This weekend's best bets in nightlife, festivals, music, sports and much more around the Washington area. Saturday's a huge day: Here's a rundown of everything going on in D.C.


Langhorne Slim and the Law will play the 9:30 Club on Friday night. (Photo by Todd Roeth)

Thursday-Sunday: Now in its 12th year, the annual D.C. Shorts festival assembles one of the largest collections of short films in the country, with 125 films from 24 nations. D.C. Shorts is making the films available for purchase online during the festival, but you should make an effort to get out of the house for one of the 90-minute screenings, each of which features seven to nine movies. The screenings take place at Landmark’s E Street Cinema and the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, and cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Thursday-Sunday: The Prince George's County Fair, which bills itself as the oldest such event in Maryland, opens this weekend at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington. Expect some typical fair fare -- pig races, petting farms, live music and DJs, cattle shows, ponies and carnival rides -- as well as some other oddities, such as chainsaw art and a beautiful baby contest on Thursday night. The fair runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and admission is $6 for age 12 and older.

Thursday-Saturday: The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual “Free For All” event closes this weekend. The company is staging “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of the Bard’s most popular romantic comedies. You can enter the online ticket lottery or line up at Sidney Harman Hall two hours before the curtain rises. Shows this weekend are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. And, of course, it’s free.

Friday: If you have a favorite food truck, you'll probably find it at the last Truckeroo at the Fairgrounds of the season. The final monthly summer gathering, with music, games, beverages and more, will feature trucks from Red Hook Lobster Pound, Big Cheese, BBQ Bus, Capital Chicken & Waffles, Feelin' Crabby and many, many more. (Seriously, look at this list.) The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and admission is free (and prices obviously vary from truck to truck).

Friday: The hard-touring Langhorne Slim and his band, the Law, playing the 9:30 Club, have undergone a number of changes over the past few years. Perhaps most notably, the Nashville singer-songwriter got sober before recording “The Spirit Moves,” and he’s stayed that way. That move hasn’t scaled back Langhorne's loud, folky energetic performances, and it led to the most critically hailed album of his career. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $20.

[Saturday, Sept. 12, is pretty much the busiest, best day of the year]

Saturday: Snallygaster is the beer festival to top them all, with a list of craft brews and ciders topping 300, curated by Neighborhood Restaurant Group guru Greg Engert. The list will be loaded with rarities and treats: beers you’ve been craving and some you’ve never heard of but must have, immediately. On top of that, there’s music from Rare Essence and White Ford Bronco, and food from GBD, Red Apron and Pork Barrel BBQ, among others. The event serves as the biggest fundraiser for Arcadia, a nonprofit group that promotes sustainable agriculture. The festival runs from 1 to 6 p.m., and tickets are $35, which includes 30 food and drink tickets and a Snallygaster mug.

[Make your beer list, check it multiple times at Snallygaster]

Saturday: Columbia Heights Day gives you a chance to explore the Northwest Washington neighborhood during daylight hours, as the block party stretches along 11th Street NW between Kenyon Street and Park Road. Expect beer gardens, art exhibitions, live music, contests and more. The family friendly event runs from noon to 6 p.m., and admission is free.

Saturday: It's a big weekend for food trucks, as the Curbside Cookoff comes to NoMa Junction at Storey Park on Saturday. There's a little more flair involved in this event, which features chef battles throughout the day, including one that incorporates fans. Curbside Cookoff runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and admission is $8 for age 13 and older.

Saturday: As he enters his late 30s, Kumail Nanjiani, appearing at the Lincoln Theatre, is just hitting his stride. He stars as a frustrated programmer in HBO’s surprise hit “Silicon Valley,” and he also hosts “The Meltdown” on Comedy Central. The comedian’s act revolves around his somewhat nerdy interests — he hosts podcasts about video games and “The X-Files” — and stories that deal with his Pakistani upbringing. The show starts at 7 p.m., and it's sold out.

 

Saturday: Catch Titus Andronicus at the Black Cat. These loud, creative New Jersey punks went for it on their new album: "The Most Lamentable Tragedy," Titus's take on a rock opera, checks in at 29 tracks and more than 92 minutes. The show, with openers Spider Bags and Baked, starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door.

Saturday-Sunday: The Virginia Wine Festival takes over Great Meadow in The Plains this weekend to celebrate its 40th anniversary. In addition to the 50 Virginia wineries, the festival will feature wine seminars and music throughout each day. The wine pours Saturday from 11 am. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets, which include all-day samplings and a commemorative glass, are $30 in advance, $35 at the gate.

Saturday-Sunday: Celebrating its 48th year, the Maryland Seafood Festival returns to Sandy Point State Park. The festival features cooking classes, crab races, a corn-on-the-cob-eating contest, live music and, of course, the Maryland Crab Soup Cook-Off. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, and admission is $15, $10 for seniors and free for kids 12 and younger.

Sunday: The Adams Morgan Day that you remember, one of the city’s largest festivals, was canceled earlier this year: money gone, poof — just like that. But neighborhood businesses and entrepreneurs have resurrected the event as a low-key, volunteer-run, community-oriented celebration. There are no street closings, but businesses will open their doors to artists, activities and visitors. There also will be live music and dancing, and food and drink specials. Visit www.adamsmorgan day2015.com for a complete list of participants. The celebration runs from noon to 6 p.m. along 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, and it's free.

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Sunday: Whether you’re watching the Washington Redskins take on the Miami Dolphins at FedEx Field, or posting up at a bar to catch as many games at once as you can, the first Sunday of the NFL season is a big event. The Redskins, who limped through the preseason and made a big switch at quarterback, will be facing a Dolphins team that added defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, one of the most ferocious players in the NFL. The Redskins game starts at 1 p.m., and tickets start at $76.

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Sunday: Touring in support of the generally well-received "Kintsugi," which the band released this past spring, Death Cab for Cutie comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion with a strong opening act, Explosions in the Sky. Death Cab's new work has resonated with longtime fans, as a number of shows have sold out on this nationwide tour. But Ben Gibbard and Co. are mixing up the set lists, dipping back into such favorites as "Transatlanticism" and "Plans." The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $40-$55.