The 26 best things to do in D.C. this weekend and next week
Despite threats of rain, this weekend brings myriad festivals and events to the D.C. region. Shoppers line the sidewalks at Georgetown’s annual French Market, the Petworth PorchFest fills the neighborhood with music after last week’s rainout and some of the world’s biggest DJs visit the second Project Glow festival at RFK. The cultures of El Salvador and the Middle East are celebrated, cyclists flock to the Garage Racing National Championships in a Crystal City parking garage, and — if you can believe it — there’s still another Cherry Blossom Festival concert!
Coffee & Collections: Black Baseball in D.C. at Anacostia Community Museum
You may have heard of the Nationals, the Senators and the Homestead Grays, but what about the Washington Black Sox? This semipro team was among the numerous Black baseball teams that featured throughout the D.C. region in the 20th century, and it featured prominently in “Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia,” an exhibit previously on display at the Anacostia Community Museum. Learn more about D.C.’s sandlot and neighborhood baseball history, and see some artifacts from the collections, over free coffee at the museum. 11 a.m. to noon. Free.
Rooftop film screening at House of Sweden
On the rooftop of the building that houses the Swedish Embassy, you can watch the sunset, the Potomac and, this week, “The Emigrants,” a Swedish film directed by Jan Troell. Over 2½ hours, it tells the story of a mother who leaves an impoverished life in Sweden in the 1850s and embarks on a dangerous journey to America. Chairs and popcorn are provided, though guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and drinks (but keep in mind that no alcohol is allowed). 7:30 p.m. $8.
Tenille Townes at Union Stage
Canadian country singer Tenille Townes is a traveler. Her stage surname comes from Township Road 722 in Alberta, the street she grew up on and that served as the starting pointfor her career in 2009. She’s been on the move since, her discography traveling a broad landscape from country to folk, political to sentimental. No work embodies this more literally than her EP “Train Track Worktapes,” released April 21 and written and recorded on a 15-day train tour that included 65 shows in southern Canada. The hum of the caboose is persistent on the five tracks, which include the rattle of resourceful equipment: A suitcase is used as a kick drum, tin foil and paper bowls substitute for a shaker, teacups emulate a triangle. But “Wheels,” the EP’s closer, explores cross-country movement not as a quirky adventure, but as a dire need. You can hear the doubt through Townes’s assured, haunting vocals when she sings, “The only house is sinking sand / So I’ve got to run, always on the run.” 8 p.m. $17.