The Skylight Pavillion, center, is reflected in a pool on the grounds of the Reach, the new Kennedy Center annex. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Jenny Lewis, Sept. 5

When talking about the blissful vocal stylings of Jenny Lewis, it’s easy to get dreamy about the past. Some will tune their ears to her easily evoking the likes of Carole King, among others. Listeners of a certain age might reminisce about her lovely work in the influential indie rock group Rilo Kiley, but Lewis has been making a go of it on her own for longer than she was in that band, and her solo stuff has never sounded better. “On the Line,” Lewis’s fourth solo album, bursts with wonderfully lush-sounding songs about times that seem to slip away because of decisions in and out of your control. 8 p.m. at the Anthem. $40.— Hau Chu

The Reach Opening Festival, Sept. 7-22

The Kennedy Center’s ambitious $250 million expansion, which includes modern rehearsal studios, classrooms and a large public plaza, opens to the public with a free 16-day festival of the arts. Highlights include a hip-hop block party headlined by De La Soul, an interactive celebration of National Dance Day capped by a performance of “Fela!” and a Family Day with hands-on activities and a singalong screening of “The Muppet Movie.” Free, timed entry passes are “sold out” for most of the major events, but the Kennedy Center will be running standby lines to allow as many people as possible to experience the new space. Various times at the Kennedy Center. Find the full schedule at kennedy-center.org. Free, but timed tickets required. — Fritz Hahn

Flash of the Spirit Worldwide Sounds Festival, Sept. 6-Oct. 22

Have you ever heard of Navajo rock? Or Latin bluegrass? Flash of the Spirit festival wants to introduce you to some of the worldly, experimental sounds that might have slipped under your radar. The nearly two months-long celebration invites bands from all over the globe to perform at Rhizome, Tropicalia and other local venues, with a few documentary screenings at Mount Pleasant’s Suns Cinema sprinkled into the mix. This is a rare treat to see performances by one of the only Tuareg female guitarists in Niger, Fatou Seidi Ghali (Sept. 19, Library of Congress), and Peruvian-cumbia band La Inedita (Sept. 20, Bossa Bistro). Find the full schedule at multifloraproductions.com. Free-$25. — Stephanie Williams


La Cosecha, the new Latin American market near Union Market, opens this month with a day-long block party. (Daniel Swartz)

Calle Latina Block Party, Sept. 7

The grand opening of La Cosecha, the long-awaited Latin American market and food hall near Union Market, is a reason to be excited, but the day-long block party marking its arrival is a really big deal. Genre-flexing, Grammy-winning Los Angeles band Ozomatli is the headliner but definitely not the only attraction: There’s face-painting and dance classes for kids, cooking demos by La Cosecha’s chefs, pop-up shops and bars, and music and dance performances by local artists and DJs. And, of course, a lot of food. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at La Cosecha. Free. — Fritz Hahn

Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Sept. 7

A Houston-based big band with appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman” and NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series on its résumé headlines this year’s Rosslyn Jazz Fest in Arlington. Hear the Suffers play what it calls “Gulf Coast Soul” at this free outdoor festival, which also brings in food trucks and a pop-up beer and wine garden. The day’s lineup includes D.C. go-go musicians JoGo Project and two New Orleans acts: funk band Cha Wa and cellist Leyla McCalla. 1 to 7 p.m. at Gateway Park. Free. — Adele Chapin

D.C. State Fair, Sept. 8

The District hasn’t let the issue of statehood prevent it from putting on a charming state fair that celebrates the rich culture found within its borders. D.C.’s version has expanded into a big-time operation in its 10th year; you’ll find a wide selection of local vendors and food trucks alongside a pet parade and music at the new location in Southeast. But what you really want to come for are all the classic fair contests. There are new ones this year, including a prize for best hot sauce, but the best ones are the tried-and-true live competitions, such as hula hooping or limbo, sloppy joe eating and watermelon-seed spitting. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gateway D.C. Free. — Hau Chu

D.C. Beer Week, Sept. 8-15

D.C. Beer Week has moved back to September after a few years in the August doldrums. The celebration of our local beer scene is all over the map: In addition to the usual tap takeovers and happy hours, essential events include Brewers on the Block, an outdoor festival with more than 40 brewers pouring at Union Market (Sept. 14); Aslin Beer Company’s fourth anniversary party, with 120 beers on tap from across the country (Sept. 14); and a panel discussion about women in beer hosted by Red Bear Brewing (Sept. 12). Find the full schedule at dcbeerweek.net. — Fritz Hahn


The H Street Festival, shown here in 2014, draws thousands of people to Northeast. (Kate Patterson/For The Washington Post)

Street festival season, Sept. 8-23

The festivities go on for 11 blocks during the H Street Festival, one of D.C.’s most popular neighborhood celebrations. The Sept. 21 event is expected to draw a crowd of 150,000 to the H Street Corridor in Northeast for performances from local musicians, artists and dancers on 14 stages. But it’s not the only neighborhood street party this month: Adams Morgan Day (Sept. 8), Clarendon Day (Sept. 21), Hyattsville Arts and Ales Festival (Sept. 21) and Barracks Row Fall Festival (Sept. 28) also will draw crowds from around the area. Free. — Adele Chapin

