It Is a Fall Festival Weekend in the DMV
There are plenty of festivals to fill your weekend, from the Reach Opening Festival and the Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon to the Falls Church Festival, Celebrate Petworth and the Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull. And Art All Night fills eight D.C. neighborhoods with activities from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday night. And according to the forecast, the weather should be great this weekend with temperatures in the mid- to upper-80s and only 10% chance of rain both days.
Work has finished on the platforms at six Metro stations south of Reagan National Airport, and Braddock Road, King Street, Van Dorn Street, Franconia-Springfield, Eisenhower Avenue and Huntington have all reopened. Instead, the Bethesda and Medical Center stations on the Red Line are closed. Free shuttle buses replace trains between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights with trains running between Shady Grove and Grosvenor and Friendship Heights and Glenmont every 8 minutes from opening until 9:30 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 9:30 p.m. until closing. Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green trains operate on regular weekend schedules.
Art All Night
An all-night arts festival? Sign us up. D.C. has it with Art All Night, which is spread over the eight District Main Street neighborhoods of Congress Heights, Deanwood Heights, Dupont Circle, H Street, Minnesota Avenue, North Capitol, Shaw and Tenleytown. It brings visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film and poetry to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including businesses. It is impossible to experience everything, so don’t even try to see it all. Pick a neighborhood that is convenient and explore it, fully. (Or maybe pick two: Shaw and Dupont Circle, for example, aren’t terribly far apart.) You have eight hours
Sept. 14 from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. in eight D.C. neighborhoods. Admission is FREE!
The Reach Opening Festival
The new $250 million expansion at the Kennedy Center, The Reach, include modern rehearsal studios, classrooms and a large public plaza. It opened last weekend, but the 16-day opening festival continues this weekend with a concert by Thievery Corporation at 8:30 p.m. Friday, film screenings, workshops, DJs, yoga Sunday morning and a sing-along with The Muppet Movie at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Every event is FREE. This weekend’s events include performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, music and storytelling workshops, tai chi and barre classes, a virtual reality lounge, an underground comedy stand-up showcase and more. Check the https://cms.kennedy-center.org/festivals/reach/schedule schedule for details. Registration for timed-entry passes is available online. Most passes for the major events are “sold out,” but there will be standby lines to allow as many people as possible to experience the new space.
Through Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. Admission is FREE, but timed-passes are required.
Theatre Week celebrates D.C.’s professional theater community and the launch of the fall season. Dozens of local theaters will participate, with $10, $12, $15 and $35 tickets offered for the most exciting shows of the season. Thirty-seven shows are participating including Doubt: A Parable at Studio Theatre, 1 Henry IV at the Folger Theatre, Assassins at the Signature Theatre, Fabulation or the Re-Edumatcation of Undine by Mosaic Theater Co. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Life Is a Dream at the Gala Hispanic Theatre, Fairview at the Woolly Mammoth Theater, Love Sick at Theater J, Jitney at Arena Stage and Everybody at the Shakespeare Theatre Co. Special events include a tour d’ theaters bike ride starting at Theatre J from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday that will visit some of the theaters that have recently been renovated including the Kennedy Center, Theater J, Woolly Mammoth and the Folger. On Monday from 5:30-7 p.m. there will be a walking tour of historic theaters with NPR’s Bob Mondello starting at the National Theatre. Both are free, but require registration.
Through Sept. 29 at various times and at various theaters in the DMV. Tickets are $10-$35.
NSO in Your Neighborhood
The National Symphony Orchestra’s effort to make inroads across the District is one of the best free concert programs in the city. For fall, they are playing all across the eastern neighborhoods. NSO in Your Neighborhood performances extend through Monday, with highlighted venues including the D.C. Eagle from 6-7 p.m. and Nationals Youth Baseball Academy from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, a full orchestra community concert at the Kenilworth Recreation Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and two outdoor concerts on Sunday at the National Arboretum from 3-4 p.m. and Chuck Brown Memorial Park from 6-7 p.m.
Sept. 12-16 at various times and locations in D.C. Admission is FREE!
The sign on the wrought-iron gate of Congressional Cemetery reads: “Beware, all souls who enter here,” but in keeping with the tongue-in-cheek attitude that this Capitol Hill space is known for, the warning doesn’t refer to anything especially ghastly. It is simply a reminder that neighborhood dogs (with permits) are allowed to roam free inside the fence, and that the 1807 site, while historical, is still an active burial ground. The emphasis is on “active”: The last of the seasonal Cinematery series is a screening of the instant-classic horror film Get Out from Jordan Peele. Guests are welcome to BYOB and dinner, too.
Sept. 13 at sunset, around 7:30 p.m. at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is a $10 suggested donation at the gate.
Arena Stage kicks off a season-long festival honoring August Wilson, a legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, with Jitney, his drama that won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Set in the early 1970s, it follows a group of men trying to make a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. The dramatic story of a Pittsburgh jitney station becomes a symbol of stability as the drivers resist powerful forces while coming to grips with their pasts to fulfill their own hopes and dreams for the future as they face the onslaught of gentrification and a steady lack of opportunity.
Sept. 13-Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. on Saturday (except Sept. 14) and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and noon on Oct. 1, 2 and 9 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Tickets are $56-$115.
What the Constitution Means to Me
Shrouded in nominations and awards this year, What the Constitution Means to Me captures the full attention of audiences this September. The autobiographical tale follows Heidi Schreck, as the writer/performer portrays her teenage self. Schreck details how she earned enough money to attend college by winning Constitutional debate competitions all over the country and how the document came to influence four generations of women in her family. This production blends humor, hopefulness and humanity.
Sept. 11-22 at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (except Sept. 22) and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Sept. 19 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. Tickets are $49-$169.
Pitch a Friend
If you are looking to mingle and have a high tolerance for public embarrassment, skip the dating apps and head to Franklin Hall on Friday night. In some twisted social equation, organizers of Pitch a Friend have merged dating games and apps with Shark Tank. Presenters will take the stage to deliver a three-minute Powerpoint presentation on why attendees should date their friends followed by a question-and-answer period. Even if you aren’t looking for a mate, it might be a good chance to grab a drink and take people-watching to another level.
Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. at Franklin Hall, 1348 Florida Ave. NW. Admission is FREE!
Cultural Tourism D.C. showcases the incredible walkability of the nation’s capital during the free, week-long public tour program, WalkingTown D.C. In total, 75 guided walking tours will be held throughout the District, including 18 new or updated tours for this year, an addition that features jaunts through Adams Morgan and Capitol Riverfront as well as themed excursions that highlight LGBTQ, women’s and civil rights history in the District. Tours can unlock secrets and hidden histories of the city and come in many variations, from after-work “happy hour” soirees to long weekend tours. Go inside the U.S. Botanic Garden’s collection, or learn about gentrification while exploring H Street NE. Historians, licensed tour guides, community leaders and business owners, among others, host these adventures that will take you to both well-known and hidden gems across D.C. Descriptions of the tours are online.
Sept. 14-22 at various times and at various locations in the District. Admission is FREE, but registration is required and walks fill up quickly.
Colonial Market & Fair
You don’t need Doc Brown’s DeLorean to go back in time this Saturday and Sunday. George Washington’s Mount Vernon hosts its annual Colonial Market & Fair featuring everything you could possibly dream of at such an event. There will be 18th century music, a balloon launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows and chocolate-making. Artisans decked out in era-appropriate attire will also be on-hand demonstrating craft skills of the time and selling wares such as weavings, furniture and leather-workings.
Sept. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. Tickets are $20 for adults ages 12 and older, $12 for youth ages 6-11 and FREE for children 5 and younger.a
Falls Church Festival
The 44th annual Falls Church Festival is on rain or shine. There will be live entertainment including Noland the Magician, Korybantes, the Sudden M Pac Band, the Twin Brothers Band and No Better Off. There will also be local crafters, children’s amusements, a beer garden with beer from Audacious Aleworks and spirit tastings from FC Distillers, and the Taste of Falls Church ($3/ticket or $25/10 with tastes requiring one to three tickets) with local restaurants (competing for the People’s Choice Award.
Sept. 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Falls Church city hall grounds, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church with a kids craft tent near the picnic pavilion at Cherry Hill Park. Admission is FREE!
Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull
Teams of 25 compete to pull an 82-ton FedEx Airbus A230 or United Boeing 727 12 feet the fastest during the Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull, which raises money for Special Olympics Virginia. The day starts with the Dulles 5K/10K at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Plane Pull and Kids’ Pull competitions beginning at 11 a.m., a vintage and modern day aircraft and car show, and a whole lot of food, games, exhibits and live music. There are also $1 airfield tours, a kids play area with bounce houses and a dunk-a-cop tank, a trackless train, equipment displays, $5 firetruck rides, police K-9 demonstrations
Sept. 14 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Dulles International Airport, 1 Saarinen Circle, Dulles, Va. Admission and parking are FREE! A free shuttle bus will run from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station and the airport from 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
One of Washington’s best neighborhoods is throwing its annual block party on its best-known street on Saturday. The day-long Celebrate Petworth festival is anchored by hourly live music performances including Hands on Drums, the American Pops Orchestra, the Keith Butler Trio, Two’s featuring Joe Herrera and Tetsuya Ueda, and DJ Unown featuring Flex Matthews, along with a dog show that will feature such contests as “most glamorous,” “best dressed,” “coolest trick,” “look-alike” and “best bark.” Various food vendors will set up shop for a Taste of Petworth (tickets are $2 each) and standing bricks-and-mortar stores and restaurants, including Timber Pizza, will have special deals and hours for the occasion.
Sept. 14 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. along the 800 block of Upshur St. NW. Admission is FREE!
If you’ve found yourself in a stylish storefront or restaurant somewhere in the District, there is a good chance that it was designed by the folks at Streetsense. The local design firm is bringing Streetmarket, a day-long pop-up market chock full of its clients and trendy vendors, to Blagden Alley. See a live mural created by Marcella Kriebel, sample good eats from the likes of Little Sesame and Tiger Fork, and browse sundries for sale from shops including GoodWood and She Loves Me.
