- Discovery Theater will present a performance by the Taratibu Youth Association, an ensemble of young artists representing the performing arts of the African diaspora (recommended for ages 5 through 16). 10:30 a.m. and noon. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700.
- As part of “The ‘Write’ Stuff Literacy, Writing, and Research Festival,” authors and illustrators John Hendrix, Syl Sobel, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Jacqueline Jules and Tonya Bolden will discuss how they use research in their writing. Discussion and Q&A from 10:30 a.m. to noon; book signings from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.; and author-led workshops from 2 to 4:15 p.m. Free for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders; reservations requested. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. archivesfoundation.org/event/write-stuff. The festival will continue Saturday.
- “Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum” will feature a chance for ages 8 through 12 to participate in an interactive exploration of the museum with quizzes, puzzles, games and craft projects. 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. $120 to $135. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.
- Artist Will Fleishell will present a drop-in figure drawing class. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
- American concert pianist Mark Damisch will perform. Noon to 1:30. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. acfdc.org.
- Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art will feature Speakers of the House performing rock fusion. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
- The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature The Reagan Years. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. capitolriverfront.org.
- The U.S. Army Brass Quintet will perform as part of the “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” concert series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. usarmyband.com.
- “Jazz on the Hill” will feature Dial 251 for Jazz. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.
- Colin Harrison will discuss his novel “You Belong to Me,” about an immigration lawyer who collects old maps of New York. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- The Smithsonian Institution’s 2017 Folklife Festival will focus on “Circus Arts,” “On the Move: Migration Across Generations,” “50 Years/50 Objects” and “50th Anniversary.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Mall between 7th and 12th streets. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue daily through July 9; evening dance parties and circus performances will take place most evenings beginning at 5:30.
- The Japan Information and Culture Center’s “Animezing” series will “Robot Carnival,” an anthology collection of nine short films. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc.
- The outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature the 2016 version of “Ghostbusters.” Sunset. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. goldentriangledc.com.
- Union Market will present “Coming to America” as part of its monthly drive-in movie series. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; film begins at 8 p.m. $10 per car; free for walk-up fans in the picnic area. Parking lot, Union Market, 1305 5th St. NE. unionmarketdc.com.
- National Theatre Live will present a broadcast of internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber’s “Salomé” from the National Theatre’s stage. 8 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The film will be shown again Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Performances and readings
- Circus Harmony, a nonprofit group that uses circus arts to motivate social change, will perform in collaboration with the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival will present the one-woman works “Name Calling” and “Body of Work.” 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
- As part of the Capital Fringe Festival 2017, the D.C.-based fire troupe Peculiarity Productions will present “8 Bit Circus S*it,” featuring a reinterpretation of classic video games (for ages 13 and older). 8:30 p.m. $17 plus Fringe Button. Old City Farm and Guild, 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW. capitalfringe.org. The performance will repeat July 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22.
- Beny Blaq will host the “Live! From Busboys Talent Showcase.” 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- As part of the monthly First Friday Dupont art event, the Heurich House Museum will open its first floor and will feature a pop-up shop from Meekly Yours in the conservatory. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-429-1894.
- In collaboration with Georgia Avenue Thrive and Petworth Arts Collaborative, more than a dozen businesses along Georgia Avenue NW in Park View and Petworth will host a First Friday event with specials and discounts. 6 to 9 p.m. Free admission. Georgia Avenue between Kennedy Street and Euclid Street NW. bit.ly/2shTX0M.
- The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
- The American University Museum will present a docent-led tour of one of its summer exhibitions. 11:30 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
- “Dupont Underground Historic Tour” will offer a chance to explore the city’s newest art space — a former trolley station with 75,000 square feet of underground platforms and tunnels. 6, 7 and 8 p.m. $15. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.