It’s a double festival weekend with Old Town Alexandria’s King Street Art Festival, postponed by Hurricane Florence, now going head-to-head with the Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival, across the Potomac at National Harbor. Not to mention the Taste of Georgetown and the DC State Fair on Sunday. For more September events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Portraiture Symposium: ‘Beyond the Face’
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW, will host its biennial Edgar P. Richardson Symposium on Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At “Beyond the Face: New Perspectives on Portraiture,” sessions will investigate the power dynamics between sitter and artist; the manipulation and evolution of the physical object; the dissemination of the image; symbolic evocations of personality; theatricality and self-presentation; and political, economic and religious subtexts. For details, visit npg.si.edu or call 202-633-8300.
‘Viva V.E.R.D.I. — The Promised End’
In Series presents the final performances of “Via V.E.R.D.I. — The Promised End” at Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW, on Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. In this unique imagining of “King Lear” alongside the Verdi Requiem, conductor Paul Leavitt and eight singers distill the music to its fiery spiritual core as Helen Hayes Awardee Nanna Ingvarsson takes on the title role, directed by Steven Scott Mazzola. Tickets are $20 to $45. For details, visit inseries.org or call 202-204-7763.
‘My Party Will Go On!’ at Nat Geo
On Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m., more than 2,000 partygoers — many in costume — will descend on National Geographic headquarters, 1145 17th St. NW, for a night of edutainment. “My Party Will Go On!” will feature guest DJs, National Geographic Explorer lightning talks, a photo booth, a caricature artist, a costume contest, beer from Old Bust Head Brewing and era-themed cocktails, plus exclusive access to the “Titanic: The Untold Story” exhibition. Tickets are $25 ($20 early bird and $30 the day of the event). For details, visit nationalgeographic.org or call 202-857-7000.
‘Brews, Booze & Bites’ at Tudor Place
On Saturday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, presents “Brews, Booze & Bites,” an afternoon of heritage food and drink, outdoor music, lawn games and local history. Tickets are $45. For details, visit tudorplace.org or call 202-965-0400.
African American Music in Wilson’s Era
Also on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., the President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW, will host a vintage-inspired evening of African American music and history. Davey Yarborough and his student musicians will unveil an original arrangement that will transport audiences through a continuum of African American music from ragtime to go-go. There will also be 1920s hits played by the Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers. Tickets are $35. For details, visit woodrowwilsonhouse.org or call 202-387-4062.
King Street Art Festival
The 16th annual King Street Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, was postponed by Hurricane Florence to Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Featuring live entertainment and original artwork by more than 200 artists, the free festival will take over King Street from Washington Street to the waterfront, where the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For details, visit visitalexandriava.com.
Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser
During the festival, the Art League will hold its annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Handmade bowls (with a scoop of ice cream) are $15, with proceeds benefiting the Art League’s ceramics department. For details, visit theartleague.org.
Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival
On Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 6 p.m., the Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival, a 21+ event, will be held at National Harbor, 165 Waterfront St. in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Participants can partake of a selection of oysters from cool-weather regions, other seafood dishes (and non-seafood dishes), international and domestic wines and a Bloody Mary Pavilion. Single-day tickets, including unlimited wine tastings and a commemorative glass, are $55 ($40 in advance). Shucked raw oysters will be priced at approximately $1.50 to $2. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Taste of Georgetown
At this annual event, sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, attendees eat their way through some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants while supporting the homeless services work of Georgetown Ministry Center. More than 30 restaurants are participating in this year’s Taste of Georgetown, on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on K Street NW between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street and along the Georgetown waterfront. Taste Tickets (good for one food item or one beer or glass of wine) are $11 for two, $22 for four, $33 for seven and $44 for 10. For details, visit tasteofgeorgetown.com.
DC State Fair
The ninth annual DC State Fair, a free showcase of the District’s agricultural and creative talents, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Waterfront-SEU Station, 375 and 425 M St. SW. Along with a pet-arade, there will be competitions to find the tastiest mumbo sauce, the best honey and the most creative hula-hoopers in the city. For details, visit dcstatefair.org.
Barry Farm/Hillsdale Bus Tour
Author and Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Curator Alcione Amos will lead a bus tour tracing the Barry Farm/Hillsdale neighborhood’s beginnings as a settlement for post-Civil War African Americans to the close-knit African American community it is today. Taking place on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the tour, free with RSVP, departs from the museum, located at 1901 Fort Place SE. For details, visit anacostia.si.edu or call 202-633-4820.
Roots Concert: Lula Wiles
Also on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 4:30 p.m., Lula Wiles will perform at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, as part of the free outdoor American Roots Music Series. Deeply rooted in traditional folk music, the band’s devotion to modern songcraft is equally deep. For details, visit hillcenterdc.org or call 202-549-4172.