ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FROM CULTURECAPITAL.COM: October 2 – 8, 2014

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Culture CapitalArts & Entertainment:

Happenings in Metro DC

October 2 – 8, 2014

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Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***


Culture Capital - Uno Dos Tres con Andres

¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Thru Friday, October 3 ∙ $5-$8
Local kids’ music star Andrés Salguero offers sing-alongs to songs familiar and new.

Brightest Young Things Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival presents Wild Horses Improv Troupe, The Puterbaugh Sisters, and Mother Knuckle, hosted by Mike Lebovitz
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, October 2 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This event takes place in the Atrium. The LA-based Wild Horses Improv Troupe performs with the Puterbaugh Sisters and Mother Knuckle, hosted by Mike Lebovitz, as part of The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival, a citywide festival produced by Brightest Young Things and curated by comedian Tig Notaro.

You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions
Presented by: National Archives
Friday, October 3 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
“First in War, First in Peace…and Last in the American League.” Expressions such as this characterized the legend and lore of baseball in the nation’s capital. Author Frederic J. Frommer provides a complete history of baseball in the DC area in his book, You Gotta Have Heart, with chapters including the 1924 World Series championship team and the Homestead Grays, the DC Negro League pennant winners. The book is filled with the voices of current and former players, along with presidents, senators, and political commentators who call the team their own.
A book signing will follow the program.

Daiana Ferreira Da Costa
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Friday, October 3 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The classical guitarist makes her U.S. debut with a solo recital of Paraguayan and Spanish works.

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Presented by: Folger Theatre
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Prepare for Halloween with the magic and witchcraft in Shakespeare’s plays. Recommended ages: 6-12

Culture Capital - Georgetown Walking TourGeorgetown Walking Tour with Cupcakes
Presented by:Dumbarton House
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $30
Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, for a signature walking tour of Georgetown- with history and cupcakes! The tour will begin at Dumbarton House and make stops at three cupcake shops in Georgetown- Baked & Wired, Sprinkles, and Georgetown Cupcake. The ticket price includes one cupcake from each shop.

Community Leaders Are Readers
Presented by: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Venue: Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
This popular ongoing program, a joint Anacostia Community Museum and DC Public Library collaboration, is open to parents and their children up to 7 years old to enjoy books and reading with local leaders in the community. Children participate in a hands-on activity led by a professional artist and create an art take-away.

Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour
Presented by: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, October 4 thru Sunday, October 12 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20
Back by popular demand, Doktor Kaboom returns with a world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission! This time focusing on the power of electricity, he creatively blends theater with the wonders of scientific exploration to audience’s delight. Age 7+

Community Forum: The Problem with Bullies
Presented by: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Join this panel discussion with Community Prosecutor Muyiwa Bamiduro, educators Craig Hawkins, and Jay Coleman and a student representative from Hart Middle School as they talk about this ongoing and disturbing phenomenon in schools. Panel will be moderated by Julie Ost. Ms. Ost has been on the Mayor’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force since its beginning and has played a critical role in shaping the policy and supporting the work at the Office of the State Superintendent of Schools (OSSE).

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The guitarists blend Lage’s background in modern jazz and new music with Eldridge’s relationship with bluegrass and his experience as a member of the widely acclaimed band Punch Brothers.

Free Community Day
Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, October 5 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
An opportunity to explore NMWA’s collection and current exhibitions through free admission. Delve into Total Art: Contemporary Video, which highlights the inventive processes that sustain women artists’ position at the forefront of video, before it closes! Also, check out Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow, a two-screen projection video installation created by two-person art collective, Soda_Jerk.

Culture Capital - Concert Senegal St. Joseph

 

Concert: Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Sunday, October 5 ∙ 3:30 pm ∙ FREE!
This event takes place in the West Building, West Garden Court. Music by African and American composers.

 

Tsu Gordela
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, October 5 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Founded in 2007 at the Tbilisi State University (Georgia), this all-female ensemble explores traditional folk songs with modern arrangements.

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic
Presented by: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, October 7 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0-$5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child. Ages 2-4

Fleur d’Orange
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Tuesday, October 7 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Moroccan contemporary dance company presents IDENTITY, a new work featuring riveting solo movement by choreographer-dancer Hind Benali.

Fiesta! Los Quetzales: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, October 8 ∙ 10:15 & 11:15 am  ∙ $5-$8
The swirl of vivid costumes and the sound of infectious music are irresistible when Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble takes the stage. Get caught up in the celebración muyespecial with some of Discovery Theater‘s favorite performers.
Ages 5 and up

***Maryland***

Rapunzel
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10 [Discount Tickets]
A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. This performance continues through Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Culture Capital - Stuart LittleStuart Little
Adventure Theatre MTC
Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19 [Discount Tickets]
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Shy and thoughtful, Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?
Based on the Award Winning Book by E.B. White ∙ Adapted for the Stage by Joseph Robinette ∙ Directed by Colin Hovde ∙ Starring Chris Dinolfo ∙ Recommended for All Ages
This performance continues through Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Early Keepers at The Mall at Prince Georges
Presented by: Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center
Venue: The Mall at Prince George’s
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
From 12pm – 1:30pm on specific Saturdays, Early Keepers, ages 3-7/8, will explore cultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement, and arts & crafts. Parents can spend quality time with their children while engaging in fun and culturally rich activities that incorporate problem solving, math, and reading!

The Spencers’ Theatre of Illusion
Presented by: BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, October 4 thru Sunday, October 5 ∙ $15-$26
Not your run-of-the-mill magic show, Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality that’s presented with theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production and the high energy of a rock concert. The performers have been described as “Modern Day Houdini’s” by the critics, have the skills of master showmen, and create a world for audiences of all ages where nothing is impossible and anything can happen. You wont believe your eyes! Note: Sunday afternoon (10/5/14) show is a 1 hour performance for children & families.

Poetry and Prose Open Mic
Presented by: The Writer’s Center
Sunday, October 5 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Poetry and Prose Open Mic. Sign-up for readers begins at 1:30. The reading will be followed by a reception.

Barbara Talbott: ”Tarnished”: Reception
Presented by: Montpelier Arts Center
Sunday, October 5 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The need to replicate the texture and surface of an object propels Barbara Talbott to discover new ways to use materials and processes in everything she makes. In “Tarnished,” every dent, every scratch, every layer of patina builds on each other to create the fabric of the surface. It tells the story of a life lived.

How Could I Move the Crowd?: A conversation on spoken word, hip-hop and subversion
Presented by: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Monday, October 6 ∙ 5:30 pm ∙ FREE!
In their work this fall, from The Me Nobody Knows to the Hip H’Opera Project, students at The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies have been exploring the subversive potential of hip-hop and arts of the spoken word. Listen in on the conversation at a panel discussion featuring hip-hop artists, activists, and scholars from Maryland and beyond, including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Rizqi Rachmat, Dior Ashley Brown, Baye Harrell, and Goldie Dean.

The Wright Stuff: First in Flight
Presented by: Publick Playhouse
Wednesday, October 8 ∙ $6-$8
Here is the amazing true story of two young brothers, barely out of their teens, who use their bicycle shop to do what generations of scientists only dreamed of: invent the airplane. The Wright brothers and their studious sister proved that determination and hard work can change the world forever.

***Virginia***

Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté
Presented by: Artisphere
Friday, October 3 ∙ 8:00 pm  ∙ $25-$35
Toumani Diabaté is one of the most creatively prolific and successful musicians on the African continent, and was described by the Observer as ‘one of the world’s most pre-eminent musicians in any genre’. He plays the kora, a harp with 21 strings unique to West Africa. More than any other kora player, it’s Toumani who is responsible for bringing this instrument to audiences around the world.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Presented by:  George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Friday, October 3 ∙ 8:00 pm  ∙ $26-$44
Alonzo King, hailed as “one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today,” (San Francisco Chronicle) showcases his illustrious corps of dancers in their first performance at the Center for the Arts. This revered choreographer, and his celebrated contemporary ballet company, LINES Ballet, uses principles of science to further develop the language of movement. Among his many awards, he was honored with the Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award for “moving ballet in a very 21st-century direction.” Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, King creates work that imbue classical ballet with a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, renowned for its profound sense of shared humanity. Included in the program will “Alonzo King’s textured work synthesizes diverse influences, creating entangled, explosive movements that have a sinuous grace.” (Pointe Magazine).

How Do I Cook That? – RAW
Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 12:00 pm  ∙ $65
Raw is one of the latest trends in the food industry. Discover why bio-available is a positive thing. Experience how to make veggie spaghetti with fresh pomadoro sauce, yummy fruit and nut snacks that energize you instead of weigh you down. Raw equals vibrant flavors. (Meets in W-3, 302) All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & up. Instructor: Chef Erin Clarke. Meets Sat Oct 4 (12-3pm) Materials cost of $25 per student covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor.

Culture Capital - Wuthering Heights

 

Aquila Theatre: Wuthering Heights
Presented by:  George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Sunday, October 5 ∙ 7:00 pm  ∙ $26-$44
This renowned theater company brings a classic of English literature to the stage, featuring one of fiction’s most tempestuous romances. Set in a farmhouse on the stormy Yorkshire moors, this epic saga follows the turbulent life-long relationship between Catherine, daughter of Mr. Earnshaw, and Heathcliff, an orphan who is taken in by her benevolent father. The ill-fated pair develops an inseparable bond as children, but Catherine eventually chooses comfort and security over love, and marries a man of high social standing, leaving Heathcliff tormented and vengeful. The sole work of Emily Brontë, this riveting tale of passion, revenge, family, social class, and the supernatural is performed by acclaimed British-American touring company Aquila Theatre.

Ravioli Time! – Family Class
Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center
Wednesday, October 8 ∙ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ∙ $40
In this workshop kids and parents will get to create homemade ravioli pasta with a couple of different fillings. (Meets in W-3, 302)
All Skill Levels, Kids & Adults. Instructor: Chef Erin Clarke. Materials cost: $8 per student covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor.

Upcoming Events - CultureCapital

Second Thursday Art Night
Presented by: Torpedo Factory Art Center
Thursday, October 9 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Second Thursday Art Night series brings the fun and spontaneity of the creative process to the streets of Old Town. Visitors can browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments and music for free on the second Thursday of each month. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!
This year’s events focus on specific artistic disciplines represented in our building.  Look for special themed exhibits, sales and activities designed to highlight a particular visual form.

