by Andrew Ramonas October 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

High Heel Race 2017 (Photo courtesy of Luis Gomez Photography)

Looking to get into the Halloween spirit this weekend?

Oct. 31 festivities come early on Saturday and Sunday with a Halloween pet photo shoot in Dupont Circle, the “Nightmare on M Street” bar crawl and a pirate party at a Shaw watering hole, among other events.

If you head out, Saturday and Sunday should have clear skies, with highs in the lower to mid 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:

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by Tim Regan October 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm 0

Dog Dressed as a Cat, photo via Outside the Lines Pet Photography

Local pups can dress up in funny costumes, then get their photo taken at a pet shop in Dupont this weekend.

The Cheeky Puppy (1709 Connecticut Ave. NW) is scheduled to host an open house and “Politics Is Scary” photo shoot with a professional pet photographer Saturday. Proceeds help benefit pet adoption organization Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Additionally, between noon and 3 p.m., all dogs in costume will be entered into the store’s social media costume contest. Whichever dog gets the most combined likes from the shop’s Facebook and Instagram pages as of 5 p.m. Sunday will be our next Borderstan Pet of the Week.

More info from The Cheeky Puppy:

Join us for a Halloween Open House on Saturday, October 29th Sponsored by Borderstan! From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., all dogs in costume will be entered into our social media costume contest. The photo with the most combined likes from our Facebook and Instagram feeds as of 5PM on Sunday, October 30th, will be Borderstan’s Pet of the Week on Monday, October 31st.

Our Halloween Open House will also include photo sessions with Outside the Lines Pet Photography from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Have your pup photographed in costume – or in an appropriately political stance – complete with an American flag! Pre-registration is required and proceeds from the $40 session fee benefit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

We’ll be joined by lots of adoptable pups in need of good homes who are being fostered by Lucky Dog. We can’t wait to celebrate Halloween with you!

Photo via Outside the Lines Pet Photography

by Tim Regan October 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

High Heel Race 2015

Borderstan Blueprint is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead across D.C. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

30th Annual 17th Street High Heel Race
17th St. NW between Riggs Place NW to P St. NW
7 p.m.

Scores of people are expected to line up along a portion of 17th Street NW tomorrow night to watch runners in high heels and larger-than-life costumes sprint down the block.

Wine Tasting at the Slovenian Embassy
Slovenian Embassy (2410 California St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Attendees can sample wines crafted by two Slovenian women vintners during this tasting event. Proceeds from the event help support local nonprofit Dupont Circle Village. Tickets are $50.

Spooky Quiz Trivia Night
Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW)
8:30-10:30 p.m.

This “spooktacular” trivia night tests players’ knowledge on topics such as horror movies, ghost stories and phobias. The event will also include freebies and beer from Elysium Brewing.

Wednesday

PumpkinPalooza
Storey Park (1005 1st St. NE)
5 p.m.

A lot in NoMa will be transformed into a festive pumpkin patch next week as part of an annual fall celebration. The event will include food trucks, a bluegrass band, pumpkin carving and a chance to pet some animals. Additionally, NoMa BID will provide pumpkins and carving tools for the first 200 people who show up for the party.

Scary-Oke
Rendezvous Lounge (2226 18th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

People in spooky costumes are scheduled to sing equally spooky songs during this free event. Though costumes aren’t required to attend, songs must be scary.

Thursday

Adams Morgan Fright Night
Kalorama Park (1875 Columbia Road NW)
6-9 p.m.

The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District is scheduled to have a movie screening during its family-friendly “Adams Morgan Fright Night.” The event also is slated to include a costume contest.

Deon Cole at DC Improv
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
7:30 p.m.

Comedian and actor Deon Cole will take the stage at this Dupont comedy venue for four nights. Tickets cost $25-$27.

Friday

Slash n’ Bash Costume Party
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
8 p.m.-3 a.m.

This Mount Pleasant indie cinema will host its first-ever Halloween party. The festive event will include costumes, a free horror movie screening and “spooky tunes.”

“M” Film Screening
Heurich House (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
6-9 p.m.

Attendees can watch a screening of “M,” a classic Fritz Lang film about a child predator on the loose in Berlin. Following the film, guests can tour all three floors of the Brewmaster’s Castle, from the basement boiler room to the doll collection in the second floor bedrooms.

