Our picks for the best free events this week, including the National Book Festival and an arts festival in Hyattsville.
The National Endowment for the Humanities honors the Emancipation Proclamation with a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial that includes music and readings of Abraham Lincoln’s executive order freeing slaves.
Radio host Kojo Nnamdi moderates a panel of professors and artists discussing the science behind artistic creation.
It’s a flash mob of fashion. The details of this D.C. Fashion Week performance will be a surprise, but whatever goes down at the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station will certainly look good.
As part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Jazz Issue Forum and Concert, Terri Lyne Carrington and her Money Jungle Project and the Antonio Hart Quintet perform at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church hosts a Middle Eastern festival, featuring such food as grilled lamb, tabouleh, hummus, gyros and falafel, as well as a bazaar, Arabic music, raffles, children’s activities and more.
Stroll the streets of the arts district in downtown Hyattsville and check out the work of more than 50 artists while taking in performances by Atomic Mosquitos, Cheick Hamala Diabate and Band, Ellen Cherry, Fujareh Band and others.
Attention, book lovers: Buy as many books as you can carry and sit in on talks with acclaimed authors. Scheduled to appear are Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Lois Lowry, Junot Diaz and more.