Stop, Drop & Roll
Presented by: Jane Franklin Dance
Venue: Sidney Harman Hall
Thursday, October 9 & Friday, October 10 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Two groups in an opposing structure of athletic-inspired movement! Have you ever gone to a ball game and marveled at the timing and chance moments of teamwork? A movement plan by Jane Franklin Dance explores competition and random opposition in the outdoor sidewalk space immediately in front of the theatre.

Culture Capital - Art Safari19th Annual Art Safari
Presented by: Torpedo Factory Art Center
Saturday, October 11 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
An Alexandria tradition, Art Safari is a day of hands-on craft activities for kids and families. Throughout the day, visitors can participate in activities such as origami, giant papier-mache animals, and more. The Art League and the Alexandria Archaeological Museum will offer even more engaging programming. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. Most activities are appropriate for children kindergarten age with parental supervision through middle school.

Bremen Town Band
Presented by: The Alden
Saturday, October 11 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $10-$15
A menagerie of unlikely friends, including a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, set off in search of musical stardom in the German town of Bremen. You will tap your toes to this delightful musical adaptation of the famous Grimm’s tale.

Montpelier Fall Festival
Presented by: Montpelier Arts Center
Saturday, October 11 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Celebrate fall at the second annual Montpelier Fall Festival! Paint pumpkins, create autumn-themed crafts, have your face painted, skate in the skate mobile, and have loads of family fun! Bring a large paper shopping bag to Montpelier, and carry it with you as you create fun art projects at different stations throughout the arts center.

Fairy Tea and Treats
Presented by: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Monday, October 13 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $10-$25
Bring your favorite Tinkerbell, as children dress up in magical fairy costumes complete with tutus, wands, and wings. Dressed for tea, costumed interpreters explain the favored drink of early America. After the tea, children tour Tudor Place’s enchanting fairy gardens and make a special period craft to take home. Ages 4+

Historic Homeschoolers: Family Day
Presented by: Riversdale House Museum
Tuesday, October 14 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0-$8
Riversdale invites homeschoolers and their families to Riversdale for a day of hands-on learning! Blast into the past with interactive tours, 19th century cooking, and more! Registration and payment required by October 6.

Harvest Festival
Presented by: National Geographic
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Celebrate all things food at the Harvest Festival, DC’s official Food Day celebration and part of the National Geographic Museum’s Food: Our Global Kitchen exhibition!Watch demonstrations by local chefs for both kids and adults, ride a smoothie-bike, taste healthy and delicious treats, explore a mini-farmers market complete with a produce scavenger hunt, explore your inner artist with fruit and veggie watercolor painting, and much more.Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

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Halloween 2014 BOO!

Looking for SPOOK-TACULAR FUN in Metro DC this Halloween? We’ve gathered together Halloween events for families and adults to enjoy. From zombies to haunted houses, from harvest festivals to concerts and everything in between. CultureCapital.com’s Boo! will put the TREAT in your Trick or Treating.

That’s why we call CultureCapital.com Your Link to the Arts in Metro DC.

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Folger Shakespeare Library ∙ Shake Up Your Saturdays ∙ FREE Workshops – Register TODAY!

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Folger Shakespeare LibraryShake Up Your Saturdays

Folger Shakespeare Library

These FREE family workshops provide a morning of history, activity, performance and fun! Children and their parents are invited to attend to learn more about the Folger’s changing exhibits and Shakespeare’s world through interactive games and activities.

Folger - Something Wicked This Way ComesSomething Wicked This Way Comes

Saturday, October 4, 2014
10-11am
Prepare for Halloween with the magic and witchcraft in Shakespeare’s plays.

ART Vol. d7 no.14, Julius CaesarBeware the Ides of March

Saturday, November 1, 2014
10-11am
Explore Julius Caesar and learn how Shakespeare helped translate historical events into thrilling drama.

FSL in Snow 1/20/2000, #23Yuletide Shakespeare

Saturday, December 6, 2014
10-11am
Celebrate the holidays with William Shakespeare, his language, and his world.

FREE but Registration is required for Family Programs.

Recommended ages: 6-12

Shakespeare for Kids: Find at home activities here

For more details, please call (202) 675-0395 or email [email protected].

 

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Washington Performing Arts ∙ Fall Arts Fair

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Fall Arts Fair

Join us for a free event perfect for the whole family! Events and activities will include:
Face painting
Art activities for all ages
Henna designs
Bollywood dance lessons
Food vendors
Instrument petting zoo
Performances representing a variety of countries along the Silk Road
…and much more!

Featured MC: Sam Ford, WJLA Channel 7 News

12:30pm: Ziva”s Spanish Dance Ensemble
Rhythmic dances and music from Spain!

1:00pm: Silk Road Dance Company
Travel the Silk Road through dance representing a variety of countries.

1:30pm: FJ Music Fusion
Check out this dynamic duo as they bring music alive using traditional Chinese instruments called the Pi-pa (Chinese lute) and Er-hu (Chinese violin).

2:00pm: Bollywood Dance Party with Rhythmaya Dance
Get on the dance floor for this high energy class in a popular Indian dance style.

2:30pm: Samia Ahmad
Enjoy the beautiful music of India with classical singer Samia Ahmad as she plays the sitar accompanied by the tabla.

3:00pm: Christylez Bacon
East meets West! Experience the sounds of D.C. native progressive hip hop artist Christylez as he fuses the sounds of hip hop with the tabla and violin.

3:30pm: Conduct an Orchestra!
Ever wonder what it”s like to conduct an orchestra? Step up to the podium with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble as they celebrate music through this fun interactive activity.

4:00pm: Persian Dance with Nomad Dancers
Join the Nomad Dancers for a fun Persian dance class.

***Workshops & Demos***

12:00pm-5:00pm: Make origami with Anacostia Community Museum
12:00pm-5:00pm: Explore Silk Road cultural boxes
12:30pm-3:30pm: Join in a doumbek drum choir with teaching artist Steve Bloom
12:30pm-4:30pm: Create your own Chinese headdress with visual artist Karen O. Brown

***Other Free Activities***

Face painting by Peaky Paints
Henna designs by Shweta Lengade
Photo Booth

***Featured Vendors***

Rita”s Italian Ice (free)
Stella*s Popkern (free)
Silver Sultan
Turkish Bath Store
Indonesian Cuisine, Spices, Clothing and much more!

***This event is FREE and open to the public.***

The Fall Arts Fair is made possible in part by the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated, and a generous grant provided by the Horning Family Foundation.

***Directions***
THEARC is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE.
Complimentary shuttle available from the Southern Avenue Metro to THEARC. Ample free parking.

Washington Performing Arts

Mission:
to provide the Washington community with performing arts presentations of the highest quality and of varied content and tradition
to provide lifelong learning opportunities through arts education, youth involvement, and community partnerships
to support and nurture performing artists and their art forms

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National Pizza Month Kick Off with Free CUSTOM FUEL Pizza!

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Custom Fuel FREE Pizza

NATIONAL PIZZA MONTH KICKOFF PARTY

Free CUSTOM FUEL Pizza!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

“First observed in the United States during 1984, October was designated as National Pizza Month by Gerry Durnell, the founder of Pizza Today magazine, who chose that month because the first issue of his magazine debuted in October of that year. Durnell was a pizzeria owner in the small town of Santa Claus, Indiana when he realized there were no periodicals or tradeshow publications to support his growing pizza business or the industry in general. Creation of a national pizza-oriented magazine along with the introduction of a national pizza month served his purposes perfectly and solved the problem.

Today, National Pizza Month is observed each October across the USA and in much of Canada too. The designation might be a bit redundant in this country though, as nearly every month could be considered Pizza Month in the United States these days. People don’t really need a special month for pizza in a country where there are an estimated 63,000 pizzerias and 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. The figures equal the consumption of about 45 slices of pizza per person in the U.S. each year and show that Americans definitely love their pizza as evidenced by devouring 100 acres of pizza per day, or 350 slices per second.” ~From pizza.com

Wednesday, October 1st is the first day of National Pizza Month and you’re invited to our pizza party! Just stop by our Dupont location on Wednesday between 12 – 2, or 6 – 8, to get in on the action. No purchase necessary and no string cheese attached!

Dupont Location:

1635 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009

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REAL FOOD… REAL PIZZA… REAL FAST

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And we’re not kidding! At Custom Fuel we keep it real and put the custom in customer. How? By allowing each and every customer to custom make their own pizza. It’s simple: Choose your Crust; Original Unbleached, Multi-Grain, or Gluten-Free then pick your sauce which are all made in-house and from 100% natural ingredients, and then your toppings. Now this is where the fun begins. We have Cheeses to choose from, fresh Veggies, Meats, Poultry and Seafood. The choices are endless. If you like a little extra flavor season your pizza with one our incredible cold finishes. And in just moments you have your own crispy, delicious pizza.

Or just put your trust in us; Custom Fuel has a few favorites of our own that our chef has created. Choose from Vintage and Classic pizza collections.

And there’s more!
It’s not just pizza. We offer Collectible Salads and you can custom make your own salad model!

We take every diners needs into consideration, and do our best to meet all your dietary requirements. Custom Fuel is as dedicated to you and your family as we are to our own; therefore we serve you the best possible ingredients we can.

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FREE THINGS TO DO IN THE METRO DC: SEPTEMBER 27 & 28, 2014

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FREE - Red and MovingDC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE Things To Do 

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

September 27 & 28, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Visit our Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.***

LEGO® Building Event
ALL Child’s Play locations!
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Annual LEGO® Gold Standard Make and Take Event!
Build a LEGO City Seaplane or LEGO Friends Olivia’s Desk, then bring it home with you! **While supplies last**

MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Saturday, September 27 ∙ FREE!
The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.
In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 27 ∙ FREE!
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

***Washington D.C.***

Saturday Morning at the National -What’s That Sound
The National Theatre
Saturday, September 27  ∙  9:30 am & 11:00 am   FREE!
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Theatre with Cantaré! Kids embark on a journey through Latin America with interactive folktales that provide magical explanations for the origins of the first night, the first eclipse, how the turtle got its shell, and how the armadillo learned to sing.

Sloth Day
National Zoo - Small Mammal House
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Turn your world upside down at the National Zoo’s Sloth Day event. Visit the Small Mammal House during this fun family-friendly event and learn all about Sloths and their habitats. Take part in educational and fun activities for children and adults; listen to keeper talks, and watch live Sloth demonstrations.

