Beyond politicos and power lunches, Washington, D.C. bustles with inventive fare, artsy enclaves and monumental experiences for all ages. With endless options to choose from, start here to plan the perfect outing in the nation’s capital.
Through Aug. 6
Citi Open: Now in its 48th year, Top players take the court at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Proceeds from the Citi Open will go to the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). $10-$80/session.
Through Aug. 20
"The King and I": Set in 1860s Bangkok, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic follows the relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher, as two worlds collide and an unspoken love story is developed. $49-$159. Showtimes vary. 2700 F St. NW. Tickets available here.
Through August 25
Jazz in the Gardens: Unwind from a long week, and head to the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden for the weekly Jazz in the Gardens series. Enjoy beer, wine and American fare, with the smooth sounds of top Washington-area artists. Free. 5:00 pm-8:30 pm, early arrival suggested. 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
Through Sept. 4
"Hive": Explore the highly anticipated summer installation, made up of domed chambers. See what the buzz is all about at the National Building Museum. $16. Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm. Sundays 11 am - 5 pm. 401 F Street NW.
Through October 15
“Sharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry": Swim with the sharks as the National Geographic Museum transforms into an interactive underwater adventure. Visitors will see the ocean through the eyes of award-winning photographer, Brian Skerry, through eye-popping images, videos and artifacts, and gain an understanding for his passion to conserve the oceans of the world. $10-$15. Daily 10 am- 6 pm. 1145 17th St NW.
Capital Fringe Festival: In its final weekend, indie productions of theater, dance, music and art fill a packed schedule at libraries, museums, galleries and the Logan Fringe Arts Space. $5-$7 one-time fee, $17 per show. See details here.
National Dance Day: Put on your dancing shoes, and head to the Kennedy Center to celebrate National Dance Day. Enjoy a free day-long celebration, featuring outdoor performances, live music, dance lessons and more. Dance routines and demonstrations led by So You Think You Can Dance's Tony Bellisimo. 2:00 PM - 10:30 PM. 2700 F St. NW.
Truckeroo: Head to The Bullpen at the Fairgrounds, as the Friday night food festival returns to the District. Sample top food trucks, while enjoying live music, games and family fun. Prices vary. 4:00 pm-11:00 pm. 1299 Half Street SE.
"Chef": Drive-In season at Union Market is back for its biggest season yet! Go retro at the popular food hall, and enjoy the 2014 film from the pleasure of your own vehicle. Advanced purchase highly recommended. Free/walk-up; $10/car. Lot opens at 6:00 PM, closes promptly at 8:00 PM. Film begins at 8:30 PM. 1309 5th Street NE.
Metropolitan Restaurant Week: With 250 participating restaurants in the DMV, enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals starting at $22 lunch/brunch, and $35 dinner. Make your reservations, it's time to eat! See participating restaurants here.
Circque du Soleil, "Ovo": The renowned Montreal-based troupe makes its way to the EagleBank Arena for a mystifying gravity-defying performance, led by Deborah Colker, the first female director in Cirque du Soleil history. From $39, children from $25. Showtimes vary. 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, Va. Tickets available here.