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Washington DC Party Boat Rentals

With a fleet of Paddle Boats , Tiki Boats , Retro Boats , and Whitlow’s on Water , we offer the highest rated cruises and boat rentals in Georgetown, The Wharf, and Navy Yard. Over the past decade, the DC Waterfront scene has been completely transformed into one of the most vibrant communities in the District with a wide range of hospitality options and newly developed marinas.


Enjoy a Cruise Down the Potomac River

There are endless reasons to get together with your friends, family, or colleagues for a private boat tour of DC, but here are a few ideas if you’re looking for an excuse:

DC Sightseeing Boat Tours

Soak in the sunshine and some of DC’s most monumental views on a private boat cruise. During our cruises, passengers will get stunning views of Georgetown, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, and the United States Capitol!

Cherry Blossom Boat Tours in DC

Blossoms up! We offer cruises and boat rentals to see the Cherry Blossoms from the Potomac with a drink in hand, avoiding the crowds. Skip the crowds and traffic, enjoy a few of your favorite drinks, and party your way to the petals while your skipper gets you up close and personal with DC’s most iconic trees.

DC 4th of July Cruises & Boat Rentals

Celebrate America’s Birthday with a booze cruise! Enjoy a fireworks cruise on the 4th of July out of Georgetown & The Wharf. First come, first served!

Brunch, Dinner & Happy Hour Cruises

Brunch cruises on the potomac.

Take brunch to the next level with a boozy boaty brunch! Bring your favorite foods, pop some bottles, and sip on mimosas while you set the tone for your day.

Dinner Cruises in Washington DC

Elevate your evening with a dinner cruise under the stars! Bring along your favorite cuisine, uncork the wine and indulge as you glide through the night, creating unforgettable moments under the moonlit sky.

DC Happy Hour Cruises

On Monday-Thursday each week, happy hour has no time limit on our boats. We offer happy hour pricing during the week so we can guarantee you that these are some of the best happy hour prices in DC. Even further, some of our boats offer the option to BYOB! Don’t get me wrong, we love a good rooftop or waterfront bar, but nothing compares to being on your own private floating bar where you can play your music surrounded only by your friends.

Potomac River Sunset & Night Cruises

Sunset cruises.

Trade in rush hour for golden hour as you watch the sun set upon the monuments. Being on the river as much as we are, we can assure you that watching the sun’s golden glow against the Lincoln Memorial as the sun gradually retires for the night is a view that will simply never get old.

Night Cruises

Seeing the monuments lit up at night while you and your crew light up the night is a truly one-of-a-kind DC nightlife experience. All of our boats are equipped with party lighting so when the sun goes down, the fun heats up! Enjoy the cool summer air and the glow of the city on the water to make any night a midsummer night’s dream.

DC Bachelor(ette) & Birthday Parties

Bachelorette/bachelor parties.

Get nauti before you tie the knot! Our boats are the perfect size for any wedding party, have a wide range of options to either BYOB or purchase drink packages on board, and the backdrop of the monuments from the water creates the perfect picture-worthy moments. With convenient locations at Georgetown, The Wharf, and Navy Yard, there are no shortage of options to keep the party rolling after your cruise. You’ll always remember your final sail before the veil!

Birthday Parties

Party buses are cool and all but take your special day to the next level this year with a birthday party boat rental . Blast your own playlist, enjoy drinks with friends and family, and get the perfect picture in front of the monuments for a shameless HBD-to-me post.

DC Corporate Team Outings

Nothing boosts team morale like a little vitamin D and vitamin Sea. Celebrate a milestone, bring a virtual team together, break off from a big conference or convention, or just get to know your team better. Take a corporate team-building cruise and sip, socialize, and sail through the District.

Navy Yard Sports Sailgates

Get ahead of the gameday traffic rush and take your tailgate to the water for Nationals games, DC United games, and DC Defenders games with cruises out of Navy Yard! Get rowdy and get dropped off right by the stadium for the ultimate fan experience.

Potomac Paddle Club

DC Booze Cruises and Boat Rentals

These social, active adventures are the perfect way for friends, families, and colleagues to sip, sail, and celebrate out on the water!

Georgetown tiki boat booze cruise near Washington, DC. On-boat tiki bar. Potomac Tiki Club by Sea Suite Cruises.

  • Drinks: Sold On Board
  • Group Size: 8 - 18
  • Duration: 1 hr 45 mins

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Navy Yard tiki boat booze cruise near Washington DC. BYOB! Tikito - Potomac Tiki Club by Sea Suite Cruises

Mini Tiki Boat (Tikito)

  • Drinks: BYOB
  • Group Size: 1 - 6
  • Duration: 2 hrs

Washington DC Area Private boat charters and shared cruises by Whitlow's on Water. Whitlow's DC in partnership with Sea Suite Cruises.

Whitlow's on Water

  • Group Size: 1 - 48
  • Duration: 1 hr 45 mins - 2 hrs

Georgetown Paddle boat booze cruise near Washington DC. BYOB and on-boat bar! Cruise by the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial & more. Potomac Paddle Club by Sea Suite Cruises.

Paddle Boats

  • Drinks: BYOB & Sold On Board
  • Group Size: 8 - 16

Retro Boat Rentals in Washington DC. Sea Suite Cruises.

Retro Boats

  • Group Size: 1 - 4
  • Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Boat Rentals Near Washington DC

Browse every Sea Suite cruise in the DC Area. We offer boat rentals out of Georgetown, Navy Yard, and The Wharf. Select your desired location and book your adventure!

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Boomerang Boat Tours


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  • Hour Glass 2 hours

Boomerang Yacht Cruise

Enjoy a 21+ cruise aboard the Boomerang Party Yacht which includes premium open bar, water, sodas, pre-packaged snacks, fun music, and amazing DC views.

Pirate Ship Cruise

Enjoy a 21+ cruise aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship which includes premium open bar, water, sodas, pre-packaged snacks, fun music, and amazing DC views.

  • Hour Glass 1 hour
  • Users All ages

Family Fun Treasure Hunt Cruise

Ahoy there, young pirates! Get ready to embark on our interactive cruise, offering endless excitement and the perfect adventure for kids of all ages!

