Weekend of sports, festivals and Metro track work

[This post has been updated.]

This should be a great weekend to get out and enjoy some of the festivals and sporting events in the D.C. area. The Capital Weather Gang has an excellent forecast for Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures in the mid-70s to mid-80s.

Sports. The Nationals have a weekend series at Nationals Park. D.C. United is at RFK Stadium for a game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Mystics play in Verizon Center at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Events. For cyclists, there’s the day-long Tour de Fat Festival on Saturday at Yards Park, just east of Nationals Park on the Anacostia River. The annual Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. The Washington Folk Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. The annual Herndon Festival is Saturday and Sunday on Lynn Street in downtown Herndon.

Arlington County police plan to close some streets from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday for the 2014 Youth Multisport Festival: North Quincy Street between Washington Boulevard and North 15th Street, North 15th Street between North Quincy Street and North Stafford Street, and North Stafford Street between Washington Boulevard and North 15th Street.

The annual Post Hunt starts at noon Sunday in Freedom Plaza. Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 13th and 14th streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Because of the street closing, Metrobus Routes 32 and 36 will be detoured from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more weekend events, see the Going Out Guide.

Transportation projects. Watch for construction on Interstate 95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore. It’s the start of a two-year project to replace the interstate’s concrete deck. Metro plans to conduct an hours-long security exercise starting at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Wiehle-Reston East station, the west end of the Silver Line’s opening phase.

Metro track work
Metrorail plans work on all five lines from 10 p.m. Friday through the system’s midnight closing  Sunday, but all stations will be open.

Red Line. Crews will work on the tracks, fence and light poles between NoMa-Gallaudet and Rhode Island Avenue, and on the tracks between Van Ness and Friendship Heights. Trains will share tracks around the work zones. Trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont every 15 minutes through the weekend. But between Van Ness and NoMa-Gallaudet, more trains will be in service from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In that zone, trains should reach platforms every eight to 10 minutes.

Orange Line. Crews will work on the tracks between East Falls Church and West Falls Church and on platforms between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. All along the line, trains are scheduled to operate every 24 minutes through the weekend.

Blue Line. Crews will work on the tracks and the communications system between Pentagon City and Reagan National Airport. All along the line, trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes.

Yellow Line. Same single-track work zone as on the Blue Line. Trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. To continue north from Mount Vernon Square, wait on the same side of the platform for a Green Line train.

Green Line. Crews will work on the rails and communications cable between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza. Trains are scheduled to operate every 16 minutes.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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