This week’s events  are jam-packed with tons of fun!  #SoExcited  All events noted below are in the District unless otherwise noted.  Here’s what’s going on this week…


DC Northwest

Robert Glasper’s Black Radio with special guest Yasiin Bey | Kennedy Ctr REACH, September 28, 29

With his distinctive blend of jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, and soul, four-time Grammy®-winning pianist and producer Robert Glasper closes out his two-week residency at the REACH with music from his award-winning, genre-defying album Black Radio. $39+, Various times

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Washington, DC Turkish Festival | 1400 Pennsylvania Ave NW, September 29

17th Annual DC Turkish Festival will offer a full day of FREE activities that range from lively folk dancing and musical performances to arts and crafts activities for children and adults. It takes place in the heart of DC on Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 12th and 14th St and Freedom Plaza. 

Visitors will enjoy other much-loved aspects of Turkey such as its delicious cuisine, traditional coffee fortune reading, and a bustling Bazaar. The Festival brings together a wide range of artists and more than 25,000 Washingtonians in an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and leads to fun and engaging interactions. 11am – 7pm

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Dogtoberfest | Corner Office Restaurant, September 28

Beer specials by Devils Backbone Brewing Company, BBQ menus,  Live Music, Dog fashion show with prizes, Dress your dogs in costumes to participate!

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Emerging Designers Showcase Presented by DC Fashion Week | Liaison Hotel, September 29

DC Fashion Week presents the M.E.D.I.A. Showcase (Metropolitan Emerging Designers & Indie Artists). This critically acclaimed platform features emerging designer collections as well as recording artists who are making waves in the music & entertainment industry. $50+, 7pm – 9pm

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2019 DC Shorts International Film Festival | Various, Through September 28

he 2019 DC Shorts International Film Festival features 156 short films from 38 different countries. The films are shown at 19 showcases, each of which includes 6-8 films that range from 2 to 29 minutes long and includes genres such as romance, horror, sci-fi, or documentary. The festival also includes a DC Shorts Screenplay Competition on September 27, where audience members will hear six short scripts performed by local actors and vote on their favorite. The winning script will be filmed and shown at next year’s DC Shorts Festival. Through September 28. $15 per screening or $140 for an all-access pass. See website for more info.

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Washington Monument Reopening | Washington Monument, October 10

After a three-year closure, the Washington Monument will re-open on Thursday with its newly-modernized elevator system. Same-day tickets are available starting at 8:30 AM; tours can be booked in advance starting on October 10

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Evening at the New Embassy of Cameroon with the Ambassador | Embassy of Cameroon, September 27

Journey into the heart of Africa as we experience the mysteries and the culture of Cameroon! – taking place at their NEW embassy!  Step onto foreign soil as we travel halfway across the world without ever leaving the District for a multi-faceted unique and celebratory night! Join us for a special evening of native food, drinks, music, cultural dancing, fashion, diplomats, film, and more! $58.  7pm – 9:30pm

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Grand Opening Weekend of Residents Café & Bar | 1306 18th St. NW, September 27

Join us for our grand opening the weekend of September 27th, Friday and Saturday. After much anticipation, Residents will finally be opening its doors to the public at our normal operating hours and we welcome you to join us in our celebration!  Free, 8am – 3am

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The March on Washington Film Festival| Various, Through September 22-29

The March on Washington Film Festival, which was founded in 2013, seeks to celebrate and share stories about the Civil Rights Movement. This year’s festival, which runs primarily at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium, will have a special focus on the role women played during the movement. See the documentary Dolores, which spotlights Dolores Huerta’s pro-union work with Cesar Chavez (9/26 at GWU); Althea, about 1950s tennis star Althea Gibson (9/27 at GWU); and Amazing Grace: the Power of Aretha Franklin, which will also feature a post-screening panel discussion about the impact and power of gospel music (9/22 at Washington National Cathedral). $5-$20, 12pm 5pm

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Blisspop Disco Fest ft. Cerrone | U Street Music Hall, September 22

Now returning for its second year, Blisspop and U Street Music Hall are proud to present Blisspop Disco Fest, a multi-day celebration of the evolution of disco featuring performances from pioneers in the disco genre and some of the most recognized names in dance music. $25+, 6pm

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Practice With Love Pop Up Yoga at the U.S | U.S. Botanic Garden, Saturdays throughOctober 26

Another year of community yoga flows at the U.S. Botanic Garden brought to you by With Love DC and dozens of loving yoga guides from around the District. Come practice with us in one of DC’s most peaceful and beautiful spaces. Please bring a mat, a water bottle, and an open heart. Free, 10:30am – 11:30am

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Opera Outside 2019 | Meridian Hill / Malcolm X Park, September 28

Washington Concert Opera and Washington Parks & People are pleased to present the Third Annual Opera Outside, a casual outdoor concert on the upper field of Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park featuring performances by soprano Vanessa Becerra, baritone Benjamin Taylor, and pianist David Hanlon. Free, 11am – 12 pm

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August Wilson’s Fences | Ford’s Theater, September 28

August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning drama Fences, one of his 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle series that received star-studded film treatment in 2016 with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis at the helm. The play follows a former Negro League baseball player who struggles to provide for his family in his new job as a sanitation worker. The story shows how his missteps affect his family and how they all struggle in a racist society. $27+

