Things to Do in DC This Weekend: Festivals, Exhibits, Tours – Washingtonian

Posted By on October 10, 2022

Down in the Reeds fall festival 2021. Photograph by Albert Ting.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Monday is Indigenous Peoples Day, so many folks will get an extra day this weekend to go out on the town and explore. You could check out a free garden tour at the White House, or stop by DCs Hotel Zena for some father-daughter fun.

Budget-friendly. Take anonline course on practicing mindfulness (Sun, free, virtual). Laugh out loud with local comics (Thurs, pay-what-you-can, Adams Morgan). Bring the whole family to the Down in the Reeds fall festival(Sat, free, Shepherd Park). Celebrate National Father-Daughter Day with hair-braiding lessons and a photography exhibit at the Hotel Zena (Sun, free, Downtown DC). End the weekend with a workout and kickbox with local fitness group 9Round (Sun, free, Navy Yard).

Arts and culture. Check out a symposium and panel discussion about self-taught American art (Fri, free, virtual and Smithsonian American Art Museum). Book lovers and aspiring authors are invited to anAuthors and Appetizers event for discussions, food, and networking (Thurs, $20, Alexandria).Have you ever designed a doormat? Heres your chance tostencil and paint one at a workshop in Maryland (Thurs, $50, District Heights). See Notre-Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition before it closes this weekend (Thurs-Sun, $7+, National Building Museum). Go to a massive outdoor art gallery (Sat-Sun, free, Bethesda).

Theater and shows.Clap your hands and sing-along at Roll On! A Gospel Musical (Sun, $25+, Anacostia). Its your last chance to see a free or discounted show during this seasons Theatre Week (Thurs-Sun, prices and participating locations vary). Watch a musical performance from Washington Improv Theaters Playing It By Earseries(Fri-Sat, $15+, Logan Circle).

History and heritage. Recognize LGBTQ+ History Month by taking a guided walking tour thatll exploreU Streets queer history (Sat, $25, Shaw). Acryptology museum debuts this weekend (Sat, free, Annapolis). Have a conversation with poet Elena Medel and author Linda Chavez followed by a reception and book signing (Thurs, free, Columbia Heights). Learn about DCs Jewish culinary scene at the Capital Jewish Food Festival (Sun, $15+, Downtown DC).

Music and concerts.In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day,Emmy-nominated singer and composer Jennifer Kreisberg is putting ona free concert(Sat, free, Kennedy Center). Warm up with a cup of tea and relax to acoustic performances by women musicians at The Tea: Like Water (Fri, free, virtual).

Bites and beverages. Spend the afternoon eating oysters from local farms at this weekends Oyster Wars (Sun, $60+, Ivy City). Sip on a variety of pours at the DC Wine Fest (Sat, $35+, Union Market). Set sail on an adult party cruise on the Potomac River. The cruise includes happy hour before and after at Pinstripes (Thurs, $15+, Georgetown). Continue the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at Sip & Salsa! (Sat, free, Arlington).

Fun and games. A fall festival wouldnt be complete without some plant fun! All ages are welcome to celebrate agriculture at the U.S. Botanic Garden with a day of cooking demonstrations, music, science, and crafts (Sat, free, Southwest). Breakdance, color, and explore a pop-up library with story time at the mall (Thurs-Sun, free, Bethesda).

Get involved.Wear a spooky costume and head to a They Might Be Giants concert and haunt party.It will benefit the Arc of Loudouns work to support people with disabilities (Sat, $40+, Leesburg). Volunteer and make postersfor Saturdays Womens March (Fri, free, 14th Street).

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Briana A. Thomas is a local journalist, historian, and tour guide who specializes in the research of D.C. history and culture. She is the author of the Black history book, Black Broadway in Washington, D.C., a story that was first published in Washingtonian in 2016.

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