This Saturday, you can have your animals blessed at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, then consume one species in particular (while supporting its conservation) at Oyster Wars.
It’s a double festival weekend with Old Town Alexandria’s King Street Art Festival, postponed by Hurricane Florence, now going head-to-head with the Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival at National Harbor.
During this weekend of countries and cultures, you can drape kilts at Dumbarton House, do tai chi in Chinatown Park and, on Sunday, take in a Central American fiesta and an Egyptian accordion concert.
This year’s DC Shorts Film Festival runs tonight through Sept. 16, with an opening weekend party on Saturday. Also this Saturday: the Book Hill Gallery Walk.
Labor Day weekend is also the weekend of the National Book Festival, taking place on Saturday. Feel like marching on Labor Day? Give your white clothes a wash and sign up for the Washington Revels' parade.
Georgetown's Kennedy & Co. will host a happy hour this Friday to support women's shelters. Two Saturday events will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on Washington.
Art lovers can take the kids to the Portrait Gallery’s open studio on Friday and learn about “degenerate art” at the National Gallery on Sunday — the last day of Summer Restaurant Week.
For the ears, this weekend offers jazz flute, classical violin, Lyle Lovett and a “mobile musical house” on the Kennedy Center’s North Plaza. Also at the Kennedy Center, the Second City's "Generation Gap."
“La donna è mobile” — just ask the Duke of Mantua at Wolf Trap Opera's "Rigoletto" or Sarah Fraser at her live podcast taping on Friday. On Sunday: the Citi Open finals and Signature Theatre’s open house.
On Saturday, after an aquatic happy hour, you can hear Willie Colón and the best of Wagner’s Ring. Recover on Sunday with glassblowing at Glen Echo and landscape-looking at Waverly Street Gallery.