This Saturday, you can have your animals blessed at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in the morning, then consume one species in particular (while supporting its conservation) at Oyster Wars in the afternoon. Also this weekend: Art All Night, Wander Wisconsin, the Washington Ballet’s first performances of the season and, in Rosslyn, the 2018 Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. For more fall events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘The Washington Ballet Welcomes’
The Washington Ballet welcomes guest artists Katherine Barkman (principal, Ballet Manila), Connor Walsh (principal, Houston Ballet), Stella Abrera (principal, American Ballet Theatre) and Marcelo Gomes (choreographer and former principal, ABT) to perform as part of this Kennedy Center program, featuring Alexei Ratmansky’s “Bolero,” Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Sombrerisimo,” George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” Michael Fokine’s “Les Sylphides” and three pas de deux masterworks. Performances are: Thursday, Sept. 27, and Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $160. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 800-444-1324.
Film Night: ‘West Side Story’
As part of its fall semester workshop series, M Institute for the Arts, 1038 31st St. NW, presents an educational viewing on the patio of the 1961 film version of “West Side Story” on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. Complimentary wine and popcorn will be served. Admission is $5 (free for members). For details, visit m4arts.org or call 202-810-5053.
Washington Antiquarian Book Fair
The 43rd annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair — taking place on Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 Fort Myer Drive in Arlington, Virginia — is a treasure trove of rare books, manuscripts, modern first editions, autographs, maps, drawings and other fine ephemera. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday-only tickets are $10 and weekend passes are $15. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Blessing of the Animals
In advance of the Feast Day of St. Francis (Oct. 4), the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, will celebrate the patron saint of animals on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon with its annual Blessing of the Animals event. Pets of all shapes, sizes and species are invited to the monastery’s gardens for individual blessings. For details, visit myfranciscan.org.
Ten chefs, including Jamie Bissonnette, Mike Friedman, Spike Gjerde and the Salt Line’s own Kyle Bailey, will participate in Oyster Wars on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Salt Line, 79 Potomac Ave. SE. Oyster farms from Maryland, Virginia, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine are providing the oysters and a dozen breweries the liquid accompaniment (there will also be live music). Tickets, including oysters and tastings, are $65, a portion of which will go to the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Anacostia Riverkeeper. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Amanda Uprichard at CUSP
Neiman Marcus’ CUSP Georgetown store, 3030 M St. NW, will hold a meet-and-greet with contemporary designer Amanda Uprichard, complete with sips, sweets and styling consultations, on Saturday, Sept. 29, from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free and no tickets are required. For details, visit neimanmarcus.com or call 202-625-0893.
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Concert
On the program for the ASO’s season-opener, under new Music Director James Ross, are Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Michael Torke’s “Javelin” and works by Dvořák and Saint-Saëns featuring violinist Alexander Kerr. Tickets to the concert, on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. in Schlesinger Concert Hall, 4915 East Campus Drive in Alexandria, Virginia, are $20 to $80, $10 for students and $5 for youth. For details, visit alexsym.org.
Art All Night
Also on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Tenleytown Main Street hosts Art All Night, presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser. Local businesses, community institutions and public spaces will transform into pop-up galleries and performance stages for an evening celebrating the arts. The welcome center will be located at 4601 41st St. NW, at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street. For details, visit tenleytownmainstreet.org.
“Passports” for this Georgetown Main Street event — featuring discounts, tastings, performances and walking tours — on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, will be available on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at TD Bank, 1611 Wisconsin Ave. NW, and on Sunday at the nearly 30 participating businesses. For details, visit georgetownmainstreet.com.
Bocce Your Bottom Dollar
On Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., the annual bocce tournament to raise money for study-abroad scholarships for D.C.-area students will be held in Logan Circle (the intersection of 13th and P Streets NW) followed by a happy hour until 6 p.m. at Trade, 1410 14th St. NW. No prior bocce experience is needed. Tickets are $30. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Day in the Park
The Washington Jewish Music Festival invites area residents to Stead Park, 1625 P St. NW, on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free Sukkot celebration featuring games, activities and musical performances by Josh & the Jamtones. For details, visit wjmf.org.
The Australian Pink Floyd Show
Also on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m., Australian Pink Floyd brings a concert experience hailed as the gold standard of Pink Floyd shows to Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. The show includes fan favorites from “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “The Wall” and other classic albums. Tickets are $59 to $89. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.