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Your week is jam packed with food and booze and excuses to hang out on the LAWN. It’s a good week.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m (sometimes sooner) we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but longer because we pretend Thursday is a weekday.


CULTURE: Learn how the LAWN was built at the National Building Museum‘s “How’d You Build That?” tour.

FILM: Slash Run is hosting a free screening of Stiv: No Compromise No Regrets.

FOOD + DRINK: Ari Wilder, owner of Chaplins and Zeppelin, is celebrating his birthday with a block party jam packed with complimentary oyster tables, a pig / lamb roast and more.

FREE: Lisa Taddeo, author of the buzzy summer book Three Women is at Politics & Prose.

MUSIC: Hoods, Secret Society, Consumed with Hatred and Choking Sands are at The Pinch. Go get your hardcore fix.

OUTSIDE: Learn how to properly pack a backpack at REI! They’re going to teach you how to be outside the right way.

STAGE: Hit up the last Fort Reno show! The Osyx, dirt eater and The Mauls are playing.

STAY IN: Swing by DCPL and grab a copy of Made for Love by Alissa Nutting, one of the weirdest books I’ve read this year.

ACTIVE: Join Lululemon for some free beginner yoga.

CULTURE: Soak up all of the arts and sounds at the Little Salon.

FILM: Go watch the The Parent Trap at the Georgetown Waterfront Park.

FOOD & DRINK: Do artsy things and drink booze at Churchkey’s drink and draw.

FREE: Suns Cinema is screening night one of the July DNC Debates.

MUSIC: Queen + Adam Lambert is at the Capital One Arena.

OUTSIDE: Go back to REI to learn how to fix a flat bike tire.

STAGE: Graveyard Club, Social Station and The North Country are at DC9.

STAY IN: Swing by DCPL and grab a copy of Calypso by David Sedaris, one of the saddest / funniest books I’ve read this year.

CULTURE: Spend a late night at the National Building Museum‘s LAWN.

FILM: Dumbarton House’s Jane Austen Film Festival ends tonight with Pride and Prejudice.

FOOD & DRINK: Learn how to bake boozy desserts while you drink mojitos at Mess Hall.

FREE: Suburbia (at Union Market) is hosting a free book signing / presentation by Ancient Aliens guest George J. Haas. There’s a lot to unpack here.

MUSIC: Saffron and Lavender (those are two different bands!) are playing on the roof of the Woodridge Library.

OUTSIDE: It’s Camp Day at Nationals Park. Dress like you’re going to the Met Gala.

STAGE: Get real nostalgic and check out Disney’s Aladdin at the Kennedy Center.

STAY IN: Swing by DCPL and grab a copy of Dune, one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Come back Thursday for our Best Weekend Bets, published every week at noon. Subscribe to our Best Weekend Bets and get them at 9 a.m.