It’s a Weekend to Drink, Drink, Drink
It’s a weekend to bend your elbow and drink beer and wine with festivals in Reston, Centerville, Old Town, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Yards Park, H Street and Dupont. Also, Farm Aid returns to Jiffy Lube Live and there are several family-friendly activities on tap as well.
Red Line trains will single track between Silver Spring and Glenmont with trains running every 12-15 between Shady Grove and Silver Spring and every 20 minutes between Silver Spring and Glenmont. Orange Line trains will single track between Vienna and West Falls Church with trains running every 24 minutes between Vienna and West Falls Church with trains between West Falls Church and New Carrollton operating on a normal weekend schedule. Silver Line trains will run every 15 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston ONLY. Yellow Line trains will run ever 12-15 minutes between Huntington and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport ONLY. Blue and Green Line trains will operate on regular weekend schedules of every 12-15 minutes while Blue Line trains single track between Addison Road and Morgan Boulevard and Green Line trains single track between mount Vernon Square and U Street.
Dulles Day Plane Pull
This test of strength, which benefits Special Olympics Virginia, doubles in size this year, adding another full-size aircraft. At the Dulles Day Plane Pull, teams of 25 people (there were 80 teams in 2015) will take turns pulling the 82-ton airplanes 12 feet, seeking to beat the group from the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, which has won 10 years in a row. There will also be vintage, current and military aircraft on display, a classic-car show, a kids’ truck pull, a play area with a moon bounce and dunk a cop, vendors, live music from UDoVooDoo and the Happy Hour Boys, and food and beverages for sale.
Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Dulles International Airport, 1 Saarinen Cir, Dulles, Va. Visitors should take the Dulles Access Road and park in the designated parking are and take the free shuttle to the event or ride the Silver Line to the Wiehle-Reston East station then take the free nonstop buses to the event. Admission is free.
The next-to-last Truckeroo of the summer is here. If you love food trucks, you will surely find something you like, as participating trucks include Arepa Zone, BBQ Bus, Big Cheese, Capital Chicken & Waffles, Crab Cab, Crepe Love, D.C. Slices, Feelin’ Crabby Food Truck, goodies Frozen Custard, the Orange Cow, Pittsburgh Rick’s, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling, Surfside and many more. There will be 27 trucks in all. There’s also live music and plenty to drink.
Sept. 16 from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE, in front of Nationals Park.. Admission is FREE, with food and beverages priced individually at the trucks.
Go West Beer Fest
The annual Go West Beer Fest sponsored by the state societies of Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming is one of the area’s best kept secrets. It provides a taste of home for expats and has offered DMV residents the chance to try Deschutes and Alaskan beers before they were available on the East Coast. This year, Wyoming is serving beers from Melvin and Black Tooth breweries, which are distributed here. There will also be food trucks on site.
Sept. 16 from 6:30-10 p.m. in Eastern Market’s North Hall, 225 Seventh St. SE. Admission is $30-$35 and includes unlimited beer and a beer koozie. Tickets can be purchased from the Nevada Society for $30 or Wyoming Society for $35. The others have already sold their allocations.
Clips Beer & Film Tour
New Belgium Brewing brings its seventh annual Clips Beer & Film Tour to Reston. The event features 10 short films and 18 varieties of New Belgium small-batch beers on tap from Lips of Faith to classics, available in 3-ounce samples, 12-ounce pours or cans. Proceeds from beer sales will benefit the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling. Last year’s even raised more than $4,000. Take your blankets, low chairs and a picnic if you want or purchase food from Doug the Food Dude or BaconN’Ed’s.
Sept. 16 from 7-11 p.m. with the films starting at 9 p.m. at Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston. Admission is FREE, but 3-ounce samples are $1.50 and 12—ounce pours are 6.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is the final Cinematery outdoor movie this year. The creepy, classic psychological thriller about two aging sisters is the perfect to kick off the Halloween season, and what better place to it than among the headstones in the historic Congressional Cemetery? BYOB, a picnic, blankets and chairs.
Sept. 16 about 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person.
King Street Art Festival
The King Street Art Festival packs hundreds of artists onto the city’s scenic main street from Washington Street to the waterfront. Booths feature more than 250 artists displaying a variety of works including sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, painting and more. There’s also the Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl fundraiser, with keepsake hand-made bowls filled with ice cream for $15. There will also be music and hands-on activities.
Sept. 17 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. along King Street between Washington and Union Streets in Old Town Alexandria. Admission is FREE!
Women in Aviation and Space
The next Heritage Family Day is Women in Aviation and Space at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the Mall. Visitors will learn about the contributions women have made despite the challenges they have faced, have the chance to meet past and current astronauts, including Mary Cleave and Anne McClain, while also learning about Sally Ride and Ruth Law, one of the first female aviators. There will also be story time and hands on activities such as astronomical viewing, building a plane wing, making an airmail card, designing air show pennants, mapping the flight of Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly around the world, and space math and more.
Sept. 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at Sixth St. SW. Admission is FREE!
Clarendon Day gathers vendors, restaurants, musicians and more in eight blocks around the Clarendon Metro station in Arlington. There are four stages for music and dance including Justin Trawick and the Common Good Band, The Devolvers, Molly Venter & Goodnight Moonshine, Starryville, Lato and O’Neill-James Irish Dance, as well as a chili cookoff. Sehkraft Brewing will host a VIP tent with craft beer tastings paired with sliders from the restaurant. There will also be more than 50 arts and crafts vendors with everything from clothing to jewelry to art and photography, and more than 20 food vendors.
