Start your weekend laughing through a veteran comedian’s set, then enjoy live performances and D.C. street food coursing through H Street. Finally, check out a new musical in an exclusive show before it takes off to Broadway.
Maria Bamford at Warner Theatre
Head to Warner Theatre this Friday where comedian Maria Bamford will be making a stop in D.C. for her comedy tour. Bamford, who has had a career in comedy since she was 19 and has worked with veteran comedians Conan O’Brien and Zach Galifianakis, is a Netflix star with her own television series, “Lady Dynamite.” Bamford’s voice has also appeared on shows like “Adventure Time” and “BoJack Horseman.” Her signature comedy style is often focused on Bamford’s own life, delving into mania and mental illness, cheerfully spoken with self-deprecating humor.
513 13th St. NW. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32.
H Street Festival
The H Street Festival was postponed last month due to Hurricane Florence, but this weekend you can celebrate a D.C. neighborhood known for its diverse music and art scene. The annual H Street Festival began as a block party 12 years ago and has now become the neighborhood’s largest event that takes place over 11 blocks. Minutes from the Union Station Metro stop, you can enjoy a variety of different food vendors and businesses on the main street or peruse local artists’ work at the Artist Alley. Visit some of the 14 stages to catch live performances throughout the day, from jazz groups to marching bands.
H Street NE between Fourth and 14th streets. Noon to 7 p.m. Free.
“Beetlejuice” at The National Theatre
Just in time for October, the musical adaptation of this Tim Burton classic makes its debut in D.C. Sunday. This spooky new musical was written by Anthony King and Scott Brown with a score by Eddie Perfect. Tony-nominated actor Alex Brightman will star as Beetlejuice, who joins a cast consisting of stars from shows like “Mean Girls” and “Spongebob Squarepants.” Catch the show early during its D.C. run before it heads to Broadway in April. The preview offers a cheaper way to watch, and seeing a new musical during its first run is a one-of-a-kind experience, so grab a ticket before the show’s final curtain on Nov. 18.
1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $54.