The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.
Accompanied by instrumentalists from the Concert Band, this 29-member choral group will perform portions of several popular operas, including Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” and Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" and "The Magic Flute."
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
As part of the DC Shorts film festival, several animated films will be screened, including “Yearbook,” a short about a man who is asked to document the apocalypse, and “Foxed!,” about a little girl who is kidnapped by a group of foxes. Each short clocks in at 10 minutes or less, and there is simultaneous showcase at the Angelika Film Center in Alexandria. There also are other free events on the DC Shorts schedule; be sure to reserve your spot.
Noon. E Street Cinema, Theatre A, 555 11th St. NW. http://festival.dcshorts.com. Reservation required.
A group of female screenwriters who have worked on feature films, documentaries, cable TV and more will discuss the business, their craft and their current projects. Panelists include Monica Lee Bellais, Jane Barbara, Sabrina McCormick and Maureen Sappey. This event is presented by the American Women Writers National Museum.
Noon. National Press Club, McLendon Room, 529 14th St. NW. www.americanwomenwritersnationalmuseum.org.
The Sackler Gallery displays the first exhibition focusing on “nasta’liq,” a form of calligraphy that originated in 14th-century Iran. The exhibition explores the height of nasta’liq’s popularity, featuring more than 20 works created by Mir Imad Hasani, Mir Ali Tabrizi, Mir Ali Haravi and Sultan Ali Mashhadi between 1400 and 1600.
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4880. www.asia.si.edu.
Stop by Paul’s Wine & Spirits for one of the store’s free weekly wine tastings. Each Friday, the staff selects some of its favorite wines and invites customers to sample and learn about the drinks. Plus, guests get a special sales price on each of the sampled wines.
Summer’s fading fast, but that doesn't mean all of the street festivals are behind us. The H Street Corridor’s annual celebration is back with music, the grand opening of Gallery on O, eating contests, a DC Streetcar Open House, the DC Fashion Week kickoff and more.
Noon to 7 p.m. H Street NE between the 400 and 1400 blocks. www.hstreet.org.
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about animals native to Latin America at this National Zoo event. Check out Andean bears, golden lion tamarins (arguably the most interesting looking monkeys in existence), anteaters and more. There will be arts and crafts, music, animal feedings and talks about animal-conservation efforts.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4888. nationalzoo.si.edu.