Private Boomerang Boat Charter

Our charters are perfect for any private party occasion like birthdays, work parties, engagement parties, graduation parties, wedding welcome parties, post wedding brunch cruises, corporate team building, and more!

Boomerang Sightseeing Cruise

Our one-hour sightseeing tour on the Potomac River promises to be an informative, entertaining, and visually captivating experience.

Boomerang Yacht Brunch Cruise

Embark on a captivating Brunch Cruise on the Potomac River with Boomerang Boat Tours! Indulge in a delicious brunch buffet catered by Northside Social, sip on cocktails from our premium open bar, and groove to tunes spun by our live DJ.

About Boomerang Boat Tours

Featured on The Travel Channel, MTV’s The Real World, ABC, and more, Boomerang has been a beloved fixture in the Washington, DC area since 2006! Initially renowned for our party bus services, the Boomerang Party Yacht, Party Boat, and Pirate Ship have steered our company from land to ‘sea.’

Setting sail in 2012, the Boomerang Boat fleet offers Potomac River cruises departing from the Georgetown Waterfront for nine months of the year. Explore our website and book your cruise today!

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5-Star Boat Cruises in Washington, DC


I went on a beautiful sunset cruise for a fundraiser. Saw the National Mall from the Potomac at night, it was stunning! The crew members were polite and courteous. The boat docked with a large party group before our group and you would never have known there was another group on 5 minutes before because the boat was spotless.

Wondering what to do when you have friends in town? Boomerang Cruises! After a day of museums, and typical D.C. attractions, treat yourself! On the last trip, my friends had the best time enjoying cocktails, music, and an awesome view on the Potomac. Don't forget to ask the bartenders about the "Shot Ski!" It is a game-changer. Thank me later.

I love going on the Boomerang Party Yacht. The staff is always friendly and helpful! The drinks are amazing! I would highly recommend for any event, we have been on for birthdays, going away parties, celebrations and just for a fun night out. The sunset cruises are highly recommended. Perfect views of the city and fun all around. Great way to meet new people in the area or have a fun night out in DC if you are visiting.

My twin sister and I chose the Boomerang Party Yacht to celebrate our 25th birthday! We had so much fun with our friends. It wasn't too crowded, nice views and the drinks were great. The staff was nice and funny. We had fun doing the limbo. I highly recommend the sunset cruise. Great to see DC in the evening and night. Book ahead because they do sell out!

I have been on the Boomerang Yacht's day, night, sunset, and brunch cruises with friends and it never disappoints! Great crew, bartenders, atmosphere, and views of DC. I have been in DC for almost 5 years and I always re-appreciate how great it is on these cruises- especially in the springtime. Highly recommend for anyone visiting or who lives in the area!

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City Cruises provides the most unique and entertaining dining cruise experience. View Washington, DC aboard the elegant Odyssey and enjoy a three-course plated menu with live band entertainment, or set sail on the brand new Spirit of Washington and dine on grand buffets with DJ entertainment. Take the family on the fun and educational Spirit of Mount Vernon for an exciting excursion to George Washington's home and gardens. You can also host an exclusive event on the private yacht Capital Elite for an intimate setting on the water, or sail out of National Harbor on the private yacht National Elite, perfect for groups of 80 - 145.

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Banquet capacity: 500, Reception capacity: 468

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Mount Vernon, National Mall

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Blue, Orange, Green, Yellow, Silver

580 Water St. SW Pier 4 Washington , DC 20024 United States

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Odyssey Cruises Washington D.C.

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  • Dining style Casual Elegant
  • Price $50 and over
  • Cuisines Dinner Cruise, American
  • Hours of operation Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:45am - 1:30pm Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 2:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 7:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Phone number (866) 306-2469
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  • Payment options AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities Nothing compares to the dynamic, unique experience of a group event on the water. Delicious food and drinks, top entertainment and stunning views combine for an experience your guests won’t forget. From business meetings to special occasion celebrations, give your event a whole new energy.
  • Private party contact Professional Event Planner: (855) 398-7088
  • Location 600 Water Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20024
  • Neighborhood Southwest Waterfront
  • Cross street 6th Street SW
  • Parking details For Odyssey parking, turn into the Gangplank Marina Lot off of Water Street. Please allow extra time to park as there is limited parking space available at Gangplank Marina. A number of nearby lots and meters offer additional convenient parking within walking distance. Additional parking charges at these areas may apply.
  • Public transit From the Metro: Exit the Waterfront SEU Station. Turn Right on M ST. which turns into Maine Ave. Turn Left onto 6th. Odyssey is located at Gangplank Marina, 6th and Water Street.
  • Entertainment Cruises feature our band, Chane Link, playing softer standards on our Brunch and Lunch cruises and throughout the earlier part of our Dinner cruises. During the later part of our Dinner cruises, expect a shift to more high-energy dance music. No matter when you cruise, there is something for everyone to enjoy, from Motown to disco, from 80"s ballads to swing, and from Latin to jazz standards.
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Sriracha Cocktail Sauce. Available for an additional price

Seafood Tower

Maine Lobster | Alaskan King Crab | Jumbo Shrimp | Bay Scallop Ceviche | Sriracha Cocktail Sauce | Parsley Aioli. Avaialable for an additional price

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Wedge salad.

Applewood Smoked Bacon | Sun-Dried Tomatoes | Chives & Italian Parsley | Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Lobster Soup

Brioche Croutons | Chives

Smoked Moulard Duck Breast

Cranberry, Cherry & Caramelized Shallot Compote | Pickled Cornichons & Pearl Onions

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Sweet Corn, Red Bell Pepper & Thyme Succotash | Cajun Cream Sauce

Oven Baked Atlantic Salmon Filet

Lemon Orzo with Red Onions & Sun-Dried Tomatoes | Citrus Dill Sauce

Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast

Fingerling Potatoes & Chives | Haricot Verts | Dijon Mustard Cream Sauce

Braised Beef Short Rib

Idaho Potato & Horseradish Mash | Baby Carrots | Pearl Onions & English Peas | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

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Lemon Orzo with Red Onions & Sun-Dried Tomatoes | Spring Onion & Cucumber Tzatziki

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Truffle Potatoes | Glazed Baby Carrots | Herb Butter. Available for an additional price

Duo of Sorbet

Seasonal Sorbet | Fresh Fruit

Granny Smith Apple Parfait

Cinnamon Spiced Apples | Almond & Oat Crumble | Candied Chili Bacon

Salted Caramel Cake

Dark Chocolate Ganache | Raspberry Sauce

Odyssey Signature Warm Butter Cake

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | Blackberry Sauce

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The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building at night with a full moon hanging over them, one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night

15 Best Things To Do In Washington DC At Night

October 21, 2022 //  by  Southern Trippers

If you’re looking for the best things to do in Washington DC at night, then you’ve come to the right place! Washington DC is one of our favorite cities in the South to explore. You can easily spend several days in DC , and still feel like there is so much more to see.

