Fall Fun Is On Tap in the DMV This Weekend
With temperatures cooling, it is a perfect weekend to get out and enjoy the many events in the DMV. There are art shows, festivals, a giant yoga session, lots of food and even an event for dog lovers.
Metro plans major work on the Green Line this weekend, with the Naylor Road, Suitland and Branch Avenue stations closed beginning at 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday and buses replacing trains. Riders taking express buses between Southern Avenue and Branch Avenue should ass 25 minutes to their travel times. Riders using local buses stopping at all three closed stations should add 15 minutes for each station. Green Line trains between Greenbelt and Southern Avenue will operate at regular weekend intervals. Orange Line trains will operate every 24 minutes, and Red Line trains will operate every 22 mintues between Shady Grove & Glenmont and every 10-12 minutes from Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet every 10-12 minutes between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday..Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains between Huntington and Fort Totten only will run on regular schedules this weekend.
Art All Night: Nuit Blanche D.C.
How much art can you take in one evening? Art All Night: Nuit Blanche D.C., the brainchild of writer and curator Ariana Austin and sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is back for its fourth year, featuring music, activities and visual and performing artists. Based on a festival concept that began in Paris, Art All Night offers residents and visitors an exciting opportunity to engage with D.C. arts and artists.Each neighborhood will host their own unique mix of artistic programming for audiences to enjoy.
Sept. 27 from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. in Congress Heights, Dupont Circle, North Capitol, Shaw and H Street NE. Admission is FREE!
100 Percent Bread
D.C. lifestyle company No Kings Collective celebrates its fifth birthday with 100 Percent Bread, a pop up art project at the old Wonder Bread Factory. The show features works by local artists including Kelly Towles, music from DJs like Spincer Tracy and a series of parties. Sunday brings two special brunches featuring art, mimosas and yoga.
Sept. 26 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. and Sept. 27 from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. at Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S St. NW. Admission is FREE! For Sept. 28, see Bendy Brunch below.
D.C. Walk for the Animals and Pet-A-Palooza
Bring your dog for the D.C. Walk for the Animals and Pet-A-Palooza charity walk and pet festival that aims to raise money to help end pet homelessness in D.C. The festival will include a best dog costume contest, a parade of pups, best dog trick contest and a musical sit contest, FREE rabies and distemper vaccinations. For the humans, there will be live music, kids activities, exhibitors, a bake sale and pet adoptions.
Sept. 27 from 10-2 p.m. at Kingsbury Center, 5000 14th St. NW. Admission is FREE!
Barracks Row Fall Festival
There will be food, music, artists and fun for kids at the Barracks Row Fall Festival Activities include a military chefs cookoff (beginning at 7 a.m.), beer garden, silent drill platoon, The Georgetown Chimes, the Trapeze School of New York and tours of the Marine Barracks at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:45 p.m..
Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. along Eighth Street SE from Pennsylvania Avenue to the Washington Navy Yards. Admission is FREE!
Cady’s Alley Oktoberfest
The merchants of Cady’s Alley in Georgetown celebrate Oktoberfest with authentic Bavarian fare from Kafe Leopold, a German beer hall with Alpine music from Die Drei, a fun zone and promotions by the Georgetown retailers. Traditional German dress is encouraged. Participating retailers including All Saints, Babette, Banana Republic, Boffi, Bonobos, Brooks Brother, Calypso St. Barth, City Sports, Cotemporaria, the Levi’s Store, Sephora and Steven Alan will be offer sales, drinks and/or giveaways
Sept. 27 and 28 from noon-5 p.m. in Cady’s Alley NW, Georgetown. Admission is FREE!
Some of the DMV’s favorite food trucks head to Wheaton for the Trucktoberfest Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, sponsored by the D.C., Maryland and Virginia Food Truck Association. The festivals features 12 of the DMV’s favorite food truck including AZN Eats, Cajunators, Carmen’s Italian Ice, Carolina Q, That Cheesecake Truck, Feelin’ Crabby, Healthy Fool, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Sate, Sharbat Replublic, South Meets East and Tapas Truck, fashion trucks, a craft beer garden by the Limerick Pub, live music from The Exhcnage Soundstage and a kids’ zone with pumpkin decorating and bobbing for apples. Bands include Kicoman, Flex Matthews, Trevor Martin, Magnetar Flares and the Very Smalls.
Sept. 27 from noon-7 p.m. at Wheaton Triangle, Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive at Wheaton Metro Station, Wheaton. Admission is FREE!
Taste of Friendship Heights
The eighth annual Taste of Friendship Heights features food from Alfio’s, the Courtyard Marriott, Indique Heights, Maggiano’s, Mi Cocina, P.F. Chang’s, Rosa Mexicano, Sunrise Brighton Gardens, The Capital Grille and Whole Foods. There will also be live music from Dixie Power Trio, a moon bounce, basketball, face painting and a restaurant raffle.
Sept. 27 from noon-4 p.m. at Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Friendship Heights. Free parking at Courtyard Marriott. Admission is FREE! Four food and drink tickets cost $5 (cash only) with most food and drinks costing three or four tickets.
Grip the Mat, a new yoga company in D.C. pioneering “yoga social events,” presents Bendy Brunch on day three of the No Kings Collective fifth anniversary celebration, 100 Percent Bread (see above). Bendy Brunch includes art, a mixed-level, sensory yoga social with 200 yogis, brunch and mimosas. Bring your mat, a towel, a water bottle and a buddy.
Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S St. NW. Cost is $35 and includes a yoga class, brunch and one mimosa, but DC on Heels readers can save $5 by entering the code HEELS here.
Experience a magical journey to Turkey in D.C. at the 12th annual Turkish Festival. Presented by the American-Turkish Association of Washington, D.C., the day includes dance, music, cuisine, fashion and arts and crafts. Enjoy delicious Turkish food and traditional Turkish coffee while you browse and shop at the bazaar and watch stage performance. A kids’ tent will include hands-on activities such as making a Turkish tile, stringing a bead bracelet and photos in folklore costumes.
Sept. 28 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 14th Streets. Admission is FREE!
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