You can finally unpack your sweaters and unpack your scarves: the fall equinox is here, and the first undeniable fall weekend is right behind it.
The mild weather is great for sitting outside with a beer at Oktoberfest – Lovettsville, Virginia says its Oktoberfest is one of the best in the world, with the festival taking place on Friday and Saturday. Here are details and many more ways to celebrate around the DMV.
You can also take a trip to the Virginia State Fair (September 23-October 2, Doswell) or visit Flip Circus under the Big Top (September 23-October 10, Westfield Montgomery Mall).
What better way to start the harvest season than with a farm-to-table meal? Deep Roots Farm, a sustainable black-owned farm in Prince George’s County, is hosting a Caribbean Festival (Saturday, September 24, Upper Marlboro, $64). The woman behind it, Ann Sutton aka Farmer Gale, is our scene setter in our newsletter this weekend. Get a sneak peek here, then subscribe at nbcwashington.com/theweekendscene.
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Things to do in DC this weekend
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Events on Friday and Saturday
Twenty-two different neighborhoods across DC’s eight boroughs are planning art activations, live music, photo ops, discussions and hands-on activities on Friday and Saturday.
Find an activation near you – or discover a new neighborhood – by using this map. Check out what your local library is doing here.
The options really seem endless, but some highlights and unique activities include:
- A drive-through art gallery, free pedicab rides, and neon light art demo in Anacostia
- Yoga, zumba and belly dancing and an outdoor music festival in Deanwood
- A block party to mark Banned Book Week at MLK Library
- A selfie studio and celebration of nail art on downtown Pennsylvania Avenue
- Fresh floral arrangements and a Kids Art Zone in Petworth
- A pop-up market and interactive mural in Van Ness
- Silent discos, body painting with live music and henna artists in many places
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Embassy of the Czech Republic
The Embassy of the Czech Republic invites you to climb a climbing wall, test your orienteering skills and taste mountain cuisine. Enjoy a folk band, a sheepdog show, and a falconry display. It’s free and open to all ages, but bring cash for grocery purchases. An RSVP is required.
Opera on the field: Carmen
Sunday, 4 p.m
Join Washington National Opera to celebrate the seventeenth season of free opera broadcasts featuring George Bizet’s Carmen. The gates will open at 2 p.m
Things to do in Maryland this weekend
Prince George’s County Film Festival
MGM National Harbor, National Harbor and Bowie State University
The festival showcases the best films made in Prince George’s County, while also giving you the opportunity to hear from creators and network.
Passes are $40 for unlimited showings and $50 for all workshops and panels. A single movie ticket is $15. There are also virtual screening options.
Maryland Restaurant Week
Until September 25th
Dozens of restaurants participating in Maryland Restaurant Week offer an excitingly diverse menu.
The range of restaurants may offer special menus, seasonal dishes and discounts during Restaurant Week and all members of the public are welcome to attend.
Friday 12pm to 9pm, Saturday 11am to 10pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm
10620 River Street, Potomac, Maryland
For food from another region, Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church hosts its 37th Annual Mediterranean Festival. With free parking and admission, guests can enjoy everything from authentic Middle Eastern fare like falafel and gyros to jewelry, gifts, and religious items from vendors.
The festival is complete with Arabic music, entertainment and raffle prizes. Children can enjoy face painting, balloon art and a magic show for free. Visit www.peterpaulpotomac.org/festival for more information
Traditional caribbean festival
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
15105 Mount Calvert Road Upper Marlboro, Maryland
If you feel like exploring Maryland farmland and Caribbean cuisine this weekend, Deep Roots Farm has just the thing for you. The organic farm owned by blacks and women will host a Caribbean end-of-summer celebration.
Adult tickets are $65 for children ages 15 and older and $30 for children ages 2 to 12. A ticket includes an appetizer and a drink, more can be purchased.
Things to do in Virginia this weekend
Virginia State Fair
September 23 to October 2
The meadow event park
Meadows Event Park hosts the annual Virginia State Fair this weekend, where families can enjoy rides, pet live animals and view blue ribbon baked goods.
Online tickets are $15, while unlimited travel tickets are $30. At the gate, tickets are $16 and unlimited ride tickets are $32.
The fair also features a variety of entertainment such as an Elton John and Billy Joel impersonator, country artist Priscilla Block, a tribute to Motown music and more. Free parking is available at 13048 Meadow Farm Road in Doswell.
Tank farm open day
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Wartime Americans in Nokesville, Virginia
Authentic WWI military tanks, armored vehicles in action, flamethrower demonstrations and first-hand history from veterans will delight children and adults alike. News4’s Mark Segraves checked it out last year and loved it. Advance notice or at the gate; donations are requested.
Capital Home Show
Dulles Expo Center
The Capital Home Show offers you the perfect opportunity to shop for household products and services while also interacting with industry experts around the DMV. The exhibition will feature Myron Mixon, Executive Chef of the Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que team.
Adult tickets are $7 online or $10 at the box office. Senior tickets are $7 at the box office, children ages 6-12 are $3, and children under 5 are free.
Get free entry on Friday with your Metro Bus Pass, Smart Trip Card, or Transit Link Card.
Office Trivia with the Real Todd Packer
Saturday, 4 p.m
Arlington Cinema and Draft House
Are you a fan of The Office? Challenge your knowledge on the show with the man who brings Todd Packer to life, David Koechner! Teams have the opportunity to hear behind-the-scenes stories from David while playing multiple rounds of quizzes. The event will also include a Q&A, meet and greet and pictures with the actor.
Koechner will also be doing five standup shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Here are the details.
ALX family day
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
Robinson Landing on the water
Visit Robinson Landing Waterfront for a day of face painting, crafts, games and craft shops. The event is free.