Color the K – FREE Art Event
5th & K Streets, NW
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) announces “Color the K”, an inaugural art explosion event to be held at 5th and K Streets, NW on Saturday, September 27th. Designed for full community participation and interaction, the free activities will include creation of a temporary mural led by local artist Rose Jaffe, chalk art demonstrations and areas for kids and adults to participate, a hardware art show hosted by 5th Street Ace Hardware and more. Activities will be held alongside the Saturday morning Mount Vernon Triangle FRESHFARM Market from 10 am to 1 pm.

DIGGING FOR NONUMENTS
990 4th St. SW
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Eliza and Nora Naranjo Morse with Alexis Elton and the team of “Digging” will outreach to the Waterfront community and beyond. Extra costumes will be available for people who are interested in digging with the artists. We will hand out stickers and washable tattoos.

2014 Barracks Row Fall Festival
Barracks Row, 8th Street SE between Pennsylvania Ave and the Navy Yard
Saturday, September 27  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Event partners and participants include the United States Marine Corps, The Trapeze School New York, and the Military Hospitality Alliance (sponsors of the Military Chef’s Cook Off) as well as a medley of memorable booths and acts. This year a much expanded, live ice-carving competition will be added to the midway (the artists use chain saws).
Last year’s big hit, the BRMS Fall Festival Beer Garden is returning, hosted by Cava, Belga and Matchbox. Also, for kids, last year’s National Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo will be back, set up adjacent to our ever popular farm animal petting zoo!

ROCK CREEK PARK DAY
Peirce Mill (2401 Tilden Street NW) in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, September 27  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
The National Park Service and Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to Rock Creek Park’s 124th anniversary celebration. Join us for a day of milling and historic craftspeople demonstrations, history hikes, an author talk, children’s arts and crafts activities, and more. Explore the diverse history of one of the oldest and largest urban nature parks in the United States.

FIGMENT DC
Anacostia Skating Pavilion
Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
FIGMENT demonstrates what the arts can be: participatory, bursting with creativity and completely FREE, born from the desire to share imagination and invention between artists and the public. It’s an opportunity to play and learn together and create a magical playground for artists and dreamers of all shapes and sizes. You are invited to bring your games, workshops, performances and colorful outfits to participate in the fun! FIGMENT is about YOU!

Robots, Technology, and Disaster Recovery
Koshland Science Museum
Saturday, September 27  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Join the Koshland Science Museum for special hands-on activities and demonstrations highlighting how communities are using robots and technology for disaster preparedness and recovery. This event is an official activity of America’s PrepareAthon!, a community-based preparedness campaign coordinated by FEMA. September 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day. Be smart. Take part. Prepare.

NATIVE BEATS MUSIC ROOM
American Indian Museum
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Families are invited to explore Native music through drums, rattles and other percussion instruments.

A Musical Tribute to African Art at 50!
African Art Museum – Enid A. Haupt Gardens
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Join members of Washington, DC’s African diasporic music community for an afternoon concert and food tasting celebrating African Art’s 50th anniversary.
Featuring a groundbreaking collection of world-class musical talent playing popular songs from the last 50 years of music making in Africa. Dance to Highlife! Soukous! Afrobeat! and more!
Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Portrait Story Days: Dolores Huerta
National Portrait Gallery – 1st Floor, education center, E151
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 1:00 pm & Sunday, September 28 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
(for ages 5 and up with adult) Youngsters and their families can drop in anytime to listen to a story about the labor leader and then create an artwork.

40th Anniversary Party – Fillmore Arts Center
Fillmore/Hardy Parking Lot and Field, after the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers’ Market
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The fantastic 40th anniversary party to celebrate the founding of Fillmore Arts Center in 1974!!
For Kids ~ MoonBounces, Face Painting (Paint Me Silly by Queen), Nail Salon, Arts Activities, Blue Sky Puppet Theatre performance
For Everybody ~ Birthday cake/cupcakes, Temporary tattoos, Musical Performances by past & present Teachers and Students of Fillmore Arts Center

The Petworth Jazz Project - Season Finale Double Header!!
Lawn of Petworth Recreation Center 
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
All Shows: Kids performance first, then jazz!
Tonight: 5:00 pm: The Singing Lizard , 6:00 pm: Frank Mitchell Trio & 7:00 pm: Nappy Riddem

Asheru’s Guerilla Arts Ink
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Founded by award-winning hip-hop artist and U.S. State Department Global Ambassador Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, Guerilla Arts Ink is a local arts organization dedicated to serving area youth with authentic arts and cultural programming and apprenticeship opportunities, led by a group of top-notch teaching artists across all genres and media. This performance is a showcase featuring the talents of a very special group of teaching artists who have dedicated their time and talents to make the world a better place.

Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
A Free All-Night Cultural Experience from 7pm Saturday, September 27 – 3am Sunday, September 28
Art All Night : Nuit Blanche DC is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, encompassing five of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Dupont Circle, Shaw, North Capitol, H Street NE, and Congress Heights. Don’t miss Art All Night at the Library!

HOK-NOTH-DA FOR FAMILIES
American Indian Museum
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 11:15 am ∙ FREE Admission
Hok-noth-da, “Did you hear?” in the Shawnee language, is an interactive story program. People in all cultures have always told stories as a way to teach children. Families are invited to hear stories from different Native communities. Stay for the Children’s Workshop (1:30 & 3:30 pm) and make something to take home with you. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Turkish Festival
Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 12th and 14th streets
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The American-Turkish Association of Washington D.C. is proud to present the 12th Annual Turkish Festival, offering a day of free activities including dance, music, cuisine, fashion and arts & crafts. For the third year in a row, readers of the Washington City Paper named the Turkish Festival “Best Cultural Festival” in Washington D.C.
Every year, the festival draws tens of thousands of Washingtonians to the streets to enjoy delicious Turkish food and traditional Turkish coffee, to browse and shop at the Turkish Bazaar, and to watch mesmerizing stage performances. This year, once again festival goers will have the opportunity to journey from Washington D.C. to Turkey through experiencing Turkey’s rich cultural history, its culinary delights, and a variety of live Turkish music and engaging folk dance performances. The festival will also reach beyond Turkey’s borders featuring the rich cultural presence of the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

TARGET FAMILY NIGHT: YOUTH SPEAKS “RAISE UP” CONTEST WINNERS
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Kennedy Center and Youth Speaks present a hip-hop and spoken word program featuring the winners of a nationwide competition designed to use the power of spoken word, hip-hop, and the reach of public media to foster a discussion among young people about their education and future aspirations.

DC PUBLIC LIBRARY Activities -  Find FREE things to do for kids in every library in D.C.:

September is Library Card Sign Up Month! Sign Up for a Library Card or refer someone to get a library card and be entered  in a  drawing for prizes at the end of the month! Its just that easy!

Friends of the Library Book Sale ∙ Takoma Park Library ∙ Saturday, 10:00 am – Swing on by for a book sale to benefit the Takoma Park Library, brought to you by the Friends of the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library. There will be books for everybody, with unbeatable prices! Lots of cookbooks, kids’ books, fiction of all kinds, History and Politics, Sci-Fi, and much more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the front lawn. (Rain date will be the following Saturday, Oct. 4.)

‘Out of the Basement’ Screening & Discussion ∙ Tenley-Friendship Library ∙ Saturday, 3:30 pm - Join D.C. filmmakers Natalie Avery and Kyle Centers for a screening of their documentary short, Out of the Basement, followed by question and answer/panel discussion about the issues the film raises. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. | Film will screen at 4 p.m. | All ages.
The film follows Greg Newby as he embarks on a pro boxing career after a fall from grace. The story delves into D.C.’s boxing subculture and traces its role in the life of one remarkable family struggling to build lives and find meaning in a changing city.
This film was funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Art All Night at the Library ∙ Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library ∙ Saturday, 7:00 pm - The Library closes as usual at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, but reopens at 7 p.m., so…
Stay awake and stop by the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library as we stay open for Art All Night in Shaw, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 27-28, 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.!

  • Special Story Time at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sign Up for a Library Card
  • Check Out a Book
  • Face Painting
  • Photo Booth
  • Music with a DJ
  • Art Displays
  • Children’s and Adult Crafts
  • Coloring Posters
  • Puzzles
  • and More!

Pirate Party ∙ Southwest Library ∙ Sunday, 2:00 pm - Arrr ye ready to party like a pirate? Come play games, make some loot, eat some grub, and watch a sea-faring tale! 

***Maryland***

Duck Splash Festival
RIO Washingtonian Lake
Saturday, September 27 ∙ FREE Admission!
This unique street festival is focused around dropping 10,000 rubber ducks into the RIO Washingtonian lake. Each duck can be adopted for a small fee, and a approximately 15 ducks are scooped out as winners of cash and prizes. The festival includes games and other activities for children, meet and greets with “Quacky”, the duck mascot, live performances and of course,splashdown!

Imagination Playground
National Children’s Museum
Saturday, September 27 ∙ FREE but Registration Required
This event is for educators and parents to learn more about and experience Imagination Playground. As an educator, your admission to National Children’s Museum is waived with your RSVP to this event. Due to capacity limits, you are welcome to bring (1) guest/children with you. Discover firsthand how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination and more.

Burtonsville Day 2014
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
An annual event that includes a parade, festival, craft fair, games for children, live bands, entertainment and, of course, food!

College Park Day
Corner of Paint Branch Parkway and Corporal Frank Scott Drive/5000 Paint Branch Parkway
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
College Park Day will offer arts and entertainment for the whole family, food, games, historical exhibits, and much, much, more.
The event is being organized by a coalition of city officials, city council members, and interested citizens.

Bethesda Fire Department Open House
Station #6 on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Bradley Boulevard
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Here is an opportunity to have fun and learn fire safety tips that could protect you, your family and your property. Plus you get to say hello and thank you to the brave firefighters who will be on the scene if a fire or rescue emergency should unfortunately strike in our community.  
On the fun side, there will be games for children, a bounce house, hats, balloons, coloring books.  And a chance to climb aboard a real fire truck and have your picture taken.  Fire Engines and other equipment will be on display for your viewing. Ronald McDonald will also be on hand to greet you and talk about fire safety. And there will be free drinks and food.

19th Annual Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Saturday, September 27  & Sunday, September 28 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, street theater, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.

Celebrate Baden Day
Baden Community Center
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Join us to celebrate Baden Community Day! This Family Fun Community Day features mechanical rides, carnival like games, face painting, artists, a moon bounce, train rides and vendors. 

