The Weekend Scene: Sept. 9-11
Festivals take center stage in the District this weekend
Cinephiles, history buffs and arts and crafts connoisseurs should have no problem filling up their calendars this weekend, as festivals and exhibits covering all of these passions are at the forefront of events in the city.
Film buffs should check out the more than 125 films being screened all weekend long for this year’s DC Shorts Film Festival. Tickets are $12 for each showcase, which run for 90 minutes and include up to nine short films. Shorts of various genres from over 30 countries are being featured this year, offering a unique view on filmmaking outside the U.S. If you’d prefer staying in this weekend, the Festival is offering the chance to view 70 of the films online for only $15.
When: Sept. 9 through 11 (check the schedule for specific showings)
Where: Various locations around the city
Head to Canal Park this Saturday to explore the artwork of Southeast D.C., listen to live musical performances and take part in a massive outdoor dance party as a grand finale to the evening. Featured performers throughout the day include George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Delta Spur and DJ-DMAC. There is no cost to attend, but remember to RSVP beforehand.
When: Sept. 10, beginning at 11 a.m.
Where: 1000 2nd Street SE
Metro: Navy Yard, Green Line
For anyone 21+, a unique wine tasting experience awaits at Eastern Market’s DC Wine Fest this Saturday. General admission tickets are $29, which earns you a two hour time slot to sample wines from around the world while enjoying live entertainment.
When: Sept. 10, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 225 7th Street SE
Metro: Eastern Market, Orange/Silver/Blue Line
If you’re looking to travel back in time to the olden days this weekend, take a trip to Maryland’s 40th annual Renaissance Festival for crafts, entertainment and more. For just $19 ($36 for a two day pass), visitors can explore the work of a diverse range of merchants, from blown glass vendors to jewelers. Food options range from turkey legs to caramel apples, so there’s sure to be something for everyone to indulge in.
When: Sept. 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD
Metro: Car required
Adams Morgan has long been a cultural hotspot in the District, and this Sunday marks the neighborhood’s 38th year of the Adams Morgan Day festival. This year’s free celebration will feature plenty of live music, delicious food and work from the community’s artists. The festival takes place mainly outdoors, but be sure to stop by local restaurants and businesses and ask about any festival specials.
When: Sept. 11, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 18th Street NW, between Columbia Road NW and Florida Avenue NW
Metro: Woodley Park-Adams Morgan, Red Line
The Newseum’s “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit, created last year in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, will close on Sept. 12. The exhibit explores the media’s part in covering the war, through photographs, documentary films, artifacts from the 1960s and more. Admission to the Newseum is $22.95, but show your student ID at the desk for 10% off your ticket.
When: Until Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Metro: Chinatown, Red Line