Weekend Roundup, Sept. 28 – Oct. 1

Are you ready for one of the biggest weekends of the fall? There’s so much to do including Art All Night, the World Culture Festival, The Atlantic Festival, a Black Tie Gala at Mount Vernon, the March on Washington Film Festival, the Echo Arts Festival, and so much more.  

*Note: Be sure to check the event’s website before you go, as activities may be subject to change based on the potential government shutdown. 

Georgetown Art All Night Gets Ready to Sparkle This Weekend 

Sidewalks bustling outside Gallery L’Enfant at last year’s Georgetown Art All Night. Photo by Chris Jones.

Are you ready for a late night Friday? Head out to Georgetown Art All Night from 6-11 p.m. to enjoy art installations, performances, workshops, food, drinks, and make-your-own art opportunities. More information can be found here. Also, don’t miss our Art All Night preview piece here

The World Culture Festival Is This Weekend 

The World Culture Festival was most recently held in New Delhi in 2016. There were 3.75 million attendees from 155 countries. (Photo credit: Art of Living)

The World Culture Festival arrives tomorrow for a three-day global extravaganza on the National Mall. Expect lots of live music, art, food, dance performances, meditation and inspirational talks. The event hopes to uplift the human spirit and commit to peace and unity. Past World Culture Festivals took place in Berlin, Bangalore and New Delhi. More information on the D.C. festival can be found here. 

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Live in Concert This Saturday 

Photo courtesy of the National Theatre.

Ready for a national tour that will bring a whole new way to see the movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”? At the National Theatre Saturday, the Oscar-winning movie will be accompanied by a live orchestra (Broadway Sinfonietta, an all-woman and majority women-of-color orchestra), band and turntables with a scratch DJ playing music from the score and soundtrack. Tickets to the event can be found here

A New Production of “The Telltale Heart” Premieres at Synetic Theater 

Synetic Theater’s The Madness of Poe, 2021. Image courtesy DJ Corey Photography.

What is that sound we hear?! Synetic Theater debuts a reimagining of the Edgar Allan Poe classic “The Telltale Heart” beginning Friday. The haunting performance explores themes of isolation and obsession and examines the lines between sanity and madness. The spooky adaptation is narrated as a young Poe, and audiences can expect darkness with a touch of humor. The show runs through November 5. More information on tickets can be found here

The Atlantic Festival Comes to Town 

Photo from theatlantic.com.

The Atlantic Festival comes to The Wharf today and tomorrow for in-depth interviews, forums, breakout sessions, book talks, networking opportunities and screenings. This year’s highlights include actor Kerry Washington, filmmaker Spike Lee, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and more. More on the Atlantic Festival can be found here

Hey Dude! There’s a ‘90s Party at The Yards This Weekend

Photo courtesy of The Yards.

Don’t miss Back to the Yards, returning for its fourth year on Friday evening. The party will be ‘90s neon themed with lots of throwback chart topping songs and performances by professional breakdancers. Classic toys like Barbies and Beanie Babies will be highlighted. Guests can enjoy vintage arcade games, glitter tattoos, crafts, and a photobooth. Neon-inspired outfits are strongly encouraged! More information on the event can be found here

American University’s Feminist Art History Conference Begins 

Professor Sherry Lindquist of Western Illinois University will be a keynote speaker at the AU Feminist Art History Conference. Photo courtesy Western Illinois University.

American University’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting their eighth Feminist Art History Conference September 29 through October 1. Art historians from around the world convene to chat about new insights on gender’s influence on art in the ancient world through modern times. There will be a series of panels online and keynote speeches on AU’s campus through the event. More information on the conference can be found here. 

Washington Bach Consort Opens Season 

The first concert of the 2023-2024 Washington Bach Consort season is October 1 at 4 p.m. at National Presbyterian Church. Enjoy tenor Gene Stenger narrating Bach’s “St. John Passion” as the Evangelist, baritone Jonathon Adams as Christus, and bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca as Pilate. Don’t miss soloists Elijah McCormack and countertenor Reginald Mobley, as well as tenor Jacob Perry, Jr. Tickets can be found here

Visit Mount Vernon for a Black Tie Benefit Gala 

A photo from a past gala at Mount Vernon. Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon.

The Regent and Vice Regents of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association are hosting a benefit gala Saturday to celebrate the 1oth anniversary of the George Washington Presidential Library. There will be a black-tie dinner on the east lawn, after-hours tours of the mansion, dancing, and performances from the American Pops Orchestra. More information on tickets can be found here

Head to the Citizens Association of Georgetown Concerts in the Park Sunday 

A previous CAG Concert in the Park. Photo by Robert Devaney.

Sunday afternoon, don’t miss the Fall Concerts in the Park and Block Captain Party hosted by the Citizens Association of Georgetown. There will be live music, food trucks, ice cream, popcorn and more. There are plans for a giveaway to win two tickets to CAG’s fall fundraiser too! More information on the event can be found here

Glen Echo Hosts Second Annual Echo Arts Festival 

Photo from Glen Echo Park.

On Sunday, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture will present the second annual “Echo Arts Festival,” which will celebrate visual and performing arts at Glen Echo Park. The festival will feature live music, dancing, open studios and galleries, children’s theater and more. The Partnership is also collaborating with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino to present a special community art project. More information on the festival can be found here. Also, don’t miss our October 19 Culture Power Breakfast speaker Katey Boerner, who is the CEO of Glen Echo Partnership for the Arts and Culture — get tickets to that event here

Don’t Miss “Bringing it to The Table: Talk, Taste, Transform” at The National Union Building 

Multi-hyphenate Carla Hall (chef, TV host, cookbook author) and Allison Aubrey of NPR will be hosting a day-long event Saturday at the National Union Building. The event, called “Bringing it to The Table: Talk, Taste, Transform” will have breakout sessions, talks, tastings, and more. It is hosted by the D.C. Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier. More information on the event can be found here

Don’t Miss the March on Washington Film Festival  

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is hosting a March on Washington Film Festival Saturday. There will be an evening of preaching, music, and dance featuring special guest Yolanda Adams, Rev. Delman Coates, Ph.D, and more. More information on the event can be found here






Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *