Here in Georgetown, Sweetgreen is celebrating the first birthday of its M Street market, the Tavern. On Saturday, you can catch some opera in Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. Sunday’s offerings include the annual Turkish Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, District Winery’s fall harvest party and a fall farm dinner at Arcadia Farm in Alexandria. For more end-of-September events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘Music for Machiavelli: Florence Circa 1500’
Best known as the author of “The Prince,” philosopher, playwright, diplomat and composer Niccolò Machiavelli walked the streets of Florence 500 years ago. With soprano Emily Noël, Folger Consort will perform works by Machiavelli — carnival songs and music for his two stage comedies — along with pieces by Francesco Bendusi, Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac and native composers of Northern Italy. Performances at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE, are: Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 28, at 4 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $42 ($10 off with promo code CAPITALMUSIC). For details, visit folger.edu or call 202-544-7077.
First Birthday: Sweetgreen’s Tavern
Sweetgreen will celebrate one year since the reopening of its original M Street location in Georgetown as a market, the Tavern, on Friday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lululemon Loft, 3265 M St. NW. The milestone will be marked with a full graze board — a spread of cheeses, breads and fresh fruits and veggies — and sips from local farmers and makers. The following day, Saturday, Sept. 28, there will be free Sweetflow frozen yogurt and vendor pop-ups at the Tavern, 3333 M St. NW. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Evening at Embassy of Cameroon
On Friday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Ambassador Etoundi Essomba will welcome attendees to the new Embassy of Cameroon, 2349 Massachusetts Ave. NW, for a celebratory night of native food, drinks, music, cultural dancing, art, fashion and film. Suggested attire is smart casual. Tickets are $50. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Mike Birbiglia’s ‘The New One’
Direct from Broadway, Mike Birbiglia of “Sleepwalk With Me,” “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” “Thank God for Jokes,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Billions” and “Broad City,” will appear in “The New One” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The show is recommended for age 13 and up. Remaining performances are Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 28, at 2 and 8 p.m. (Sunday performances have been canceled.) Tickets are $54 to $114. For details, visit thenationaldc.com or call 202-753-7650.
Arts for Young Audiences: ‘That String Thing!’
On Saturday, Sept. 28, at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, children aged 3 to 8 will meet a quintet of string-playing members of the symphony orchestra, learn about the music they play and hear the beautiful sounds come to life. An instrument “petting zoo” will follow. Tickets are $15. For details, visit atlasarts.org or call 202-399-7993.
Opera Outside at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park
Washington Concert Opera and Washington Parks & People will present the third annual Opera Outside, a come-as-you-are outdoor concert on the upper field of Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, 16th and W Streets NW, on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to noon. The featured performers will be soprano Vanessa Becerra, baritone Benjamin Taylor and pianist David Hanlon. Admission is free and blankets, chairs, children and pets are welcome. Those registering online or at the table near the Joan of Arc statue will be entered to win free tickets to WCO’s 2019-20 season. For details, visit concertopera.org.
Literary Georgetown Walking Tour
On Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 2 p.m., Dwane Starlin, a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, will lead a tour of literary Georgetown, pointing out the residences that housed, and in some cases still house, such authors as John Kennedy, Sinclair Lewis, Katherine Graham, Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, Katherine Anne Porter and Herman Wouk. The tour starts at the corner of Q and 27th Streets NW. Tickets are $20 (cash or check only on the day of the tour). For details, visit dumbartonhouse.org.
Crystal City Oktoberfest
In partnership with New District Brewing, this year’s Crystal City Oktoberfest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Grounds, 1102 South Eads St. in Arlington, Virginia. The 21+ event will feature a selection of local beers, food trucks and vendors serving traditional German fare and live entertainment including local oompah band Alte Kumpel. Ticket purchasers will also receive a $30 Nift Gift. General admission, including a 12-ounce collector’s mug and four drink tickets, is $45. VIP tickets, including a 14-ounce collector’s mug, six drink tickets and a swag bag, are $60. VIP access begins at noon instead of 1 p.m. Wine drinker tickets (no beer) are $40. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
March on Washington Film Festival: “The Me I Want to Sing”
In partnership with the March on Washington Film Festival, “The Me I Want to Sing” — a free multimedia performance at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. — will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s historic performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Singers Laree Simon and Christine Lyons will portray Anderson and Leontyne Price, respectively. Dr. Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, will lead free first-come, first-serve tours of the exhibition “One Life: Marian Anderson” at 1 and 1:30 p.m., prior to the performance. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
This year’s Turkish Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 14th Streets. The free event will feature authentic Turkish cuisine, a Turkish coffeehouse and teahouse, live music, folk dancing performances, a dance workshop, fortune telling, shadow theater, kids’ games and art activities, a Turkish bazaar and business networking. For details, visit turkishfestival.org.
District Winery Fall Harvest Party
District Winery, 385 Water St. SE, will host a 21+ party on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. in its second-floor events space, which boasts a wraparound terrace and sweeping views of the Anacostia River. In addition to a variety of District Winery wines, there will be a decadent harvest-themed menu, a hot apple cider station, mini donuts made on-site and live entertainment. Tickets, including three alcoholic drinks per person, are $69 ($84 with a bottle to go). For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Arcadia’s Fall Farm Dinner
Also on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m., some of D.C.’s finest chefs will cook from their hearts at Acadia Farm at Woodlawn Estate and the Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway in Alexandria, Virginia, honoring the legacy of sustainable farming that defines the American tradition. Tickets are $175 and dress is “farm finery.” For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 571-384-8845.