Our end-of-the-week picks for Sept. 24-26
We've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. You can also read the latest info regarding what's open and reopening in the District, as well as things to do during the week and throughout the month.
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Deaf Enlightenment and Arts Festival
Celebrate Deaf culture through the arts with this free three-day (Thursday-Saturday) community event at The REACH on the Kennedy Center’s campus. Visionaries of the Creative Arts and National Theatre of the Deaf have partnered with DC’s iconic venue to host programming featuring outdoor activities and performances by Deaf artists in music, ASL poetry/storytelling, the visual arts, dance, film and theatre. Make sure to read up on the Kennedy Center’s vaccination and mask policy before you go. Registration is required.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
2021 Feminist Art History Conference
American University offers the seventh edition of this art and literary focused conference in a virtual format. On Saturday at 11 a.m., Jonathan Frederick Walz, curator of The Phillips Collection’s upcoming exhibit dedicated to Alma Thomas, will host a session on the artist’s fascination with space, time and the performing arts. The next day, at 11:30 a.m., the University and the National Gallery of Art host the conference’s final session, a lively discussion that will focus on feminist issues in museum practice.
Art All Night
An all-night arts festival? Sign us up. Yes, DC has that with Art All Night, which will spread out over multiple neighborhoods on Friday and Saturday. Art experiences don’t get much more lavish or expansive than this: Everything from painting to performing arts to music to sculpture will be showcased in both public and private spaces, indoors and outdoors as the event returns to an in-person format this year.
DC Bike Ride
If you’re looking for fun activities in the District this fall, you’ve found a gem with DC Bike Ride, happening on Saturday, Sept. 25. With a family-friendly course, DC Bike Ride became the biggest celebration of cycling in DC by offering a unique experience to its participants. If you need further convincing, here are even more reasons to participate and then make sure to register.
Grand Reopening of the MLK Library: Family Festival
Celebrate the reopening of MLK Library with an all-ages celebration this weekend. The library's outdoor family festival will feature an array of activities, performances, games for children, author talks and interviews, food trucks and much more. Most of the event will happen outside under the library’s loggia. While inside the building, masks are required as part of the District’s mandate. Check out the full schedule and plan an unforgettable Saturday excursion.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Free admission
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Franklin Park Fest
The National Park Service, along with the District of Columbia and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, is nearing completion on the $18 million renovation of the nearly five-acre park. On Friday, the park will officially reopen with a community block party set to take place on Saturday. Improvements include a new outdoor restaurant and pavilion, a children’s play area and improvements to the landscaping, lighting, central plaza and the interactive historic fountain.
6 p.m. | Free admission
Franklin Park, 1332 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Laurie Anderson: The Weather
You're likely familiar with Laurie Anderson and her influence without even knowing it. One of the most groundbreaking artists of the 20th century has used a range of media, including live performance, video, music and writing, to address American identity and technology and the effect of both on human relationships. This new exhibit at the Hirshhorn will debut more than 10 new artworks, interspersed with essential Anderson creations from throughout her career. The immersive audiovisual experience will be complimented by a series of live shows by Anderson from January through July of 2022.
Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Free admission | Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560
Wunder Garten's 7th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Through Oct. 10, weekends can feature German food, music, décor, contests and lots and lots of beer at Wunder Garten. Oktoberfest brews and German-style beers will be available throughout the celebration. Local favorite Cafe Berlin holds down Friday nights with German cuisine and the popular Bavarian Olympics also return (think stein-holding contests and drinking games). On Sundays, Dogtoberfest can be enjoyed from 12-3 p.m., allowing you to bring along your pup in his or her favorite themed costume.
Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Georgetown GLOW: Summer Edition - Final Weekend
After the 2020 edition was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, Georgetown GLOW has returned with a two-part series of outdoor installations, with the second lighting up the neighborhood through this Sunday. The region’s only free, curated, outdoor public light experience will be open to all both day and night, and you can read up on the artists and installations on Georgetown GLOW’s official website.
George Washington Patriot Run
You will have a chance to run down the George Washington Memorial Parkway right up to George Washington’s mansion on Mount Vernon with this special September run, which will also be offered in a virtual format. Both a 5K and 10-Miler will be offered in-person with safety protocols in place. After the race, you can enjoy concessions, live music and beer (if you’re over the age of 21).
More info & registration
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Game Genius’ third annual citywide puzzle hunt focuses on climate and environment changemakers and action steps. There are two ways to play: a team contest (1-5 players) on opening weekend (Sept. 24-26) to complete the puzzle as quickly as possible or a self-directed hunt on your own time after opening weekend (Sept. 27 – Oct. 11). Teams are given a special fundraising page to share in the lead up to the competition. Read the FAQ and start planning how you will conquer the District Hunt.
Make Good The Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and its Legacies
Step into the National Museum of African American History and Culture's new 4,300-square-foot exhibition that explores the Reconstruction era through an African American lens. Make Good The Promises features 175 objects, 200 photographs, 15 audio, video and interactive programs, as well as a companion book. The exhibition explores the deep divisions and clashing visions about how to rebuild the United States after slavery and the end of the Civil War. It connects that era to efforts in 2021 to make good on the promises of the Constitution. Note that the museum also celebrates its fifth anniversary on Friday.
Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free timed passes | Safety guidelines
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560
Cultural Tourism DC showcases the incredible walkability of the nation’s capital during this free, week-long public tour program. In total, 50 guided walking tours will be held throughout the District, allowing you to further explore the city's neighborhoods, cultural attractions, creativity and so much more. Tours come in many variations, from after-work “happy hour” soirees to long weekend tours. 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 DC.
Ice Cream Jubilee Tasting Flights: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
Savor the flavors of Hispanic and Latin America with these mouthwatering tasting flights from Ice Cream Jubilee. Options include strawberry tres leches, toasted horchata, Mexican hot chocolate and mango habanero. Advanced tickets include a tasting flight, a take-home pint and a donation to La Clinica Del Pueblo, a non-profit health clinic that serves DC's local Spanish-speaking community. The promotion runs through Oct. 3.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse and Huntington Theatre Company have teamed up to bring you this exciting production that was initially planned for June 2020. Teenage Dick is a darkly humorous, modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III set in high school. Richard is picked on because of his cerebral palsy and is now set to exact his revenge once he’s been named senior class president. However, along the way, Richard must ask himself: is it better to be feared or loved? Please note that in order to attend a performance at Woolly Mammoth, you’ll need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
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