Sept. 17 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. around the Clarendon Metro Station, Clarendon Boulevard at NorthHighland Street, Arlington. Admission is FREE! VIP tickets are $30.
Lego Family Day
Young builders will find plenty of inspiration for their Lego creations at Lego Family Day at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. There will be Lego building stations, giving kids the chance to recreate a sculpture or scene from elsewhere in the museum or to build something new. Check out the Lego sculpture of the museum, which served as the U.S. Patent Office in the 19th century, upstairs in the Luce Foundation Center.
Sept. 17 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard, 800 G St. NW. Admission is FREE!
Farm Aid returns to the DMV with a familiar lineup of Americana all-stars including founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, along with fellow Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews. New on this year’s bill at the all-day benefit, started in 1985 to aid family farmers, is rising alt-country star Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, the Alabama Shakes and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Nelson’s two sons, Lukas and Micah, also perform with their band, Insects vs. Robots, and Mellencamp’s nephew, Ian, in his band Promise of the Real.
Sept. 17 from noon-11 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live, 7200 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. Tickets are $49.50-$189.50.
Virginia Wine Festival
Some of the Commonwealth’s most popular wineries including Barboursville, Jefferson, Chateau Morrisette and Rockbridge and more will be pouring more than 200 wines at the 41st annual Virginia Wine Festival. New this year, the Virginia Oyster Pavilion will feature thousands of the bivalves on the half-shell or prepared in dishes, along with a lineup of food trucks including D.C. Slices, Pro Shuckers, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Sherry’s Crabcakes, Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque, the Big Cheese and Zabb Thai restaurant, and other vendors.
Sept. 17 and 18 from noon-6 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull run Dr., Centerville. Tickets are $29 for general admission in advance, which includes a tasting glass and unlimited wine tasting, or $40 at the gate and VIP tickets, which include an hour early admission, an artisanal cheese and charcuterie plate, private tent and bathrooms, a tasting glass and unlimited wine tasting, are $79 in advance.
Barley & Music Fest
The first Barley & Music Festival will features samples from regions craft breweries and music. Providing the barley are Blue Mountain, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Brother’s Craft, Chaos Mountain, Devil’s Backbone, Fordham & Dominion, Forge Brew Works, Legend, Mad Fox, O’Connor, Smartmouth, South Street, Starr Hill, Sweetwater, Troeg’s and Union Duckpin & Anthem breweries, while Down Wilson, Girl X and Tequila Mockingbird provide the music. There will also be food from Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels, Carluccio’s, Gordon Biersch and Uno Pizzeria.
Sept. 17 from noon-6 p.m. at John Carlyle Square Park, 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria. Admission is FREE, however beer sampling costs $15 for five drink tickets and include a tasting glass. Additional tickets are available for $1 per ticket.
H Street Festival
About 150,000 visitors are expected to flock to the bustling H Street corridor for the 11th annual H Street Festival, featuring a variety of music and dance performances, karaoke, a fashion stage, a superhero costume contest, pie and burrito eating contests, a kids’ zone and a variety of food vendors, in addition to the restaurants and bars that line the busy street. There also will be sponsored beer and liquor gardens this year. (The D.C. Streetcar will NOT be running on Saturday.)
Sept. 17 from noon-7 p.m. along H Street NE from Fourth to 14th Streets. Admission is FREE!
Snallygaster, the beer festival curated by Greg Engert of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, brings in 350 craft beers and ciders from all over the world. It includes D.C. debuts, autumn seasonals, cask ales, barrel-aged brews, craft cans and rarities such as Perennial’s barrel-aged Abraxas and Jester King’s Fen Táo. There are also local offerings from Aslin, Bluejacket, Burley Oak, D.C. Brau and others. And there’s more than beer. The music lineup includes performances by Spirit Animal and Speedy Ortiz. Food to compliment the beer will be available from Big Cheese, Captain Cookie & the Milkman, D.C. Empanadas, D.C. Slices, Dolcezza, Killer Tomato Pizza, Lemongrass, Mess Hall, Pork Barrel BBQ, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Tasty Kabob and Westray’s Finest Ice Cream. The event is a fundraiser for the food nonprofit Arcadia and its demonstration farm in Alexandria.
Sept. 17 from 1-6 p.m. at Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE, next to Nationals Park. Tickets are $35 and include 30 food and drink tickets and a Snallygaster mug.
There isn’t a more appropriate place to ring in the start of Oktoberfest than at the former mansion of Christian Heurich, the German immigrant whose company became Washington’s largest brewery in the 20th century. It features unlimited tastings of nine seasonal beers from 3 Stars Brewing, Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, D.C. Braus, District Chophouse & Brewery, Hellbender Brewing, the Public Option and Right Proper Brewing, as well as biergarten staples as bratwurst on the grill from 13th Street Meats, pretzels from Das Pretzel Haus, and sauerkraut and pickles from No. 1 Sons. Der Gemutlichkeits will provide the German music.
Oct. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Admission is $60 and includes a tasting mug and a food ticket good for one brat, two pretzels, one pickle and one serving of sauerkraut.
Pups and Pilsners
What pairs better with a glass of cold craft beer than man’s best friend? That’s the idea behind Pups and Pilsners in Crystal City. It features a big beer garden and food from Crystal City restaurants, as well as your dogs. Fly solo or take Fido along. There will be beers from local breweries New District, Port City, 3 Stars and D.C. Brau, as well Virginia breweries Blue Mountain, Brothers, Hardywood and Chaos Mountain.
Sept. 18 from 2-6 p.m. at Crystal City, 1200 Crystal Drive, Arlington. Admission is FREE, although tasting tickets, which include a souvenir glass, 15 tastes and one drink, are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.