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Film + Talk: The Story of Detroit Techno | Hirshhorn, September 28

in music historian Adrian Loving, film director Kristian R. Hill, producer Jennifer Washington, and legendary Detroit DJ Delano Smith for a special rough-cut screening of the forthcoming documentary God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno (2020) starring Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, and Eddie Fowlkes. This film aims to capture the story behind one of Detroit’s greatest contributions to culture: Techno. The electronic music phenomenon was created by black artists in the 1980s before transforming into the multibillion-dollar industry we know today as EDM. The film also stars Mike Huckaby, Blake Baxter, Delano Smith, Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, John Collins, Darryl Shannon, Santonio Echols and Neil Rushton and includes special appearances by Jeff Mills. The program will begin with a screening of Electric Roots: The Detroit Sound Project to set the stage for a screening of God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines: Act One. Following these film previews, Loving, Hill, Washington, and Smith will discuss the history behind the music and the films that aim to spread its story. Any open seats may be released to walk-up visitors 10 minutes before the program. 1pm

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DC Northeast

Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival | Dock 5 Union Market, September 28

Never before has there been an opportunity where African-American owned Spirit, Wine, and Beer brands have been unified in one place for a single common ground. The Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival will lay a foundation of commerce and education that will inspire and propel a movement towards the widespread support of Black owned Spirits, Wine and Beer. $55+, 2pm – 8pm

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DC Southwest

Crafty Arts & Makers Festival | Akridge Lot at Buzzard Point, September 28, 29

Crafty Arts & Makers Festival is the go-to destination for discovering unique, ethically sourced goods from independent artists and visionaries. Now in its 16th year, the fair connects consumers with rare products they won’t find anywhere else, giving them a shopping experience unlike any other. The Washington City Paper, the District’s premier alternative newsweekly, hosts the annual event that unites artists, makers, and creatives from all walks of life. $5+, 10am – 5pm

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Smorgasburg | Tingey Plaza at The Yards Park, Through October 

Smorgasburg is expanding to Washington, DC! Starting in New York and Los Angeles, the world’s largest weekly outdoor food market will be open every Saturday through at least October and feature 30 food vendors that represent the District’s diversity in cuisine, a beer garden, shaded seating a lush lawn, and more. Like its Brooklyn and LA siblings, Smorgasburg DC promises to provide a unique high-volume, affordable platform for innovative new food concepts. Free. 11am-6pm

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Kith/Kin’s 2 Year Anniversary Event | 801 Wharf St SW, October 2

Honoring the essence and heritage of West Africa’s unique and diverse culture, Kith/Kin will be transformed into a vibrant night market to celebrate the restaurant’s two year anniversary. The evening will be accentuated with stunning views of the Potomac River on The Wharf, delicious food, eclectic sounds of music from DJ Chardabat ranging from Afrobeats and Highlife to Afro-Soul, all intertwined with live dancing and sounds from the traditional Djembe & Talking Drums $75, 8pm – 11:59pm.

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DC Southeast

Fall Harvest Party | District Winery, September 29

The party will be held in the second-floor private events space, which is rarely open to the public and boasts a wraparound terrace and sweeping views of the Anacostia River. Guests will enjoy a variety of District Winery wines, a decadent menu featuring some of their restaurant and event cuisine favorites, a hot apple cider station, mini donuts made on-site, “farmers’ market” theme and decor, and live entertainment. Tickets include food and three alcoholic drink tickets per person. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase. All attendees must be 21+ yrs, $69, 1pm – 5pm.

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Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill | 729 8th St SE, September 28

A team based puzzle hunt created by the clever folks at the Escape Artist DC, known for developing curious mental challenges, team building experiences and bewildering fun for all! $10,  12pm – 3:30pm

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30th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival | Annapolis City Dock, September 28 

Celebrate 30 years of perseverance, education, and cultural heritage with the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival! Live music and dance entertainment on the Main Stage, Community Stage and Children’s Activity Tent | 80+ arts & crafts, food, and education & community vendors | All located at the scenic and historical Annapolis City Dock! Free, 10am – 7pm

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10th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival w. Avery Sunshine and Chelsey Green | Prince George’s Community College

September 29

Join the Prince Georges Cultural Arts Foundation and Lake Arbor Jazz as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the Center for Performing Arts at Prince George’s Community College on September 29 at 7:00 PM.  Chelsey Green and the Green Project will be opening for the gifted and multi talented Avery Sunshine. 7pm – 10pm

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Twist and Stout | Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, September 28

This September the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks will present Twist & Stout, a fine wine and craft beer festival that also features live music from some of the region’s best bands, food trucks from around the state, artisan vendors and artists creating on site. Set at the picturesque Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, MD, the activities provide the perfect ambiance for a fun-filled fall day in the park. $30+. 12pm – 6pm

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Ciara | Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, September 28

Presented by Femme it Forward. Live Nation Urban announced today, the launch of Femme it Forward, a multi-format series of all female curated lineups spotlighting the entertainment industry’s most creative and accomplished female visionaries, both on the stage and behind the scenes. $34+. 8pm

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Summer Concert Series | Bowie Town Center, Through September 28

Discover the ultimate shopping experience at Bowie Town Center, featuring your favorite brands, convenient shopping hours, and a summer concert series every Saturday night, starting June 1st through September 28th starting at 6pm. Bowie Town Center’s Saturday Night Concert Series will feature bands playing Jazz, Funk, R and B, and Classic Rock and more located on the PartyHQ lawn. Get your spot early, bring your friends, lawn chairs and blankets and let’s have a great time. Free. 6pm – 8pm

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Snoop Dogg & Wu Tang Clan 25th Anniversary of Doggystyle & 36 Chambers | Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow September 27

 $35+, 7pm

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Hops N Shine bRUNch Run | Hops N Shineus, Del Ray, Saturdays through November 16 

Join our group every Saturday as we take off for a 3-5 mile run around Alexandria and Arlington. This is an inclusive run for folks of all paces. Strollers welcome! After the run hang out at HnS for a shine-mosa, an omelet stuffed grilled cheese, or some breakfast tots. Free, 10am – 12pm rain or shine. See event website for map location

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