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The 26 best things to do in DC this weekend and next week

‘Summer of Soccer’ championship matches

Two major continental football tournaments have been played in the past month: the European Championship and the Copa America. Both come to a conclusion on a very busy day for football lovers. England and Spain meet at 3pm, with England fans heading towards the Queen Vic on H Street NE — neighboring Granville Moore’s is open to flood — with doors opening at 11 a.m. Spain, whose embassy has hosted events at venues including Wunder Garten and Casa Teresa, has told fans that “keep your Eyes open” for details on a viewing party. At 20:00 it’s Argentina vs Colombia. Lunas de Buenos Aires at Union Market is your go-to for Argentinian food and soccer — the mural of Diego Maradona is the first clue. Fans of Colombia should head to Café Citron or Public bar.

Looking for a less biased atmosphere? Tysons Corner Center Copa Tysons runs from 11:00am to 3:00pm in the square near the subway, featuring soccer darts, mini soccer goal challenges, “pickleball soccer,” a DJ, free face painting and snowballs, and other fun for the whole family.

Columbia Heights Toro Bar offers half-price buckets of beer during the first half of each final, with free green tea shots for women. All German beer styles are brewed at Navy Yard’s Blue jacket (kolsch, weissbier, Bavarian pilsner) is $10 per liter during the Euro 2024 final. Franklin Hallat 14th and Florida, is open for both finals with $7 pints of Atlas. Wunder Garten is still a popular spot—just make sure you get to the NoMa beer garden early enough to get in the shade. Midlands indoor and outdoor specials continue, including discounted pitchers and $5 pints.

Bastille Day celebration

July 14th is French Independence Day, and there are events all over the city celebrating America’s oldest ally. And while you could let go $250 to attend a party at the French Embassythese options seem a bit more wallet-friendly.

The picturesque Bar à Vin at Chez Billy Sud celebrates the holiday with live jazz by the Bon Vivants; a menu of oysters and classic jambon beurre (ham and butter) sandwiches; and a trio of French-inspired cocktails by Jewel Murray, formerly of Gibson. Union Market cheese counter La Jambe is offering a trio of specials to honor its French founder’s legacy, such as a happy hour Bastille drink menu featuring Citadelle Gin and two free cocktails with the purchase of a large charcuterie and cheese board.

From Loire to Provence, Burgundy to Bordeaux, the eastern one sets out to demystify French wine regions with veteran sommelier Michael Scaffidi. The $50 tickets include all wines during the class (1 to 3 p.m.) as well as snacks from the kitchen. The Canadian disco feel of Le Mont Royal meets the old country at a day-long party with twists on cognac-based cocktails (think a duck-washed cognac Old Fashioned) and tunes from DJ Harry Hotter.

Smile Diplomate has become DC’s most famous French restaurant, and its all-day party, starting at 10 a.m., includes mimes, accordion players, face painters, caricature artists and balloon twisters. (There’s also a pre-party on Saturday night, which goes until 1 a.m., with burlesque dancers and cocktails.) Petite Cerise, from the team behind Dabney, hosts a French feast with foot-long jambon beurre, oysters and French wines poured from glass magnums. Tickets are $75, good for a 2½-hour seating between 4 and 10 p.m., and include a glass of sparkling kir royal and then unlimited punch made with French aperitifs.

“Glee” Drag Brunch at Red Bear Brewing

If you can’t seem to let go of Ryan Murphy’s jukebox musical, teen drama-laden, cult TV series, you’re not alone—and frankly, you might as well steer into the creeps, a la Rachel Bear. Desiree Dik and a cast of DC drag queens host a “Glee”-themed brunch featuring the best songs from the beloved (and sometimes hated) series. One ticket gets you entry plus two drinks, and it’s first come, first served. 11 a.m. $35.

R&B Club: Neo Soul on Songbyrd

“Neo-soul” was a defining sound of the 1990s and 2000s, but it’s always been more of a spirit than an easy-to-pin-down genre. What are the common threads that bind Jill Scott, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello and Raheem DeVaughn? R&B club music lovers tackle the difficult subject of neo-soul at their monthly discussions on Songbyrd, delving into hits and forgotten artists, with more than a few crowd singalongs along the way. Noon to 2pm $15-$20.

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