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Welcome to the first real week of July. There’s no federal holiday in the middle of this week.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but they’re longer. There’s more stuff to do on the weekend.

ACTIVE: Start running with a running group. The DC Run Crew meets at Potomac River Running at 7 p.m.

CULTURE: Head to Artechouse for the brand new Fractal Worlds.

Fractal Worlds at Artechouse

FILM: See Sorry to Bother You before it’s spoiled for you.

FOOD + DRINK: The Royal has the best World Cup themed night that has little to do with the 2018 World Cup. They’re serving themed cocktails all night and boilermakers featuring spirits from the final four teams’ home countries.

FREE: Dr. Natalie Hopkinson’s talk “Chocolate City in the 80s: Music, Drugs and Lies, Part One” at the Shaw Library looks very interesting.

MUSIC: Say goodbye to Frog Eyes at DC9.

OUTSIDE: DC United cuts the ribbon their brand new stadium! From the press release: Following the ceremony, a celebratory housewarming party will ensue, featuring D.C. United players, music, games, and food. Admission is free, with food and beverage available for purchase, including sneak peeks of some Chef José Andrés-inspired Audi Field offerings.

STAGE: Jokebyrd: The First Listen is an open mic at Songbyrd and we usually wouldn’t recommend an open mic but it’s always better to hear new stuff than comics working on polishing so we think you should at least consider this mic.

STAY IN: 2018 will be the year of Sorry to Bother You. 2017 was the year of Get Out. If Get Out didn’t exist, 2017 would have been the year of Ingrid Goes West. Watch it on Hulu.

ACTIVE: Do some summer Glow Yoga on the National Mall with DC Fray.

CULTURE: Watch France vs. Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals. What a delicious semi-final.

FILM: Hackers has a one-night-only screening at E Street Cinema. It’s sold-out. A Tuesday night screening of Hackers is sold-out. Kudos to the organizers. You know your audience.

FOOD + DRINK: Colada Shop begins their Piña Colada Festival.

Dine n' Dash 2018

FREE: Hate dockless bikes? Love dockless bikes? Voice your opinion on dockless bikes at Dockless Bikeshare – Is It Working? at the Silver Spring Civic Center.

MUSIC: Brazilian psychedelic rock legends Os Mutantes play Black Cat.

OUTSIDE: Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers and dads will be at Jiffy Lube Live.

STAGE: Story District brings their “Up S**T Creek” to the DC Improv. Shit.

STAY IN: If you haven’t binged all of Nailed It!, binge all of Nailed It! Nicole Byer is a perfect host and there’s a bonus mini episode featuring the cast of Queer Eye

ACTIVE: Take a Beyoncé themed dance class at Yard Park.

CULTURE: Alan Alda speaks about his new book at the National Press Club. At least one of the people that attended Steely Dan last night will be at this.

FILM: The Goethe-Institut screens the doc 1968: Une Jeunesse Allemande.

FOOD + DRINK: Some of us will be at Rock & Roll Hotel for Heineken AfterWork: Beach Party. No cover, first 50 people in the door get a free Heineken.

FREE: D.C.’s Allthebestkids take over the Millennium Stage.

MUSIC: We like Remember Sports at Songbyrd.

OUTSIDE: The 7th Annual Jane Austen Outdoor Film Series begins tonight at Dumbarton House with a screening of Love and Friendship.

STAGE: Former D.C., current Chicago stand up David Carter brings his Divide & Conquer show to Drafthouse Comedy.

STAY IN: Filming for the new Wonder Woman 1984 is all over downtown D.C. They filmed across from our office over the weekend. We’re willing to bet any amount of money it’ll have a higher Rotten Tomatoes score than Justice League. Watch Justice League now on HBO Go!


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