Freedom Friday: The TGIF! Edition

Hello Good folks!

TGIF!   The weekend arrived just in time for me.  I really need to this weekend to unwind and have some fun.

Remember this ode to TGIF from R. Kelly! 🙂

The old school is coming strong with several concerts this weekend. The Men of Soul consisting of Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson, and Howard Hewett will be at Constitution Hall this evening (7/15). Cameo will be headlining at the Carter Barron on Saturday (7/16) with the Clones of Funk.   Also on Saturday, Regina Belle will perform at Fort DuPont Park.  The multi-talented Diva, Angela Winbush will be at Blues Alley for the weekend.

And the Hip Hop Theater Festival is closing out tomorrow (7/15), so make sure to check out the Freshest of All Time B-Boy/B-Girl Competition starting at 5PM at St Stephen’s Church (1525 Newton St. NW) and Word Becomes Flesh showing at the Dance Place.  It is a powerful series of performed letters to an unborn son and the CLOSE-OUT Old School Hip Hop Jam at Tap & Parlour (2001 11th St NW) at 9PM, No cover.

And the crowning event for me (and many others) is the opening of the Tribe documentary, Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest  throughout the DMV.

Check out the other events below.

Peace and Blessings to you family! 🙂

Truckeroo is today!  About 20 food trucks will be on site all day.  There are plenty of picnic tables, games and live music for all to enjoy.  Truckeroo is a monthly festival held June thru October at the corner of Half St. and M St., SE showcasing food trucks from the Washington, D.C. area.

Friday, July 15

Half and M Street, SE


Free admission


The DC Summer Carnival closes out this weekend. The Carnival features more than 100 thrilling rides, games and attractions, will bring family fun to the nation’s capital this summer.

July 11- 17

RFK Stadium

2400 East Capitol Street, SE



Capital Canvas for the Cause is a monthly community event to support local artists and community-based organization with wine, hors d’oeuvres and networking. All art sales are split 50/50 between artist and non-profit.

Featured artist – J’Nell Jordan 

Featured non-profit – The Twelve Days of Christmas 

Friday, July 15, 2010

721 D St. SE




Have “The Perfect Friday” with Dunlap and Rich.  After party at Lounge 201.  Free admission to after party with ticket stub.

Friday, July 15

US Navy Memorial Museum

701 Pennslyvania Ave NW


20 bucks

Get tickets here.


The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (OAA) is hosting the 2nd Annual D.C. Africa Festival highlighting talent,  social and networking media, social entrepreneurism as a tool for the betterment of Africans in the Diaspora, and  Africa’s capability to compete in the global market.

Saturday, July 16

Takoma Recreation Center

300 Van Buren Street, NW
Noon to 6PM


Linganore Winecellars is hosting the Reggae Wine Festival this weekend.   All attendees receive a wine glass, opt for a winery tour,and the tasting of 19 grape & fruit wines, as well as enjoy 30+ artisans and featured artists, Image Band and Strykers Posse Band.

July 16-17

Linganore Winecellars

13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mt. Airy, MD

Noon- 6PM

$15 to $20


Artscape…The largest free public arts festival in the country, Artscape features 150+ artists, fashion designers and crafts people; visual art exhibits on and off site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, and photography.  Featuring Fantasia (R&B), Unity Reggae Band (Reggae), Big Daddy Stallings (Blues), Miguel (R&B/Hip-hop), Carolyn Malachi (Jazz/Soul), Can’t Hang (Reggae/Rock) and more!

July 15-17


140 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD




Eat Local First has been celebrating local food all week.  Close out the celebration with local food at Washington DC’s first ever Farm-to-Street Party! Enjoy sumptuous dishes made with ingredients from local farms, local craft beer and wine. Engage with local entrepreneurs, chefs and non-profit organizations who are making local food available in Washington DC. Enjoy music from local artists, participate in a local pie eating contest, cool off in a dunking booth, take part in children’s activities and more! Purchase tickets online or pay with credit/cash at the door.

Saturday, July 15

V Street NW, between 13th and 14th (entrance is on 13th and V St. NW)

Get tickets here


Check out the  2011 Lake Arbor Jazz Festival for a day and evening of contemporary, traditional and Latin jazz and soulful entertainment.  Feautrued artists are Marcus Mitchell, Brian Lenair, Phase II, Sabroso, Chelsey Green, Althea Rene, Groove Skool and more!

Saturday, July 15

Lake Arbor Community Center Grounds

10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, MD 20721



The National Children’s Museum is hosting a Backyard Camp Out. You won’t have to haul out the suitcases, load up the car, worry about traffic, or answer the infamous question “Are we there yet?” We are bringing an outdoor adventure to the Launch Zone. Join us as our friends from REI Outreach present a hands-on, interactive experience where children are shown how to have fun outside while practicing responsible outdoor recreation.   Also enjoy hands-on exploration of deer and black bear tracks from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

July 15-17

National Harbor

The NCM Launch Zone

112 Waterfront St.

National Harbor, MD 20745



Have a little fun this Saturday by going to the American Art Museum to play the scavenger hunt game, Pheon. Sign up at the Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor  west wing of the museum, between 2:30 and 4. Work as a team as you try to navigate your way through this multimedia scavenger hunt. Test your ingenuity as you explore the collections, create objects and use your cell phone to text answers to clues that lead you to the finish line.

Saturday, July 15

American Art Museum

1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW



Come dress to sweat to the best classics in Hip Hop, Rnb, House and more!

Sunday, July 17

Liv 2001 11th St NW

Reduced admission before 8PM



And good luck to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on Sunday!  🙂

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