08/17/2012 12:29 pm ET

The Black Lillies, Bat Fest, Killer Clans: HuffPost DC Top 5 For August 17, 18, 19


1. The Black Lillies At The Hamilton
These Grand Ole Opry vets play the type of country and bluegrass you want to hear at the end of a summer day. 8:30 p.m., all ages, $27.50

2. Soapbox At Hillyer Art Space
The monthly series returns with an interactive art piece from called "Trust Us" by Samuel Scharf and Paul Shortt. Participants will help complete the works and receive a 'mystery award' for their help. 7 p.m., all ages, no cover

3. "Dr. Who" Happy Hour At Black Cat
A chance to enjoy a cocktail and watch the Doctor fix everything ever. 7 p.m., 21+, no cover

4. Jenny Walton Exhibit At Back Room
A one-night-only showcase of D.C. artists' work. A good place to start your collection. 6 p.m., all ages, no cover

5. 826DC Presents: Tiffany Trent At Museum Of Unnatural History
The author of the successful young adult book series "Hallowmere," visits the 826DC headquarters for the release of her new book, "The Unnaturalists." 6 p.m., all ages, no cover


1. Bat Fest Arlington At Gulf Branch Nature Center
We're going batty for bats! We're really just going to enjoy nature and take a walk while learning about bats. 6:30 p.m., all ages, $5

2. Procedures For Ground Loss Safety At Corcoran Gallery
The next installment of the Take It To The Bridge series, Sarah Levitt will prepare visitors on what they should do in case of “sudden ground loss.” Inspired by Cold War safety films of the 1950s, it'll be interested to see what the dancer has planned. 10 a.m., all ages, no cover

3. Play Pong 2100: How To Preserve Old Video Games At Smithsonian American Art Museum
It's time to embrace video games as art. 1 p.m., all ages, no cover

4. Coney Island Comes To DC At Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Shmaltz Brewing Company is getting into the DC Beer Week action with a carnival atmosphere. The brewery celebrates all things ale with games, prizes, sideshow and fifteen craft brews not usually found in the DMV. 2 p.m., 21+, no cover

5. Steel Panther At Fillmore Silver Spring
In a metal mood but not the kind that's insane? If these guys are conspiracy theorists it's all part of the joke. 9 p.m., all ages, $20


1. "Killer Clans" At Freer
Final film screening of the 17th Annual Hong Kong Film Festival. 2 p.m., all ages, no cover

2. Serene Sunday At Hillwood Museum And Gardens
Stroll through the gardens at the Hillwood estate. Check out the gardens, mansion and exhibit while sipping on tea. 1 p.m., all ages, suggested donation

3. Golden Bloom, Timmy Williams At Velvet Lounge
Daytrotter approved Golden Bloom is touring with Timmy Williams of the sketch group "The Whitest Kids U' Know." An evening of indie rock and indie comedy to close out your weekend. 8 p.m., 18+, $8 to $10

4. Street Market At The Fridge
Last day to pick up some new pieces by local artists at this Fridge exhibit. 1 p.m., all ages, no cover

5. Adult Swim Pool Party At Capitol Skyline Hotel
An adult, late 80s/early 90s MTV Beach House style pool party, not that kind that will feature cameos from cartoon characters. 11 a.m., 21+, RSVP required