Thursday, July 31, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Summer Block Party Late Night

National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW

The National Building Museum is staying open late the next five Thursdays so you can check out its exhibits and eat at the museum’s Hill Country Backyard Barbecue after work. Oh, and there’s currently a giant maze set up in the museum’s lobby, so…yeah, you’re gonna want to get over there.

Deal nearby: Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub

Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Super Best Friends Forever

Café Saint-Ex, 1847 14th St., NW

Hipster party organizers Brightest Young Things is teaming up with New Belgium Brewery for a one-of-a-kind DJ night, where anyone with an iPod can join in. And because Thursday is the new Friday, $5 New Belgium brews will keep the party going. (Does this mean we can make T.G.I.T. a thing?)

Deal nearby: Fast Gourmet

Friday, August 1, 2 p.m.
Mad Decent Block Party

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD

On Friday, kick out of work early and head to this all-day party featuring the best acts from Mad Decent—superstar producer and musician Diplo’s record label—as well as high profile acts like Brooklyn noise-rockers Sleigh Bells.

Deal nearby: El Gavilan Restaurant

Saturday, August 2, noon – 10 p.m.
Signature’s Open House

Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA

Signature Theatre is consistently one of the best and most exciting places to see a play. On Saturday they’re opening up their doors for a free (!) 10 hour showcase of highlights from their season and musical numbers featuring their deep bench of singers and actors.

Deal nearby: Joe's Place Pizza & Pasta

Saturday, August 2 – Sunday, August 3
MidCity Dog Days

14th St., NW

DC’s finest will be lining up for sales and specials this weekend, when the stores and restaurants along the trendy14th St. strip spill out onto the sidewalk. MidCity hasn’t really stuck as a neighborhood name, but MidCity Dog Days, now in its 15th year, sure has. Look for sidewalk sales from Miss Pixies, Cork Market, Junction, and more.

Deal nearby: Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant