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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC
Live and virtual events, plus a stay-inside guide for DC music, videos and more for Sept. 25-27
We've got the latest info about what's open and safety guidelines in Washington, DC. As you continue social distancing, we've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. As always, you can also check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours, neighborhood tours, TV and movies streaming ideas with a DC bent, DC-inspired music playlists, Washington, DC Zoom meeting backgrounds and much more.
Looking for things to do Monday through Thursday? Don't miss things to do this week.
2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival
Book lovers, do not fear: the National Book Festival is happening this weekend. Although the 20th edition of the event will be celebrated virtually, readers can still expect plenty of worthwhile programming to enjoy from the comfort of their homes for free from Friday through Sunday. The theme this year is “American Ingenuity,” with a featured author list that includes Colson Whitehead, Angela Dominguez, Gene Luen Yang, Tomi Adeyemi and Kali Fajardo-Anstine, among many others. Other topics of focus include “Fearless Women,” “Hearing Black Voices” and “Democracy”. Speakers are organized by genre, including fiction, science and history, and there is separate programming for teens and children. The festival will culminate with a two-hour show on PBS on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. featuring interviews with dozens of big-name authors, including Ibram X. Kendi and Melinda Gates. Videos and live discussions will be streamed online – check out the festival’s website for more details.
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Byte Night: ZooFari
One of the National Zoo’s signature events is going fully virtual – and free – this Friday. The livestreamed event from Friends of the National Zoo will feature exotic animals, a panda cub update, culinary tips from acclaimed chef Tim Ma and a silent auction offering animal-created art, behind-the-scenes tours and much more. Registration is free but required; there are also VIP options available.
6-7 p.m. | Register | Donate
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Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: Art All Night - 2020 Virtual Edition
Usually confined to one evening, this virtual edition of Art All Night continues through this Saturday. The virtual activation features online events for several hours on Friday and Saturday night, as well as themed livestreams during the week. Expect a wide range of artists to participate in numerous forms of expression, including the culinary arts and fashion and design.
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Park Up DC
Now would be an ideal time to enjoy a drive-in movie, right? Events DC and Broccoli City have teamed up to bring you this pop-up event at RFK Campus Lot 5 on weekends through Oct. 31. Enjoy a 45-foot HD LED digital screen and pre-paid delivery food from local food trucks. The event will follow all social distancing guidelines, including the necessity of facial coverings – make sure to visit the event’s FAQ page for full clarity on the policies. Peruse the movie lineup and purchase your tickets online – each evening features multiple showings. Note that double features are encouraged and you will not be required to leave your designated 15 ft. x 20 ft. parking space in between screenings.
More Info | Tickets
Screenings begin at 7 p.m.
RFK Campus Lot 5
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DowntownDC Dine Out on 8th Street
One of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods is hosting a destination streatery beginning this weekend. On 8th Street NW, between H and K streets, you will find a plethora of neighborhood eateries offering table service outside, with reservations required, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Social distancing guidelines will apply and masks must be worn when not eating or drinking. Tables can host up to a maximum of six people. Participating restaurants include Cranes, Olivia, Modena and Cuba Libre. For menus, reservations and additional information, visit the streatery's dedicated website.
Fridays: 5-10 p.m. | Saturdays & Sundays: 12-10 p.m.
8th Street NW, between H and K Streets, Washington, DC
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The 16th Annual DC JazzFest
This year, the annual DC JazzFest is going entirely virtual. Time to prepare yourself (and your living room) for a jazz festival like none other. Tune in to five days of world-class programming beginning this Thursday, including performances by legends and rising stars, family-friendly music education classes and plenty of more exclusive jazz content. The lineup includes Danilo Perez, Matthew Whitaker, Marc Cary, The Chuck Brown Band and many more. Make sure to subscribe to the festival’s YouTube channel and follow their page on Facebook. The festival concludes on Monday, Sept. 28.
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Wunder Garten’s 6th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Through Oct. 18, weekends can feature German food, music, décor, contests and lots and lots of beer at Wunder Garten. All of this can be safely enjoyed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Fridays offer a pig roast by Federalist Pig, Saturday showcases Bavarian cuisine and steinholding and Sundays are for Dogtoberfest, when humans and canines are free to dress up. Suds from some of Bavaria’s oldest breweries are available, in addition to brews from regional purveyors like Devil’s Backbone and Port City Brewing. Tables are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and cabana rentals are available for up to six people.
Fridays: 3-9 p.m. | Saturdays: 12 p.m. – Midnight | Sundays: 12-3 p.m. | More Info
Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
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‘Romantics Anonymous’ – Live Stream
Originally slated to be performed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre back in April, Romantics Anonymous can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home thanks to this live stream from the Bristol Old Vic. Writer and director Emma Rice’s play focuses on two anxious French chocolatiers who overcome their worries to give romance a chance. Expect plenty of laughs and riveting songs across five days of performances, a stretch that begins on Tuesday afternoon and concludes on Saturday. Make sure to purchase your ticket in advance.
2:30 p.m. | Tickets
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Eno Azur at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC and ENO Wine Bar are delighted to offer this one-of-a-kind pop-up experience from executive chef Sébastien Giannini, a native of the French Riviera. You can enjoy outdoor dining, delicious cocktails, chilled rosé and a glamorous menu inspired by the Côte d'Azur. Reservations are required. Make sure to read up on the hotel’s safety protocols before you plan your excursion.
Wednesday – Friday, 5-10 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday, 3-10 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
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Visit Reopened Smithsonian Museums
Four of DC's Smithsonian museums recently reopened their doors: the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. The National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of American History will join them this Friday. All have new safety protocols in place and are offering reduced hours and all will require a free timed-entry pass to enter, except for the Renwick Gallery, which can accommodate safe crowd management and social distancing for the amount of visitors allowed at one time. Visit Smithsonian's website for even more detailed info on hours, passes and safety.
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Visit the new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
The new Frank Gehry-designed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, erected in honor of the nation’s 34th president and Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, is a spectacular new addition to DC’s lineup of memorials. Located at 540 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024, the site honors Eisenhower’s legacy in a four-acre urban park and features a variety of pieces that symbolize his inspirational feats.
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Victura Park at The REACH
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' grand expansion, The REACH, hosts this outdoor pop-up wine garden and cafe from Thursday through Sunday. The Hilton Brothers and Chef Erik Bruner-Yang have collaborated on this winery-inspired setting, which will offer charcuterie boards and light snacks, as well as beer, wine, adult seltzers and other beverages. Check out the full menu. Note that guests are required to maintain social distance and wear a mask when not sitting down. No more than 10 guests are allowed inside the Pavilion for ordering and payment. You can read more about the safety protocols before attending this free event.
Thursday: 3-10 p.m. | Friday: 3-10 p.m. | Saturday: 12-10 p.m. | Sunday: 12-8 p.m.
The REACH at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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