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We’d rather not discuss how many weekends are left until classes begin, and we’re sure you don’t either.

Keep summer alive with these weekend events, sure to help you check a few items off your D.C. bucket list.

Paramore performs on the Parahoy! cruise earlier this year. Photo by Flickr user Laurence Dion, used under cc-by-2.0

Paramore performs on the Parahoy! cruise earlier this year. Photo by Flickr user Laurence Dion, used under cc-by-2.0

Friday

Charles Feelgood at U Street Music Hall: If you’re interested in blowing off steam from a long week, U Street Music Hall has the performer for you. D.C. area-based DJ Charles Feelgood brings his electronic dance jams to the basement at U Street. Tickets are $10 in advance for ages 18 and up and the event is free before 12 a.m. for anyone 21 and older.

#HIPSTERHEIGHTS 90s Party at Liv Nightclub: Tonight is full of throwbacks, and this one will take you all the way back to the 90s. The party features old school 90s rap, a 90s dress competition and live performances. Entrance is free before 10 p.m. for anyone 21 and older.

Saturday

Guys & Dolls Vintage Party at Penn Social: As if the world needed another hipster throwback, vintage vendors from D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Philadelphia will flock to Penn Social for a shopping soiree from noon to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Façon Magazine and Shop Love DC, guests will compete for the title of best-dressed and the first 75 guests will get “swag bags” – we can’t make this stuff up. So if you’re down to shop for new styles (or just curious to find out what’s in a “swag bag”), reserve your spot for free online.

DC BRGR Bash in Shaw: For a burger celebration just as intense as its title lets on, head over to the DC BRGR Bash for great food and drinks. Ten burger connoisseurs across the DMV area will compete for best burger (BRGR?) between noon and 6 p.m. – and you can be one of the lucky judges. After enjoying the burgers, beer and live music, guests will head to grease-stained ballot boxes to crown the victor. Day-before ticket options start at $30.

The DC Scoop at Union Market: Burgers not your style? Trade savory for sweet between 1 and 4 p.m. at this celebration of everything ice cream-related: from gelato to ice-cream sandwiches, popsicles and more. On the hit list are Shake Shack’s legendary custards, Carmen’s Italian Ice, Nice Cream and other D.C. favorites. Entrance is free. Ice cream prices will vary.

De La Soul 25th Anniversary at Howard Theatre: The hip-hop trio from Long Island, N.Y. famous for their laid-back rhythm and eclectic style will celebrate 25 years of sound this Sunday. Now working on their eighth album, De La Soul combines funky beats with soulful lyrics to form a style known as “jazz rap.” Doors for the 6 p.m. show open at 8 p.m., and general admission tickets are $37.45 – and selling out fast.

Sunday

Capital Fringe 2014 presents The 27 Club: As part of Capital Fringe’s summer theater festival, The 27 Club will honor the six rock legends who met their deaths at the age of 27. The performers will help the audience peer into the lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain with excerpts from letters and stagings of real-life conversations and events. Tickets for the 8:45 p.m. show are $17.

Adam Lambert performs with Queen. Photo courtesy of Queen + Adam Lambert Facebook page.

Adam Lambert performs with Queen. Photo courtesy of the Queen + Adam Lambert Facebook page.

Queen + Adam Lambert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Confused? Excited? A combination of both? After this duo performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last September, Lambert and Queen decided to join forces again for a 19-date tour that ends with a showing this Sunday. Hear timeless classics like “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” at this (truly) one-of-a-kind event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. While general admissions is sold out, you can still snag lawn tickets starting at $45.

Free Hitchcock film screening in Alexandria: As part of their “Hitchcock in July” event, the Beatley Central Library will offer a free matinee screening of the 1959 Hitchcock classic “North By Northwest” this Sunday at 2 p.m. In this thriller, the innocent New York advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is mistaken for a government agent, and must figure out how to escape from the mysterious foreign spies who pursue him. Also, it’s Hitchcock and free.

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Friday, May 3, 2013 2:43 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

With finals starting next week, it’s next to impossible to find a spot in Gelman. So accept the inveitable, ditch the books and check out these awesome weekend events.

Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Photo used under Creative Commons License.

 – Visit 40 countries in a day at The Around the World Embassy Tour – after all, embassies are technically foreign soil. Yes, we mean there are opportunities for alcohol. Explore the mansions on Embassy Row and enjoy free food, music and cultural entertainment. Saturday 10. a.m to 4p.m.

– Skip Chipotle this weekend and try one of these Mexican eateries offering deals and discounts in honor of Cinco de Mayo. But as you chow down on that chimichanga, just keep in mind that Cinco de Mayo isn’t actually Mexican Independence Day.

– For your annual fix of mint juleps, flashy hats, and horses with weird names, head to Penn Social’s 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party. The charity event will help raise money for the Perry Center Young Leadership Council. Saturday  from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Get your tickets here.

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Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 1:53 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of Steve Evans under the Creative Commons License.

Venture into the city for a Valentine’s date night, or treat your single self to some weekend events.

- Have an ardent appreciation for bacon? Or perhaps a ruthlessly deadpan sense of humor? Or maybe just an obsession with Nick Offerman, AKA Ron Swanson of “Parks and Recreation” fame? Then go see the actor and comedian live at The Warner Theatre Friday. Offerman will perform twice, once at 8 p.m. and once at 10:30 p.m., and tickets are $29.50.

- Displaying the power of a collaborative effort, The Vivid Solutions Gallery’s “Soul of the City” exhibit, presented through the InstantDC program, features the work of nine local photographers, and is free to the public.

- If you’re still super desperate for a Valentine, just be warned of these archetypal D.C. singles you’re guaranteed to find through online dating.