Then & Wow!
Glen Echo Park
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Then & Wow! is the Glen Echo Park Partnership’s annual family festival celebrating the Park’s revitalization and recalling its history. The event features kiddie rides and arcade games, as well as videos and an exhibition on the Park’s history. Admission to the park is free. Rides and some activities require tickets.

Family Sundays
Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, September 28 ∙  2:00 pm   FREE!
The BMA is the place to be for free family fun! Every Sunday, enjoy different activities—sketching tours, hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and more—designed just for families. SEPTEMBER’s Theme: Meeting the Old Masters September 28: Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin’s The Game of Knucklebones

Movies on the Potomac – Neverland: HOOK
National Harbor
Sunday, September 28 ∙ movies start at 6:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Meet us at the Plaza’s big screen for a FREE evening of ocean breezes and all-ages fun! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show! 

***Virginia***

Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show
Occoquan’s Historic District
Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
The Craft Show will include both contemporary and country crafters and artisans from Occoquan and from all around the United States.

Seaport Day 2014 (and Anything that Floats Race!)
Alexandria Waterfront – Foot of Prince Street
Saturday, September 27  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
There will be children’s activities, interactive children’s music, beer & wine, chowder cook-off and more! 

17th Annual Clarendon Day
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
In the morning, runners of all ages can participate in the Pacer’s 10k/5k/Kids Dash.  When the Clarendon Festival starts at 11am, Music and Dance Lovers can listen to great bands all day for free on our Five Stages each with its own Headline Artists and supporting local cast of bands and troupes! Find out all about them by clicking here!
Kids will can climb, play, trampoline,  listen to music, and generally enjoy the Kids Zone. We’re planning face-painting, story telling, and maybe even some magic at the kid’s stage, plus a couple of cool things we cannot yet announce.

2014 Leesburg Airshow!
Leesburg Executive Airport
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
The annual Leesburg Airshow provides a wonderful opportunity to see a snapshot of the general aviation world. The static display area, located on the airport’s aircraft parking ramp, will feature many unique, experimental and antique aircraft. The airshow exhibitors will showcase the many facets of general aviation, such as flight training, corporate transportation and emergency rescue operations. In addition, there will be a classic car show as well as a variety of food vendors. The skies above Leesburg will come alive with skydiving and aerobatic performances.
Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to relax on during the aerobatic portion of the event. No glass bottles or coolers will be permitted. Pets are discouraged- this can be a very loud environment and the ramp can be extremely hot on little paws.
Plan to have some family fun at the Leesburg Airshow!

Reston Multicultural Festival
Lake Anne Plaza
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
The Reston Multicultural Festival is a celebration of the diversity and community spirit that is found in Reston. This annual event
brings together the people of Reston to celebrate our rich medley of cultures. Family, friends and neighbors are treated to the music,
entertainment, dress, food, and cultural treasures from all over the world that are all right here. This signature Reston event honors the
diversity that is one of our greatest assets. Everyone is encouraged to dress in attire from their own cultural roots and share the stories
that we gather on the pathways of our lives.

Bumps, Babies & Beyond EXPO!
Potomac Mills Mall
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
The chicest baby event in the area!
This exciting event celebrates parenthood, pregnancy and babies with a shopping, entertainment, children’s activities, demonstrations, prizes, and more!
We are celebrating your baby bumps, babies and YOUR life beyond!
So much to learn- let’s all share the love!

Fair Lakes FallFest 2014
Fair Lakes – across the street from Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
The FallFest is an annual event designed to bring the Fair Lakes community together to celebrate Fall and enjoy a day of fun and festivities, compliments of the Fair Lakes League.

2014 Latinoamerican Festival
Kenmore Middle School
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 1:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Attendees will enjoy live music, delicious, authentic food and fun for the whole family.

NatureFest 2014
Runnymede Park – 195 Herndon Parkway
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 1:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Explore various nature stations throughout the park including butterflies, bees, life in the meadow, web of life, and much more. Live animal shows throughout the day. Arts and crafts and fun for the whole family will be included!

Summer Movies at Stonebridge
Potomac Town Center
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 7:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge every Sunday at 7 pm through August on the Jumbo Tron!  Tonight’s Feature: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Enjoy your weekend!

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Art 4 All DC ∙ One City ∙ Four Quadrants ∙ September 26 to October 18, 2014

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Art 4 All DC

September 26 to October 18, 2014

Art4All DC is a festival of festivals. Spanning three weeks, DC comes alive with art in all four quadrants. Take in dance, theater, music, fashion, visual art, heritage tours and all that DC has to offer both inside and on the streets in neighborhoods across the District.

Art4All DC sparks collaboration, builds participation, creates accessible opportunities, and presents arts in unexpected places. Art4All DC helps people learn more about the cultural programs available in the District and inspires them to participate as an audience member, supporter, blogger, lingering bystander or creator.

Below is a sampling of the free signature events but don’t miss: Promotional Giveaways ∙ Events Calendar ∙ complete listing of the Signature Events

***SIGNATURE EVENTS***

Figment FIGMENT DC
September 27-28, 2014

11am to 5pm
Anacostia Skating Pavilion, Anacostia Drive, SE

FIGMENT demonstrates what the arts can be: participatory, bursting with creativity and completely FREE, born from the desire to share imagination and invention between artists and the public.
It’s an opportunity to play and learn together and create a magical playground for artists and dreamers of all shapes and sizes. You are invited to bring your games, workshops, performances and colorful outfits to participate in the fun! FIGMENT is about YOU!
Here is all you need to know for your weekend of creativity and magic:

  1. There will be limited concessions at FIGMENT. We recommend you bring a picnic lunch, water, and any other refreshments you’d like with you throughout the day.
  2. FIGMENT is a unique opportunity to dress up, play, and bring your own imagination to life. Bring your costumes, tutus, hoops, kites, games, and readiness to be silly. And don’t forget your roller skates! The skating pavilion is a great place to show off your skills.
  3. Take a look at this year’s event map. If you’d like, you can even download it to your mobile device, so you know where to find every creative project, performance, workshop, DJ, musician, and more. More details on the projects and artists can be found here.
  4. We encourage all sorts of unplanned creative participation, and you can still bring your own interactive art project as long as it doesn’t require any serious infrastructure (e.g. electricity, shade structures). If you have questions about it, please contact us right away at [email protected]
  5. Please use “Anacostia Park, Section E” as the address in your smartphone. The park is along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Check out our Getting There page for all the specifics. Things to look for to know you’re in the right place include the Skating Pavilion or the Anacostia Park Aquatic Education Center.
  6. Prepare for the weather. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a floppy hat or parasol to protect you from the sun. It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend!
  7. FIGMENT is a “Leave No Trace” event. We seek to leave the park cleaner than we found it, and we’ll need your help. There are very few trash bins on site, so please be prepared to carry your trash out.
  8. Share your photos and video. It’s so amazing to see what everyone captures over the weekend. If you have photos or videos, please upload them to Flickr and YouTube with the tag “FIGMENTDC2014.″ You can also send links to: [email protected]. And be sure to share your Figment experience on Facebook and Twitter. #FigmentDC and @figmentdc.

Art All Night - Nuit Blanche DCArt All Night: Nuit Blanche DC

A Free All-Night Cultural Experience from 7pm Saturday, September 27 – 3am Sunday, September 28

Art All Night : Nuit Blanche DC is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, encompassing five of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Dupont Circle, Shaw, North Capitol, H Street NE, and Congress Heights.

Watch as DC’s creative community re-imagines public and private space and invites us all to see our city anew. Indoor and outdoor venues will showcase work by artists in a diverse range of media – with vibrant visual arts, street performances, live music, and DJs contributing to an unprecedented mash-up of cultural experiences in the nation’s capital.

With this festival, Washington DC joins a global network of Nuit Blanche all-night arts events, that started in Paris in 2002 and has captivated audiences from Montreal to Melbourne.

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SW Arts FestSW ArtsFest

Friday-Sunday, October 2-5, 2014
SW ArtsFest returns for its 4th year to celebrate its growing art community. Showcasing the programming of (e)merge art fair, Arena Stage, Art Whino, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the SW Artsfest will offer a weekend of art centered activities that will encourage the D.C. area community to check out the booming SW quadrant and its various art producers.
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Rhode Island Avenue NE PorchFest

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: 3:30-6:30pm

Maps will be available on the day of the event at an information booth. Location TBA.
The first of its kind to hit Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Rhode Island Avenue (RIA) PorchFest celebrates local talent by turning the front porches of neighborhood homes in surrounding NE into performance spaces where local musicians play for the community. Rhode Island Avenue PorchFest is free to the public and presented by Rhode Island Avenue Main Streets in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC. PorchFest follows Rhode Island Avenue Main Streets Fall Fest.

Adams Morgan PorchFest

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 3-7pm
Where: Adams Morgan Neighborhood

Maps will be available on the day of the event at an information booth located at 18 Street and Columbia Road, NW.
It may never be easier to get up close and personal with the musical talent of Washington than at the second annual Adams Morgan PorchFest when the front porches of homes and a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Inspired by similar PorchFest events across the country aimed at creating a family friendly, neighborhood-based alternative to the nightclub music scene, Adams Morgan’s version will span an eclectic range of styles from Brazilian, Irish and jazz, to indie rock, children’s music and even Egyptian Nubian folkloric. Adams Morgan PorchFest is free to the public and presented by Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC.

Connect with Cultural Tourism DC:

Cultural Tourism DC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver memorable experiences and learning opportunities in the areas of heritage, international exchange, and humanities. Working in partnership with local government, business, and tourism agencies, the organization envisions Washington, DC as a city rich with diverse culture and heritage that generates civic pride and economic prosperity in neighborhoods.
Through its five celebrated signature programs [including Art 4 All DC], Cultural Tourism DC works to broaden, deepen, and diversify audiences for the arts in DC; audiences whose participation enriches the creative economy of the city.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FROM CULTURECAPITAL.COM: Sept. 25 – Oct. 1, 2014

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Happenings in Metro DC

September 25 – October 1, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

ARTURO GARCIA
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Venue: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, September 25 & Friday, September 26 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Dancer and choreographer Arturo Garcia presents his new dance work Here & Now, bringing his Arlington-based dance company, Danzante, to the stage to explore the emotional connections people have to their habits, the impact their habits have on their relationships, and the emotions that influence these habits.

