Thursday, August 29, 8 p.m.

Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl., SE,

Broke-ology, a play by Nathan Louis Jackson about making it in modern America, runs through September 8. The play follows the trials and tribulations of the King family, and explores themes of race and class. Additionally, we tip our hats to these folks for giving us the term broke-ology, which is now a regular part of our lexicon.

Friday, August 30, 9 p.m.
MJ Day 2013

9:30 Club, 815 V St., NW

Once again, DJ Dredd is at the helm, throwing down a Michael Jackson dance party, on the date of the singer’s birthday. And it’s not merely “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller.” This, the fourth annual version of the party, plays deep cuts from MJ and the Jackson Family, you know, the stuff of real fans. Tickets are $15, and a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to DC’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Saturday, August 31, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Lot@Union Kitchen

Union Kitchen, 1110 Congress St., NE

Entrepreneurial springboard Union Kitchen is now launching some awesomeness right into your weekend. The brand-spankin' new Saturday weekly concert series "The Lot@Union Kitchen" combines free band performances with food truck snacks. We'll take several of each, please. Up this week is dance-y electronica act Brett, and new band Champagne Fever.

Sunday, September 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Elvis & George Washington Walking tour

Foggy Bottom Metro, 2301 I St., NW

Now here’s a question we haven’t asked ourselves before: what do Elvis and George Washington have in common? (And no, pristinely coiffed hair is not the answer.) Luckily for our curiosity, the free George Washington walking tour by Cultural Tourism DC promises to reveal all.

Sunday, September 1,
National Hard Crab Derby

Crisfield, Maryland

What Labor Day weekend activity is better than a road trip? None. The answer is none. Which is why we're sufficiently intrigued by the National Hard Crab Derby. Held in the self-proclaimed “Crab Capital of the World” a.k.a. Crisfield, the crab derby aces are held on Saturday. But on Sunday, there’s a Boat Docking Contest (it's a precision sport!) and fireworks at 9 p.m.