Thursday, July 10
Capital Fringe Festival
Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave., NW
The Capital Fringe Festival kicks off in earnest on Thursday, with dozens shows in venues throughout the District, but centered around Fort Fringe on New York Ave. The festival runs through July 27, so you have plenty of time to catch one or two (or more) of these quirky, offbeat, indie productions.
Deal nearby: Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub
Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Peanut Butter & Dave, Golden Looks, and Calavera Skull
Fort Reno Park, 3800 Donaldson Pl., NW
Pack up your blankets and lawn chairs – the beloved Fort Reno concert series is a-go! Until last week, it was up in the air whether the musicalities would take place this year, but thankfully the long-running fest is returning for another glorious summer of outdoor performances by up-and-coming local acts. Thursday features three bands: Peanut Butter & Dave, Golden Looks, and Calavera Skull. Pro-tip: Feel free to bring your pups and little ones, but leave the booze at home. (Especially if it’s in glass.)
Deal nearby: Slate Wine Bar + Bistro
Friday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Ten Forward Happy Hour
The Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW
In addition to bringing the county’s best indie bands to their stage, the Black Cat peppers it’s lineup with screenings of cult-classic TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica and now Star Trek: The Next Generation. Friday is the first Ten Forward Happy Hour, with drink specials during Encounter at Farpoint, the pilot episode of the 90s sci-fi classic.
Friday, July 11, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Anju at Mandu
Mandu, 453 K St. NW
Mandu, the popular Korean restaurant, is trying things a little differently this summer, by bringing in DC’s hottest chefs for a late night pop-up at its K Street location. On Friday, Kyle Bailey from Churchkey and Blue Jacket offers his spin on Korean bar snacks.
Deal nearby: Mehak Indian Cuisine
Saturday July 12, 7 p.m.
No BS! Brass Band
The Hamilton, 600 14th St., NW
A ten-piece ensemble from Richmond, Virginia, No BS! Brass Band brings their New Orleans sound to the Hamilton Saturday night. Put on your dancing shoes for this one—the bland blends jazz, rock, funk, and traditional brass sounds for a hopping good time.
Deal nearby: Georgia Brown's
Sunday, July 13, 12:30 p.m.
The Brompton U.S. Championship
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail/RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St., NE
Bromptons, those funny, small-wheeled, folding bikes you see around town, are more suited to commuting than racing, but that’s not stopping the folks at the Brompton U.S. Championship. Participants will compete in events including a 15 km race, 500 meter sprints, and a Brompton folding contest—all while wearing suit jackets and ties. If you’re a folding-bike owner, register ahead of time to compete. Otherwise just head down to the parking lot outside RFK to enjoy the fun.
Deal nearby: Newman Gallery & Custom Frames