Friday, Sept. 15
Go West Beer Fest at Eastern Market: One of the city's best small beer festivals is a joint effort among the state societies of Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The draw is a taste of home: These host states' beers — such as Alaskan Brewing or Missoula, Mont.'s Big Sky Brewing — aren't often sold in the District. Thankfully, you can be from anywhere to attend. Tickets include unlimited drinks, and $5 from the price of admission is donated to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which helps injured firefighters and the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. (Pro tip: Each of the state societies sells its own allotment of tickets. If one is sold out, another society may have some left.) 6 to 10 p.m. $35.
Sharks and Recreation at the National Geographic Museum: The latest after-hours party at National Geographic has a shark theme, in honor of the current exhibition “Sharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry,” which means there will also be a mechanical shark to ride. Other attractions include TED-style talks with scientists, DJ sets by Holy Ghost! and the Axel F crew, 3-D movies and a Ron Swanson look-alike contest. 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Mambo Fridays at Alba Osteria: This high-intensity weekly party brings together some of the area’s most celebrated dancers for a night of mambo lessons and an old-school mix of mambo, salsa and bachata hits. No previous dancing skills are necessary, but comfortable shoes and a willingness to sweat are. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free before 10:30 p.m., $10 after 10:30 p.m. and for lessons from 9 to 10 p.m.
Frightday Night Hitchcock at the Hill Center: A three-screening Alfred Hitchcock series begins with “Frenzy,” a thriller in which a misanthrope is blamed for the crimes of a cheerful greengrocer. 7 p.m. Free.
Hannibal Buress at U Street Music Hall: Standup comedian Hannibal Buress is opening for Nas and Lauryn Hill at Jiffy Lube Live on Friday night, but once his set is over, he's heading to U Street Music Hall, where he's appearing as DJ Burger Feet alongside his regular DJ Tony Trimm. We're not entirely sure what to expect, but it's free if you get there early. 10:30 p.m. Free before 11, $15 after.
Saturday, Sept. 16
H Street Festival: The city’s largest street festival shuts down the happening H Street NE corridor between Fourth and 14th streets for a day of fun: Bands, dancers, fashion shows, competitive-eating events, poetry slams, karaoke, vendors and eye-popping “art cars” take over the roadway, while bars and restaurants extend their beer gardens beyond the sidewalk to accommodate up to 150,000 revelers. Noon to 7 p.m. Free.
WalkingTown DC: Whether you’re new to Washington or you’ve lived here your whole life, WalkingTown D.C. will teach you something about the city. Dozens of guided tours are offered over the course of nine days, showing how famed landscaper Frederick Law Olmsted remade the U.S. Capitol grounds; revealing sites related to the Watergate break-in; or leading walkers through the narrow passages of Blagden Alley and Naylor Court in search of stables and hints of “Old Washington.” All tours are free and last one to two hours, but reservations are required, and the most popular walks fill up early. Dates and times vary. Free.
Boatyard Beach Bash at the Annapolis Maritime Museum: Parrotheads, this is your weekend to be wastin’ away in Annapolis. The Annapolis Maritime Museum’s annual fundraiser brings members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band to perform with an all-star team of local musicians, while DJ JD Spradlin of SiriusXM’s Radio Margarita spins party tunes. Hawaiian shirts and leis are (obviously) the suggested attire. Tickets include a grilled dinner buffet and cocktails catered by the Boatyard Bar & Grill. 5:30 to 10 p.m. $75.
Cox Farms Fall Festival: Crisper weather is around the corner, and Cox Farms is ready. The Centreville farm opens for the season with a two-day party for families. Take a tractor-pulled hayride; meet goats, rabbits and other animals; race down 150-foot slides; wander through the “Cornundrum”; and sample apples and ciders. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10; children younger than 2 free.
Joint Base Andrews Air Show: The annual two-day show features aerial demonstrations by the Army's Golden Knights and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, vintage aircraft displays, and performances by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the Air Force Band. No public parking will be available on Joint Base Andrews: Free parking and a shuttle service are available from FedEx Field. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
King Street Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria: For the 15th year, a festival takes over King Street with paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, crafts and more. The Torpedo Factory Art Center has additional exhibitors and events. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free.
Sunday, Sept. 17
Fiesta D.C. Festival: One of the largest cultural festivals in D.C. takes over Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets NW to celebrate Latino music, food and culture. Panama is this year's featured country, and Panamanian performers will be featured on one of the festival's four stages, alongside local and international bands, dancers and artists. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free.
Daddy Yankee at Wolf Trap: Daddy Yankee got the world hooked on reggaeton. Before the Puerto Rican artist paired with balladeer Luis Fonsi and sparked the “Despacito” addiction of 2017, he had marshaled reggaeton's thundering sounds into the American mainstream with his 2004 breakout, “Gasolina.” He has kept the genre fresh by experimenting with hip-hop, launching the occasional rivalry with heavyweights such as Don Omar and collaborating with emerging talents. 8 p.m. $45-$115.
Concert for Yoko Ono, Washington and the World at the Hirshhorn Museum: Three groundbreaking female musicians will pay tribute to Yoko Ono during this concert, the culmination of the Hirshhorn’s summerlong series celebrating Ono’s sound and performance art. As Ono’s early avant-garde films play in the background, Lizzi Bougatsos from experimental band Gang Gang Dance, musician/poet Camae Ayewa of Moor Mother and Sonic Youth legend Kim Gordon will each put their own spin on Oko’s work by performing a few of her pieces along with their own music inspired by the artist’s career. 7 to 10 p.m. $25.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin, Carrie Donovan, Sarah Lane, Julyssa Lopez and Holley Simmons