That’s because there are so many awesome things to do in our Nation’s capital , especially during the day. Most of the museums and major sites close around 5 or 6 pm.

Planning your trip to Washington DC last minute?

Hotels and tours sell out fast! Make sure to book in advance to ensure availability. Here are our top picks for Washington DC:

Top Experiences And Tours To Book In Advance:

  • Monuments By Moonlight Tour (Our pick!)
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour (Easy to get around)
  • Gourmet Dining Cruise (Can choose brunch or dinner)
  • Capital Wheel Entry Ticket (Save time in line)

Best Places To Stay In Washington DC:

  • The Architec t (Our choice for location)
  • Citizen M Washington DC Capito l (Hip and modern)
  • Glover Park Hotel Georgetown (four stars)
  • Hotel Washington (Panoramic views!)

Because of this, most people end up heading back to their DC hotel and calling it a night. Sadly, most people think that once the museums close, there’s nothing else to do in Washington DC.

But that’s not the case! Instead, just like any other major city, Washington DC at night is full of activities. From bus tours, dinner cruises, and a wide variety of shows, there are tons of attractions in DC at night.

On this list, we’ve tried to include a wide variety of activities. Whether you’re traveling with kids or having a fun adults-only trip to DC, there are a ton of things to do at night in Washington DC!

So, let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Washington DC at night!

The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial along the Potomac River, one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night

Go On A Dinner Cruise

One of the best ways to see the skyline of DC and all the monuments is on a Potomac River cruise. The monuments and skyline are especially pretty all lit up at night.

If you want to see the sites and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner, then we suggest going on a Potomac River Dinner Cruise . It’s a romantic way to spend a few hours in DC.

We think it’s one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night for adults who are looking for a great date night activity. You’ll have a private table on the cruise where you’ll be served an elegant three-course dinner.

Playing in the background is relaxing music and you’ll sail by the monuments all lit up at night. When you finish your meal, you can go up onto the 360-degree observation deck for even better views of the monuments.

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Two glasses with drinks at a bar in a dinner cruise at night, one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night

See A Comedy And Magic Show

If you’re looking for things to do in Washington DC at night with kids, look no further! They will love seeing real-life magic tricks with some fun humor added in.

There are quite a few magic shows in DC, and some are kid-friendly while others aren’t. When you get your tickets, they’ll let you know if there is an age restriction for the show.

One of the most popular magic shows in DC is called The Magic Duel. This show in particular is probably not a great option for kids. They combine magic and snarky humor that young kids just won’t appreciate.

However, it’s one of the top-rated things to do in Washington DC at night for adults. So, if you love comedy shows and magic shows, you’ll love The Magic Duel.

A closeup of hands doing a card trick surrounded by darkness

Stroll Along The Georgetown Waterfront

There are also plenty of free things to do in Washington DC at night. After enjoying your dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants in Georgetown , you may want to go for a walk. We suggest taking a stroll along the Georgetown Waterfront.

Georgetown is one of our favorite neighborhoods in DC and there are tons of things to do . It’s also where you’ll find some of the prettiest waterfront views. The Georgetown Waterfront is a huge 10-acre park on the edge of the Potomac River.

As you walk in the park along the waterfront trail, you’ll be able to see a few different things. The view includes the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Theodore Roosevelt Island, and the House of Sweden. It’s easily one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night!

The view of the Georgetown waterfront all lit up at night, one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night

Take The DC Under The Stars Bus And Walking Tour

You’ll have seen the monuments and government buildings while you explored DC during the day. But seeing them at night is a completely different experience. One of the best ways to see them is by taking the DC Under the Stars Bus and Walking Tour .

The tour is about three hours long. You’ll spend a good amount of time walking the quiet streets around the monuments at night, underneath the moonlight. Since all of the museums around the monuments close early, the monuments at night are very quiet.

You won’t find a ton of crowds, which makes it a great time to see them. Plus, they all are lit up! While you’re exploring, the tour guide will give you the history of the monuments. You’ll learn about the process of getting them built and how the designs were created.

It’s a great way to escape the crowds and learn about the monuments. We also think that the monuments are one of the best places to visit in Washington DC at night.

Looking down the reflecting pool at the Washington Monument at night, one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night

Visit The National Portrait Gallery

Almost all of the National Museums close around 5 pm in Washington DC. However, a few times a month, the National Portrait Gallery stays open late. Late Nights at the Gallery are always themed, and the gallery stays open from 6 to 10 pm.

At these Late Night events, the gallery is open for you to enjoy the art. But they also have live music performances and other activities.

Those activities include hands-on art-making and self-guided tours. Some nights are geared toward adults while others are more kid-friendly.

Late Nights at the Gallery are free, but you’ll want to book your tickets ahead of time. It’s a pretty popular late-night thing to do in DC, so tickets get snapped up pretty quickly.

A group of people in the darkened National Portrait Gallery looking at a painting of President Barack Obama, one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night

The Sunset Parade At The Iwo Jima Memorial

During the summer months, one of the best free things to do in Washington DC at night is the Sunset Parade. The Sunset Parade takes place once a week at the Iwo Jima Memorial, just outside of DC in Arlington VA.

However, it is dependent on the weather. So, if it’s raining on the scheduled night, they won’t do it that week. But, if you can see the Sunset Parade, it’s something that will definitely stick with you.

Starting during the daylight, the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps perform at the Iwo Jima Memorial. They perform a few different songs before the Silent Drill Team does a performance.

These performances take place as the sun sets, thus the name. Early in the season, the Sunset Parade ends around twilight. However, later in the season, the Sunset Parade ends at night after the sun has completely set. It’s a moving thing to do in Washington DC at night.