Saturday

HA!lloween: Part Theme Party, Part Comedy Show, All Hallows’ Eve
Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
4-7:30 p.m.

Bier Baron Tavern’s Halloween-themed standup comedy show and theme party returns to the venue for its third year. The event will include local comics, costume parade, mummy wrap and “other macabre merriment.”

Spice vs. Street: Backstreet Boys vs. Spice Girls
Rock And Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE)
9 p.m.-2 a.m.

The H Street bar and music venue hopes to settle the age-old feud between Backstreet Boys enthusiasts and Spice Girls fanatics. DJs will spin throwback songs from both groups.

Sunday

Weird Al “UHF” Screening and Commentary
The Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St. NW)
8 p.m.

Yankovic, also known for “My Bologna,” “Amish Paradise” and other music parodies, is set to provide live commentary while the film. The show also is slated to include insights from New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, comedian Dave Hill and other yet-to-be-announced guests.

by Andrew Ramonas October 21, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Lupe the dog with pumpkins

Halloween is coming early in Shaw this weekend.

The Shaw Dog Park is holding its annual “Howl-O-Ween” with canines in colorful costumes Saturday. Glen’s Garden Market in Shaw also is throwing a “Shawlloween” party with pumpkin decorating, face painting and food then.

Saturday should be dry most of the day, but breezy, with highs likely only reaching the lower 60s, according to the National Weather Service. Sunny skies are expected to prevail Sunday, which should have highs in the upper 60s.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:

  • The Dupont Z-Burger recently featured in a viral video with a rat is closed temporarily while its owner makes some adjustments to the restaurant.
  • Outdoor retailer REI is having a block party in NoMa with free food, performances and activities Saturday and Sunday.
  • Suns Cinema in Mount Pleasant is hosting a live comedic lecture as part of  the “Fale University” series Saturday.
  • The Miss Adams Morgan drag pageant is returning to the Washington Hilton Saturday.
  • Steel drum music, food and children’s activities are coming together at a Bruce Monroe Community Park festival in Park View Saturday.
  • Amateur bakers and pie-lovers are meeting at an Adams Morgan bar for an annual pie party Sunday.

by Tim Regan October 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm 0

Photo via Instagram / Service Bar

Borderstan Blueprint is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead across D.C. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

HallowZine
1811 14th St. NW
7:30 p.m.

Local storytellers will gather to tell spooky tales during this festive event that benefits the annual DC Zinefest.

Wednesday

Marie Reed PTA Fundraiser
Panera (3100 14th St. NW)
4-8 p.m.

Panera bread in Columbia Heights will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to the Marie Reed PTA. To participate in the deal, patrons must show this flyer to their cashier. 

D.C. for Hillary Debate Watch Party
Sauf Haus (1216 18th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Hillary Clinton supporters are scheduled to cheer on their candidate during the third annual presidential debate at this Dupont beer hall.

Presidential Debate Watch Party
Ben’s Next Door (1211 U St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

The restaurant next door to Ben’s Chili Bowl will host a debate watch party with food, drinks and discussion.

Cult Classic Wednesday: FernGully
Atlas Arcade (1236 H St NE
8-11 p.m.

Locals can visit this H Street bar and arcade for a ’90s cartoon about fairies who live in the rainforest.

Thursday

Service Bar Grand Opening
Service Bar (928 U St. NW)
5 p.m.

U Street’s newest neighborhood bar is set to start serving seasonal cocktails and fried chicken sandwiches when it opens its doors this week.

Meeps Mystical Halloween Party
Meeps (2104 18th S.t NW)
6-9 p.m.

The Halloween event will include a tarot card reader, refreshments, specials and giveaways.

Blaguard’s 6th Anniversary Bash
The Blaguard (2003 18th St. NW)
5 p.m.

The Adams Morgan bar is celebrating its 6th birthday with food, a longer happy hour and free hats.

Friday

REI Flagship Store Opening
REI (201 M St. NE)
10 a.m.

Outdoor retailer REI has plans to throw a weekend-long block party with free food, performances and activities to celebrate the opening of its new 51,000 square foot flagship store in NoMa.

An Evening of Humorous Readings
DC9 Nightclub (1940 9th St. NW)
7-9 p.m.

