Weekend Round Up, Sept. 8 – 11


Another weekend of excitement awaits! This time, the D.C. Bike Ride returns Saturday for a 20-mile ride. There’s also the AU Museum opening weekend and new exhibits with The Washington Project for the Arts and National Portrait Gallery. On Sunday, consider paying your respects at the Pentagon’s 9/11 Memorial. Have a great weekend!

The Washington Project for the Arts Next Group Exhibit Opens Saturday

“Being/Becoming: The Act of Portraiture,” the next group exhibit by The Washington Project for the Arts will have its opening reception Saturday September 10 from 7-9 p.m. at 2124 8th St. NW. The exhibit is curated by D.C.-based artist Yacine Tilala Fall. The first in-person show in three years will feature newly commissioned work by five Black women and gender non-conforming artists, all presented as performance-based, embodied self-portraits. More information can be found here.

DC Bike Ride Returns This Weekend

The D.C. Bike Ride returns this Saturday at 8 a.m. and ends at 12 noon. The event includes a 20-mile bike ride and celebration. Riders will tour the city’s famous sights during the car-free event’s seventh annual year. There will be a Wildgood’s Ice Cream Stop this year for a refreshing treat. The end of the ride’s Finish Festival is presented by Sibley Memorial Hospital and will include food trucks and fitness classes. More information can be found here.

The DC Bike Ride returns this weekend.

Fall Exhibits Open at AU Museum this Weekend

Fall at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center begins Saturday. Exhibits end December 22 and include highlights like “Sitting Pretty: Two Hundred Years of American Portrait Painting from the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art” and “Haunted Koreas.” “Sitting Pretty…” features selected portraits by multiple American artists from the museum’s Corcoran Legacy Collection. “Haunted Koreas” is a commentary on the communication and blurred boundaries between North and South Korea. Also, on Saturday, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the exhibit More Clay! The Power of Repetition where “nine artists build powerful ceramic sculptures through accumulation, repetition, and innovative feats of construction” will have its opening at Katzen Arts. More on the exhibits (and the fall opening reception Saturday from 6-9 p.m.) can be found here.

National Portrait Gallery Welcomes New Exhibits

The National Portrait Gallery is featuring a Portraiture Festival this Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The first in-person festival since 2020 will include art, music and finalists from the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, who will be discussing their work during interactive gallery talks and hands-on art workshops. If you don’t feel like venturing out, “Picturing the Obamas” will premiere on the Smithsonian Channel Saturday September 10 at 8 p.m. The new documentary includes first-hand accounts from artists, museum curators, and fans and the president himself. More information on the event can be found here.

Enjoy Adams Morgan Day this Sunday

The longest-running neighborhood festival in D.C. hosts its 44th annual party. The 18th Street festival will include music, food vendors, family-friendly activities and more in one of D.C.’s most diverse neighborhoods. The day-long celebration is led by volunteers and shows off Adams Morgan’s businesses, artists and organizations. More information on the event can be found here.

See you at Adams Morgan Day this Sunday?

Commemorate Patriots Day by Honoring the Victims of September 11, 2001

If you haven’t visited the Pentagon’s 9/11 Memorial, it’s well worth paying your respects there this Sunday, Sept. 11. The site is free and open to the public 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year. “The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is a national memorial dedicated to the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001,” the memorial’s website says. “All 184 lives lost in the attack on the Pentagon are represented by “Memorial Unit” benches. Surrounding the benches are 85 Crape Myrtles (trees that will grow up to 30 feet tall) and the Age Wall, which grows one inch in height per year relative to the ages of the victims.” The best way to reach the site is to take Metro to Pentagon or Pentagon City on the Blue and Yellow lines and walk to the outside memorial from there. For more information go here.

Pay your respects this Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Pentagon’s 9/11 Memorial. Courtesy Washington.org.

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