Life After Hours: Nov. 3-5
Explore D.C. this weekend with an art walk, beer festival, more
Whether you’re looking to get in the Christmas spirit, watch a Korean film or sample tons of unique beers, there’s something worthwhile for everyone to check out in the District this weekend.
The newly reopened Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries will host the first night of their Korean Film Festival on Friday evening, where guests can explore the Freer Gallery of Art’s exhibitions and sample Korean foods before viewing a film. A screening of the Netflix-produced film Okja will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with the director. The festival is free to the public and runs through Dec. 3 with films shown every Friday and Sunday -- check their website for a schedule of films.
When: Friday, Nov. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Metro: Blue line, Smithsonian Station
It’s the time of the month again for Dupont Circle’s annual First Friday Art Walk. Galleries, embassies and historic locations will be open for the public to tour and view art at their own pace. Participating locations this month include Gallery 2112, R Space Collection and Studio Gallery. Spend all two hours at an art space of your choosing, or wander through as many locations as possible! First Fridays are always free to attend.
When: Friday, Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Various locations around Dupont Circle
Metro: Red line, Dupont Circle Station
If your Christmas season begins as soon as Halloween ends, then start your holiday shopping early at the Embassy of the Czech Republic’s Christmas Market. Look through vendors selling handmade items such as Christmas stockings, crystal ornaments and jewelry, all while listening to a choir perform traditional Czech carols. Festive treats will also be available to purchase throughout the market, including mulled wine, eggnog and baked goods. Admission is free.
When: Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Metro: Red line, Van Ness-UDC Station
If you want to spend your Saturday sampling 200 beers from over 80 breweries, then head to Nationals Park for the DC Beer Festival. Tickets are $45, which allows you three hours of unlimited tastings of craft beers, seasonal beverages and more. Multiple food trucks will also be on site, selling everything from burgers to Vietnamese cuisine. The festival is open to those 21 and older.
When: Saturday, Nov. 4 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Metro: Green line, Navy Yard Station
D.C.’s second Art Book Fair returns to the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Sunday, where over 40 artists will be selling their zines, comics, art prints and more. The fair is free to attend and coincides with the museum’s free Community Day, so be sure to check out the current exhibitions while you’re there.
When: Sunday, Nov. 5 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 1250 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Red line, Metro Center Station