Weekend Round Up: September 30-October 3

There are lots of events to do this weekend and great weather predicted. Check out the Wharf’s Oktoberfest (and some racing dachshunds!), the Georgetown French Market, an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, Women’s March and more.

Last chance for visiting memorial, attending 2021 Nats game

It’s your last chance to visit the Covid-19 memorial on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. The exhibit runs through this Sunday. The Washington Nationals play their last game of the year against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Nats Park.

Volta Park Fall Festival

Volta Park is holding its annual fall festival this Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy live music, carnival games, pony rides, face painting and a bounce house. Families and groups are asked to bring their own blankets to the picnic. There will also be a raffle to win a Lululemon Mirror Home Gym. Come out for some fall fun! More on the festival can be found here.

Wiener dogs will get their time in the spotlight

This Saturday October 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. is the 9th Annual Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash at the Wharf. The event is part of Oktoberfest in the neighborhood and will include free, family-friendly, German-inspired food and a waterfront biergarten. The first wiener dash begins at 2 p.m.— more than 70 dachshunds are expected to attend. For more information on Oktoberfest at the Wharf, click here.

The Georgetown French Market is this weekend

Now in its 18th year, Georgetown’s Book Hill neighborhood turns into a magical French town. The Georgetown French Market is Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m., located on Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road. Expect to see over 25 locally owned merchants, restaurants, galleries and more in this open-air shopping extravaganza. More information on the market can be found here.

Check out a new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery features for the first time the portraiture work of Chinese American artist Hung Liu. The exhibit, “Portraits of Promised Lands,” is the artist’s first on the East Coast as well. The show is in memory of Liu, who passed away earlier this year. Her paintings sourced from photographs are breathtakingly beautiful. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

Learn about a century of marches, protests and rallies in D.C.

Take a tour this Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. through Smithsonian Associates. Enjoy learning about the Woman Suffrage Procession along Pennsylvania Avenue in 1913, to the Million Man March circa 1995 to the more recent March for Our Lives in 2018. The fall outdoor walk with lecturer Dave Price is an interesting one and worth the $75 fee ($55 for members). More information on the walk can be found here.

The Women’s March is back this Saturday

On Saturday, the Women’s March returns to the area to mobilize and defend reproductive rights. The march will be in every state with a rally here in Washington, D.C., before the Supreme Court reconvenes. Don’t forget to bring your mask, regardless of vaccination status. There will be lots of virtual events as well for those who don’t feel as comfortable attending in person. More information on the march can be found here.

Visit the Second Annual Chevy Chase/Washington, D.C. Fine Art Festival

Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is a festival celebrating the country’s top artists. Enjoy sculpture, jewelry, mixed media, photography and more along the walks of the Shops at Wisconsin Place. More information on the event can be found here.

“Queer Eye” favorite coming to the Kennedy Center

Jonathan Van Ness, breakout star of the show “Queer Eye” on Netflix, will be at the Kennedy Center Friday evening. The reality show star is a multi-hyphenate, and currently is a hair stylist, podcast host, activist and author in addition to TV personality. Van Ness will be at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday sharing his best hair and beauty secrets, stories from his life and lots more. More on how to get tickets can be found here.

Final Rose Park Shows of 2021 for Rock Creek Kings

Rock Creek Kings will play their final two Rose Park shows, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 9., in the northeast corner of Rose Park where P Street meets Rock Creek Parkway. These final shows mark the end of a 15-show run in 2021. Rock Creek Kings frontman Evan Moses commented: “It’s been an honor to play for our community and offer a safe outdoor space in which residents can enjoy live music. We’re so grateful to the community, our fans and the National Park Service for helping make this all happen.” The band will be at Pearl Street Warehouse for a ticketed Halloween Show on Oct. 29.













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