The Iwo Jima Memorial with the monuments in the background at sunset

DC African American Heritage Walking Tour

The U Street Corridor is a historically Black neighborhood in Washington DC. During its hay day, the U Street Corridor was known as ‘Black Broadway. Many people don’t know that the U Street Corridor is an incredibly important historical area. So much so, that many consider it to have been the heart of Black culture in the US.

When you take the DC African American Heritage Walking Tour , you’ll walk through the U Street Corridor when it comes alive – once the sunsets. As you walk, your tour guide will tell you all about the diverse history of the area.

You’ll see the birthplace of jazz legend Duke Ellington, iconic Black-owned restaurants in DC , and more! It’s easily one of the best activities in Washington DC at night. The area is incredibly unique and diverse, and it’s a great way to learn about an often-overlooked area of the city.

The front of a bright red brick row home in Washington DC that was the home of famous Jazz musician, Duke Ellington

Visit The National Gallery Of Art Sculpture Garden

Every summer from late May to early July, you can enjoy free concerts in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. The Music in the Garden series is a super popular event every year. This is one of our favorite Fun Kids Activities In DC!

In fact, it’s often considered one of the best activities in Washington DC at night! It’s completely free, but you’ll need to register to get your tickets ahead of time.

In the winter, you can find a huge ice skating rink in the Sculpture Garden. The ice rink is open from late November to early March. You’ll need to purchase tickets to actually skate on the rink.

It’s easily one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night and it’s super unique!

A group of people ice skating next the the National Gallery of Art on an overcast day

Boos And Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

This downtown DC attraction at night is just for adults. The Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl is a really fun thing to do in Washington DC at night. It combines the fun of a ghost tour with a pub crawl at some of the most famous and historic pubs in DC.

Your tour is about two hours long and is led by a professional tour guide. You’ll see eight historical sites, four of which are pubs. These pubs have hosted Presidents, politicians, and other famous people in their 150 years of being open.

You’ll get to share a drink with the ghost of Ulysses S. Grant, learn about DC bootleggers, and taste-test cocktails and mocktails on this fun tour. If you’re looking for a unique and fun thing to do in Washington DC at night, look no further!

A hand holding a glass of beer with bars and restaurants lit up in the background as the sunsets

Dinner In Dupont Circle

Some of the best restaurants in Washington DC can be found in Dupont Circle. The area is known for its upscale restaurants and bars. Many of them are world-renowned!

If you’re looking for things to do in Washington DC at night, consider getting dinner at one of these amazing restaurants. In Dupont Circle, you’ll find a wide variety of cuisines available.

You’ll be able to try anything from upscale French cuisine to Tex-Mex. No matter what you’re in the mood for, there’s a restaurant in Dupont Circle that is open for dinner that you’ll love.

A fancy meal spread out on a white tablecloth that includes a cut up lobster tail, a dish of oysters, shrimp, and a glass of wine

See A Show At Ford’s Theatre

Ford’s Theatre is probably best known for being the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. However, Ford’s Theatre is still an open and active performance center. During the day, you can tour the theater and learn more about the events that led to President Lincoln’s assassination.

But, at night, the theater puts on a few performances a week. Performances include live music, plays, and musicals. Every year during the holidays in DC, you can head to Ford’s Theatre to see The Christmas Carol . In the past, they’ve also done one-act plays about Lincoln’s assassination.

If you’re wondering what to do in Washington DC at night, consider checking out the Ford’s Theatre performance calendar. You may get the chance to see a great performance in this beautiful, and historic, theater!

The main auditorium of Ford's Theatre before a show, one of the best things to do in Washington DC at night

Grab A Late Night Meal At Ben’s Chili Bowl

If you go on the DC African American Heritage Walking Tour, you’ll learn about Ben’s Chili Bowl. Ben’s Chili Bowl is a historic Black-owned restaurant in DC . It’s one of the best places to visit in Washington DC at night if you are hungry.

That’s because this restaurant is open every Friday and Saturday until 4 am. Ben’s Chili Bowl has been open on the U Street Corridor for over 60 years. It’s known for its world-renowned chili, but they also sell hot dogs, hamburgers, and other American classics.

Head to Ben’s Chili Bowl if you’re looking for one of the best late-night things to do in DC! Even if you just stop by to take a picture of this iconic restaurant, it’s worth a visit to the U Street Corridor.

The front exterior of Ben's Chili Bowl a red, white, and yellow building that is over 60 years old and still looks very retro

Monuments By Moonlight Trolley Tour

Another one of the best activities in Washington DC at night is the Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour . The tour is mostly by trolley, but there are two portions where you get out and walk around. In total, the tour is a little over two and a half hours long.

You’ll get to see all the monuments lit up by night as a tour guide tells you about the history of each one of them. The portions where you get out are so that you can walk around the Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean War Memorials, as well as the JFK and MLK Memorials.

Go Duckpin Bowling

Duckpin bowling was a huge pastime in Maryland and Washington DC around the late 1800s into the 1900s. Today, there aren’t many duckpin bowling alleys in existence anymore. However, there are a few spots in DC where you can still try your hand at this miniature version of standard bowling.

The most popular place to find duckpin bowling lanes is at The Eleanor in DC. The Eleanor is a bowling lounge with a bar and grille. Today, they have two duckpin bowling lanes along with standard bowling lanes.

They are open daily from 10 pm, and Friday and Saturday they stay open later, until 12 am. If you’re looking for fun things to do in downtown Washington DC at night, head to The Eleanor for a round of duckpin bowling!

A group of women playing duckpin bowling at a small bowling alley

Ride The Capital Wheel

Just minutes from downtown DC, you’ll find the National Harbor. The National Harbor is full of things to do. But it also has one of the best things to do in downtown Washington DC at night. That’s where you’ll find the Capital Wheel , a giant ferris wheel in the National Harbor.

The gondolas for the Capital Wheel are fully enclosed and temperature controlled. So you can enjoy this downtown DC attraction at night all year round. As you go up in the gondola, you’ll get to enjoy 360-degree views of the National Harbor.

You’ll see sites like the Washington Monument, the Capitol Rotunda, and more. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset over Washington DC.

