festivities begin with a Wimbledon watch party, followed by lawn games and culminating in an outdoor screening of ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark’. An RSVP is required for entry.

Maryland Beer, Wine and Spirits Festival
Saturday, July 9, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Discover what Maryland has to offer with this all-local festival. Visitors can sample local beer, wine and spirits and learn about the region’s innovative distilleries. General admission passes start at $45.

The Puppet Co.: Time for the Witches
Saturday, July 9, 8 p.m.
The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, Maryland

Arrive early for this evening of performances ranging from puppetry to poetry to sample selected cheese, local beer and wine. Members of the public can pre-order a charcuterie board online. Tickets start at $30. This event is for people aged 18 and over.

Free choice
Silver Spring Arts and Crafts Summer Fair
Sunday, July 10, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Veterans Square (1 Veterans Square, Silver Spring, Maryland)

Visit Veterans Plaza to participate in crafts, music, dance and activities offered by over 80 artisans and small businesses. This event is free and open to the public.

Free choice
Clopper Lake Beaver Hike
Sunday, July 10, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Seneca Creek State Park, Boat Center, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Join this Sunday hike to see some of the six beaver lodges on Clopper Lake, learn about beavers, and hopefully spot one. This event is free and open to the public.

AFI Silver: Souvenir of Sidney Poitier
Sunday July 10, 3:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m.
AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center (8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD)

Reflect on the career of famed actor Sidney Poitier as you view the 1992 film ‘Sneakers’ and the 1980 film ‘Stir Crazy’. It’s the final weekend of the theater retrospective—Tickets can be purchased online.

Free choice
Shakespeare in the Parks
Sunday July 10 at 3 p.m.
Fairwood Community Park (12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie 20720)

Experience a unique version of “Macbeth” in Bowie.

“Based on the novel-turned-movie ‘Gangs of New York,’ this 1850s rendition features some of the region’s finest stage combat artists and veteran actors,” organizers say.

“Chemical exile” at the Rorschach theater
Until July 24
R2 Laboratories at the Waterfront Center (800 9th Street SW, Washington, DC)

The Rorschach Theater has taken a theatrical experience to venues across the district – but soon ‘Chemical Exile’ will return to the stage for a grand finale.

The first seven chapters of the play are delivered to audience members via a box containing specially crafted items and directions to travel throughout the District. You can still sign up for the full experience, but the theater says you can enjoy the performance even if you skip to the final chapter.

Chapter Eight – “Chemical Exile: Synthesis” – premieres at the Rorschach Theater July 7-24. Here is information about tickets.

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