Art on 8th Carolyn Malachi

ART ON 8TH: CAROLYN MALACHI
Presented by: Dance Place
Venue: Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Thursday, September 25 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Carolyn Malachi blends jazz, hip-hop, spoken word and lots of imagination into a style Giant Step calls “delicate, refreshing [and] smooth”. The independent, Grammy-nominated artist counts Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Radiohead and Sarah Vaughan among her greatest influences.

 

BREATH OF FREEDOM (FILM SCREENING)
Presented by: National Archives
Venue: National Archives
Thursday, September 25 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Breath of Freedom is the story of the one-million-plus African Americans who fought in World War II. Their fight would continue back home on American soil. (2014; 92 minutes) Following the screening, a discussion including Dr. Frank Smith, Jr., director of the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum, and Maria Höhn, author of GIs and Fräuleins, will be presented.

ART ON 8TH: DC CASINEROS
Presented by: Dance Place
Venue: Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Friday, September 26 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Join the DC Casineros’ company of community DJs and dancers for an evening of Son, Songo, Timba, Guaguanco, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, and Rumba – expect to be up on your feet!

DIGGING FOR NONUMENTS
Presented by: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Venue: 990 4th St. SW
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Eliza and Nora Naranjo Morse with Alexis Elton and the team of “Digging” will outreach to the Waterfront community and beyond. Extra costumes will be available for people who are interested in digging with the artists. We will hand out stickers and washable tattoos.

GEORGETOWN TREASURES: JOINT TOUR OF TUDOR PLACE AND OAK HILL CEMETERY
Presented by: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Venue: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $7-$23
History lives “around the block” in Georgetown, and behind closed doors at Tudor Place. Take a look behind the scenes at Tudor Place and learn all about the storied Oak Hill Cemetery nearby on this joint guided tour. Oak Hill, the resting place of capital luminaries and heroes of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, is also the site of the famed chapel by James Renwick, architect of the Smithsonian Castle and New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. After leaving the cemetery, join docents at Tudor Place to see places normally closed to the public, including a 1960s bomb shelter.

MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Please note the museum will close at 1pm (instead of 5pm) due to unforeseen circumstances. NMWA is opening its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! This nationwide event offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. Be sure to check out the popular exhibition, Total Art: Contemporary Video, and the latest installation, Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow.

Asheru’s Guerilla Arts Ink
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Venue: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Founded by award-winning hip-hop artist and U.S. State Department Global Ambassador Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, Guerilla Arts Ink is a local arts organization dedicated to serving area youth with authentic arts and cultural programming and apprenticeship opportunities, led by a group of top-notch teaching artists across all genres and media. This performance is a showcase featuring the talents of a very special group of teaching artists who have dedicated their time and talents to make the world a better place.

HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR
Presented by: Howard Theatre
Venue: Howard Theatre
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $35-$45
On any Sunday you can visit with the Harlem Gospel Choir and enjoy a soul food brunch at The Howard Theatre. Here the Choir brings its experience of the Black Church to the U Street district in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping show for fans from around the world. The homestyle all-you-can-eat Southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir’s joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE IN DC
Presented by: Dumbarton House
Venue: Dumbarton House
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $5
English Country Dance is a social, folk dance form, which has earliest documented instances in the late 16th century and was popular well into the Baroque and Regency eras. All are welcome – no experience necessary, just the desire to have fun.

TARGET FAMILY NIGHT: YOUTH SPEAKS “RAISE UP” CONTEST WINNERS
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Venue: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Kennedy Center and Youth Speaks present a hip-hop and spoken word program featuring the winners of a nationwide competition designed to use the power of spoken word, hip-hop, and the reach of public media to foster a discussion among young people about their education and future aspirations.

 

Photograph courtesy Kali Films

Photograph courtesy Kali Films

ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH (2014; 84 MIN.)
Presented by: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Venue: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Monday, September 29 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
This documentary looks at the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, poet, and gay activist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple. In the film Angela Davis, Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono, Whoopi Goldberg, and others provide insightful commentary. Discussion with a museum educator follows the film.Film is captioned for the hearing impaired.

 

SAMBADÁ
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Venue: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Monday, September 29 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Santa Cruz-based band plays music based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, with references to salsa and cumbia, blending them playfully with funk and reggae beats.

TUDOR TOTS: FALL FROLIC
Presented by:Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Venue: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, September 30 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0-$5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child.Ages 2-4

TONY SMALL: SELECTIONS FROM QADAR: AN OPERETTA FOR CHILDREN
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Venue: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Tuesday, September 30 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Scenes from a new opera by Tony Small introduce western audiences to the music and culture of Oman through a seamless exchange of African and Arabic music genres.

Style and Influence

 

STYLE AND INFLUENCE: FIRST LADIES’ FASHIONS
Presented by: National Archives
Venue: National Archives
Tuesday, September 30 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
From the first days on a campaign trail to the final days living in the White House, the First Ladies of the United States have attracted attention in numerous ways. Both historic and modern First Ladies have harnessed the power of fashion to build identity and inform Americans. In conjunction with the exhibition “Making Their Mark,” the National Archives presents a distinguished panel to discuss and examine the fashions of America’s First Ladies through conversation and photos. Moderated by Tim Gunn, star of Project Runway.

 

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
Presented by: National Geographic
National Geographic
Through Sunday, April 12, 2015 ∙ $0-$11
Meet Spinosaurus. At over 50 feet long, 20 feet high and weighing in at 6 tons, Spinosaurus is the largest predatory dinosaur to ever roam the Earth — even bigger than T. rex. This bus-sized dino’s extraordinary features include a crocodile-shaped skull and 7-foot spines forming a sail along its back. Spinosaurus is unlike any other dinosaur you’ve seen or heard of before. Encounter this bizarre predator for the first time at the world premiere of “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”
In this exhibition, you can explore a full-sized skeletal model as well as genuine dinosaur fossils and learn about the latest technologies modern paleontologists use. Travel with National Geographic explorers and scientists to the remote edges of the Sahara to discover the origins of this rare African dinosaur and the mysterious journey that led to its rediscovery.

***Maryland***

Curious George

CURIOUS GEORGE
Presented by: Publick Playhouse
Venue: Publick Playhouse
Thursday, September 25 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
Enjoy this great new musical starring everyone’s favorite storybook monkey. Curious George’s inquisitive, attention-getting stunts make their mark in Rome, where he helps a chef win the Golden Meatball Contest. Recommended for grades pre-K – 3.

 

NATIONAL PLAYERS PRESENTS “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”
Presented by: Olney Theatre Center
Venue: Olney Theatre Center
Thursday, September 25 thru Sunday, September 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $15
A sleepy, southern town confronts difference and justice through the eyes of six-year old Scout. In the heroics of her father, the struggles of her friends and neighbors, and the threat of a boogeyman, Scout lives through the joys of childhood innocence and the pains of growing up. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, National Players is proud to stage this tale for the first time in its 65-year history. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Rapunzel
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10 [Discount Tickets]
A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. This performance continues through Sunday, October 12, 2014.

EXCELSA STRING QUARTET
Presented by: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Venue: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Friday, September 26 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Excelsa String Quartet makes their debut performance of the season with Anton Webern’s Langsamer Satz, Alfred Schnittke’s String Quartet No. 3 and Bedrich Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor From My Life.

Stuart Little
Adventure Theatre MTC
Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19 [Discount Tickets]
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Shy and thoughtful, Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?
Based on the Award Winning Book by E.B. White ∙ Adapted for the Stage by Joseph Robinette ∙ Directed by Colin Hovde ∙ Starring Chris Dinolfo ∙ Recommended for All Ages
This performance continues through Sunday, October 26, 2014.

MOTOWN REVIEW
Presented by: Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Venue: Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $20-$25
An ensemble of the DMV’s most talented artists, A Tribute to Motown, featuring The Brencore Allstar Band, brings to life Motown of yester-year by re-creating the sound of artists like Smokey and The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Jackson 5 and many more.

ARMY FIELD BAND & INVOKE QUARTET
Presented by: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Venue: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Sunday, September 28 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Members of the Army Field Band and artists from the UMD School of Music join forces for a dynamic concert that depicts movement through music: a military march, ballet suite, an original work based on 17th-century dances, a new arrangement of Bjork’s Overture to Dancer in the Dark and an original piece based on the exciting scenes at a circus.

INTERNATIONAL TEAInternational Tea
Presented by: Strathmore
Venue: Strathmore
Tuesday, September 30 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $28
This event takes place in the Mansion. Tea patrons will enjoy international food, teas and music from around the world.

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND CHAMBER PLAYERS SERIES- STRING QUARTET
Presented by: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Venue: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Tuesday, September 30 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This concert will feature members from the US Air Force Strings who will perform works from the standard string quartet repertoire including Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet, Op. 74 and Mendelssohn’s Quartet, Op. 80, “Requiem for Fanny.”

***Virginia***

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”
Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center
Venue: Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $10-$13
An original musical adaptation inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll stories. Poor Alice has found herself lost in strange land filled with wondrous inhabitants! Featuring songs based on the poetry from the original text, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the rest of the zany cast will be on hand as Alice adventures through Wonderland. Will she ever find her way home again, or was it all just a dream..?!

Emperor's New Clothes

 

 

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
Presented by: The Alden
Venue: The Alden
Saturday, September 27 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $10-$15
What’s big and fat and loves to dress up in fancy clothes? The Hans Christian Andersen story takes on a whole new dimension as this classic is transformed with vivid puppetry, performed by Grey Seal Puppets.

 

Upcoming Events - CultureCapital
¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Wednesday, October 1 thru Friday, October 3 ∙ $5-$8
Local kids’ music star Andrés Salguero offers sing-alongs to songs familiar and new.

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Presented by: Folger Theatre
Venue: Folger Theatre
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Prepare for Halloween with the magic and witchcraft in Shakespeare’s plays. Recommended ages: 6-12

Georgetown Walking Tour with Cupcakes
Presented by:Dumbarton House
Venue: Dumbarton House
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $30
Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, for a signature walking tour of Georgetown- with history and cupcakes! The tour will begin at Dumbarton House and make stops at three cupcake shops in Georgetown- Baked & Wired, Sprinkles, and Georgetown Cupcake. The ticket price includes one cupcake from each shop.

Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour
Presented by: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, October 4 thru Sunday, October 12 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20
Back by popular demand, Doktor Kaboom returns with a world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission! This time focusing on the power of electricity, he creatively blends theater with the wonders of scientific exploration to audience’s delight. Age 7+

Early Keepers at The Mall at Prince Georges
Presented by: Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center
Venue: The Mall at Prince George’s
Saturday, October 4 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
From 12pm – 1:30pm on specific Saturdays, Early Keepers, ages 3-7/8, will explore cultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement, and arts & crafts. Parents can spend quality time with their children while engaging in fun and culturally rich activities that incorporate problem solving, math, and reading!