A view of the National Harbor and the lit up Capital Wheel as the sun is setting

We hope you’ve found something to pique your interest on our list of the best things to do in Washington DC at night! The Nation’s capital really has so much to do and see, both during the day and at night! Have you had the chance to see any of these attractions in DC at night? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!

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  • melissasX3901NA 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Totally worth it! Great lunch cruise! Would definitely recommend this experience for couples or families. Food was good. It was a nice smooth boat ride. Read more Written April 23, 2024
  • lanetted2023 0 contributions 3.0 of 5 bubbles Not what I thought it would be. Food was mediocre and not that many options. We went on a rainy day and the windows were all fogged up so we didn’t have any opportunity to watch the view as we cruised down the river. There was also a misrepresentation about unlimited mimosas but they did comp us 2 each. Read more Written March 18, 2024
  • brownrg 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Relaxing and Delicious The food was delicious, and the boat ride was beautiful and relaxing. The staff took very good care of us. My only suggestion would be to allow table selection. Read more Written February 17, 2024
  • lauraschilling923 0 contributions 1.0 of 5 bubbles Please Do Not Even Attempt To Waste Your Money! Extremely Disappointed in this whole process!!! My husband and I had gone on an anniversary dinner a few years back and we thought this would be perfect to celebrate my moms 60th birthday with the whole family. We booked back in September for Sunday 12/17. FOUR days before our scheduled cruise we happen to find an email in our Junk folder saying that "Due to unforeseen circumstances our cruise was cancelled" I thought it was spam because it came to the Junk folder and they offered us an alternative date, "Saturday December 18th" which was the wrong date. On top of, 2 people from our party not even being in the US yet. I called City Experiences who confirmed our reservation for 12/17 for 10 people. Nothing was brought up about our "cancellation" until I told them about the email we got. Her excuse for the cancellation was that something was wrong with the ship and it will not be fixed by our scheduled cruise date. LIE, if that was the case then why were we offered the previous day. We called back again later and their new excuse was that there was only 10 people booked for that cruise which was not enough to sail. ANOTHER LIE, when we went back to look at our date it said it was sold out. This is not something we can easily reschedule, most of the party does not even live on the East Coast so we had to schedule for when they are home, reserve baby sitters, we'd gotten a limo. All this had to be cancelled. To say we were disappointed is an understatement. Spirit of Philadelphia lost out on $1400 and will never receive our business and I will make sure to tell everyone I know about this unfortunate experience. Read more Written December 19, 2023
  • inkum2023 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Recommend highly! We took this tour for the first time. The crew were very helpful, and the food was excellent. I recommend this tour highly. Read more Written November 13, 2023
  • Robin0317 0 contributions 1.0 of 5 bubbles Over priced Service was terrible. The bartender and servers were more interested in having a good time on the dance floor than taking care of guest. Food was mediocre, unlabeled and dried out over done roast beef. The actual cruise was about 2 hours and 15 minutes- Not the 3 hours advertised. Not worth the money! Read more Written October 22, 2023
  • jerrycW6947EQ 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Had a good time... Very pleasant experience: genial staff, clean/safe, fantastic views, decent food, smooth ride, and cost-effective --- Treat yourself and your partner, friends, or family to this cool excursion. Read more Written October 21, 2023
  • rosalync909 0 contributions 1.0 of 5 bubbles Could be better The ambience and design set up is nice, however customer service and food could be better. The staff clearly looks like they don’t want to be there. Can be upfront nasty and rude to customers. Food is mediocre. Read more Written October 16, 2023
  • B9290HRnancys 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles A Great Experience! A friend and I went on the Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise last week. I must say it was one of the best I have been on! From the first moment to the last was great! All the staff were so friendly and went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable, especially our server, Thelma was great! The food was outstanding, can't wait to go again! Read more Written October 9, 2023
  • sc0viaf 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles Appreciation. Date was 9/14/23, it was my Birthday. Would have danced a little more, if we had more dance music. Would have enjoyed more photo taking opp. Food and drinks were excellent. Trip was more of a quiet fine dining than it was a fun party cruise. Service was great! I was very impressed with the crew instructions on the use of the life jacket! Meaning our safety onboard the boat was a priority, I really loved that. Thank you, Spirit of Philadelphia. Read more Written September 21, 2023
  • Road37042183974 0 contributions 3.0 of 5 bubbles An underwhelming experience The boat was very crowded. The food was average. The servers were poorly trained. Overall I was not impressed with the excursion and would not recommend it. Read more Written September 17, 2023
  • B7061EYmaureeng 0 contributions 1.0 of 5 bubbles Not anything like I expected or hoped for. Spirit of Philadelphia:Views were enjoyable. Food was fair at best. Table service..took order for 2 appitizers and 2 drinks. Never saw her again till she brought the bill. Music was awful!! No variation, just kind of like bang your head against te wall. Would never ever recommend this...cost was over $$400. Not worth it at all. Save your time and money, go to a nice restaurant! Seriously, I wanted to jump overboard, my husband would have followed. Read more Written September 16, 2023
  • Camper34648227895 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Cavin, Thank you What a great experience with and a huge thank you to Cavin. If you’re looking to set up a fantastic fun trip, start with who makes the magic happen! I called +1 (949) 574-4307 and was lucky enough to get Cavin. Very professional, great follow-up, and truly went above and beyond! Cavin you get 5+ stars from me!! Read more Written September 16, 2023
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  • Jason T 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Awesome time!!! Absolutely amazing time!!! I booked this for a day date with my wife and it completely exceeded my expectations. Staff was amazing and the DJ was world class. The food was excellent as well. Safe to say we will definitely be doing this again!!! Read more Written September 8, 2023

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More than 80 bands perform outdoors in Adams Morgan, and Washington National Cathedral is in bloom during Flower Mart.

This weekend seems to cover all the bases. Love live music? See 80 bands during Adams Morgan PorchFest. Love tacos? It’s Cinco de Mayo, with specials at bars and restaurants. Fan of “Star Wars”? Participate in trivia and lightsaber battles, or watch the movies on May the Fourth. Have a green thumb? Washington National Cathedral’s Flower Mart brings plant vendors, floral arrangements and family entertainment. Curious about all those embassies you pass during your commute? Sixty are opening their doors to the public Saturday. Enjoy a fancy hat or mint julep? It’s Kentucky Derby weekend. Enjoy spending a warm night watching films under the stars? Outdoor movies are back at National Harbor. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

We have separate guides to making the most of the Around the World Embassy Tour and where to watch the Kentucky Derby , so we’re not going to go in depth about those in this column.

