Hello everyone! Hope your summer has been enjoyable so far and you’re staying cool. There are a lot of really fun and cool activities for the whole family - or just the adults - coming up in the DC area in the next few weeks.
First, tomorrow night is Africa Underground. There will be comedy, music, dance and art performances all night long. Come celebrate the 50th birthday of the National Museum of African Art, let loose and enjoy some refreshments while unwinding from your week. Also, today and tomorrow is The Choctaw Nation festival, celebrating the Oklahoman tribe. There will be wealth of cultural knowledge shared through demonstrations, folk stories and other presentations. There are events for the kids too. Check out the full schedule here. One final Smithsonian event that you may have noticed if you’ve found yourself near the National Mall is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. It will run this weekend as well as next Wednesday the 2nd through Sunday the 6th. Click here for the full schedule. This year, we’re celebrating Chinese and Kenyan culture. There will be native cuisine to snack on while you take in traditional song, dance, crafts and a whole host of other things. Check out the marketplace where everything from art to toys is on sale. You’ll be supporting international artists and art groups.
Another really cool thing on tap for this Saturday for all you local artists out there is Scrap DC. Most days it’s a giant thrift store for anyone from professional artists to teachers and parents to find great materials for any type of project. However, this Saturday is their summer carnival. In addition to shopping for what you need for your next art project; you can enjoy food, games and prizes while supporting a great organization.
Lastly, for those of us who prefer to listen rather than create, the DC Jazz Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary now through Sunday. This isn’t in just one location so click here for dates, artists, and venues. There are so many different activities out there that you’re bound to find something to fit your style and schedule. Don’t stay home this summer; see all the great things this city has to offer!