The Spencers’ Theatre of Illusion
Presented by: BlackRock Center for the Arts
Venue: BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, October 4 thru Sunday, October 5 ∙ $15-$26
Not your run-of-the-mill magic show, Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality that’s presented with theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production and the high energy of a rock concert. The performers have been described as “Modern Day Houdini’s” by the critics, have the skills of master showmen, and create a world for audiences of all ages where nothing is impossible and anything can happen. You wont believe your eyes! Note: Sunday afternoon (10/5/14) show is a 1 hour performance for children & families.

Free Community Day
Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, October 5 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
An opportunity to explore NMWA’s collection and current exhibitions through free admission. Delve into Total Art: Contemporary Video, which highlights the inventive processes that sustain women artists’ position at the forefront of video, before it closes! Also, check out Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow, a two-screen projection video installation created by two-person art collective, Soda_Jerk.

Fiesta - Smithsonian

Fiesta! Los Quetzales: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, October 8 ∙ 10:15 & 11:15 am  ∙ $5-$8
The swirl of vivid costumes and the sound of infectious music are irresistible when Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble takes the stage. Get caught up in the celebración muyespecial with some of Discovery Theater‘s favorite performers.
Ages 5 and up

 

Ravioli Time! – Family Class
Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center
Venue: Workhouse Arts Center
Wednesday, October 8 ∙ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ∙ $40
In this workshop kids and parents will get to create homemade ravioli pasta with a couple of different fillings. (Meets in W-3, 302)
All Skill Levels, Kids & Adults. Instructor: Chef Erin Clarke. Materials cost: $8 per student covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor.

The Wright Stuff: First in Flight
Presented by: Publick Playhouse
Venue: Publick Playhouse
Wednesday, October 8 ∙ $6-$8
Here is the amazing true story of two young brothers, barely out of their teens, who use their bicycle shop to do what generations of scientists only dreamed of: invent the airplane. The Wright brothers and their studious sister proved that determination and hard work can change the world forever.

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Fall Theatre 2014 in Metro DC

The 2014 Metro DC Theatre Season is about to begin, and CultureCapital.com has a quick and easy look up for you to see what DC theatre companies and performing arts centers have in store for you. And best of all you can click through to the theatre and purchase your tickets starting now.

That’s why we call CultureCapital.com Your Link to the Arts in Metro DC.

Find the best of DC, Maryland and Virginia theatres, performing arts, museums, galleries, arts classes and more at CultureCapital.comSearch here by date, range of dates, locality and interest and choose from among 300 presenters throughout Metro DC. There are even categories for Free and Family Events!

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Rock Creek Park Day 2014

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Boy Scouts promoting Rock Creek Park Day 1956! Photo from www.nps.gov

Boy Scouts promoting Rock Creek Park Day 1956! Photo from www.nps.gov

Rock Creek Park Day 2014

Saturday, September 27th

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Peirce Mill (2401 Tilden Street NW) in Rock Creek Park
This event is FREE and open to everyone.

 

The National Park Service and Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to Rock Creek Park’s 124th anniversary celebration. Join us for a day of milling and historic craftspeople demonstrations, history hikes, an author talk, children’s arts and crafts activities, and more. Explore the diverse history of one of the oldest and largest urban nature parks in the United States.

Schedule of Events

Ongoing Activities

(11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Milling Demonstrations
Historic Craftspeople Demonstrations
Children’s Arts and Crafts
Park Partner Information Booths
Exhibits
Checkers

 

Special Programs:

10:00 a.m. African American History Hike
11:00 a.m. Author Talk: “Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation’s Capital”
by Steve Dryden
12:00 p.m. Unveiling of Peirce Mill Wayside Exhibits
12:30 p.m. Live Bluegrass Music
1:00 p.m. Rock Creek Park History Hike

 

Hike Information

The 10:00 a.m. African American History Hike will be a two mile hike spotlighting the hidden histories of African Americans in the Rock Creek valley. The hike is over moderate terrain and will be led by Ranger Lisa Struckmeyer. The 1:00 p.m. Rock Creek Park History Hike will be a three mile hike focusing on the 1800s and early 1900s history of the Rock Creek valley. The first half of the hike will be on flat roadway surface, while the second half will be on dirt trails over hilly terrain. This early afternoon hike will be led by Ranger Scott Einberger. If you would like to attend one or both of the history hikes, please bring water and wear close-toed shoes (not sandals).

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3rd Annual World of Wheels for CASA

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World of Wheels for CASA

3rd Annual World of Wheels for CASA

SATURDAY, September 27, 2014

10am to 2:00pm – $5 per person

(2 and under Free)

CASA Champion VIP Package- $10 per person*

DeMatha Catholic High School

4313 Madison St, Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 [Directions]

This family-friendly community event will feature cars, trucks of all sizes, cycles and more! Come out to see these many forms of transportation in person. Enjoy an assortment of activities for kids of all ages… Moon bounces, face painting, crafts, carnival games, food and more!  This year Batman will make an appearance from 11am-1pm with his Batmobile.

Bring your kids to the “World of Wheels for CASA,” presented by Pepco. Proceeds go to Court Appointed Special Advocate/ Prince George’s County. Don’t forget your camera and capture your child sitting in the driver’s seat!

*Be A CASA Champion!
CASA Champion VIP packages cost $10 per person. Receive a CASA bag, some fun surprises and show your extra support for CASA!

Visit http://www.pgcasa.org/events/world_of_wheels_wow-4-casa for more information.

 

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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/ Prince George’s County, Inc. is a volunteer-based organization that partners with the juvenile court to improve the lives of children living in foster care who have suffered from abuse and neglect.  With a strong commitment to diversity, CASA/ Prince George’s County trains and supervises volunteers from the community who advocate for the best interest of children, recognizing and respecting each child’s individual needs.  By providing a voice to children in the foster care system, it is our goal to help children and promote the timely placement of those we serve in safe, permanent homes.

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FREE (OR CHEAP) THINGS TO DO IN THE METRO DC: SEPTEMBER 20 & 21, 2014

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FREE (or Cheap) Things To Do 

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

September 20 & 21, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Visit our Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.***

 Nickelodeon World Wide Day of Play

Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play is a day to get up, get out and get active!
On Saturday, September 20, kids will shut off their computers, tablets and TVs and head outdoors for some fun in the sun! 

 

***Washington D.C.***

The Big Build: A HANDS-ON FAMILY FESTIVAL OF TOOLS, TRUCKS, & CONSTRUCTION
National Building Museum
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Be a builder for the day at the Big Build festival! Amateur builders young and old can discover what it’s like to build a brick wall, carve stone, hammer nails, and much more as they work side by side with designers, builders, and artisans demonstrating their skills. Meet plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and hobbies. 

Grow Like a Tree (Children’s Program)
Rock Creek Park – Nature Center
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:00 am – 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Families are invited to join Ranger Lisa for a 1/2 mile hike behind the Nature Center. Discussion and activities will be included

Junior Botanist Festival
United States Botanic Garden - Conservatory Terrace (Rain Location: Garden Court)
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Come help us celebrate the wonders of being a Junior Botanist! Adventure abounds at the U.S. Botanic Garden as you discover all the talents needed to become a Junior Botanist. Between hands-on activities and engaging discussions with USBG staff and volunteers, be sure to ponder plants with wheat experts. Then stick around and try our Junior Botanist program in the Conservatory! Please note: This program will occur rain or shine.

First Studio: An Art Exploration for 3-5 Year-Olds
Kreeger Museum
Saturday, September 20  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0-$7
Children and an adult companion are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, analysis of works of art, a story and a hands-on art-making experience.

Children’s Hawaiian Storybook Workshop with Melissa (Mokihana) Scalph
American Indian Museum
Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21 ∙ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ∙ FREE – limited seating
Join us in celebrating the National Museum of the American Indian’s 10th anniversary by visiting the imagiNATIONS ACTIVITY CENTER for an interactive program about Hawaiian culture. Join Melissa (Mokihana) Scalph for a reading from the book When Silver Needles Swam by James Rumford and a take-home craft project. First come, first served. Seating is limited.
Mokihana is a certified school teacher and duly graduated dancer of Halau Mohala `Ilima, a traditional hula school in Kailua, Hawai`i, under the direction of respected master Mapuana de Silva. Mokihana’s family roots go back to the garden island of Kaua`i. She has been performing and teaching hula in the D.C. area since 1981. Venues include schools, libraries, private residences, Wolf Trap Theater-in-the-Woods, the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Historical Society of Washington D.C. and the Taste of D.C. Festival. Through her small classes and programs, Mokihana strives to dispel the stereotypical ideas about hula, and to perpetuate a correct understanding of the people, history and culture of Hawai`i through traditional hula, crafts and storytelling. Additionally, Mokihana encourages students to ask questions and read about their own family histories and cultures.

DC VegFest
Outdoors at Yards Park
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Organized by Compassion Over Killing, a DC-based animal protection charity, the DC VegFest is a FREE outdoor festival celebrating the very best of everything vegetarian in and around the nation’s capital. There are so many reasons to choose vegetarian foods—for our health, the planet, and animals—and Washington, D.C. offers wonderful opportunities to explore meatless cuisine. The DC VegFest has something for everyone to enjoy, so bring along your family and friends, including your furry four-legged companions! Rain or Shine.

LINCOLN-THOMAS DAY AT FORT STEVENS
Fort Stevens, 13th and Quackenbos Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
In 1924, the National Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs in America designated September 22 as Lincoln-Thomas Day, honoring President Abraham Lincoln and Mrs. Elizabeth Proctor Thomas, known as “the owner of Fort Stevens.” An African American farmer and landowner, Elizabeth Thomas’s property was taken by the U.S. Army to build Fort Stevens. This free event on September 20, featuring music and performances by Jubilee Voices and youth from the Brightwood community, is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Military Road School Preservation Trust.

DC State Fair with Homegrown DC
Old City Farm & Guild -  corner of Rhode Island Ave NW & 9th St NW
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
It will be a one day hyper-local farmers’ market and festival, where school gardens, community gardens, and urban farms within the city can show off what they’ve grown, and we can celebrate growing healthy food right here at home. Homegrown DC will take place Saturday, September 20 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm with food and bands to celebrate with after the market until 9:00 pm. Please join us by showing off your bountiful harvest. Each table and garden will be able to sell or donate their own produce and are encouraged to think of creative activities for participants and or provide “taste-tests” of your fresh food or of recipes made from your produce. Participation is free for buyers and sellers!

