This Saturday is Capitol Hill Day, Water Discovery Day, Girls in Aviation Day, Randolph Street Blocktoberfest and, at Georgetown Waterfront Park, Parachutes for the Planet. Also this weekend: the Virginia Wine Festival in Rosslyn and the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival at the Naval Heritage Center. For more October events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
NSO: Beethoven and Mendelssohn
National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Laureate Christoph Eschenbach returns to lead a program of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage” overture and his violin concerto, featuring soloist Ray Chen. Performances at the Kennedy Center are: Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.; and Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $89. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
‘Lincolnesque’ at Keegan Theatre
The Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW, presents John Strand’s political fantasy “Lincolnesque.” Leo, a speechwriter for a member of Congress whose reelection campaign is flagging, turns to his delusional brother Francis, who believes he is Lincoln, for help. Final performances are: Thursday, Oct. 11, Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $36 to $46. For details, visit keegantheatre.com or call 202-265-3767.
Folger Consort: ‘Oktoberfest’
In the Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE, Folger Consort and tenor Blark Bleeke offer a program of festive music from the German-speaking lands: songs by 14th-century Tyrolean knight Oswald von Wolkenstein, quirky instrumental pieces from the 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch and music by Heinrich Isaac and Ludwig Senfl from the Viennese court of Emperor Maximilian I. Performances are: Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $42. For details, visit folger.edu or 202-544-7077.
American Premiere of ‘Tsvetaeva’
On Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW, the Russian Chamber Art Society presents the American premiere of Alexander Zhurbin’s triptych of vocal cycles, “Tsvetaeva,” dedicated to Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941). Performing will be mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wor, baritone Timothy Mix and pianists Genadi Zagor and Vera Danchecko-Stern. Tickets are $55, including a post-concert reception. For details, visit thercas.com.
Girls in Aviation Day
Girls between the ages of 8 and 17 are invited to discover aviation in its many forms — including general aviation aircraft, helicopters, gliders, hot air balloons and jet aircraft — at the second Girls in Aviation Day, Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, presented by the AOPA Chapter of Women in Aviation, Women in Aviation International and the College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive in College Park, Maryland. Tickets (advance purchase required) are $7.50. For details, visit collegeparkaviationmuseum.com or call 301-864-6029.
Capitol Hill Day at National Postal Museum
Saturday, Oct. 13, is also Capitol Hill Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, will hold free activities on its terrace. Inside, visitor can learn about the history of personal communication, the U.S. Postal Service and stamp collecting; explore what happens when the Post Office cannot deliver your mail; take a selfie with Mr. and Mrs. Zip; and get a temporary tattoo of America’s most famous stamp, the Inverted Jenny. For details, visit postalmuseum.si.edu or call 202-633-5555.
Water Discovery Day
Area families can get to know their H2O and meet Alexandria’s water transformers at Water Discovery Day, Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alexandria Renew’s Environmental Center, 1800 Limerick St. in Alexandria, Virginia. Activities will include a rain barrel workshop, a hydration station, a planting activity, power yoga, Zumba and tai chi, screenprinting, cloud making and water-cycle bracelet crafting. Admission is free. For details, visit alexrenew.com or eventbrite.com.
Parachutes for the Planet
Georgetown Waterfront Park will host a free festival and outdoor display of international environmental art on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organized by Mother Earth Project, Parachutes for the Planet is a collection of more than 200 decorated parachutes representing the environmental concerns of youth from six continents, 30 countries and 28 U.S. states. There will also be music from five bands, a 100-foot-diameter parachute dance at 2 p.m. and a march in the park with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School drum line at 3 p.m. For details, visit georgetowndc.com.
Randolph Street Blocktoberfest
Also on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 8 p.m., the third annual Petworth Blocktoberfest will take place from the 500 block to the 700 block of Randolph Street NW. The festival includes live musical entertainment, German beer and cuisine, a bounce house, a climbing wall, giant chess, giant Jenga and cornhole. A voluntary $20 donation is recommended for a wristband good for unlimited refills. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Changing Perceptions, which provides supportive services and job training to the re-entry community — ex-offenders and formerly incarcerated individuals — in Washington, D.C. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Joseph Ribkoff Trunk Show
Everard’s Clothing, 1802 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will hold a Joseph Ribkoff Trunk Show on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to the store can shop the fall collection and hot styles of the brand, which has been successfully designing for women around the world who lead busy lifestyles since 1957. For details, visit everardsclothing.com or call 202-298-7464.
Virginia Wine Festival
The 43rd annual Virginia Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. at a new location: Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway in Rosslyn. In addition to wine, there will be a Virginia oyster pavilion, live music, kids’ activities and food trucks. General admission tickets (including unlimited wine tasting and a tasting glass) are $55 per day ($40 in advance). For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Barks & Brews Festival
Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits, 4339 Connecticut Ave. NW, hosts the second annual Barks & Brews Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event, celebrating our canine friends, will feature dozens of brands and styles of craft beer, giveaways and prizes, live music and local food trucks. Proceeds benefit Van Ness Main Street. Tickets are $35 ($30 in advance), including unlimited craft beer. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Double Exposure Film Festival: ‘Panama Papers’
Also on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m., Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium presents a screening of “Panama Papers” at the Burke Theater at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. A discussion with filmmaker Alex Winter and others will follow. The Panama Papers included over 11.5 million documents detailing financial and attorney-client information for nearly 214,500 offshore accounts. Tickets are $15. For details, visit doubleexposurefestival.com or call 202-683-6485.