Local humorists will read their best work live on stage during this monthly event. This month’s show is hosted by Jon Wolper and will include readings by Garrett Schlichte, Chris Scott, Tara Campbell and Jane Garfinkel.

Saturday

Miss Adams Morgan
Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave. NW)
6-11:30 p.m.

The drag pageant returns for it 29th year with a theme of “Lights, Camera, Action!” As always, attendees will vote for the Queen of Miss Adams Morgan.

Sunday

Pie Fest
Bourbon (2321 18th St. NW)
1-4 p.m.

Local bakers will supply the pies during this all-you- can-eat tasting. Attendees can vote for their favorite pies in the following categories: apple, fruit, nuts, chocolate, savory, “piepourri.” All proceeds will be donated to the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation.

Photo via Instagram / Service Bar

by Andrew Ramonas October 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Historic Dupont Circle sign

The opportunity to peek inside a chateau-style mansion in Dupont Circle and visit other homes in the neighborhood is coming this weekend.

The 49th annual Dupont Circle House Tour is happening Sunday. Tickets are available online for $40, which includes a “lavish afternoon tea.”

The sun should be out in full force Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures in the mid 60s to lower 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:

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by Tim Regan October 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm 0

Photo via Facebook / Old City Farm and Guild

Borderstan Blueprint is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead across D.C. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Scattered Orchestra
Blagden Alley
6-6:30 p.m.

Jazz musicians will simultaneously play the same tune throughout Blagden Alley. “Pedestrians experience the music differently depending on which street they walk past, the speed at which they walk, and by which direction they are headed,” organizers said.

National Coming Out Day Mixer
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
6 p.m.

One of the District’s largest gay bars is partnering with the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs to host a celebration for National Coming Out Day next week. The mixer will include free light refreshments, a speech from the director of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Affairs, Sheila Alexander-Reid, and a cash bar.

This Is My Brave: The Show
Keegan Theatre (1742 Church St. NW)
6-8 p.m.; showtimes on Monday and Tuesday

The show features 15 individuals whose lives have been touched by mental illness. Performers share their stories through poetry, original music and personal essays. Proceeds from this show benefit Our Door Community Wellness Center.

Wednesday

DC Bike Party: Angels and Demons Ride
Dupont Circle Fountain
7:30-11 p.m

The DC Bike Party will gather for a spooky Halloween-themed ride across the District. After the ride, cyclists will gather at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for a beer.

Thursday

October Tiny House Tour
Old City Farm & Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
6-7:30 p.m.

Attendees can tour the 145-square-foot Matchbox house located at Old City Farm & Guild. Photography, kids and animals are welcome.

Friday

Church Night
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
8 p.m.

Count your blessings, take your shots and eat your tots during this faux-religious live comedy show.

German Board Game Night
Goethe-Institut Washington (1990 K St. NW)
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Play German board games like Settlers of Catan, Alhambra and Tigris and Euphrates with a drink in hand. This event is held in conjunction with Labyrinth Games and Puzzles.

Saturday

Patio Party
Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave. NW)
5 p.m.-1 a.m.

Beer specials, food trucks, ping pong, “party vibes” abound at this party in Park View.

Photo via Facebook / Old City Farm and Guild

by Andrew Ramonas October 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm 0

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump street art on U Street NW

Want to turn the presidential debate this weekend into a drinking game?

Several bars around town are tuning into the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump face-off and offering drink specials Sunday. There’s also a watch party at the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW), which is celebrating the release of the book, “The Donald: How Trump Turned Presidential Politics Into Pro Wrestling.”

If you don’t want to be inside a bar this weekend, Sunday is the best day to get outside. Sun is in the forecast Sunday, with the temperature expected to hit the mid 60s, according to the National Weather Service. On Saturday, rain should fall and have a high temperature in the upper 60s.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:

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by Tim Regan October 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Nellie's on U Street

Borderstan Blueprint is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead across D.C. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
JR’s Bar (1519 17th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Latino Victory Project and Environmental Defense Action Fund will host a watch party for the Kaine-Pence debate. The free event will include games of Loteria. Those interested in attending must RSVP.

D.C. For Hillary Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
Sauf Haus (1216 18th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Clinton supporters are slated to cheer on Tim Kaine during this free event at the Dupont beer hall.