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Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 12:02 p.m.

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Mardi Gras beads adorn a fence in New Orleans. This weekend, Mardi Gras celebrations will take place in the District. Photo courtesy of Derek Bridges under the Creative Commons License.

It’s a festive, celebratory weekend with food, skivvies and Mardi Gras beads right in our backyard.

- Get in the mood for Mardi Gras at the Black Cat Friday. With three musical acts, a burlesque show and a series of sideshow spectacles, the Carnivale features all you’d want in a Mardi Gras weekend. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $12.

- Take advantage of D.C.’s greatest eateries at Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week going on through Sunday. For $20.13 and $35.13 for three-course lunch and dinner meals, respectively, you can enjoy food from over 50 restaurants throughout the Washington area.

- Brave and altruistic souls will traverse the city in nothing but undergarments Saturday for Cupid’s Undie Run. Benefiting The Children’s Tumor Foundation, the charity run starts at 2 p.m. at the Capitol.

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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 8:01 p.m.

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Washington National’s pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will attend NatsFest this Saturday with his teammates, greeting fans and signing autographs. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons License.

Inauguration festivities may have left you feeling exhausted, but the city hasn’t slowed down one bit. Muster up the energy to enjoy a weekend out.

- Eager to show off your D.C. sports pride? Head to NatsFest Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., where Nationals players will meet fans and sign autographs. Tickets for the event, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, are $20.

- Can’t afford tickets to an actual Daft Punk show? No worries, 9:30 Club has your back, presenting “One More Time — The Tribute to Daft Punk” Thursday at 10 p.m. With tickets running at only $17, there’s no excuse for die-hard fans not to attend.

- Ignore the notion that vinyl is antiquated, and head to the D.C. Record Fair Sunday at Penn Social. Tickets to the event, which features live music, start at just $2.

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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 9:37 p.m.

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Shown here at the 2009 presidential inauguration, then President-elect Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden and Jill Biden on the steps of the Capitol. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor BrokenSphere under the Creative Commons License.

It’s inauguration weekend – there’s no excuse to not go out in a celebratory mood.

- I’m not entirely sure whether or not you’ve heard, but a presidential inauguration is taking place this weekend. The swearing-in ceremony,parade and a multitude of inaugural balls make this one of the most exciting times to be in the District.

- Renowned rapper Talib Kweli will perform at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar for a DJ set Saturday night. The best part? The event is completely free.

- The Park at 14th is celebrating  the inauguration all weekend, but a special appearance from rapper Common makes their Saturday night event all the more fun. Tickets for the 10 p.m. party are $20.

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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 4:23 p.m.

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The International Spy Museum’s James Bond-inspired exhibit, “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains,” features artifacts from the film franchise, including this Aston Martin from the film “Goldfinger.” Photo courtesy of the International Spy Museum.

You’ve had a full week back at school to get back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving break. Now, get back out into the city for some museum and show-hopping. 

- Celebrate the release of “Skyfall” with the International Spy Museum’s latest exhibit, “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains,” which features artifacts from the illustrious James Bond franchise.

-  The trek to Fairfax, Va.’s Patriot Center is well worth it to catch rock virtuosos Neil Young and Patti Smith perform Friday, Nov. 30. The singer-songwriters were icons of the 1970s, proving to be two of the most influential rock artists to date.

Your’e never too old – or too manly – for “The Nutcracker.” Presented by The Washington Ballet at the Warner Theatre, the holiday classic runs until Dec. 23.

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Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 7:45 p.m.

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There’s simply too much the District and surrounding area are offering this weekend – from Stephen Colbert to film festivals – for you to merely sit around in Foggy Bottom.

Stephen Colbert will sign books this Friday at Politics and Prose. Photo courtesy of David Shankbone under the Creative Commons License.

- Comedian, political satirist and media hero Stephen Colbert will host a book signing for “America Again” at Politics and Prose Friday at 3 p.m. Secure a ticket and buy his book beforehand to ensure a spot in line.

- The quick Metro ride to Alexandria is worthwhile if only to experience one of Virginia’s quaintest cities. But take the trip this weekend to enjoy the Alexandria Film Festival. From Nov. 16-18, a variety of documentaries and independent films will be featured, and admission for many of them is free.

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Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 9:05 p.m.

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The election, those pesky campaign ads and your Facebook friend’s soapbox statuses are – finally – over. Now turn your attention to everything else November in D.C. has to offer.

Celebrate our nation’s veterans this weekend. Photo courtesy of The U.S. National Archives

- Millions of moustachioed men will be growing their beards this November – or should I say, Movember – not only in an effort to procure manliness points, but to raise awareness for testicular and prostate cancer. A slew of D.C. hotspots will host events this weekend and throughout the month to revel in beard-ly glory and raise funds for cancer research.

- All across D.C. and Virginia, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Arlington Cemetery, services will be held in honor of Veterans Day. A number of events are free and open to the public.

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Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 6:11 p.m.

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A slew of high profile entertainers will head to the District this weekend, extending an invitation to all in the nation’s capital: They want you to party with them.

Hip hop star Drake will celebrate his birthday at The Park at Fourteenth Friday night. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons License.

- Celebrating with celebrities has never been so easy. Hip-hop star Drake will host his birthday celebration at The Park at Fourteenth Friday night. The event is part of Howard University Homecoming celebrations, but all are welcome to the $20 all-night birthday bash.

- Not into Drake? Then hop over to Diddy’s party at Ibiza for a measly $30. Friday night, the rapper, mogul and Howard University alumnus hosts the university’s homecoming after party.

- Actor and comedian Kevin Hart performs his stand-up comedy skit at the Verizon Center Saturday night. Tickets start at $60, and the show begins at 8 p.m.

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