2014 H Street Festival
Between the 400 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE.
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Organized by H Street Main Street, the annual celebration highlights the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses. The event is one of the District’s most popular festivals, and has been named Washington, DC’s best neighborhood festival by Washington City Paper for the last four years. In a city that boasts so many wonderful neighborhoods, the H Street NE Corridor has become one of the most diverse and exciting neighborhoods to live in, shop, eat and hang out. This year’s Festival will offer more entertainment than ever before, featuring more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays.

Metro Mambo: Time Machine
Presented by: Dance Place
Dance Place
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 12:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Joe Conzo, author of “Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente” will share his recollections and rare unreleased and live recordings of music by Puente, Machito and Tito Rodriquez as part of this popular Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum program hosted by WPFW’s Jim Byers. A slammin’ dance party featuring Orquesta La Leyenda follows the presentation!

Latino Student Fund Scholarship Fair
Mary’s Center – Teen Room
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
The Latino Student Fund is hosting a FREE College Scholarship Fair for 8-12 Grade DMV students. The event will include representatives from Gates Millennium, POSSE Foundation, Coca Cola, DCTAG, Herb Block and many other scholarship providers.

3RD ANNUAL WIENER 500
Ronald Reagan Building
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Celebrate Oktoberfest at the 3rd Annual Wiener 500 to benefit the Washington Humane Society!
Don’t miss DC’s one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest celebration! See the four legged German ambassadors take to the track and witness history in the making on our 16 foot jumbotron screen. Plus enjoy beer, food & music! The event is FREE to attend, but racers must register with a $20 donation.

Portrait Story Days: Cesar Chavez
National Portrait Gallery – 1st Floor, education center, E151
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm & Sunday, September 21 ∙ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
(for ages 5 and up with adult) Youngsters and their families can drop in anytime to listen to a story about the labor leader and then create an artwork.

S.J. Ewing’s Australia Home Land
Hill Center
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE but RSVP required
OnStage Ignite Artist Sarah J. Ewing, hosts a FREE evening of dance that explores the question “What defines home?” Ewing’s professional troupe, S.J. Ewing and Dancers, will perform an adaptation of Australia Home Land, commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2013 Local Dance Commissioning Project, in which Ewing shares cultural experiences from Australia’s history. The evening includes a performance by students from CityDance– connecting the DC youth to the Capitol Hill community through the joy of dance.
Whether you are attracted to the cultural context of Australia Home Land, or just the simple joy of dance, Ewing and friends promise a fun, thought-provoking experience. Learn more about Sarah Ewing and her work.

Petar Maric
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Serbian accordionist showcases his unique range and musicality.

Fiesta DC 2014 Festival
Sunday, September 21 ∙ Parade: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & Festival: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm  ∙ FREE Admission
Fiesta DC 2014 Parade will take place on Sunday, September 21, 2014, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Parade will start at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW , and will travel east to 14th Street NW. Staging area will open at 8am, on 7th ST and Constitution Ave, where parade order will be organized. All performing groups must be in their assigned space in order street closures and parade to begin at 10am.

ZooFiesta
National Zoo
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at ZooFiesta. See animal demonstrations and learn about animals native to Latin America, such as golden lion tamarins, sloths, Andean bears, and anteaters. Meet Zoo experts and learn how they are working to save these species and more.
Family activities include animal feedings, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, educational activities highlighting conservation research in Central and South America, and authentic gourmet cuisine at a Latin American inspired food bazaar. ZooFiesta is free, so bring the whole familia!
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) will be around from 10am – 2pm with FREE books for kids, animal inspired activities, and giveaways for kids and families.
Want to get a head start on the fun? Download RIF’s activity sheet at RIF.org/zoofiesta and see how much you can do on your trip to the zoo!

English Country Dance in DC
Presented by: Dumbarton House
Dumbarton House
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $5
English Country Dance is a social, folk dance form, which has earliest documented instances in the late 16th century and was popular well into the Baroque and Regency eras.
All are welcome – no experience necessary, just the desire to have fun.

Spider Press Demonstration
Postal Museum – World of Stamps Gallery
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Come and see a demonstration of the type of printing press that printed the famous Inverted Jenny stamp!
Note: At 1:00 pm, there’s a FREE Highlights Tour – A friendly docent will give a 30-minute tour of the highlights of the museum. Starts at the Information Desk in the Historic Lobby

THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
TWB Northwest DC Studio
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Get an inside glimpse of The Washington Ballet, The Washington School of Ballet, Company dancers and students from NW and SE during Open House. Join them for an afternoon of performances, classes, make-up demonstrations, food, games and crafts. Have your photo taken with a dancer, take part in “Make a Ballet” and more. This FREE event is fun for the entire family. Download the complete schedule here.

D.C. Legendary Musicians Band
Presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Representing more than 50 years of music, this band features the talents of D.C. musicians who have performed nationally and internationally with their own bands and other renowned performers such as Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Al Green, The Manhattans, and others.

DC PUBLIC LIBRARY Activities -  Find FREE things to do for kids in every library in D.C.:

September is Library Card Sign Up Month! Sign Up for a Library Card or refer someone to get a library card and be entered  in a  drawing for prizes at the end of the month! Its just that easy!

Mount Pleasant Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Author/Advocate Frida Larios ∙ Mount Pleasant Library ∙ Saturday, 2:00 pm -In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, author Frida Larios will present workshop and reading that will facilitate children’s (ages 4-11) discovery and question the unique visual world of letters and Mayan mythology. The trilingual (English, Spanish and New Language [Visual] Maya) children’s book, The Village That Was Buried by an Erupting Volcano (children’s book) and the Green Child wooden puzzle are the tools of this workshop and educational experience. In the Children’s Room on the 2nd floor of the Mount Pleasant Library.

Get Booked! Banned Books Week Photo Booth ∙ Takoma Park Library ∙ Sunday, 9:30 am – Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone – just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

Back to School Party at Whole Foods Market ∙ Sunday, 11:00 am – The library is joining the Whole Foods Market in Georgetown (2323 Wisconsin Ave. NW) for a back-to-school celebration featuring healthy eating demonstrations, tasty samples, a raffle and more.Drop by the store to enjoy the festivities and sign up for a library card, check out materials, and learn more about library programs!

Family Biking Workshop ∙ Georgetown Library ∙ Sunday, 1:00 pm - Join us at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library as Kidical Mass DC and WABA present this workshop on family biking around our city. Kidical Mass is a national movement to encourage parents and children to bike together. Kidical Mass DC organizes monthly family bike rides and produce the annual ABC’s of Family Biking, an event to help families learn about tools and skills that facilitate biking together in DC.
We’ll go over the ins and outs of riding confidently and comfortably with children, equipment, packing and preparation and next steps.

Heure du Conte: French Storytime ∙ Northeast Library ∙ Sunday, 2:00 pm – Attendees are exposed to French vocabulary through story, song, rhyme and crafts during this interactive story time. Ages 2 – 6 are encouraged, though all ages are welcome. Please note that story time will be done entirely in French unless otherwise specified.

Imagination Club ∙ Capitol View Library ∙ Sunday, 3:00 pm – Make something special. We provide the material, you provide the imagination! An open program for children ages 3 – 8. Registration is not required. Drop in and be creative.

***Maryland***

Honey Harvest Festival
National Wildlife Visitor Center
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm ∙ FREE Admission, though there is a $3 charge for shuttle tours
Join the Maryland State Beekeepers Association as they celebrate the Annual Maryland Honey Harvest Festival! Discover the busy world of bees and other pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle making demonstrations, refuge habitat shuttle tours and much more! All ages.

18th Annual Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival
Towson Courthouse Patriots Plaza
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Baltimore County’s African American Cultural Festival celebrates its 18th yearin 2014. Annually, the festival celebrates the rich and thriving traditions of the African American community. Drawing in renowned and local entertainers, small and large businesses, and approximately 50,000 attendees, the festival continues to be a vibrant extravaganza that has become one of Baltimore County’s treasures.
The festival is free, family-oriented and is always held in Towson, MD at the Courthouse Square Plaza.  The festival serves as vehicle to showcase Baltimore County’s communities and its residents. It also serves as a means of raising funds to support charitable programs charged to the festival such as scholarships, summer camps, and historical preservation projects. The festival is one of the only festivals in the Mid-Atlantic corridor that does not promote or endorse alcohol or tobacco products.

Monarch Fiesta Day
Black Hill Regional Park
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Celebrate the Monarch butterfly’s inspiring metamorphosis and incredible journey! We’ll have exhibits, face painting, story times, crafts, movies, monarch tagging and more! All programs are free and first-come, first-served. No registration required.

Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play
National Children’s Museum
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ∙ NCM will also offer a $2 discount on all ticket categories on Saturday, September 20.
Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play is a day to get up, get out and get active! On Saturday, September 20, kids will shut off their computers, tablets and TVs and head outdoors for some fun in the sun! NCM will be open all day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., but in addition to the indoor fun, come join us in the outdoor space next to National Harbor’sHampton Inn between Waterman Passage and Waterfront Street for parachute play between 11 a.m. and noon. Don’t miss Big Apple Circus: Circus-To-GoNCM READS SERIES: LUCKY’S TAP DANCING FEET by Quynn Johnson 

“Train Days”
Gaithersburg Community Museum
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Visitors are invited to view BANTRAK N-Gauge model train displays, explore a caboose, visit the 1918 steam locomotive on display in the adjacent History Park, and shop for train-related items in the Museum gift shop. With any luck visitors can also enjoy the sights and sounds of the actual CSX, Amtrak and MARC trains that rumble past the Museum on a regular basis.

Bluebird Blues Festival
Prince Georges Community College
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
The Bluebird Blues Festival is an annual celebration held at Prince George’s Community College in September. It has become one of the county’s premier events. Each year, the festival attracts an average of 12,000 people, dozens of vendors, and national blues acts.
The festival includes two stages, a main stage with a headline performer and three nationally known artists; the smaller stage features three additional acts and a blues workshop conducted by a blues scholar.
Children can participate in face painting, roving artists, tattoo art and many other events sponsored by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Children’s activities are held in Hallam Theatre.
Food and craft vendors offer an array of unique items and cultural delicacies from around the world. The event is free and open to the public. Alcohol and pets, excluding service animals, are not permitted. Bring your chairs and join us as we celebrate the blues! Performers & Schedule

Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Potomac Landing Community Center
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ∙ $5.00/person; Free for ages 3 & under
join us as we celebrate the contributions and heritage of the Hispanic Community.  Enjoy games, food, arts & crafts, music and entertainment.

