Whether you’re a book worm, fashionista or wine connoisseur, there is plenty to do in the DMV this weekend! Maybe we will see you out at Baltimore’s Book Festival, DC’s Fashion Week or Virginia’s Bands, Brews and Barbecue!
Washington, DC Events
The District Flea
The District Flea Grounds
945 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturdays, Now-October 19th, 10am-5pm
Expect 70-80 vendors of everything from vintage eyeglass frames to antique furniture and vintage clothing at this big, new flea market on a 37,000 square foot lot in Shaw, created by the producers of New York’s famous Brooklyn Flea. For foodies: Look out for food trucks including Red Hook Lobster Pound, and a beer garden manned by Church Key’s Greg Engert.
The DC Shorts Film Festival
Time: Now-September 29th.
The DC Shorts Film Festival is the Washington, DC area’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing and discussing short films from around the world. The lineup covers a variety of genres: dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries, and creative experimental films. Please visit the website for times and locations of specific showings as well as pricing for that particular showing.
DC Fashion Week DC Fashion Week highlights fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling as well as enhances the visibility of the nation’s capital as a center of international fashion. Pricing varies per event, please visit website for more details.
- Friday, September 27th, 7pm
Washington Haute & Modesty Fashion Show
National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC
- Saturday, September 28th, 6pm
Washington Post Conference Center, 1150, 15th St. NW, Washington, DC
- Sunday, September 29th, 5pm
International Couture Collections
Historical Society of Washington, 801 K St NW, Washington, DC
Southwest DC Arts Festival
Time: Saturday, 9am until dark
The Southwest DC Arts Festival brings the Washington DC community together to celebrate the arts and showcase the Southwest Waterfront. The event will include a central market, music, dance, film screenings, walking tours, and much more! Please visit the website for specific venues along the Southwest Waterfront.
Fall For the Book Festival
George Mason University, Arlington Campus
3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA
Time: Friday exhibits start at 10am
George Mason University will host the annual Fall for the Book Festival. Participating authors will include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Karen Armstrong, Marie Arana, Scott W. Berg, Daniel Stashower, Virginia Pye, Bob Shacochis and Mary Kay Zuravleff. Please visit the website for specific times and exhibits.
Walking Tour: All The Presidents Pups
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria, VA
Times: Saturdays, September 7th-October 26th, 10am-12pm
Price: $5 in addition to estate admission. Pups are free!
This special walking tour covers 1.25 miles of Mount Vernon terrain stopping at five historic locations, including the West Gate. Learn about canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at Mount Vernon today. It is well documented that the first president loved dogs. After the Revolutionary War, Washington tried to improve the quality of his hunting dogs through breeding. According to the American Kennel Club, Washington is the father of the American Foxhound.
Note: Extended walking on uneven terrain; 90 minutes. All dogs must be leashed with their owner at all times. Dogs are allowed around the estate but not in the historic buildings, movie theaters, Museum or Education Center exhibition galleries.
Cox Farms Fall Festival
15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville, VA
Time: September 28th-October 31st, 10am-6pm
With giant slides, music stage, corn path and much more, this fall festival goes well beyond the traditional pumpkin patch and hayrides. (Though they have that, too!)
Bands, Brews, and Barbeque
The Manassas Museum Lawn
9101 Prince William St., Manassas, VA
Time: Saturday from 12pm-7pm
Price: Entrance is Free
Picnic on the lawn, while you enjoy some of Virginia’s finest barbecue or listen to everything from classic rock to jazz.
Calvert County Fair
Calvert County Fairgrounds
140 Calvert Fair Rd., Prince Frederick, MD
Time: Friday & Saturday, 9am-10pm & Sunday, 10am-6pm
Price: Adults $5, Children Free
The Calvert County Fair is one of the oldest in Maryland, dating back to 1886 when local men got together to display their cattle and tobacco as a social event. Today, the fair includes a wide range of activities including farm animals, exhibits, musical, entertainment, food, carnival rides, contests and a 4H auction.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Intersection of Route 450 & Crownsville Rd
Time: Saturday & Sunday 10am-7pm
Price: Adults $22, Children $10
The Maryland Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games.
Baltimore Book Festival
Mt Vernon Place
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD
Time: Friday & Saturday, 12pm-8pm & Sunday, 12pm-7pm
The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, street theater, live music and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.
