This week, the editors at Northern Virginia Magazine are looking forward to visiting Rustico’s pop-up beer garden, the Fourth of July, taking in a performance of the music in ‘Harry Potter’ and a Hamilton exhibit.
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Rustico’s pop-up beer garden
I don’t care how hot it is, I’m drinking outside all summer. Rustico (Ballston location) launched a beer garden earlier this month, open Thursday through Sunday, with live music, trivia, movie nights, family activities and a Sunday Funday with cornhole, ping pong and foosball tournaments. –SG // Rustico pop-up beer garden: Open: Thursday-Friday from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from noon-10 p.m.; 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Celebrating close to home
With family in Pennsylvania and friends in Maryland, having the Fourth of July fall on a Wednesday isn’t ideal. But, I plan on making the most of my time off by laying out by the pool, possibly heading over to The Winery at Bull Run—where they will welcome Benjamin Franklin and Albert Gallatin for their League of Most Interesting Gentleman event from noon-3 p.m.—and then checking out the Town of Herndon’s Fourth of July event featuring live music and choreographed fireworks. –RK
Experiencing the magic of John Williams
I’ve probably watched the Harry Potter movies more times than I would care to recall, but I guess most people my age who grew up with those books and films can say that. What I haven’t done is get the chance to personally enjoy one of the key elements that make these movies so magical: John Williams’ iconic score. Williams has written more classic scores for films than probably anyone, and his work in the Harry Potter films rank right up there. To hear it played live by the National Symphony Orchestra will be something special. -MB // Filene Center: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna
A week of Hamilton
I’m headed to see Hamilton this week (!!!!!) so to delve more into the man spotlighted in this hit show I’m also going to hit up Gadsby’s Tavern and check out the exhibit Hamilton’s BFF & Frenemies to continue my education of the past; what better way to celebrate the birth of our nation? -LN // Gadsby’s Tavern Museum: 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria