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Summer is here and if your calendar needs to be filled, we’ve got you covered. From the summer of Barbie to concerts to museums, there’s no weekend without something happening in the District.


Tirgan Market, July 8. Hosted at the Brookland Arts Walk from 3-7 p.m., the Tirgan Market will have local vendors, food and performances by Sarah and Ehsan Khatami, Kamyar Arsania and more. Tirgan is an ancient Zoroastrian summer festival dedicated to Tishtrya.

The RAMMYS, July 9. D.C.’s favorite food awards will be hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will feature a red carpet, awards ceremony and a celebration lasting into the early morning. Tickets are $325 for non-RAMW members and $250 for members.

Electric Cool-Aid Night Market, July 10. Join Shaw’s own Electric Cool-Aid with a night market including tarot readings, body painting, local vendors and more. Entry is free and dogs are welcome.

Summer Restaurant Week, Aug. 28-Sept. 3. The biannual D.C. restaurant week will offer diners specials at restaurants across the city. Sit down for a Michelin-star meal, sweet desserts or a casual family option. To-go meals will also be available at select participating restaurants.

Jollof Festival, Aug. 5. The Jollof Festival travels across the country each summer to host vendors competing for the title of best Jollof rice, a West African classic. This summer, the festival will be held at 1201 Half St. SE. Ticket packages range from $28 to $140.


Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars, July 9. The E Street Cinema will host a screening of one of the most iconic musical performances of all time. On July 3, 1973, David Bowie forever retired his Ziggy Stardust alter ego in concert, which was captured on film. On the 50th anniversary of the concert, the original, uncut version of the film will be shown. Tickets can be purchased online.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, July 14-15. Also at the E Street Cinema will be “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a live shadow cast. Come dressed in your best Dr. Frank N. Furter get up and be ready to do the Time Warp again! Tickets can be purchased online.


Capital Fringe Festival, July 12-23. The Capital Fringe Festival is an annual event in Georgetown that brings together artists from across the D.C. area for plays and performance art. With more than 45 performances this year, you won’t want to miss it. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, July 13-16. With more than 30 films, from full-length to short, the DCAPAFF has something for everyone. Hosted at five different venues across the city, moviegoers and film buffs have their choice of everything from heart-warming tales to an elderly getaway cab driver. Reserved tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10.

The Culture– July 18. The Baltimore Museum of Art is currently hosting The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century. The exhibit looks at the emergence of Hip Hop, its connections to art and artists that have transformed the genre. Paid tickets range from $5 to $15 from now until July 16. The exhibit will be free to all visitors on July 18.

Ibero-American Showcase, through July 18. See the best in Ibero-American film at this film festival hosted by the Ibero-American Cultural Attaches Association. Films like “My Emptiness and I,” “Finlandia” and “A Skeleton In The Closet” shine a spotlight on LGBTQ Iberian stories. Registration is free.

DC JazzFest– Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Featuring the best in Jazz, DC JazzFest is the summer’s largest music festival. With live music, food and fun for all ages, this summer’s festival is a can’t miss. Tickets start at $20 for individual concerts and $50 for all-access.


The Renaissance World Tour, Aug. 5-6. Queen Bey has landed in the U.S. and is coming to the DMV’s own FedEx Field this summer. Touring for her latest album “Renaissance,” inspired by post-1970s Black, LGBTQ dance music, this tour is already one for the ages. The time to start learning Blue Ivy’s choreography was yesterday. Resale tickets start at $279.

Summer Carnival, Aug. 7. Nationals Park will be home to pop royalty this summer as Pink takes the stage in support of her newest album, “Trustfall.” Joined by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, the show will be one to remember. Just don’t forget to bring a wheel of brie. Tickets start at $46.

The Celebration Tour– Sept. 2. The dancing continues throughout the summer into Madonna’s Celebration Tour at Capital One arena. Expected to be a set list of her greatest hits, lifelong fans won’t want to miss the Queen of Pop’s 12th tour; no word yet on whether this date will be rescheduled after Madonna’s recent illness. Resale tickets start at $147.


National Arboretum, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Have friends in town or just need a good place to read a book? Stop by the National Arboretum to see some truly stunning flora and fauna. As one of only two arboretums in D.C., the collections are a must-see.

Malcolm X Park, closes at midnight. There’s probably no more scenic place in D.C. than the fountains at Malcolm X Park. Listen in on drum circles or picnic next to Joan of Arc in one of D.C.’s most historic parks.


Barbie Parties, July 15-21. Ready for the Barbenheimer double feature? Wundergarten will host five “Barbie” parties leading up to the movie’s release. Come dressed in your best Barbie fashion, take a dip in the pool and bring along your best Ken. Tickets are free.

FANCY: Queens of Country Party, Aug. 4. Put on your cowboy hat and boots to dance at the 9:30 club for the Queens of Country Party. Playing the best hits from Dolly Parton, The Chicks, Shania Twain and more, this party is a country fan’s dream. Tickets are $22.50.

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