West Shore Park
Between the Maryland Science Center & the Baltimore Visitor Center
Time: Friday from 5pm-8:30pm
Enjoy live music by the The Blatant 80’s, Food Trucks, Beer, Wine and Mixed Drinks, a Waterfront Kids Play Area & The Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain.
Inlet Parking Ocean City, MD
Time: Friday & Saturday, 11am-7pm
Featuring wineries from the East Coast of the United States, Micro-Brewed Beers, Delmarva Cuisine, Quality Arts and Crafts, and Local & Regional Live Music will be focal points of this year’s event.
Oktoberfest is the worlds largest fair held annually in Munich, Germany, but just because we don’t live in Germany doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the German way! With so many wonderful Oktoberfest events going on around the area, it might be hard to pick and choose! Below is a list of just some of the festivals going on around the area.
Oktoberfest at the Old Stein Inn
The Old Stein Inn
1143 Central Ave., Edgewater, MD
Times: Now-October 27th
Oktoberfest at the Old Stein Inn means Bavarian bands and accordion music in the beer garden on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoon gatherings with music, alphorn-blowing contests and suckling pig roasts.
Blob’s Park Oktoberfest
8024 Park Rd., Jessup, MD
Times: Now-October 27th
Known for America’s first Oktoberfest! Most bands starts at 7:30-8 p.m. Blob’s Park has been a Maryland Family Tradition since 1933 and continues to be THE PLACE to bring your entire family to enjoy great food, music and gemutlichkeit! Fill your cup with your choice of over 80 beers and delicious German cuisine as well as live music!
Das Best Oktoberfest
137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD
Time: Friday 6pm-10pm & Saturday, noon-6pm
Maryland’s largest festival includes over 150 beers, wines and schnapps as well as German foods and other festival goodies, Oompah bands, live music, contests and much more!
Town of Lovettsville, Virginia
6 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Lovettsville, VA
Time: Friday, 7pm-10pm; Saturday, 10am-11pm & Sunday, 8am-5pm
In celebration of the town’s German heritage, the community in Loudoun County, Virginia celebrates Oktoberfest with food, crafts, and entertainment.
Bar Dupont’s Oktoberfest
Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Ave., Washington, DC
Time: September 28th–October 6th
The popular Dupont Circle bar will transform its outdoor patio into a Biergarten serving German favorites like Paulaner Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest, Pilsner and Spaten as well as German specialties from the grill like soft pretzels, sausages and mustards, and traditional garnishes. Live German bands Liab Und Schneid, The Polka Brothers and Continentals of Washington, DC will play on select days. Daily beginning at 12:00 p.m.
797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD
Time: Saturday, 11am-10pm & Sunday, 11am–6pm
Huge Oktoberfest with live music, kid’s games, German foods, Biergarten and family fun.
Sandy Spring Museum Oktoberfest
17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD
Time: Saturday, 6:30-10:30pm
The fall festival celebrates locally-brewed beers, food, and fun with live music, dancing, and a chance to win a week’s stay at a French chateau in a live auction.
Concerts at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!
- Blues Brothers Revue, Birchmere, Friday at 7:30pm
- Billy Currington, The Fillmore, Friday at 8pm
- Randy Houser, Seacrets Ocean City, Friday at 9pm
- Rock the Bells festival, RFK, Saturday at 12pm
- WMZQ Fall Fest, Jiffy Lube Live, Saturday at 5pm
- Earth, Wind, and Fire, Warner Theatre, Sunday at 8pm
- Sunday in the Country, Merriweather Post Pavillion, Sunday at 1pm (Sold Out)
Sports at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!
- Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia, Verizon Center, Friday at 7 pm
- Baltimore Orioles vs Red Sox, Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 7:05pm & Sunday at 1:35pm
- Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills, Sunday at 1pm
- Washington Redskins vs. Oakland Raiders, Sunday at 4:25pm
Movies Opening this Weekend
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ( Animation | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi – 95 Minutes) Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, and Neil Patrick Harris
Rush ( Action | Biography | Drama | Sport- 123 Minutes) A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Starring Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, and Alexandra Maria Lara
Baggage Claim ( Comedy- 96 Minutes) Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. Starring Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, and Djimon Hounsou
Don Jon ( Comedy | Drama – 90 Minutes) A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Tony Danza.