Weekend Round Up: October 7-10

Another weekend is upon us! Enjoy a weekend of concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour, the last weekend of Oktoberfest, a show at Arena Stage, Books in Bloom and lots more.

See a performance of “Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski”

In a solo performance, David Strathairn (Academy Award nominee for “Good Night and Good Luck” and “Nomadland”) portrays World War II hero and Holocaust witness Jan Karski at the Shakespeare Theatre through Oct. 17. Professor Karski taught in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Services for more than 40 years. Strathairn and special guests will be available for post-show conversations after each performance. The production was originally created by the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. More information on tickets can be found here.

 See one of the world’s best pianists at the Kennedy Center

Grammy award winning conductor Paavo Jävi will lead Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony this weekend with the National Symphony Orchestra. Also on this weekend is famed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returning to the Concert Hall for a performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Performances are this evening at 7 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. More information on the performances can be found here.

The Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour is this weekend

Grab your tickets fast for this one—Saturday is sold out already—a popular autumn event at Mount Vernon. Bring a blanket and relax on the East Lawn, overlooking the Potomac. There will be wines on hand from 18 different Virginia wineries, George and Martha Washington playing host and hostess and the first floor and cellar of the mansion will be open until 8:30 p.m. More on the weekend’s festivities here.

Check out the last weekend of Wundergarten’s Oktoberfest

This weekend is the last one for the German-themed beer garden’s biggest event of the year. Enjoy some of the best Oktoberfest brews, food and more. The popular Bavarian Olympics returns, as well as Sunday “Yappy hours” for furry loved ones. More information on the final weekend celebration can be found here.

See the show “Celia and Fidel” at Arena Stage

A fictional play inspired by true events, Celia and Fidel tells the story of Fidel Castro’s most trusted friend and political partner, Celia Sanchez. The powerful play imagines a conversation between Cuba’s most influential female revolutionary and Cuba’s most notorious leader. Their back-and-forth of morality and power is riveting. Celia and Fidel is commissioned by Drs. Elliot and Lily Gardner Feldman and BakerHostetlerLLP as part of the Arena Stage’s “Insider Voices Power Play Cycle.” Additional support is by the National Endowment for the Arts. More information on the play can be found here. Performances start this weekend and end at the end of November.

The Smithsonian Anacostia Museum is hosting a Resource Fair for the Community

This Saturday from 12 noon until 2 p.m., the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum is hosting a fair for the community with a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, HIV testing, school supplies, fresh produce, employment information and more. The family-friendly event will be held in the museum parking lot. More information on the fair can be found here.

The 5th Annual Books in Bloom Festival is this weekend

This Sunday in Color Burst Park in Columbia, Maryland, check out the annual Books in Bloom festival. There will be readings, panel discussions, pop-up bookstores and more. Author, journalist and creator of the 1619 Project (an effort aimed to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the U.S.’s national narrative) Nikole Hannah-Jones will be featured in conversation. More information on the festival can be found here.














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