Friday, Oct. 6
All Things Go Fall Classic at Union Market: The Virgin Mobile FreeFest is no more. Sweetlife has shrunk dramatically. Trillectro is M.I.A. Landmark Festival was D.O.A. This festival-less landscape makes the annual All Things Go Fall Classic even more vital, so it’s promising that organizers have scaled up to a three-day event and traded last year’s sea of mud at Yards Park for the festival’s previous home at Union Market. Galantis, Young Thug and Foster the People top the 20-artist bill, but don’t miss the undercard acts, including Fletcher and Washington’s own Innanet James. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. $69-$250.
Rich Medina at the Kennedy Center: The collaborative concert featuring jazz pianist Jason Moran and hip-hop emcee Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is long sold-out, but the after-party is open to all. Pioneering DJ Rich Medina brings his collection of hip-hop, funk and house to a dance party in the Kennedy Center's atrium, where he'll be joined by the Marksmen for a set honoring the beginnings of hip-hop. 9 p.m. Free.
'Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light' at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: In the early 20th century, artist Thomas Wilfred began to create “lumias,” the term he used for his detailed sculptures incorporating light and projection. Artists such as Jackson Pollock and Katherine Dreier once counted Wilfred as a trailblazer in the arts, but his star has since faded. Bringing together 15 of his works for the first time in nearly 50 years, this exhibition highlights his impact as a formative modern artist. Through Jan. 7. Free.
Banditos at DC9: Banditos has a gritty, restless sound that’s often hard to pin down. The six-piece outfit, formed in Birmingham, Ala., and now based in Nashville, blends a hearty batch of roots-based influences into a genre-blurring style of primal, Southern-flavored boogie rock. 7 p.m. $12.
Saturday, Oct. 7
50th anniversary block party at Anacostia Community Museum: The Smithsonian’s most community-focused museum marks its golden anniversary with a day-long celebration featuring family activities, art workshops, food trucks, comedy and music from groups including E.U. with Sugar Bear and the 17th Street Dance of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
Taste of D.C. at RFK Stadium: Sample food from more than 65 area restaurants and food trucks at the Taste of D.C. The event includes a chili cook-off, a beer garden and entertainment on three stages. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $9.99 single-day general admission; $29.99-$49.99 single-day packages, which include food and drink tokens.
Art on the Avenue in Del Ray: Del Ray’s annual Art on the Avenue festival brings more than 300 artists to the Alexandria neighborhood’s main drag: potters, jewelers, painters, woodworkers, glass blowers, and clothing and accessory makers. While you browse, listen to blues, rock and brass bands on five stages; get lunch from local restaurants and food trucks; learn to paint or screen print; and help the kids decorate a pumpkin or stuff a scarecrow. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.
Taste of Bethesda in the Woodmont Triangle: Sixty Bethesda restaurants will offer sample-size dishes at the annual street festival, including TapaBar, Jaleo and Passage to India. Other attractions: five stages of music and dancing and a kids area, with crafts and face-painting. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Tickets for sampling cost $5 for four, and food costs between one and four tickets.
Lotus: Tap Stars Reunite to Celebrate the Art Form at the Kennedy Center: An all-star team of tap dance performers — all of whom have appeared in “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk” on Broadway, including D.C. natives Joseph Webb and Baakari Wilder — joins forces to honor tap legends to the sound of live jazz. This performance is the beginning of the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater grand re-opening celebration. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49.
Das Oktoberfest at Vanish Brewing: Das Oktoberfest features beers from both sides of the Atlantic: Six traditional German favorites, including Hofbrauhaus and Weihenstephan, meet craft brews from Virginia's Pen Druid and Vanish breweries. The two-day celebration includes a menu of German food, from schnitzel to pretzels; live music all day and night; lawn games, including a corn hole tournament; activities for children; and an evening bonfire. Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. $20 per day, $35 for a weekend pass.
Sunday, Oct. 8
New Kitchens on the Block at Mess Hall: The pop-up restaurant showcase is a chance to sample some of the city’s most buzzed-about restaurants before they open. The third edition features Chloe, from former Doi Moi and Proof chef Haidar Karoum; Lucky Buns, by Alfie’s founder and Duke’s Grocery alum Alex McCoy; and Brothers and Sisters and Spoken English, two restaurants that Erik Bruner-Yang is bringing to the Line Hotel. Tickets include unlimited food and drink. Two sessions: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. $65-$105.
Navetoberfest at Washington National Cathedral: For one night only, Washington National Cathedral will transform its stunning nave into “a 17th-century English Tavern” for Navetoberfest. Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike and his musicians conjure the spirit of Oliver Cromwell's age with sea shanties, boisterous singalongs and even Purcell overtures, while the crowd drinks German beer and eats grilled sausages and soft pretzels. 6 p.m. $75.
Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration at the Kennedy Center: Pianist Jason Moran’s passion for Thelonious Monk’s rich legacy is well-known. So it isn’t surprising that Moran, the Kennedy Center’s director for jazz, will celebrate the Monk Centennial in the company of arguably Monk’s finest interpreter, pianist Kenny Barron. 8 p.m. $20-$59.
— Fritz Hahn, Jennifer Abella, Jedd Ferris, Mike Joyce and Savannah Stephens
Correction: A previous version of this article said Taste of D.C. would include a chili eating contest and a family-friendly kid zone. That part of the programming isn't taking place this year. This version has been updated.