Sept. 14 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Blagden Alley NW, which runs from M Street to N Street between Ninth and 10th Streets NW in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. Admission is FREE!
Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
Feast your eyes on Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence, the first monographic exhibition in the U.S. to focus on Andrea del Verrocchio, an artist, sculptor, painter and teacher who counted Leonardo da Vinci and likely Sandro Botticelli among his pupils. The exhibit, which opens Sunday, showcases Verrocchio’s materials and techniques while also displaying some 50 masterpieces, including paintings, sculptures and drawings.
Sept. 15 through Jan. 12, 2020 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Woolly: Fully Open
The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co. showcases its newly renovated lobby space and launch its fall season of exciting plays with its free-and-open-to-the-public Woolly: Fully Open party. You will be able to enjoy Uptown Boyz, an inter-tribal Powwow drum group, Crank LuKongo, an Afro go-go roots music band, and delicious food. Woolly Mammoth will also offer exclusive in-person discounts on tickets and subscriptions for its landmark 40th season.
Sept. 15 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., 641 D St. NW. Admission is FREE!
6.13.89: The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 9 at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 500 17th St. NW. Admission is FREE!
All Work, No Pay from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through February 2020 at the National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. Admission is FREE!
American Myths & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Oct. 14 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Americans from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through 2022 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Admission is FREE!
Assassins at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday through Sept. 29 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets are $40-$110.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs from the 1850s to Apollo 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 5 at the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Capital Harvest on the Plaza from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 22 at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Admission is FREE!
Celebrating New American Gardens from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 15 at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Nov. 29, 2020 at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
The Eye of the Sun: Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the National Gallery of Art from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 1 at the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Fabulations, or the Re-Education of Undine at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (except Sept. 22) through Sept. 22 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20-$65.
Feel the Sun in Your Mouth: Recent Acquisitions from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through February 2020 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Admission is FREE!
Flickering Treasures from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 14 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors ages 60 and older, youth ages 3-17 and students. Children 2 and younger are FREE!
Farragut Fridays from 9 a.m.-5p.m. through Sept. 20 at Farragut Square, 17th and K Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Game Change: Elephants from Prey to Preservation from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Feb. 1, at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Gardens Across America from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 1 at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 5 at the Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW. Admission is FREE!
Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Sept. 29 at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Hoops from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 5 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for youth ages 3-17, students with ID and seniors ages 60 and older.
I Am . . . Contemporary Women Artists of Africa from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through July 5 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
LAST CHANCE! Infinite Space from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Sept. 15 at Artechouse, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW. Tickets are $8-$16 online and $10-$20 at the door.
In Mid-Sentence from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Mar. 8 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
It’s Hip to Be Square: The Mint Family from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Nov. 31 at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Love Sick at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (except Sept. 13), 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (except Sept. 21), 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday (except Sept. 29) and noon Sept. 18 and 24 through Sept. 29 at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $39-$69.
Manifesto: Art x Agency from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Jan. 5 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Admission is FREE!
Maryland Renaissance Festival from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends and Labor Day through Oct. 20 at 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 62 and older and $9 for children ages 7-15 through Sept. 8 and $27, $23 and $12, respectively, beginning Sept. 15. Children 6 and younger are FREE!
Michael Sherrill Retrospective from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 5 at the Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW. Admission is FREE!
Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisentaedt from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Jan. 12 at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for college students, $5 for children ages 6-18 and children younger than 6 are FREE!
More is More: Multiples from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 22 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for people 65 and older and students, and children 18 and younger are FREE!
One Life: Marian Anderson from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. through May 17 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Outbreak from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through 2021 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Picture Books of the Past: Reading an Old Master Painting from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 30, 2020, at the Museum of the Bible, 400 Fourth St. SW. Advance tickets are $19.99 for adults, $9.99 for children 7-17 and children and younger are FREE. Tickets at the door at $24.99 for adults, $19.99 for seniors, military, first responders and students, $14.99 for children 7-17 and children 6 and younger are FREE!
Portraits of the World: Korea from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Nov. 17 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Recent Acquisitions from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Nov. 3 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Jan. 3, 2021, at the National Archives, 701 Constitution Ave. NW. Admission is FREE!
Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31 at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $12.71-$21.21 online or $14.95-$24.95 at the door.
Sculpture Down to Scale: Models for Public Art at Federal Buildings, 1974-1985 from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. through June 6, 2020, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!
Sea Monsters Unearthed, Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through 2020 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is FREE!
Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through January at the National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Seriously Funny: From the Desk of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31 at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Admission is $12.71-$21.21 in online or $14.95-$24.95 at the door.
Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday through September 2020 at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Admission is FREE!
Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 20 at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through September at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Subodh Gupta: Terminal from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through 2020 at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
LAST CHANCE! The Warmth of Other Suns from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday and noon-6:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 14 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and children 18 and younger are FREE!
The Way of the Kami from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Nov. 1 at the Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
What Absence Is Made Of from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through March 2020 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Admission is FREE!
Whistler in Watercolor from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Oct. 6 at Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is FREE!
Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through May 31 at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW. Admission is FREE!