Weekend Round Up, Sept. 9 – 12


We’re now (unofficially) into the fall season with lots to do around town! Parade in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month with Mayor Bowser, wish the Kennedy Center happy birthday at The Reach, celebrate Levain Bakery’s one-year anniversary in Georgetown, enjoy the return of Dupont Underground and honor those who died on 9/11, as the 20th anniversary is this Saturday.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Parade of Nations and the Mayor

On Sunday, Mayor Muriel Bowser is inviting Washingtonians from all eight wards to join her for a Parade of Nations by Fiesta DC. The family-friendly parade will honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Traditional costumes and entertainment from Latino cultures in Central and South America will be presented. More information can be found here.

Celebrate the Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary at The Reach

There’s nothing like a 50th birthday bash for the grandest entertainment showcase in D.C., the Kennedy Center. This weekend, from Thursday through Sunday, The Reach at the center will be holding free concerts and activities for the whole family, from 9/11 commemorations to DJ sets, to film screenings to arts markets to dance parties and yoga classes. For more on their jam-packed and celebratory schedule go here.

Mmmm, Gelato! Celebrate Levain Bakery’s First Year in Georgetown 

Also on Sunday, Levain Bakery is celebrating one year in Georgetown. Stop by the store for live music, free scoops of Dolcezza gelato and for the first hour of the party, free cookies to students (with a valid ID of course!) The fun begins at 1 p.m. at 3131 M St. NW. Bring your furry loved ones along too, as there will be free treats for neighborhood pups!

Honor the 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11 at the Lincoln Memorial 

Members of the musical “Come From Away,” about a group that found themselves in Canada after 38 planes were grounded in Newfoundland in the wake of 9/11, will be performing at the Lincoln Memorial. This Friday at 6 p.m., see a modified concert (approximately 100 minutes) with minimal props and costumes. The event should be a breathtakingly beautiful way to honor those who died on 9/11. Before its Broadway run, “Come From Away” premiered on the East Coast in September 2016. More information can be found here on this free show.

The Return of the Dupont Underground

The Dupont Underground has reopened! For those unfamiliar, the venue is an arts organization that turned 15,000 square feet of abandoned space under Dupont Circle into a funky arts space. There’s a new exhibit that closes Sunday called “Fingir.” The project showcases artists from the Central American diaspora. The term “fingir” refers to the pressures of society today to conform to an absolute truth. The project hopes the space is a great place for its visitors to be exactly who they are meant to be. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

The Dupont Underground

See an Exhibit Dedicated to the Twin Towers 

Running through March 6, 2022, there will be an exhibit at the National Building Museum called “The Towers of the WTC: 51 Years of Photographs.” The photos, by Camilo José Vergara display the history of the decades of the Trade Center, from construction to their tragic demise. The exhibit is part of a 20-year partnership with the National Building Museum, which began just after the 9/11 attacks. The photos are haunting and worth a trip down to the National Building Museum this weekend. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

Observe Sept. 11 at the Old Stone House

In observation of Sept. 11 this Saturday at 11:00 a.m., a public community gathering featuring a color guard from Dunbar High School and the handing out of American flags will be hosted by the Constitution Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Old Stone House on 3051 M St. NW.  The event will include informal tours of the renovated garden with national park officials and DAR chapter members available to give updates of garden projects.

Pre-Sept. 11 picture from the Brooklyn Bridge with Twin Towers in the background.

Adams Morgan Day Is This Weekend 

The longest-running festival in the District is back this Sunday, Sept. 12. Adams Morgan Day runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes lots of fun for the whole family. The morning starts with a drag queen story time or seeing saxophonist Walter A. Tates. There’s also a flag football clinic, Irish dancing and of course lots and lots of food. The festival is volunteer-run. More information on the event can be found here.

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