Events calendar: Saturday, July 1


Book signing

  • Sandra O’Connell will sign copies of her book “An American Family in World War II,” which uses correspondence between Ralph Lee Minker Jr., a U.S. Army airman in 1943, and his parents and two teenage sisters to tell a riveting story of life in America during the war. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Mall Store, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 202-633-1000.

Children’s programs

  • “Happy Birthday, America!” will feature opportunities to play traditional American outdoor games, savor patriotic sweets, tour verdant garden “rooms” and make patriotic crafts like a traditional whirligig toy. 10 a.m. to noon. $5 to $10; free for veterans and military families. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050. The program will also be offered July 12 and 15.
  • The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.

Classes and workshops

  • The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.


  • The National Archives will celebrate the Fourth of July with a performance by the all-women Afro-Brazilian band Batala Washington. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Steps of the National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • DC Strings Workshop will present “Freedom Concert,” featuring works by Beethoven, Britten and Saint-George with guest conductor Ahmed Alabaca. 2 p.m. Free. St. Monica & St. James Episcopal Church, 222 8th St. NE.
  • “Serenade! Choral Festival: A JFK 100 Celebration” will feature Latvian Voices; Egschiglen from Mongolia and Germany; and Pihcintu, a refugee children’s chorus. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • “Serenade! Choral Festival: A JFK 100 Celebration” will feature the Les Voix Boréales of Canada, Gandharva Choir of India, Balkanes of Bulgaria and Egschiglen of Mongolia. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW.
  • “Ladies of Jazz” will feature Shannon Gunn. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.

Discussions and lectures

  • As a prelude to the July 8 commemoration of the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens, Loretta Neumann, president of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington, will give a PowerPoint presentation detailing the only Civil War battle in the nation’s capital and the only time in history that a sitting U.S. president has come under direct enemy fire. 9:30 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • Journalist Mya Guarnieri Jaradat will discuss her book “The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel’s New Others,” about the lives of asylum seekers and migrant workers in Israel, who hail mainly from Africa and Asia. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.


  • 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 4 and from July 6 through 9; evening dance parties and circus performances will take place most evenings beginning at 5:30.
  • The Red, White & Brew Wine and Beer Festival will feature food, tunes and samples for a variety of wineries and breweries. 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. $49 to $89. The Yards Lot H/I, 1300 1st St. SE. The festival will continue Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.


  • The National Gallery of Art will present Luigi Cuomo’s 2015 film “Constellations,” a backstage view of the workers and performers trying to keep a small traveling circus alive and well, and Federico Fellini’s 1970 film “I clowns,” about the mimes and jesters whose smiling expressions can embody menace as well as merriment. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • National Theatre Live will present a recorded performance of an inventive production of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theater. 2 p.m. $10 to $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The screening will repeat July 8 at 2 p.m.
  • “Saluting Canada at 150” will feature Guy Maddin’s 2007 film “My Winnipeg,” a tongue-in-cheek homage to the director’s hometown, at 2 p.m.; and Atom Egoyan’s 1997 film “The Sweet Hereafter,” about a small town in British Columbia struggling to cope with the aftermath of a school bus accident, at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • National Theatre Live will present a broadcast of Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece “Hedda Gabler.” 8 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.


  • Five performers from Tokyo will don full costumes and makeup to sing excerpts from the Japanese musical “Utamaro” highlighting the roles of Utamaro and two of the courtesans he depicted in his artwork. 1 and 4 p.m. Free. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m.
  • As part of the seventh annual DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival, actress and playwright Rashida Strober will present her one-woman play “A Dark Skin Woman’s Revenge.” 7 p.m. $20 to $25. Anacostia Art Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

Special events

  • “America Now: JFK 100” — honoring President John F. Kennedy’s vision and commitment to the arts — will explore the D.C. community origins of go-go through a common history with jazz. A discussion with WAMU’s Jay Bruder and former WPFW program director Tom Porter will explore jazz during the Kennedy era and civil rights period, focusing on D.C.’s early music history that led to the invention of go-go music. The event will include performances by local go-go band legends Kenny Lattimore and Team Familiar. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
  • “America Now: JFK 100” — honoring President John F. Kennedy’s vision and commitment to the arts — will feature “We the Party People: JFK 100,” an after-hours event co-sponsored by Brightest Young Things. Activities highlighting the Kennedy era’s continuing impact will include lightning talks, 1960s-themed food and drink, and a look at objects out of storage. 7 to 11 p.m. $55 to $65. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
  • The National Capital Astronomers will present “Exploring the Sky,” featuring a night of stargazing through the lens of a telescope. 9 p.m. Free. Military Field near the Picnic Grove 13 parking lot, Glover Road near Military Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • Dupont Underground and Escape the Routine will present “Tunnel Vision DC,” combining live projection visualizers and a carefully curated lineup of local producers. 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $15 to $25. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Citi Open Tennis Tournament will present a one-day mini camp focusing on tennis drills, nutritional guidance, strength and stretch techniques, yoga and fun games (open to junior and adult players of all ages and skill levels). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $100; reservations required. Rock Creek Tennis Center, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW.

Walks and tours

  • Washington Walks’ “Get Local!” series will explore the Logan Circle neighborhood. 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the 14th Street NW exit to the McPherson Square Metro station.
  • “Close-up Tour: Women in Glass and Stone” will share the tales of Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt and other women of great influence honored in the statues, needlepoint and stained glass of Washington National Cathedral (for ages 10 and older). 2 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.