Labor Day cultural festival: Labor Day weekend just got more cultured. Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow holds its Afghan Arts and Culture Festival on Sept. 4 at the Mall, between 12th and 14th streets NW.

Performances start at 11 a.m. and includes Afghan musician Sayed Daoud, a fashion show by local Afghan designer Hassina Ghani Ansary and an Afghan-singing competition hosted by Daoud Seddiqui (former host of the show “Afghan Star”).

The free event ends at 9 p.m. Visit

Art event at Torpedo Factory: The fifth annual Art Activated event at Torpedo Factory Art Center is at noon-4 p.m. Sept. 10.

Partnering with Alexandria Festival of the Arts, it includes crafting and a smart-phone assisted scavenger hunt.

Galleries and studios of artists will be open to the public. The Torpedo Factory is at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Go to

Einstein for kids: The National Portrait Gallery hosts a Portrait Story Day for children where they can create art based on Albert Einstein’s likeness. It happens 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 3 and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sept 4. in the Education Center. The gallery is at Eighth and F streets NW. Go to

Time for the future: On Aug. 28, the National Geographic Museum hosts a family workshop on creating your own time capsule. Participants will use photos and words from periodicals to created collages and discuss how future generations might interpret history based on the creations.

The free event starts at 1 p.m. Register by e-mailing

The National Geographic Museum is at 1145 17th St. NW. Visit

Brews and crafts: The Smithsonian American Art Museum is taking the idea of the traditional happy hour and adding a craft focus for “Handi-Hour” on Aug. 25. It features brews from Churchkey and Birch and Barley, live music, a “found-art buffet” and a “Sit ‘n’ Knit” corner with staff from Looped Yarn Works.

A scavenger hunt will be held within the permanent collection. A raffle for prizes will follow. Admission, $15 cash, includes two drinks, snacks and the art buffet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests can purchase two admissions.

The American Art Museum is at Eighth and F streets NW. For information, go to american

Roots of design contest: Nonprofit Haiti-focused organization Roots of Development is holding a competition for artists to create eco-friendly tote bags that will be available for purchase online at at Whole Foods stores in the D.C. area.

Proceeds will benefit the organization’s partnerships in Haiti. The designs must embody the organization’s ideals of sustainable, community-driven development and should include the Roots of Development logo.

Artists can enter in the student or public categories with up to two original designs and a $10 entry fee. Prizes of $1,000 and $500 will be awarded in both categories. Deadline for entries is Sept. 4. Winners will be announced Oct. 31. For information, visit