Editor’s note : The threat of rain on Saturday has led to the postponement of events, including the Running of the Chihuahuas at the Wharf. Check websites or social media before making plans.

Thursday, May 2

Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor

Outdoor movie season comes roaring back this month, starting with one of the biggest series in the area. Movies on the Potomac takes over the plaza at National Harbor on Thursdays and Sundays through the end of September, with movies shown on a giant 18-by-32-foot LED screen in front of the Capital Wheel and the Wilson Bridge. Thursdays are “Date Nights,” with movies such as “What About Bob” (Thursday), “Titanic” (May 9) and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (May 23). Sundays are for family fare, like “Moana” (Sunday) and “Lilo & Stitch” (May 19). Bring blankets or low lawn chairs, and pick up takeout from a nearby restaurant, such as Bombay Street Food or Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls. Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m., through Sept. 29. Free.

‘Star Wars’ Trivia at Atlas Brew Works

You might know that Star Wars Day is May 4 (May the fourth be with you, and whatnot) and that a new series (“Star Wars: Tales of the Empire”) is dropping in celebration. But did you know it took three hours to film the first opening crawl or that the Yoda voice actor also voiced Miss Piggy? Test your knowledge of the franchise at Atlas Brew Works’ trivia night, where the winning team will receive a $50 Atlas gift card and $5 core pints are offered until 10 p.m. 7 to 9 p.m. Free.

Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum

The theme of this year’s Smithsonian Craft Show is “Celebrating Joy,” and any artful items you purchase are sure to spark joy, Marie Kondo-style. For four days, 120 artists set up shop inside the National Building Museum, showing and selling an incredible variety of merchandise: painted silk jackets, built-by-hand ostrich leather Western boots, the most beautiful brooms and dustpans you didn’t know you needed. Whether you’re in the mood to buy or just look, the 42nd annual Smithsonian Craft Show spotlights skilled artisans from across the country. Through Sunday. $20 .

Experimental Cocktail Night at Lapop

Lapis is renowned for its Afghan food. The Adams Morgan restaurant’s basement cocktail bar, Lapop, incorporates some of those spices and flavors into its drinks during its Experimental Cocktail Night series. This time, Lapop is working with D.C. amaro maker Don Ciccio & Figli to infuse its Italian-style liqueurs with saffron and sumac, and pair them with fruits such as cantaloupe and mangos. (Guests get to sample the “regular” versions of Don Ciccio spirits, too.) Making a reservation costs $5, which gets you a table for two hours, a welcome drink and the samples, and all cocktails are purchased a la carte. 5 to 11 p.m. $5 .

Utica Queen at Pitchers

Utica Queen wiggled her way to sixth place on the 13th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but Utica’s outrageous couture style made her a firm fan favorite. Find out what she’ll wear to the next edition of Pitchers’ Thirst Trap Thursday, which starts with a free meet-and-greet session and includes a drag show hosted by Cake Pop. Meet-and-greet at 9 p.m., show at 10. Free.

Friday, May 3

Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral

You don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy Flower Mart, the largest annual fundraiser for Washington National Cathedral’s gardens and grounds. This spring tradition, dating back to 1939, includes free entertainment from musicians, dance troupes and choral groups; activities for children, including carnival rides and an antique carousel; treasure hunting at the White Elephant Tent; food stalls offering lobster rolls and funnel cakes; floral displays created by embassies in the cathedral’s nave; and a chance to climb to the top of the cathedral’s towers. The front lawn is set up as a Flower District with vendors selling plants, herbs, bonsai, orchids, cut blooms and flower arrangements. Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry, with charges for games, rides and the tower climb.

Perchfest at the Perch

An urban park atop a suburban performing arts hall? Welcome to the Perch, which is the hottest hangout in Tysons, if recent visits have been anything to go by. Parents, happy hour work gatherings and couples with dogs all share the sprawling 2½-acre park, which is home to an 18-hole mini golf course, Starr Hill’s beer garden, an amphitheater for cover bands, a dog park, a game area with cornhole and giant chess, and a food truck court. Get a taste of all it offers during Perchfest, which brings multiple bands, a pie-eating contest, exercise classes, a 1980s and ’90s dance party, and a market of local makers 11 stories above street level. Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free; donations to Miriam’s Kitchen encouraged .

Capital Rare Book Fair at the University Club

Explore thousands of rare books, historic documents and maps, from an inscribed copy of John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage: Decisive Moments in the Lives of Celebrated Americans” to George Washington’s “Justice and Public Good” letter, plus books by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen that will go for tens of thousands each. The fair kicks off with a reception Friday evening (that ticket price of $50 includes access for the whole weekend) and features speakers like YA author Christy Cashman and royal family biographer Hugo Vickers. Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10-$50.

Star Wars Day celebrations

The unofficial Star Wars holiday of May 4 brings events across the district — the largest being Star Wars Weekend at Barracks Row. It consists of two days of franchise-themed parties, drink and food specials, and entertainment from participating establishments, plus a Jedi lightsaber parade. Costumes are encouraged ( Friday and Saturday; free ). Also on Friday, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center kicks off screenings of the original trilogy ( times vary, through May 9; $10-$13 ).

‘Good Fortunes’ art installation at the Heurich House Museum

The new art installation at the historic Dupont Circle house and beer garden asks the question, “Who gets to be a visionary?” The response comes from artist Xena Ni, whose interactive exhibit is a “portal to the future.” It’s the second installment of the “We Should Talk” series, which explores futures imagined by Asian American artists including Philippa Pham Hughes and Adele Yiseol Kenworthy. Through May 31. Free.

Cansei de Ser Sexy at the Black Cat

Pop music in 2003, when the band Cansei de Ser Sexy was formed in São Paulo by a group of friends, was marked by a particular turn-of-the-millennium vibe: glittery, bright, experimental and expressive, defined by DIY ethics and not a small note of debauchery. The moment was fleeting. And Cansei de Ser Sexy’s lead singer, Lovefoxxx, assumed the band’s existence would be similarly brief — but after an 11-year hiatus, the quartet is back with a reunion tour (featuring hits like “Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex”) that kicks off at the Black Cat. 8 p.m. $30-$35.