COME MEET PEPPA THE PIG!
Westfield Annapolis – DINING CAFÉ
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Peppa the Pig is joining us for a special meet-and-greet. She will make her appearances at 11am, 12 noon, and 1pm.
Come have your face painted and your picture taken with Peppa!

Fall Fest
City Park in Hagerstown, Maryland
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm 
The event has three featured events, family activities, hayrides and much more.

Stuart Little
Adventure Theatre MTC
Saturday, September 20  ∙  11:00 am & 2:00 pm & Sunday, September 21 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ $19 [Discount Tickets]
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Shy and thoughtful, Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?
Based on the Award Winning Book by E.B. White ∙ Adapted for the Stage by Joseph Robinette ∙ Directed by Colin Hovde ∙ Starring Chris Dinolfo ∙ Recommended for All Ages. Performances continue through Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Rapunzel
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21 ∙ 11:30 am & 1:00 pm ∙ $10 [Discount Tickets]
A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Performances continue through Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Food for Thought Festival
National Colonial Farm
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm ∙  $5 per person; Members and Children under 10 are FREE
Join the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park as we explore the intricacies of the local food movement through discussion, theater, DIY workshops, games and – of course – food. Held on the green pastures of the historic National Colonial Farm, this fun and interactive event will feature nationally and locally recognized writers, activists and performers inspiring us to eat sustainably and well.

Free Family Sundays
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm ∙  FREE Admission
Enjoy our Free Family Sundays with a one-hour canoe, kayak, or paddle boat rental!
Please note: Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Hispanic Festival
Lane Manor Park
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm ∙  FREE Admission
Bring the family and celebrate the rich heritage of our Hispanic communities! From carnival games, crafts, entertainment, delicious ethnic food and more, there’s something for everyone. Bring a friend or neighbor and enjoy the day!

Lessons from the Past
Kingsley Schoolhouse
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Come and enjoy activities for the entire family! Listen to live music, meet and greet former students, enjoy guided tours of the schoolhouse, and play old fashioned games.

Family Sundays
Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, September 14 ∙  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm   FREE!
The BMA is the place to be for free family fun! Every Sunday, enjoy different activities—sketching tours, hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and more—designed just for families. SEPTEMBER’s Theme: Meeting the Old Masters September 21: Tell a Story in Faux Stained Glass 

Movies on the Potomac – Neverland: Peter Pan
National Harbor
Sunday, September 21 ∙ movies start at 6:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Meet us at the Plaza’s big screen for a FREE evening of ocean breezes and all-ages fun! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show! And visit The Black Dog for Dog Adoption Day, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

***Virginia***

45th Annual Bluemont Fair
Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21 ∙ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ∙ $5 (ages 10+), under 10 FREE!
Enjoy old-fashioned fun at our country fair held in the historic village of Bluemont, in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Visit the website for details about the 10K race, Children’s Fair, and more!

2nd Annual Arlington Festival of the Arts (Arlington, VA)
Highland Street in the Clarendon district of Arlington
Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21 ∙ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
The Arlington Festival of the Arts is coming back to the Clarendon District this fall!

Leesburg Fine Art Festival
Market and King Street, Leesburg
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday, September 21 ∙ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
historic Leesburg will play host to an outdoor art gallery featuring jewelry, sculptures, photography, ceramics and more.

Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull
Dulles Airport
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 11:00 am – 4:00pm [Gates open at 10:30 am & close at 3:45 pm] ∙ FREE Admission!
The Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull® is Special Olympics Virginia’s “heaviest” fundraiser, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. Whether you’re pulling the plane or cheering from the sidelines, there’s plenty to do at the Plane Pull, aside from pulling the plane! From the annual car show and live music by UDOVOODOO and the Happy Hour Boys  to the concessions, exhibitors and military and civilian aircraft displays, it’s a guaranteed good time. Please note: no backpacks, coolers, firearms or pets (except for service animals) will be allowed. Be sure to check out the Kids Truck Pull and Aircraft Displays. Directions & Arrival Information here.

KORUS Festival
Bull Run Park Special Events Center
Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21 ∙ FREE Admission!
Celebrating Korean American Heritage. Kid’s Zone! This year we have several exciting activities and games in the Kid’s Zone. Fun for the whole family! Stop by the Korean Cultural Center’s Booths to learn about Korean culture and play traditional games. Reminder that this is an outside Festival. Please plan accordingly: hat, sun screen, umbrella, jacket, bug spray, folding chair, blanket, etc. There will be ATMs available on site.

Stories at the Museum: Zeppelins
Arlington Historical Society
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 1:30 pm – 3:30 PM ∙ FREE Admission
This program for families and children will feature a reading of a selected history themed book, and families will have the opportunity to do a make-and-take craft activity related to the story. Participants are welcome to tour the museum to see objects featured in the stories.
The programs are free and open to all. Stories will be read at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and crafts will take place throughout the afternoon.

Autumn Chores
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 1:00 pm – 4:00 PM ∙ $3/ADULTS -$2/CHILDREN & SENIORS
There are always plenty of chores to do around a farm; but winter preparations require extra help! Come help the farm family prepare for the cold months ahead by learning how to split logs into rails for fencing, process flax to make thread for sewing, clearing brush and preserving the last of the gardens bounty.
Regular admission fee, clothing that can get dirty is recommended.

Children’s Theatre: ”Alice In Wonderland”
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, September 20 Sunday, September 21 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $10-$13
An original musical adaptation inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll stories. Poor Alice has found herself lost in strange land filled with wondrous inhabitants! Featuring songs based on the poetry from the original text, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the rest of the zany cast will be on hand as Alice adventures through Wonderland. Will she ever find her way home again, or was it all just a dream..?! Performances continue through Sunday, September 28 2014.

National Gymnastics Day Celebration
Loudoun Gymnastics
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE!
National Gymnastics Day Celebration is a FREE Family Event for children ages 18 months and up. Come and explore our state of the art facility, learn how to do a cartwheel, practice your handstands, jump and hop on a 40 foot long trampoline! Gymnastics is an Olympic Sport and our Team Gymnasts will be highlighting their talents in an exhibition from 2:45 until 3:15. Come see our Competitive Boys, Girls and Trampoline & Tumbling Team show off their skills on all of the Olympic Events including Bars, Beam, Floor, Vault, Rings, Pommel Horse, Trampoline and MORE! Water and light snack provided.

Cute Animals Stop, Drop & Roll
Presented by: Jane Franklin Dance
Penrose Square on Columbia Pike
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
At the dog park, most people know the names of the dogs, but not the name of their owner. This casual community of animal lovers and Jane Franklin Dance spark a connection with those who share a common interest. Stop, Drop & Roll is for two groups in an opposing structure of athletic-inspired movement! Have you ever gone to a ball game and marveled at the timing and chance moments of teamwork? A movement plan explores competition and random opposition.

Touch A Truck
Northern Virginia Community College – Manassas Campus
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ∙ $5
Grab your family and friends and ZOOM on over to Touch a Truck on Sunday, September 21st at the Manassas campus of NOVA. It promises to be a great family event where children, of all ages, will be able to get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicles and meet the people who help to build, protect, and serve our community. $5 entry begins at 10am and the first 100 children to arrive will receive a FREE diecast car!
All proceeds will support Discovery Junction Children’s Museum (DJCM) in its goal of opening a children’s museum in Prince William County. DJCM will be home to hands-on interactive exhibits designed to spark creative and critical thinking. Exhibits will focus on aspects of current and historical local significance, imaginative play, the arts, and sciences

Manassas Latino Festival
Harris Pavilion in old town Manassas
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm ∙  FREE Admission
Join us in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and enjoy the performances.

Summer Movies at Stonebridge
Potomac Town Center
Sunday, September 21 ∙ 7:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge every Sunday at 7 pm through August on the Jumbo Tron!  Tonight’s Double Feature: Monsters, Inc/ Monsters U

For Sale

Arlington Kids’ Stuff Sale
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Celebrating 25 Years!
This premier consignment sale is held twice a year—in the Spring and Fall. Over 100 consigners participate in each sale. We offer a wide selection of seasonal kids’ clothes and shoes, toys, books, movies, large and small equipment, strollers, bicycles, maternity clothing and lots more! For close to 25 years, this consignment sale is trusted by many of our regular customers as a well-organized, reliable source of all kid-related items! Due to stairs and tight spaces, strollers are not allowed at the sale.

Children’s Consignment Sale
Abiding Presence
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
FALL SALE

Fairfax County Mothers of Multiples – Consignment Sale
nZone in Chantilly
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm  ∙ FREE Admission!
The Consignment sales are very large and very well organized events with more than 150 families consigning items. All families have twins, triplets, or more, so there is an unbelievable amount of baby and kid merchandise. At past sales, we have sold more than 15,000 items and 90% of items were $5.00 or less!

TotSwap
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sunday, September 21 ∙ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
This sale will feature Fall & Winter items ONLY! Note: 50% off Many Items on Sunday

McLean AAUW 45th Annual Used Book Sale
McLean Community Center
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday, September 21 ∙ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
The 2014 AAUW Book Sale is amazingly well stocked with tens of thousands of books, plus hundreds of musical CDs and DVDs of television series and movies. Recent editions of histories, including many military histories, biographies, political analyses, as well as gardening, health, general literature and business and economics books are abundant. All travel books have been published between 2009 and 2014. Not to be missed is a terrific assortment of treasured collectibles and special art books, a huge and very complete collection of mystery stories and lots of children’s and adult general interest books.
On Sunday most books are $10 a bag. Credit cards will be accepted.
Proceeds support American Association of University Women’s Educational Opportunities Fund and local scholarships.

Native Plant Sale
Long Branch Nature Center & Park
Saturday, September 20 ∙ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  ∙ FREE Admission!
Want to improve your yard for local birds and butterflies? Then its time to Grow Native!
We are offering a great selection of plants that are ac-customed to local climate and wildlife. We have natives for sun to shade, even deer resistant plants. These are just a few of what we have to offer! We’ll also have a wider selection to choose from on the day. Rain date – Sunday, September 21.

Enjoy your weekend!

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