Art All Night, Sept. 14

With the District’s annual Art All Night event taking place in eight neighborhoods, from Tenleytown and Dupont Circle to Congress Heights and Minnesota Avenue, and featuring hundreds of artists, it’s hard — make that impossible — to experience everything. The multisite extravaganza includes visual and performing art at indoor and outdoor venues, on public and private sites. So don’t even try to see it all. Pick a neighborhood that’s convenient and explore it, fully. You’ve got eight hours. (Or maybe pick two: Shaw, for example, and Dupont Circle aren’t terribly far apart by bike). 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at various locations. Free. — Michael O’Sullivan


Heidi Schreck, playwright and star of “What the Constitution Means to Me.” (Chris Sorensen/For The Washington Post)

‘What the Constitution Means to Me’, Sept. 11-22

Playwright Heidi Schreck spent part of her high school years at constitutional debate competitions, earning money for college tuition. Schreck’s “What the Constitution Means to Me” re-creates those childhood monologues and weaves in her family history and her take on the triumphs and failings of the Constitution. The funny and affecting play arrives at the Kennedy Center after a hit New York run: The District’s Woolly Mammoth originally planned to produce it this past spring, but the buzz surrounding Schreck’s work ushered it to Broadway. Various times at the Kennedy Center. $49-$169. — Adele Chapin

WalkingTown D.C., Sept. 14-22

Whether you were born at the Columbia Hospital for Women or moved to Washington over the summer, the annual WalkingTown D.C. can unlock secrets and hidden histories of the city. More than 50 walking tours over nine days uncover the stories behind Washington’s most magnificent cemetery, the experiences of Jewish and German immigrants, and sites important to the struggles for African American and LGBTQ civil rights. Go inside the U.S. Botanic Garden’s collection, or learn about gentrification while exploring H Street NE. Whether you take a short, midweek, lunchtime stroll around downtown or an extended weekend bike tour, you won’t look at the city in the same way again. For a full schedule, go to culturaltourismdc.org. Tours are free, but space is limited. — Fritz Hahn


The Washington Monument finally reopens to visitors this month. (Marlena Sloss/The Washington Post)

Washington Monument reopens, Sept. 19

The Washington Monument is D.C.’s most visible landmark, but earthquake damage, problems with the elevator and construction of a new security screening area have meant that it has been closed for more than five of the past eight years. However, the monument is set to reopen to visitors on Sept. 19, and this time, the Park Service promises it will actually stay open. For the first month, same-day tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis daily at 8:30 a.m., and the monument will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for dates after Oct. 19 will be available on recreation.gov . Free. — Fritz Hahn

Wiener 500, Sept. 21

If most Oktoberfest celebrations blur together in a haze of lederhosen, pretzels and oompah bands, let us introduce you to the Wiener 500, the most singular Oktoberfest celebration in Washington. Dozens of dachshunds race to determine the speediest wiener dog while crowds roar them on, and all the action is shown on a 17-foot screen. (Yes, it’s as hilarious as it sounds.) Outside the sprinting pups, there’s a beer garden, stein-holding competitions, DJs and a doggy costume contest that’s open to all breeds. Proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance. 1 to 5 p.m. at the Wharf . Free. — Fritz Hahn


“Relatum – Four sides of Messengers,” by Lee Ufan, shown at the Château de Versailles in 2014. (Fabrice Seixas/Courtesy of artist, Lee Ufan)

“Relatum – The Arch of Versailles,” shown at the Château de Versailles in 2014. (Fabrice Seixas/Courtesy of artist, Lee Ufan)

‘Lee Ufan: Open Dimension,’ opens Sept. 27

For the first time in its 45-year history, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is turning over all 4.4 acres of its outdoor plaza to a single artist. Lee Ufan — an 83-year-old Korean artist who is known for installations that call attention to empty space as much as to themselves — will showcase 10 site-responsive sculptural works. Using a combination of natural objects (e.g., stone) and man-made materials (e.g., steel), the show will be Ufan’s largest single outdoor installation in the United States to date. Through Sept. 3, 2020, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden . Free. — Michael O’Sullivan

30th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, Sept. 28

In October 1767, a ship called the Lord Ligonier arrived in Annapolis bearing “a cargo of choice, healthy slaves.” Among them, according to author Alex Haley, was his ancestor Kunta Kinte. Every year, not far from a statue of Haley at City Dock, the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival celebrates African American culture with multiple stages of gospel, soul and funk music, storytelling, food and tents of arts and craft vendors. 10 a.m. 7 p.m. at Annapolis City Dock. Free. — Fritz Hahn


Chromeo, shown performing at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion, is one of the headliners at the Blisspop Disco Fest. (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Blisspop Disco Fest, Sept. 27-29

In recent years, EDM has reigned supreme on mainstream radio. But disco has had a quiet but steady resurgence thanks to a new generation of musicians. These key players — plus other notable names in dance music — will come together for the second installation of Blisspop Disco Fest. Among the buzzy headliners set to perform at 9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall are Kentucky producer and activist the Black Madonna and electro-funk duo Chromeo (who will play a DJ set). There’s also a good reason to get to the shows early — the schedule is brimming with superb local talent. Catch Sam “The Man” Burns, Eau Claire and more regional acts while you’re dancing the night away. Various times at 9:30 Club and U Street Music Hall . $20-$60. — Stephanie Williams