National Taco Day
El Tamarindo (1785 Florida Ave. NW)
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Adams Morgan Mexican restaurant celebrates National Taco Day with $2 tacos and $3 margaritas.

Wednesday

Pig Roast and Hootenanny
Exiles Bar (1610 U St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

This party will include a pig roast, beer pairings, spiked apple cider and a family-style buffet. The event will also include games like cornhole and darts along with a chance for partygoers to make some music. Tickets are $45.

Perfect Liars Club
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
7:30-9 p.m.

Four performers will tell tales, but only three of them are telling the truth. Can members of the audience spot the liar in the group?

Thursday

Zine Lab: D.C. Punk Archive Edition
Mt. Pleasant Library (3160 16th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

This monthly workshop gives locals a chance to try their hand at making small-press comics and zines.

Judah Friedlander
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
7:30 p.m.

That guy who wore those funny hats on “30 Rock” will perform three nights at Dupont’s DC Improv. 

Friday

Yoga in the Garden
Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Locals will have the chance to roll out a mat and work on their poses outdoors during this free event.

Saturday

“Thingamajig” Gear Swap
Wunder Garten at NoMa (1st and L streets NE)
2-6 p.m.

Locals will be able to swap, sell and purchase used outdoor gear during the event. Outdoor retailer REI will also sell “top-quality used gear” during the swap. Tickets cost $10 for non-members.

Town and Country
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Want to learn to line dance? Here’s your chance. Every other Saturday, D.C. Rawhides hosts this event of line dancing and socializing with lessons for all who want them.

Sunday

Presidential Debate Watch Party
Nellie’s Sports Bar 900 U St NW
9-11 p.m.

The U Street bar will serve $15 Bud product buckets to help patrons through the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Learn to Make Paneer
Pansaari (1603 17th St. NW)
3:30-5:30 p.m.

The Dupont event space and eatery will teach attendees how to make “real” paneer with whole milk. Tickets cost $65 per person.

Pretty Boi Brunch
Acre 121 (1400 Irving St. NW)
12-3 p.m.

Eat brunch while watching drag kings strut their stuff at this Columbia Heights bar and restaurant. Tickets cost $40 and include brunch and bottomless drinks.

Monday

A People’s Choir Sing-Along: Friends and Family
DC9 (1940 9th St. NW)
7:30-9:30 p.m.

A crowd of total strangers will meet to sing pop songs related to a particular theme. This month’s theme is “friends and family.”

by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm 0

PorchFest (Photo courtesy of Nathan Ackerman)

Music will be in the air around Adams Morgan this weekend.

PorchFest, Adams Morgan’s annual fall music festival, is returning with three dozen free concerts in front of a dozen homes and businesses in the neighborhood Saturday.

It might drizzle Saturday, but the sun should make an appearance, helping the temperature rise to the upper 70s, according to the National Weather Service. On Sunday, the sun is expected to be out in full force, bringing the temperature up to the high 70s.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:

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by Borderstan.com September 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm 0

St. Francis door (Photo via Facebook/Luther Place Memorial Church)

Borderstan Blueprint is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead across D.C. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Fall Flavors Cooking Class with From the Farmer
YMCA Anthony Bowen (1325 W St. NW)
7-9 p.m.

Students can learn to make fall foods such as “an all natural pumpkin spice latte” during this cooking class. Tickets are $25 for  YMCA and From the Farmer members and $35 for everyone else.

Banned Books Panel
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
8 p.m.

Deb Heard, executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and a former editor of the Washington Post Style page and Dana Williams, professor of African American literature and chair of the English department at Howard University, are scheduled talk about diversity, censorship and supporting authors in need of help.

Wednesday

Underground Comedy
The Big Hunt (1345 Connecticut Ave. NW)
8-10 p.m

Comedian Carlos Anthony will bring his stand-up act to the Big Hunt. Admission is free.

Friday

Funk and Fire Fundraiser
Old City Farm & Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
8-10 p.m.

Old City Farm and Guild will host Kung-Fu Lion Dancers and fire performers to raise money for a dance group to put on the first-ever, first full-length flow arts show in the District. Admission is $10.

