(Photo courtesy of D.C. Public Library)

By Tashi McQueen,
AFRO Political Writer,

Discover Summer with Mad Science

On July 19 from 4-5 p.m., youth ages 5-12 can learn about the wonders of fire and ice at the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library. 

The fire and ice session is a part of the library’s “Discover Summer with Mad Science D.C.” series. The event features dry ice clouds and chemistry with fire. Kids can also learn about the science behind magic, including disappearing water and air pressure tricks.

Beat the Streets 2023

On July 20, the Metropolitan Police Department, D.C. government, businesses and community members are hosting a Beat the Streets event at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Police Ward 3. 

Beat the Streets is a traveling community festival that aims to foster better relationships between D.C. police and residents.

From 12-6 p.m., community members of all ages will enjoy musical performances from local bands, dancing, free food, and local artists.

Outdoor Explorations 

On July 20 at 4:30 p.m., the Southwest Neighborhood Library is offering outdoor exploration time for kids age 5-12. All children under 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver that’s over 13 at all times. In the case of rain or thunder, attendees will meet inside the library.

This event gives your kids a chance to get outside and connect with nature. It’s apart of a series of weekly activities offered throughout the summer which includes bark rubbings, scavenger hunts and more. 

Participants will meet on the benches outside of the library and stay on the grassy area.

Fourth Annual Black Restaurant Week 

From July 16 – July 30 enjoy Black Restaurant Week which highlights Black-owned bakeries, food trucks and more throughout Washington DC, Baltimore, MD and Virginia. 

Support Black businesses while enjoying delicious foods like jerk chicken, vegan barbecue roast and decadent cheesecakes.

Go to to browse the nearest eateries.