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Now that it’s finally June… bring on the festivals, food and fun.

By Aysia Woods

After a mixed start to the season, we’re ready to get outside and enjoy all that Washington has to offer. This week, grab some friends and enjoy these recommended events.

The Roots join DC Jazz Festival (Photo courtesy The Roots)

Pure Entertainment

DC Jazz Festival
Through Sunday, June 16
Various locations
855-332-7767; Ticket information here

Get your fix of crooning saxophones and dazzling pianists who will have you wishing you never quit playing when you were younger. The largest music festival in the city features over 125 performances in various venues across Washington. See well-known artists like Paquito D’Rivera and The Roots, and locals like Christie Dashiell.

Shaolin warriors (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

UniverSoul Circus presents Turnt Up!
Through Sunday, June 9
RFK Stadium Festival Grounds
2400 East Capitol St. SE
$16-$32 and available through Ticketmaster here

Chinese aerialists, Russian acrobats, an improvisational comedy troupe and more collide with traditional circus entertainment like elephants and clowns in this modern twist under the big top.

Capella Washington, D.C.’s Rye Bar (Courtesy photo)

Liquid Gold

The Rye Bar Barrel Tapping
Wednesday, June 12
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Rye Bar
Capella Washington, D.C. Georgetown
1050 31st St. NW

Missed out on the $22 Dad’s Hat barrel-aged Manhattan the first time it was offered to much fanfare? The Rye Bar is offering another chance with its second tap of the exclusive spirit along with gratis hors d’oeuvres. Cozy up to the bar or settle into one of the leather chairs and sip away over views of C&O Canal.

Photo by Tom Gill via Flickr.

Work It Out

Air Force Association Cycling Classic
Saturday, June 8-Sunday, June 9
Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Cheer on or participate in this classic that winds through some of Washington and Virginia’s most famous sites, including the Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon. It may be too late to sign on with a team, but there’s still time to sign up for the non-competitive Challenge Ride as well as the kids’ race. Details here.

Pilates in the Park
Tuesdays through June 25
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Farragut Square Park
17th & K streets NW

Work up a bit of a sweat with a mix of yoga and Pilates while enjoying the view at Farragut Square Park. Certified instructors from Yoga District will be on hand to help you de-stress and unwind before your evening commute. All you need is your own mat.

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