Podcast Culture Presents: #PodcastDay Happy Hour 2016
Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Sudhouse will celebrate Podcast Day with music, drinks and podcast trivia. Podcast hosts Cerrome Russell from the “Bad Advice Show” and Nicaila Matthews from “SideHustlePro” will run the party. Tickets are $20, which includes one drink ticket and podcast swag.

Saturday

PorchFest
Adams Morgan (various locations)
2-6 p.m.

Stoops and porches around Adams Morgan once again will become intimate venues for jazz, rock and other music. At 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, concertgoers can pick up maps to guide them around the shows.

Witches’ Night: Octoberween Celebration
Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW)
9 p.m.-12 a.m.

The Dupont Circle comic book store will celebrate “all things spooky and scary” for “witches and magical women of all types,” according to a Facebook event post. Costumes are encouraged.

Fitness & Health Day in the Triangle
457 Massachusetts Ave. NW
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District will have neighborhood fitness and health businesses, live music and food.

Sunday

Feed the Homeless at Franklin Park
Franklin Park (901 14th St. NW)
12-3 p.m.

Locals are encouraged to bring food and clothes to help the homeless at Franklin Park.

Pet Blessing
Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave. NW)
2-3 p.m.

Luther Place Memorial Church will host a blessing for pets in front of the St. Francis door.

Photo via Facebook/Luther Place Memorial Church

by Tim Regan September 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Shaw Metro sunset BRIEF

So, it’s officially fall. Time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Pumpkin Ales? (In this reporter’s opinion, no. Never. It’s never time for that.)

Though we’ve had summery weather all week (today included), it might actually feel like fall this weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday will see highs in the 70s and lows in the high 50s, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:

Have a good one!

 

by Tim Regan September 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm 0

Town Danceboutique 2016

Borderstan Blueprint is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead across D.C. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Cheese Tasting
Glen’s Garden Market Shaw (1924 8th St. NW)
6:30-8:39 p.m.

Glen’s Garden Market’s “cheesemonger,” Kurt Schewe, is scheduled to host a class on several cheeses of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. During the class, attendees will sample cheese alongside local beer, wine and cider pairings.

Paint like Picasso
ArtJamz (1728 Connecticut Ave. NW)
7-9 p.m.

Locals curious how Picasso became famous for painting like a “three-year-old” can learn the painter’s secrets during this class. 

Wednesday

Astronomy on Tap
DC9 Nightclub (1940 9th St. NW)
8-10 p.m.

Amateur astronomers can quaff beers while learning about the heavens above. The event includes three discussions on interstellar topics such as “Aliens: The Science Behind the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence” and “Earthlike, schmearthlike – what’s the deal with Proxima B?”

J-Film: The Birth of Sake
Japan Information and Culture Center (1150 18th St. NW, Suite 100)
6:30-9 p.m.

Learn how artisans ply their trade at a 144-year-old brewery in Japan during this film screening. Patrons can also sample the sake produced at the film’s brewery after the event.

Thursday

Queer Girl Movie Night: Back to School Edition
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Indie theater Suns Cinema will screen “Loving Annabelle” during this event. “We want to focus on the representation of queer women in film, but this does not limit who is invited to this space,” organizers said. “People of all genders, sexualities, and presentations are welcome.”

Cook Korean Author Talk and Demonstration
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Graphic novel artist and author Robin Ha will talk about her new illustrated recipe book, “Cook Korean,” and demonstrate a few cooking tips.

Friday

Mind, Body and Spirits: A Yoga Happy Hour
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
5-7 p.m.

Patrons can bend their bodies then imbibe some spirits during this yoga event.

Saturday

Town and Country
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Want to learn to line dance? Here’s your chance. Every other Saturday, D.C. Rawhides hosts this event of line dancing and socializing with lessons for all who want them.

Princess
9:30 Club (815 V St. NW)
Doors at 7 p.m.

Gretchen Lieberum and “Saturday Night Live” star Maya Rudolph channel Prince during this cover band performance.

by Andrew Ramonas September 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm 0

H Street Festival (Photo via Facebook/H Street Festival)

The annual H Street Festival is here this weekend.

Rain isn’t expected to dampen the festivities Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Partly sunny skies should bring temperatures in the lower 80s to the area. But on Sunday, a chance of rain is in the forecast, with highs likely in the mid 80s.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:

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