Thursday, aug. 31

Garden tour: “Fun With Trees” Certified arborist Alexandra Torres leads a walk through the U.S. Botanical Gardens outdoor garden and discusses tree selection for the home and arborist gardening tips. Take sunscreen and water, and wear protective clothing. The tour will be canceled in the event of rain, extreme heat or a Code Red weather alert. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tour meets by the entrance on the terrace. U.S. Botanical Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free with online registration.

Woodrow Wilson Plaza summer concerts Blues singer Shirleta Settles performs. Thursday, noon-1 p.m. Concerts daily weekdays. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. Free.

Native Landscape Tour A horticulturist leads a tour of the National Museum of the American Indian Native Landscape gardens. Thursdays at 1 p.m. Through Sept. 28, weather permitting, except federal holidays. Meet near the flagpole outside the South Entrance. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Kids’ chess club For children of all ages who want to learn to play, improve their chess moves or play in tournaments. Thursdays, 5 p.m. Through Dec. 28. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Free.

Friday, Sept. 1

Child safety seat inspections DC Safe Kids in partnership with Children’s Health Project of DC offers weekly car seat inspections. Fridays 10:30-3:30 p.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-476-3618. Free.

Garden tour: “Highlights from the Conservatory Collection” A one-hour guided tour through jungle, desert and tropical foliage. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m.; and Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 3 p.m. except Sept. 3 and 4. Through Sept. 29. U.S. Botanical Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

NPS walk: “Secrets of the Washington Monument Grounds” A park ranger traces the Potomac River’s original shoreline with stories from more than two centuries of change. 10 a.m.-noon. Begins at the Paddle Boat Parking Lot (near the refreshment stand) on Maine Avenue. SW. 202-359.2662. Free.

Capital Harvest on the Plaza A farmers market features fresh fruits, vegetables and artisanal novelties. Recipes and tips for maintaining a healthy and socially responsible life are available at the information booth. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. most Fridays through Nov. 10. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 703-237-9777.

Union Market Drive-In movies “Days of Thunder” (1990), featuring Tom Cruise as a hot-shot stock car driver, is the finale of the summer movie series. Lot opens at 6 p.m. and closes promptly at 7:20 p.m. Film begins at 8 p.m. Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. 877-775-3462. Free for walk-ups; $10 parking fee for cars.

Labor Day Weekend Music Festival The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents three consecutive nights of local music with three different performers each night. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Free.

Saturday, Sept. 2

Adult Zumba The Washington Ballet leads a dance workout class featuring radio pop and Latin rhythms. Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. $12; residents of 20020 or 20032, $6.

2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival A day of presentations, panels, poetry and family-friendly activities for book lovers. More than 100 celebrated authors on 10 different stages, including David McCullough, Dav Pilkey, Kate DiCamillo, Roxane Gay and Alice McDermott. 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-707-5000. Free.

Celebration of Textiles A day-long community festival explores textiles with demonstrations of weaving, embroidery, spinning, quilting and lacemaking. Other activities include live music and dance, storytellers and hands-on workshops. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Textile Museum, George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. Free.

National Park Service ranger talk: “The National Guard in World War II” Learn about the contributions and sacrifices of the Guardsmen who, at the beginning of World War II, made up two-thirds of the U.S. Army. 11-11:30 a.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. Meet at World War II Memorial contact station, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. 202-359-1533. Free.

“Professore Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!” An aural tour of the National Building Museum for all ages, with percussionist and museum creative-in-residence Steve Bloom. Compare the sounds and vibrations of the different spaces through synchronized group drumming and vocals while moving through the museum’s historic architecture with Professore Giuseppe (Bloom). 11 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Free.

Yoga at the library Classes for beginner adults and teens taught by Yoga Activist. No experience necessary; take a mat or borrow one from the library. Saturdays 11 a.m. Through Sept. 30. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

“Pieges (Personal Column)” Maurice Chevalier, Marie Dea and Erich Von Stroheim star in director Robert Siodmak’s 1939 French proto-film noir. A taxi dancer goes undercover to investigate the disappearances of several women who answered a personal ad. In French with subtitles. 1:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art East Building, 150 Fourth St. NW. 202-842-6905. Free.

NPS ranger walk: “Presidents and American Indians” A 1.5-mile walk looks at the historical interactions of U.S. presidents and Native Americans. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Begins at Washington Monument (base). 202-438-9603. Free.

Sunday, Sept. 3

Freshfarm Capitol Riverfront farmers market Locally sourced fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, beer and coffee, every Sunday in the fall. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Canal Park, southern block, 200 M St. SE. 202-362-8889.

Palisades farmers market Local produce year-round, with music by Sherier Mountain. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 48th Place and MacArthur Blvd. NW.

National Museum of Women in the Arts community day. The museum offers free admission to the special exhibitions “Revival” and “Fanny Sanin” and the museum’s collection. First Sundays, noon-5 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

Monday, Sept. 4

Carifesta A day-long festival of Caribbean music, arts and culture highlights 28 nations with live reggae and soca music, food courts and a beer garden. Noon-8 p.m. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. Free.

Blue Monday at Westminster D.C. As part of the weekly blues series, guitarist Dave Chappell and his band perform with guest singer-keyboardist Johnny Neel. 6-9 p.m. Dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. Westminster Church, 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700. $5.

National Symphony Orchestra A concert of patriotic songs and American Songbook standards. (In case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater.) Gates open at 3 p.m., open rehearsal 3:30 p.m., concert 8 p.m. U.S. Capitol West Lawn (access at Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW or Third Street and Maryland Avenue SW) 202-416-8114. Free.

Tuesday, Sept. 5

ImagiNATIONS Activity Center Kid-friendly activities related to Native American history and culture include an interactive skateboarding video game, a quiz show and a stilt house adorned with photos by indigenous youth from the Amazon. Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, third floor, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Little Builders Storytime Ages 2-6. An interactive read-aloud of “Riki’s Birdhouse,” by Monica Wellington, followed by a related activity. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Free with admission: $16 adult, $13 student, seniors and ages 3-17 with I.D., $5: Blue Star ages 3 and up with I.D. (limit 6 per family). Register for the event by phone or online.

Tuesday classical music concerts Organist Martin Schmeding performs. 12:10-1 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

National Park Service ranger talk: “Little Rock Girl 1957” A discussion of the photograph that changed the fight for integration in profound and unexpected ways. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial plaza, Independence Avenue and West Basin Drive SW. 10-10:45 a.m. and 2-2:45 p.m. 202-740-3441. Free.

Tour: “The Art and History of the U.S. Botanic Garden” A walking tour explores how historical currents, architecture, sculpture, and landscape architecture came together to create the garden. Meet at the entrance to the Conservatory on the Terrace. Repeats Sept. 13 and 20; will be canceled on rainy days. 2-3 p.m. U.S. Botanical Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

Book talk: “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961” CIA historian and author Nicholas Reynolds discusses his book on Hemingway’s mid-20th-century spycraft. The talk will be followed by a book signing. Noon-2 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 866-272-6272. Free.

Lunder Conservation Center tour Learn how Smithsonian American Art Museum conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects from the collections in the Lunder Conservation Center. Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“Conversation Pieces” Senior curator Joanna Marsh uses a work from the American Art Museum to inspire an art discussion. First Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle


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