Jazz, Pride, Cosplay, Sneakers and Wine in the DMV This Weekend

If you don’t have to go to some relative’s graduation this weekend where you will sit uncomfortably in your dress-up clothes in the heat, fanning yourself with a program and listening to some boring academics drone on about people you don’t know, consider attending some of this weekend’s events in and around DC:

  • DC JazzFest: This festival of one of America’s most widely celebrated music genres kicks off on Friday night and continues through Sunday, June 16. Performances by dozens of artists are scheduled throughout the city at nine venues, including The Hamilton, the Kennedy Center, the Anthem, the Wharf and City Winery. Wharf performances will feature four acts on four stages, all free. Other events are ticketed.
  • Show your true colors this Sunday, June 9, at the Capital Pride Festival downtown at Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street. The annual LBGTQ+ celebration, held from noon to 10 p.m., will feature entertainment on three stages, refreshments and 300 local exhibitors. “Engage, learn and celebrate,” the organization lit says. Free, donations accepted; please leave pets and backpacks at home to help facilitate fun. Lots of local bars and restaurants are offering specials in honor of the event — don’t miss out!
  • The number of people signing up to escape reality by delving into cosplay just keeps growing, as evidenced by this weekend’s All-Star Comic Con June 8-9 at the Sheraton in Tyson’s Corner. Billed as a “weekend-long comic, art, gaming and pop culture celebration,” the fest features actors, writers, artists and at least one videogame-playing legend. Cosplay costume contests will be held for both adults and children, so break out the tights and capes! Tickets are $35-$400, plus add-on options for photo ops with your favorite artists.
  • If you’re an unemployed teenage boy, chances are, you’re familiar with SNKRMANIA DMV, an event held this Saturday and Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at which lovers of all things high top and leather can gather and mingle with their own kind. Like Costco and the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, this is an event where you pay to shop. Tickets are $20 ($30 for both days), but you can also bring sneakers to trade or sell. Vendor spaces are $60 for one day, $100 for both days.
  • The Wine, Spirits and Music Festival is back this weekend at the Gateway DC, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE. Enjoy wine, spirits, food and live music. Advance tickets, $40; $50 on the day of the event. Doors open at 2, entertainment starts at 4, festival ends at 11 p.m.