Not a lot is happening Columbus Day Monday, increasingly known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day — the nearest parade is in Baltimore’s Little Italy on Sunday — but the weekend itself is a busy one. Opening night for the Smithsonian’s Craft2Wear Show is tonight, Thursday, Oct. 5, and it’s also time for the Waterford Fair and the Solar & Green Home Tour. You can learn to cook brunch on Saturday and go to an opera brunch on Sunday. Other highlights: the VelocityDC Dance Festival, College Park Day at the College Park Aviation Museum and a Thelonious Monk Celebration at the Kennedy Center.
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee invites area residents to “Find Your Fabulous” at the Craft2Wear Show, Friday, Oct. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. The annual show features limited-edition, hand-crafted clothing, jewelry and accessories. Proceeds support education, outreach and research. Tickets to the opening-night party on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. are $50, including a one-day pass to the show (otherwise $13 in advance or $15 at the door). For details, visit smithsoniancraft2wear.org.
The Waterford Fair has been Loudoun County’s premier traditional American crafts fair for 73 years. Juried artisans come from all over the country to this Virginia village of some 90 homes and buildings, about 50 miles northwest of D.C., to demonstrate their crafts and trades. Attendees can purchase unique hand-made items, learn about heritage skills and take part in tours and other activities. The fair runs Friday, Oct. 6; Saturday, Oct. 7; and Sunday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets purchased online are $16 for one day ($11 for age 13 and under and free for age 12 and under) and $35 for three days. For details, visit waterfordfairva.org.
Solar & Green Home Tour
On Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the 27th annual Metro Washington, DC Solar & Green Home Tour offers persons who are considering solar electric or hot-water solutions for their home or business a chance to meet with homeowners who have invested in such systems. Residents at 3023 O St. NW, 4815 V St. NW, 2112 Huidekoper Place NW and 4958 Ashby St. NW will be available at their homes to discuss the benefits and learned lessons from their installation of solar energy technology. For details, visit solartour.org.
For brunch-lovers …
Brunch with Bubbly at the Hill Center
Chef Jennifer Jones will lead this class on how to host the best meal of the day — brunch — on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. On the menu: maple-sage turkey sausage, baked mushroom and Gouda omelets, sweet-potato biscuits with pecan syrup and spiced orange mimosas or sparkling punch. Tickets are $59. For details, visit hillcenterdc.org or call 202-549-4172.
Opera NOVA Annual Brunch
Soprano Desiree Dodson, a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions, is one of several singers performing at the annual brunch of Opera NOVA, Sunday, Oct. 8, at 12:30 p.m. at Washington Golf & Country Club, 3017 North Glebe Road, in Arlington, Virginia. Also featured will be Jose Sacin, Elise Jenkins and Tony Torchia. The speaker is Dr. Vivek Patil, founder of Building Bridges Community Engagement. Tickets are $60. For details, visit operanova.org or call 703-536-7557.
The VelocityDC Dance Festival offers Friday and Saturday night performances and a Saturday matinee …
VelocityDC Dance Festival
The VelocityDC Dance Festival returns for its ninth season on Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 and 8 p.m. with styles ranging from ballet to flamenco and tap to hip-hop. Dance companies include Company Danzante Contemporary Dance, Gin Dance Company, Urban Artistry, Capitol Movement, CityDance, Prakriti Dance, S.J. Ewing & Dancers and SOLE Defined. The Saturday matinee is a modified performance for families. The festival, presented by Washington Performing Arts, will take place at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Tickets are $18 to $30. For details, visit velocitydc.org or call 202-547-1122.
Other Friday highlights …
Jason Moran & Q-Tip
On Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., two of the Kennedy Center’s dynamic artistic partners, DJ and rapper Q-Tip and jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, explore contemporary sounds at the crossroads of their respective genres in this one-night-only collaborative concert at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Tickets are $55. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Roast of Harry Potter by Capital Laughs
Capital Laughs has teamed up with the Town Tavern DC, 2323 18th St. NW, for this Very Potter Tavern event on Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. From the website: “You thought the Sorting Hat was tough for Harry? Wait until the likes of Hagrid and Dumbledore tell the Boy Who Lived how they really feel. I mean, let’s be real, if Hermione wasn’t there, Harry would’ve died in the first book.” Tickets are $25. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 205-215-0571.
Saturday is a big day in College Park …
College Park Day at Aviation Museum
Helicopters will fly in and attendees can meet the crews and learn about their mission during the free festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at the College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive in College Park, Maryland. The event also features live music, food trucks, family-friendly games and entertainment and performances by local dancers and acrobats. At noon, there will be a screening of “College Park Airport: Field of Firsts,” a documentary with archival photographs and film footage and first-person accounts of historical events. Filmmaker Austin Steo will be on hand to answer questions. For details, visit collegeparkaviationmuseum.com or call 301-864-6029.
And on Sunday, here are concerts for kids and jazzers …
Lisa Loeb Kids’ Concert
On Sunday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m., Lisa Loeb — the voice of Princess Winger on Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and Milli the Microphone on Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” — will bring all the magic of her expressive and playful children’s songs to AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda, Maryland. Able to evoke the feeling of dancing around the campfire catching fireflies, Loeb’s whimsical folk renditions of classic children’s songs like “The Muffin Man” and lively originals will have kids and parents in that summer state of mind. Tickets are $12. For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.
Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration
On Sunday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m., Jason Moran and celebrated artists Geri Allen and Kenny Barron salute the lasting legacy of the late pianist, composer and architect of modern jazz Thelonious Monk, born 100 years ago. Tickets for the event, at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, are $20 to $59. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.