Saturday, May 4

Around the World Embassy Tours

Dozens of countries from Albania to Zambia host open houses during the annual Around the World Embassy Tour, one of those “only in Washington” events you’ll tell friends and relatives about. How often do you have the chance to tour the British ambassador’s residence and the embassy’s gardens, watch a K-pop performance at the Korean Cultural Center, sample rum at the Embassy of Guyana, listen to Indigenous music at the Australian Embassy or enjoy traditional cuisine at the Embassy of Thailand? It’s a busy day, so start planning now, and read our tips on how to make the most of the festivities. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free; some embassies may charge for food and drinks.

Running of the Chihuahuas at the Wharf

Update : Due to the threat of inclement weather, this event has been postponed and is now scheduled for Sunday, May 19. The Wharf’s quirky combination of the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo is back for the 12th year: The annual Running of the Chihuahuas involves more than 100 of these tiny dogs sprinting in groups of eight on a 60-foot “racetrack.” One Chihuahua eventually emerges as the fastest of the pack, winning $100 cash and swag during this bracket-style tournament. Only Chihuahuas can race, but dogs of all types can enter an all-breed dog costume contest, while human spectators enjoy the Pacifico Beer Garden, a DJ, a pet photo booth and an adoptable-dog parade. This event is very popular: Arrive early for the best views of the track, or watch on a giant video projection screen. 2 to 5 p.m. Free admission. All spots for racing Chihuahuas are filled .

Adams Morgan PorchFest

On the heels of last weekend’s Petworth PorchFest, Adams Morgan is getting in on the fun with its own Adams Morgan Spring PorchFest. (The neighborhood also hosts a festival in the fall.) More than 80 bands are taking over 20 locations, turning front porches, parks, patios and the Marie Reed school plaza into stages for performances, and closing 18th Street NW between Columbia and Kalorama roads to make even more room for crowds. A map of stages and schedule of bands is available on the PorchFest website . Beyond the music, dozens of businesses are offering specials throughout the day, such as buy one, get one free lunchboxes at City Lights of China, free dog treats at Life of Riley, and $5 draft beers and house wines at Roofers Union. Pick up a wristband at one of the main stages to take advantage of discounts. 2 to 6 p.m. Free .

Kentucky Derby viewing parties

No one goes to a Kentucky Derby party to watch the horses. Okay, maybe a few people do — if they’ve got a bet on the race. But the Kentucky Derby is known as “the fastest two minutes in sports” for a reason. Fierceness, Sierra Leone and the other contenders will be on the track at Churchill Downs for mere minutes, while parties stretch for hours before and after. Instead, this weekend is all about the rituals of the first Saturday in May: elaborate hats, bright floral dresses, seersucker suits and mint juleps. Whether you want a rooftop party with passed hors d’oeuvres and a special bourbon cocktail menu (Jack Rose), a rooftop party with adult hobby horse races and a fancy hat contest (Hi-Lawn), a party with $5 Old-Fashioneds and $2 Jim Beam jello shots (Last Call) or an all-you-can-eat pig roast (American Ice Company), there are options in our guide to Kentucky Derby parties . Reminder: Post time is 6:57 p.m.

Anacostia River Festival

The final event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival — no, really — fills Anacostia Park with music and activities. Entertainment comes from go-go titans Junkyard Band, R&B singer Adamare, the U.S. Navy Band and the Anacostia High School Band. Learn how to fish with the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment, play lawn games, browse art exhibitions, or volunteer to help clean the park and the river. The 11th Street Bridge Park sponsors a Southeast Market with local vendors including fashion by the Museum and beauty products from Black Bella Spa. 1 to 5 p.m. for main activities; market until 6 p.m. Free .

Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race

A tribute to John Waters (covered in flamingos, naturally), a 35-foot-long crocodile and a “monumental rubber duckie” named Tail-or-Swiftie are among the giant pieces of art competing in this year’s Kinetic Sculpture Race around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum since 1999, the race takes over the streets of Charm City every May, with two dozen human-propelled sculptures moving through downtown and plunging into the harbor itself before taking on an obstacle course in Patterson Park. (Canton Waterfront Park, where the sculptures prove their buoyancy, is one of the most popular viewing areas; check the annual spectators’ guide for other options.) The 15-mile course begins and ends at the Visionary Art Museum in Federal Hill, where it’s followed by an awards ceremony and race recap. This is one event that’s definitely worth the day trip. Opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m.; awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Free .

Build Day at the Hirshhorn Museum

Kids 12 and younger are invited to the Hirshhorn Plaza for a midday, hands-on exploration of building and design. Budding architects can tour a city design exhibition featuring artwork by DCPS elementary students, make LED sculptures, see student-made 3D-printed building reproductions from George Washington University’s Fab Lab, and construct 3D structures from blocks, bricks and more at maker stations. Stroller parking will be available in the lobby and lower level. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

Saturday is actually May the Fourth, and celebrations continue beyond the events listed above. Recently renovated Stead Park, located on P Street NW between 16th and 17th streets, hosts its grand reopening party with a day of “activities that will help you become a Jedi.” Look for space-themed games and story times for kids, out-of-this-world temporary tattoos, lightsabers created by a balloon artist, live music, and food from local restaurants. ( 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. ) Cheeky Dupont Circle cocktail bar (cantina?) McClellan’s Retreat celebrates Star Wars Day once again with a themed “The Cocktails Strike Back” menu, which will be announced and made available on May the Fourth. Come in Star Wars apparel for a free shot. ( 4 to 11:30 p.m. Free .)

Cinco de Mayo on 14th Street NW

The stretch of businesses near the corner of 14th and Spring streets NW is home to a number of Mexican bars and restaurants, and they’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with two days of music and specials. The party includes strolling mariachi musicians Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., and folk dancing by Corazón Folklórico on Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m. Chef Alfredo Solis, the owner of the strip’s Anafre and Mezcalero , is setting up outside Anafre on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., serving a special menu of street tacos, plus discounted beers and margaritas. Meanwhile, Chicatana is hosting an all-day happy hour with taco specials, and Taqueria Habanero has margarita and shot specials both days. Both of those offers continue into Sunday, when there’s also a day-long party with DJs and drink deals at Toro Bar and an all-day happy hour at D.C. Corazon . Saturday and Sunday; business hours vary. Free .

