Weekend Events Up in the Air with Weather
As we head into the weekend, the persistent rain in the DMV is a sign that a Nor’easter is passing through and Hurricane Joaquin is still churning in the Atlantic Ocean. A few events that had been scheduled for this weekend have already been postponed or canceled, including Capitol City Brewing’s Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest in Shirlington, Del Rey’s Art on the Avenue, which has been postponed until Oct. 10, and the Black Squirrel’s Smashing Pumpkin Beer Fest in Adams Morgan. It has been postponed until next Friday, Oct. 9. And the new “Scream City” haunted house at the D.C. Armory has delayed its opening until Saturday. Fort Belvoir’s Oktoberfest and the Taste of Bethesda have been canceled this year. Regardless, if you’re headed out this weekend, you’re going to get wet. Be sure to check to make sure an event is still on before you go.
This weekend, Red Line trains will operate every 20 minutes and will single-track between Friendship Heights and Van Ness Stations. Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 24 minutes. This weekend, Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals.
Washington’s newest Halloween horror attraction, Scream City, opens its creaky doors this weekend and will be freaking out visitors on weekends and most Thursdays throughout October. There are two features, both indoors: the Exorcism Estate Haunted House and the Slaughter Factory. This is a next-level fright night: The Steelhead Productions crew, which also puts on Field of Screams in Olney, doesn’t recommend a visit for kids younger than 13. After this weekend, it will be open Friday-Sunday through Nov. 1.
Oct. 3 from 7-10 p.m. at the D.C. Armory and RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. Admission is $30 this weekend.
We’re not quite ready to start counting down the days to a certain winter holiday, but if you’ve got shopping to do, the annual Craft2Wear event at the National Building Museum is a good place to start, if not finish, making your list. More than 50 craft and wearable art designers will have unique clothing, jewelry and accessories for sale.
Oct. 2 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is $10 cash at the door.
Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Seventeen Virginia wineries and a cidery will pour glasses after hours at the Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour. Visitors can stroll the grounds of the Potomac River estate of our first president, enjoy the sunset and learn about wine’s history in the commonwealth. Even George and Martha Washington are expected to make an appearance. There will also be live blues music.
Oct. 2-4 from 6-9 p.m. at Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. Tickets are $40 on Friday, $46 on Saturday and $36 on Sunday. Fruit and cheese boxes are $26.
National Heritage Fellowships Concert
The National Endowment for the Arts’ annual National Heritage Fellowships Concert is like a high-brow variety show, highlighting music, dance and craft demonstrations. This year’s program will feature Rahim AlHaj playing the oud, a traditional Middle Eastern string instrument; Dolly Jacobs, a longtime circus aerialist; Yiddish musician Michael Alpert performing with Brave New World; Gertrude Yukie Tsutsumi, a classical Japanese dancer; Sidonka Wadina, a Slovak straw artist and egg decorator; and much more. Public Radio International’s Marco Werman hosts the event.
Oct. 2 starting at 8 p.m. at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Admission is FREE!
A Party for the Season: A Garden of Colors
A Party for the Season: A Garden of Colors, the next installment of Smithsonian at 8, has been moved from the Enid A. Haupt Garden to inside the Smithsonian Castle due to the bad weather expected from Hurricane Joaquin this weekend. Celebrate the colors of fall and spend an early-autumn evening exploring the seasonal beauty of the Smithsonian’s fabled Castle dancing to music by DJ Alkimist, raising a toast with seasonal beers from Ommegang Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Co. in a pop-up beer garden. There will also be a photo booth, pumpkin-carving demo and cash bar. VIP ticket holders get an extra hour before anyone else can enter at 7 p.m. plus an open bar with beer, wine and specialty cocktails along with small bites.
Oct. 2 from 8-11 p.m. at the Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Independence Ave. SW. General admission is $25 and VIP admission is $50.
Washington National Opera Costume Sale
Looking for the perfect Halloween costume? Check out the Washington National Opera Costume Sale. This is the first sale the WNO has held in six years, so it will have more than 1,000 items available in a variety of styles. Some items to expect: costumes from productions of Cinderella, Manon Lescaut, Carmen, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men and many others. Full costumes range from $50-$200 with individual pieces starting at $1. There are a few children’s costumes as well.
Oct. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Washington National Opera’s rehearsal studio, 6925 Willow St. NW. Admission is FREE!
Taste of Georgetown
More than 30 neighborhood restaurants — most of them plating two dishes — will set up along the waterfront on K Street NW for the 22nd annual Taste of Georgetown. Dog Tag Bakery will be serving trail mix scones and pumpkin whoopee pies; 1789 Restaurant will be offering duck banh mi; Café Bonapart will be serving a sweet and a savory crepe; Mama Rouge will be offering grilled honey BBQ chicken banh mi and crispy veggies spring rolls; I Thai Restaurant will be serving mango with sweet sticky rice and Thai iced tea among the many offerings. In addition to the dishes, festival goers can enjoy the craft beer and wine garden and the give-and-take with the musicians from the Georgetown Piano Bar.
Oct. 3 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Georgetown waterfront, K Street NW between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street. Admission is FREE! Tasting tickets cost $5 for food, $4 for beer and wine. Five-packs of tasting tickets can be purchased in advance for $20.
D.C. VegFest is a dairy-free, meat-free and egg-free palooza, with food from the likes of Woodland’s Vegan Bistro, Dama, Bread & Brew, Busboys & Poets and others. There’s even a hip-hop and raw food cooking demo from DJ Cavem and Alkemia Earth. There will be free food samples and a beer garden, and the first 1,000 people through the gate will receive a free tote back full of samples and coupons. A kids area include music, storytelling and a vegan parent panel.
Oct. 3 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.. Admission is FREE!
Great Walk of Art
Stretch your legs while absorbing some of the culture in our nation’s capital during the Great Walk of Art. The guided march through D.C., now in its second year, starts at the U.S. Capitol, hits the Library of Congress and a few museums on the Mall including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of African Art, the Sackler-Freer Gallery and National Gallery of Art before heading to the final stop at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Meanwhile, participants search for pieces that fit this year’s theme: “Innovation in Art.”
Oct. 3 from noon-5 p.m. starting at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Emancipation Hall by the Statue of Freedom. Tickets are $8 in advance.
Get a taste of old Russia at St. John’s annual Russian Bazaar. There will be live traditional music, imported handicrafts, homemade ethnic food, a bookstore, kids activities, tours of the 17th century-style Russian church and more.
Oct 3 and 4 from noon-6 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 4001 17th St. NW. Admission is FREE!
Unite to Face Addiction Rally
Facing Addiction, a national non-profit group, is organizing the Unite to Face Addiction Rally, a free event on the National Mall to launch a first-of-its–kind campaign to let people know addiction is preventable and treatable, that many addicts have been incarcerated and that people can and do get well. Musical performers include Steven Tyler with his Nashville-based band Loving Mary, Sheryl Crow, The Fray and John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls. Guest speakers include U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, Dr. Mehment Oz, actress Allison Janney and producer Chuck Loree from Mom, former MLB player Darryl Strawberry, Pat O’Brien, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner ad more.
Oct. 4 from 4-8 p.m. on the grounds of the Washington Monument on the National Mall. Admission is FREE!
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