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9+ things to do in DC, Maryland and Virginia this weekend | July 29-31

Make the most of the final days of July by pretending you're a character on The Office, learning to Samba, stargazing, exploring a massive antiques show and more!

WASHINGTON — Enjoy the last weekend of the month with a list of unique happenings in and around the DMV!

Every week, WUSA9 is giving you the details on at least nine local activities to check out in your off time. We'll give you three ideas (and, sometimes, a bonus item or two) every week each in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Have any more events you think your neighbors should know about? Email the time, place and description to bashford1@wusa9.com. 

DC

The Office Experience

  • Recurring; Wednesday through Sunday through January 2023
    • Thursday & Friday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    • Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm 
  • 1020 G Street NW, Washington D.C. 20001
  • Admission: Standard price tickets start at $39.75, with cheaper tickets for students and children

Calling all people who wish your lame boss would turn into Michael Scott - your day has come! 

"The world of The Office will come to life with iconic set recreations, original show costumes and props, and opportunities for fans to engage with the show in new ways." 

Organizers say you can explore 17 areas inspired by your favorite TV show, including Scranton Business Park, sitting at Michael’s desk, recreating Beach Day and scoring some merch in The Office Experience retail store. 

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Backyard mystery Sofar Show

  • Saturday, July 30 at 3 p.m. 
  • Brightwood Park - Address revealed 36 hours before
  • Admission: $25

If you're looking to break out of the routine, this mystery, surprise show might be just the thing. These unique events happen in a range of venues, and the organizers are known for their practice of sending attendees specifics around 36 hours before the show. Know that it'll be outdoors and it'll last about three hours.

"You’ll see 2 or 3 short sets from incredible performers from all musical genres, and sometimes even spoken word, comedy or dance," organizers share.

Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies

  • Recurring daily; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Last session begins at 9 p.m.
  • Artechouse, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20004
  • Admission: $17-25 

"Walk alongside African kings and queens as you explore timeless questions of identity, power, and belonging in this powerful and futuristic audiovisual exhibition," the event description reads.

"Inspired by aṣẹ, the Yoruba concept relating to our power to produce change, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies celebrates the Black experience through the perspectives of artist Vince Fraser and poet Ursula Rucker. The exhibition is an immersive, interactive and incredible story that everyone should experience."

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VIRGINIA

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Night Skies in Shenandoah National Park

  • Recurring; Friday, July 29 at 8:30 p.m. 
  • Big Meadows Area (mile 51, outside the Rapidan Camp Gate)
  • Admission: Free

If you're looking to get away from the city and stare into the cosmos, Shenandoah National Park has just the event for you. "Join amateur astronomers as they present a provocative presentation on controlling light pollution while they point out the heavenly stars," organizers shared.

This Friday's event will focus on showing visitors the Ring Nebula, the Milky Way, Saturn, a 1.6% Crescent Moon, and the end of Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower, along with even more sights.

Participants must bring their own binoculars and a blanket and chair. Organizers also recommend bringing along a flashlight.

Keep in mind: the presentation will be canceled if there is inclement weather. Call 540-999-2222 the day of the event to check on its status.

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Ballston Quarter Food Fest

  • Saturday, July 30 at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ballston Quarter, 4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
  • Admission: Free

Try the world at the Ballston Quarter Food Fest!

"From Mexican, Japanese, to Indian, and much more, join us to eat around the world without leaving Quarter Market," organizers said, specifying that participating restaurants will be offering sample-sized food to guests as they tour Quarter Market with their Ballston Quarter passports. "Passport holders and stamp cards will be handed out as guests walk in and DJ CYD will play today’s hits while patrons feast on Quarter Market’s best bites."

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Make your own jewelry classes

  • Days and times vary; check website
  • 1112 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 
  • Admission: Class costs vary

Head into the new month with a new hobby! Grab your better half, jewelry-loving family member, or crafty friend and try your hand at metalsmithing and jewelry making. Classes range from learning to texture, bend and hammer, creating unique rings to intricate pendants in everything from Silver to brass and bronze. This experience is a popular one - so if you're not seeing any open classes for your preferred day, click here to hop on class-specific waitlists for upcoming Saturdays and Sundays from this weekend through August.

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DC Big Flea Antiques Market July 2022

  • Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dulles Expo Center 4320 Chantilly Shopping Ctr. Chantilly, VA 20151
  • Admission: $10

This special event will hit your shopping fix and invite you to find antique treasures that are one-of-a-kind. Organizers invite the public to come shop for bargains at what they call the Mid Atlantic's largest antiques event, featuring millions of antiques and decorative collectibles.

"For the past 40 years, D'Amore Promotions has been presenting hundreds of antiques and collectible shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. It has steadily earned the reputation as the most successful, and largest, antiques market in the Mid-Atlantic regions. The flagship show, the DC Big Flea & Antiques Market, burst onto the Northern Virginia marketplace 20 years ago, and its popularity continues to increase."

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MARYLAND

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Sandy Spring Museum Beer & Wine Gardens

  • Friday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD, 20860
  • Admission: General $7.00, Children $3.00 

Wine-loving friends and beer-loving buddies, unite! Finally, a garden you can all enjoy together. "An evening of live music, local breweries and wineries, food trucks and lawn games," organizers say, adding that the family-friendly event is held rain or shine.

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Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars On The Avenue

  • Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at 9 p.m.
  • Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Admission: Free

This weekend, experience the 17th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue! You'll be treated to a showing of Mamma Mia! on Friday and Knives Out on Saturday.

Viewers are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs; a limited number of chairs will also be provided. 

"Woodmont Triangle is home to numerous restaurants, ice cream, and coffee shops and attendees are invited to enjoy dinner or a snack before the 9 p.m. movie start. Parking is available in the Auburn Avenue garage adjacent to the event site," according to the event description.

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Afro Latino | Food, Music & Arts Festival

  • Sunday, July 31 at 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Admission: Free

Carnival Nation returns to downtown Silver Spring for its 2nd Summer Festival event! You'll find everything from culture to folklore and food, plus live music by international and local artists, salsa lessons and more!

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