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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for Sept. 17-19

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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Friday

 

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle – Final Weekend
The Phillips Collection showcases Jacob Lawrence’s 30-panel series entitled, Struggle…From the History of the American People. Lawrence painted the stunning series between 1954 and 1956, and this exhibition marks the first time that the pieces have been reunited since 1958. The display also features two new panels discovered in 2020 and 2021, adding fascinating new context to this lesser known series that still showcases Lawrence’s legendary narrative artistry. You can also view Lawrence’s essential Migration Series at the museum.
Hours & Tickets
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

DowntownDC On Wheels
Show off your moves and roll into the weekend during DowntownDC on Wheels! Lace up your skates while enjoying live music and entertainment throughout this exciting end-of-summer event that runs from this Friday through Sunday. Special lessons and performances are also included in the weekend lineup. The events are free to attend, but registration is required. Limited skates will be available, so bringing your own skates is encouraged.
Register |  Free admission
800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

D.C. Walls
Returning for its sixth year, this international mural festival, formerly known as POW! WOW!, will convene local, national and international artists under its new name from this Tuesday through Sept. 18. The 10-day outdoor festival launched originally in 2016 and is the local chapter of the worldwide POW! WOW! collective, based in Hawai’i.
More Info
 

Inside the Wardrobe
The stars have aligned in bringing this 20,000-square-foot, interactive exhibit to DC’s center of fashion, Georgetown. You will journey through more than 20 experiences focused on the fun and creativity of getting dressed. Inside the Wardrobe merges an Instagram playground and a pop-up museum into a fashionista fantasyland. Design Foundry is behind this incredible addition to DC’s summer lineup.
Thursdays & Fridays, 5-9 p.m. |  Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
3270 M Street NW, Suite C100, Washington, DC 20007

 

National Dance Day Festival
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center will be the venue for this free, three-day celebration of all things dance. Bring the entire family along for live performances, interactive dance routines and lessons and a diverse collection of DC organizations. Registration is required. The event is produced in partnership with the American Dance Movement and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Programming was done in collaboration with Dance Place and Kennedy Center Culture Caucus member Carol Foster. Make sure to read up on the Kennedy Center’s vaccination and mask policy before you go.
More info |  Free admission
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Wunder Garten's 7th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Starting this Friday and running 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.
More info
Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
 

Saturday

 

Hispanic Heritage Month programming from Smithsonian
Join several Smithsonian museums for educational and inspirational virtual programming through Oct. 13. The National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian will host family-friendly online events that will focus on Hispanic art, icons and stories.
Schedule
 

H Street Festival
Another one of DC’s most popular neighborhoods pulls out all the stops for this annual festival. The H Street Festival will feature live music, dance performances, family-friendly activities, contests and plenty of food vendors across its many staging areas, with dozens of businesses participating.
12-7 p.m. |  Free admission
H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair
You don’t need Doc Brown’s DeLorean to go back in time in the DC area this September. George Washington’s Mount Vernon hosts this annual colonial-style market and fair featuring everything you could possibly dream of at such an event. This includes 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.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

 

Walkingtown DC
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.
Register

 

Toni Stone
This spellbinding story from award-winning playwright Lydia R. Diamond is set to hit a home run at Arena Stage. Toni Stone is the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues and the first woman to play professionally in a men’s league in the 1950s. Stone dominates the competition and makes her own rules in the male-dominated sports world. This inspiring story will showcase the courage, determination and confidence of its alluring main character.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Sunday

 

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 begins this Friday and runs through Oct. 3.
More info
 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with DC Public Library
The DC Public Library is offering a variety of events and resources in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The theme this year is Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. Reflect on past, current and future contributions to Hispanic culture with story time, film viewings, performances and readings. You can also enjoy a special edition of #StayatHomeDCTrivia on Sept. 21.
 

The Towers of the WTC: 51 Years of Photographs by Camilo José Vergara
Dedicated to “those who perished, those who responded and those who are rebuilding after September 11, 2001,” this new exhibit at the National Building Museum will feature stunning photographs by Camilo José Vergara, chronicling the five-decade story of the World Trade Center, including its construction, tragic demise and the rebuilding of the site and surrounding area. The visual retrospective will serve not just as a reflection on the Twin Towers, but the evolution and transformation of New York City itself.
Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  More info
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

92Q End of Summer Jam Featuring Future
Make the drive out to Merriweather Post Pavilion for this all-day show featuring hip-hop and R&B superstars. Future headlines, but he’ll also be joined by City Girls, Moneybagg Yo and 42 Dugg. Local station 92Q presents this exciting concert as a celebration of the end of summer and the onset of fall. Make sure to review Merriweather’s safety policies before you go.
3-10 p.m. |  Tickets

 

Georgetown GLOW: Summer Edition
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 Sept. 26. 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.
 

The Amen Corner
From the brilliant mind of the late James Baldwin comes this acclaimed play directed by Whitney White, which will reside at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall for a short two-week engagement. The Amen Corner concerns Pastor Margaret, who runs a small storefront church in Harlem in the 1950s. Margaret cries out against the vices of her sons and congregation, but faces her own personal struggle when memories of her troubled past return. Filled with uproarious gospel songs, the acclaimed production serves as an outstanding re-entry to in-person theater enjoyment.
Tickets
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

 

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