Nine things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Oct. 4-6

October 3, 2013

For more ideas for entertainment during the shutdown, including food and drink deals for furloughed workers ideas for tourists and alternatives to shuttered museums and sites, be sure to keep up with the Going Out Guide Blog.


Art fair-goers walk down the second floor corridor where art exhibits were displayed in hotel rooms at the (e)merge art fair on September 22, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The inaugural (e)merge art fair features more than seventy-five exhibitors in two platforms on display at the Rubell family's Capitol Skyline Hotel in Southwest, Washington. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) 

Through Sunday: With many of the city's public art museums shuttered, those looking for a fine art fix should rejoice that the multi-day (e)merge art fair is still on. The growing contemporary art fair, founded in 2011 by the owners of Connersmith gallery, attracts the art crowd, but there's plenty for the uninitiated, too. The retro-fabulous Capitol Skyline Hotel is the backdrop for 30 miniature art shows by exhibitors on one of the hotel's upper floors; diverse work by 48 artists scattered in every nook of the hotel, from the sleeping quarters to the garage, and performances that occasionally find their way into the hotel pool. It all kicks off with a party and preview Thursday.  Read: The third annual (e)merge art fair returns to the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Friday: Two photography fairs take place simultaneously this weekend, so if you're in the market for art, be sure to add these to your (e)merge-going. The second annual D.C. Fine Art Photography Fair brings together 18 photography galleries from across the United States for a weekend fair offering work dating from the 19th century, all at George Washington University's Mount Vernon campus. Across town in Northeast Washington, FotoDC, the organizers of FotoWeek, offer a vast space to photographers to sell their work. FotoBazaar, as the event is called, runs through Sunday.

Saturday:  Hop on the Red Line for the 24th annual Taste of Bethesda festival, which brings out restaurants both established and new to serve tastes of everything from sushi to crab cakes to burritos al fresco. Admission is free, but "taste tickets" are four for $5.

Saturday: Tired of Oktoberfest yet? Save your energy for just one more: The area's longest-running beer festival, the Capitol City Brewing Company's Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest, turns the streets of Shirlington into one beer-soaked block party. Fifty breweries will be pouring four-ounce samples at their booths while local restaurants feed the masses. Arrive early, before the popular booths start running out of beer. Something to look out for this year: In addition to Oktoberfest Lager, new Cap City brewer Kristi Mathews Griner is introducing two seasonal beers: Smoketoberfest, a smoky German lager, and the pumpkin-flavored Dr. Punkinstein.

Saturday: Under the moniker the Weeknd, Canadian hip-hop crooner Abel Tesfaye is to hip-hop what Nine Inch Nails is to rock -- all debauchery and drum machines.  Prone to confessing too much about addictions both narcotic and romantic, all with a falsetto as thrilling as Michael Jackson's, it's not surprising that the one-time American Apparel employee is one of the genre's most compelling acts. The Weeknd began as an anonymous bedroom project, but this month Tesfaye released his first official album, "Kiss Land," and has embarked on a tour of theaters with a three-piece band. He hits DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday.

Saturday: Alice Russell is a rising British export  whose voice is as remarkable as the nu jazz and electronica, funk and soul that it graces. It's fitting that Russell's return to Washington takes place in the Howard Theatre -- a bigger room able to house a powerhouse voice.

Saturday: After Adams Morgan Day, H Street Festival and Clarendon Day, the season for street festivals is not quite ready to pack it in. Not until Columbia Heights celebrates its quirky vibe, anyway.  Columbia Heights Day features an afternoon of yoga, live music, D.C. trivia, a momo-eating contest, a petting zoo, food trucks and performers. Afterward, finish the day at Meridian Pint's Oktoberfest Party, which will be on 11th Street NW and will include beer, but also a moon bounce and face painters for the kids.

Saturday: Take advantage of the warm, porch-worthy weather during this year's Adams Morgan Porchfest. Eleven different neighborhood residents are turning their front stoops into stages for local artists from 2-6 p.m. A full line up with set times, including exact addresses, can be found here.

Sunday: A few food trucks are among the new additions to the quaint block party that is the Takoma Park Street Festival. Head to this annual neighborhood event, complete with art, dancing and a musical lineup that includes performances by Christylez Bacon, Chopteeth, Billy Coulter and more.   

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