Thursday, August 7 – Sunday, August 10
Arlington County Fair

Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. South, Arlington, VA

Pig races, pony rides, and Ferris wheels might seem more at home in rural Virginia than just outside the District, but for one weekend only, the Arlington County Fair is bringing the country to the city. That’s right, we’re talking carnival games, fried food, live music, just like the fairs of our youth. Pro tip: ditch the car and take one of the shuttles that runs every half hour from the Ballston and Pentagon City Metro stations.

Deal nearby: Cassatt's Kiwi Cafe & Gallery

Thursday, August 7, 6:30 p.m.
DC Live, A Special Evening of Comedy

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St., NW

From the Marx Brothers, to Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Adam Sandler, there’s a proud tradition of comedy in the Jewish community. DC Live continues that tradition with a comedy night that benefits area Jewish organizations that work with people with disabilities. Get there early for an open-bar reception. The comedians go onstage at 7:30 p.m.

Deal nearby: Georgia Brown’s

Friday, August 8, 7 p.m.
Reggae Night

Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave NW

Tucked into Rock Creek Park, Carter Barron Amphitheatre is as picturesque a concert venue as DC has. Unfortunately it’s also underutilized—this summer there are only six events at the space. Get up there for the first one, a night of reggae featuring Junior Marvin's Force One, Ruth-Ann Brown, and Ras Lidj and the Deep Band.

Deal nearby: Peaches Kitchen & Restaurant

Friday, August 8, 8 p.m.
Presidents of the United States of America

930 Club, 815 V St., NW

Presidents of the United States of America’s self-titled debut was the first cassette we owned. Since then, the Seattle post-grunge rockers have put out six more records and toured a bunch. If you’re into the 90s as much as we are, it’s worth the price of admission just for the chance of hearing “Peaches.”

Deal nearby: Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

Saturday, August 9, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Splash Yards

Yards Park, 355 Water St., SE

After lying dormant for a few years, the Navy Yard is booming. Yards Park is a crucial component of the burgeoning new neighborhood and this Saturday, it’s going adults only. Splash Yards is 21+ and features a tiki bar, live music from the likes of White Ford Bronco, and a water battle that they’re billing as “DC’s biggest.”

Deal nearby: Newman Gallery & Custom Frames

Sunday, August 10, 8:30 p.m.
Velvet Underground

Velvet Lounge, 915 U St., NW

OK, so, the Velvet Lounge bringing in a bunch of killer DJs for a big sweaty dance party isn’t anything new. They do that all the time, right? Well, this one’s on a Sunday—that’s gotta be worth something. Forget about Monday and dance your cares away.

Deal nearby: Fast Gourmet