Capital Pride will take over the city, and your social media feeds, this weekend. In addition to heading over to the first-ever free block party, you’ll want to carve out time to enjoy local theater and watch a performance from one of the most famous singer-songwriters.
For those of us longing for a taste of the ‘60s and ‘70s, or if your parents happen to be in town for the weekend, Paul Simon is coming to the District. The singer, who was previously one half of the songwriting behemoth Simon & Garfunkel, will perform some old hits alongside newer songs from his thirteenth solo album released in 2016. Famous for his precise, nostalgic lyrics, wistful voice and twanging guitar, his performances of folk-rock can put a smile on anyone’s face.
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. $55-$175.
Capital Pride Block Party
In addition to the festivities all around the city for D.C.’s Pride weekend, Capital Pride will be hosting the first-ever block party alongside the parade route. The free party will feature multiple performances, food, a beer garden and plenty of celebration. The event is sponsored by Marriott International and McDonald’s of Greater Washington, D.C. – so you’ll be able to eat salty fries from a limited edition rainbow box as you celebrate D.C.’s pride.
15th Street between P and Church streets. 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free.
Exquisite Depths: An Artistic Blind Date
Source Festival is a unique local festival that features a month of theater at venues across the District. As part of the festival, Source hosts performances of new plays by local artists, short play competitions and “artistic blind dates,” where unlikely pairs, like a cellist and an actor, collaborate and perform. This weekend, head to Exquisite Depths: An Artistic Blind Date to see a film actor, theater actor, writer and hip hop dancer collaborate to put on a performance.
Source, 1835 14th Street NW. 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $7 for students, $10 for general admission.