Spring Beer Fest at Solace Outpost

More than a dozen local producers of beer, cider and mead are joining forces at Solace’s Falls Church brewpub for this low-key fest, including Sapwood Cellars, Settle Down Easy and Mieza Blendery. Tickets include unlimited four-ounce samples, served in a commemorative glass, and music from the Aftermath Band and Ramaan Insari. Families are welcome, with balloon artists and face painters to entertain the kids. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $45-$65 .

Free Comic Book Day

Celebrate independent comic book stores at locations throughout the DMV, including Victory Comics Group in Falls Church and Big Planet Comics in Bethesda and on U Street NW. At Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle, you can take home up to five titles plus shop at Joint Custody’s vintage clothing and record pop-up. There are also cosplayers, raffles and prizes. ( 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free . )

Hellbender Brewing Record Fair

What goes together better than listening to vinyl and drinking craft beer? How about finding the perfect new record while drinking craft beer? At least 20 record stores and vendors are setting up shop at Hellbender Brewing on Saturday afternoon, including Sonidos, Som and Smash, while Takoma Radio’s DJ Dempsey provides the tunes and Beef Space BBQ and El Jefe pizza serve up grub. 1 to 7 p.m. Free .

Berry-Ocracy Release Party at Red Bear Brewing

The first collaboration between Red Bear and Soul Mega is a Berry-Ocracy, an American wheat ale with blackberries, which “rounds out the sweetness from the wheat with a nice tart finish,” according to Soul Mega’s Instagram announcement. Get a first sip at the NoMa brewpub while listening to music from DJs Bri Mafia and Konshince. 1 to 5 p.m. Free .

Village at Leesburg Pet Festival

What’s your dog’s secret talent: Playing dead? Doing a backflip? Pushing a shopping cart ? Let your furry friend show off its skills at the Village at Leesburg’s annual Pet Festival, which has a talent contest with novice, intermediate and advanced categories. (Note: You have to register before 5 p.m. Friday .) Beyond the showcase, pets can pose for a caricaturist or try a luring course, while humans can browse pet supply vendors or meet adoptable rescue animals. Noon to 4 p.m. Free .

Sunday, May 5

Piñata-making class at Taqueria Habanero

Taqueria Habanero is a place to find “the fresh, authentic flavors of Mexico,” as our colleague Tim Carman once said, but on Cinco de Mayo, its Bryant Street Market location is also a place to get crafty. Learn how to create a piñata, and figure out what you’re going to stuff it with while sipping a margarita from the Alegria bar and snacking on quesabirria or mango salmon tacos. This class is appropriate for all ages. Noon to 2:30 p.m. $40-$45 .

Soulful House Sessions at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Veteran DJs Divine and Oji celebrate Cinco de Mayo by dusting off their favorite Latin and Latin-influenced soulful house records, and spinning tracks for an appreciative and ready-to-dance crowd at Eighteenth Street Lounge. Meanwhile, Jarobi Murray serves up tacos on the rooftop deck, and the bar pours tequila and margarita specials. 5 to 10 p.m. Free .

Cinco de Mayo at Lost Generation

Is there a better day than Cinco de Mayo to release (or rerelease) a Mexican-style lager? Probably not. Vida, which Lost Generation called “our lightest lager yet” when it originally dropped in 2023, hits the taps at the Eckington brewery again, alongside tacos from La Michoacana, a menu of margaritas and agua frescas, and a 4 p.m. performance by a mariachi band. 1 to 6 p.m. Free .

Amapiano Sundays at Hook Hall

After spending last summer hosting parties at the Sandlot venues in Georgetown and Anacostia, Amapiano Sundays — your monthly destination for the jazzy, infectious style of deep house from South Africa, as well as other African rhythms — has moved to Hook Hall in Park View on the first Sunday of the month. May’s guest is DJ Priyanka (get a preview here ) alongside vibe setters Mobu, Amenpiano and Anansi. 2 to 8 p.m. $30 .

F1 Wine Class at the Eastern

Formula One racing is having a moment in D.C., as evidenced by the crowd of 50,000 that showed up to watch a Red Bull F1 car drive back and forth on Pennsylvania Avenue two weeks ago. But here’s an unexpected crossover: wine classes. Robert Morin, the sommelier at the Eastern wine bar on Capitol Hill, is a Formula One fan. His next wine tasting — held on the same day as the Miami Grand Prix — features wines and wine styles that originate in regions that host Formula One tracks. After sampling through the selections, the Eastern is showing the race in Miami on all its TVs, with full sound. 1 to 3 p.m. $50 .

Pinko de Mayo at Primrose

Sebastian Zutant is a partner in Virginia winery Lightwell Survey as well as Brookland bistro Primrose , so it’s not really a surprise that the release party for Lightwell’s five newest natural wines is being hosted at the former sommelier’s own bar. Tickets to Pinko de Mayo include a full flight of wine and food from the Primrose kitchen, and colorful attire is requested: As the invite says, “Wear pink, come drink.” 1 to 4 p.m. $50 .

Tuesday, May 7

The Chisel at Union Stage

English hooligans the Chisel pay tribute to their country’s street punk and pub rock traditions by making a straight-ahead attack on politicians, hypocrites, propagandists and bloodsuckers. The title of their latest album, “What a F---ing Nightmare,” captures the daily feeling of living through the doom scroll, but the band, and its like-minded tour mate Conservative Military Image, is about perseverance over exploitation: “I just feel like living for myself,” goes one of its full-throated pint-smashers. “Life’s worth more than serving someone else.” 8 p.m. $20-$40 .

Wednesday, May 8

Live Jazz on Kennedy Street at HR Records

Jazz lovers already know HR Records as a place to hunt for vintage vinyl from big names and underappreciated artists. But the Brightwood Park shop will soon be a place to catch local jazz, too. The Live Jazz on Kennedy Street series brings a new musician each month, starting this week with the versatile saxophone player Sarah Marie Hughes . Browse the records in the shop, enjoy the music and, afterward, head across the street to Brightwood Pizza, which hosts a monthly vinyl night and offers a 10 percent discount with a receipt from HR. Neighborhood synergy! 7 to 9 p.m. Free .

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