Free for all: What to do when it’s too hot to think

The Fourth is officially over and D.C. is in the middle of a nasty heat wave. But despite the heat and your (days-old) hangover, you shouldn’t miss out on some of the events going on in the city this week. Not every one of these events will cool you down, but they’ll all get the heat off of your mind.

Dance It Out

Everyone knows that the only event more anticipated in D.C. than Cherry Blossom Festival is the internationally acclaimed (not so much) DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival. There are plenty of great events going on during the festival, which runs through July 10. Vox‘s favorite event is the break dance contest on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Youth Club (1480 Girard Street NW). A full schedule of events can be found here.


The Volta Park pool might just be the best place to spend the next few days. Located at 3400 Volta Place NW, the public pool opens at 11 a.m. during the heat wave. Be sure to bring your school ID if you want to take a dip; college students and D.C. residents swim for free.

Art & Chain Reactions

This Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery (500 17th Street NW), artist Tim Fort takes the domino effect to a whole new level in “Play It Forward,” in which Fort unleashes kinetic gadgets in a study of motion. Fort promises to take over the entire North Atrium to showcase one device in particular. Wondering what it could be? Check it out on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Endangerously in Love

The folks over at National Geographic invite you over to their gallery at 1145 17th Street NW to view their latest exhibit, “Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species,” running now through October 11. The exhibit is likely aimed at making citizens more aware of the extent to which endangered species are threatened, but it’s more promising that this will be a collection of insanely cute photographs of misleadingly adorable animals. Who could resist?

2 Comments on “Free for all: What to do when it’s too hot to think

  1. I’m offended this makes no mention of the fact that Tommy Wiseau, director of the cinematic masterpiece The Room, will be at E Street Cinema both nights this weekend.


    We didn’t mention it because we try to stick to free events. Nonetheless, consider this Vox’s official endorsement of Tommy Wiseau and The Room.

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