Although DC is known for Spring, Fall is my favorite time. As the crisp bite of autumn begins to take the edge off the Summer heat, the locals crawl back out from their air-conditioned haze and wander to the many fall festivals that punctuate each weekend. Here are a few of the fun things to look forward to:
September 30: Persian Mystic Songs from Omar Khayyam and Farid al-Din Attar - Hear of love and longing as presented by the great Persian Sufi poets Omar Khayyam and Farid al-Din Attar in a performance by Sahar Mohammadi. Born in Tehran, Mohammadi is considered one of the most...
September 30: Lucas Ashby: Artist in Residence - Having spent his childhood traveling with his internationally touring parents, Brazilian jazz vocalist Kenia and trombonist Jay Ashby, Lucas Ashby’s experience of music has always consisted of a...
October 1: Pop Up: Victura Park at the REACH - Relax. Unwind. Smile. Victura Park is a family-friendly outdoor pop-up & wine garden located in the River Pavilion at the REACH. A collaboration between the culinary creative team of The Hilton...
October 2: The Tea: Tashera - In this new online series, women musicians perform original work via live-stream on the museum’s social media channels on the first Friday of the month. Each session includes a short interview,...
October 3: Burke Farmers Market - The Burke Farmers Market will begin its season on Saturday, May 16 with restrictions in place to accommodate current social distancing recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19. Market shoppers...
October 3: Community Yoga at the REACH - Join us select Saturdays this fall for a FREE OUTDOOR all-levels vinyasa yoga class on the REACH lawn! Advanced registration is required—secure your spot at...
First Sunday Arts Fest
October 7: The Andalusian Samâ of Tétouan - Listen to Sufi-inspired Andalusian songs from southern Spain and Morocco at our concluding festival performance. Zainab Afailal will perform in the refined styles of Sufi devotional music that are...
October 9: Beethoven at 250: Missa Solemnis - It’s not only one of the mightiest, most ambitious masses in existence—it’s the supreme spiritual vision of a genius and an intimate self-portrait of a human soul. With Noseda at the helm,...
October 10: LIVE MUSIC: Featherburn - LET'S JAM! Accordion-powered romp-rock trio Featherburn comes stacked with groove, grit and rhapsody. Dynamic, quirky, theatrical; the band weaves folk, punk, eastern Europe and rock into volcanic...
October 15: Writing Workshop with Rosebud Ben-Oni - Virtual Creative Writing Workshop Elegy as Epiphany: How Grief Leads to Illumination with Rosebud Ben-Oni Thu, October 15, 7pm on Zoom Register at bit.ly/StrathmoreCreativeWriting In a time of...
October 16: Five Giants of Romantic Music: Friends in Life, Rivals in Art - Smithsonian Associates - Popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin combines presentations and piano demonstrations to examine the lives and work of Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt,...
October 16: 9:30 Presents The Ballroom Thieves at U Street Music Hall - Please note: We can only guarantee that tickets purchased through our official ticket seller, Eventbrite, are valid. Tickets purchased through secondary sources/ reseller sites may or may not be...
October 17: Paired to Perfection: Christina & Michelle Naughton - Identical twin sisters and piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton make their anticipated NSO debuts in Poulenc’s delightfully witty Concerto. Maestro Yan Pascal Tortelier concludes the evening...
October 23: The Greatest Decade of Film: Beyond the "New Hollywood" Directors of the 1970s - Smithsonian Associates - The names Scorsese, Coppola, Spielberg, and Lucas usually dominate the conversation about directors whose films defined the 1970s. But it shouldn’t stop there, says Washington City Paper film...
October 27: The Great Ones: Black Artists of Song from the Kennedy Center Honors - Smithsonian Associates - Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Smokey Robinson: Their talents and singular gifts reshaped the music, entertainment, and songs of our times. Join Sara Lukinson,...
Maryland Emancipation Day
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November 12: The List: Films and TV About Race To Watch Right Now - Smithsonian Associates - Film studios and media platforms have recently seen an increased interest in black-centered television shows and movies. NPR television critic and author Eric Deggans sheds light on some of the most...
November 15: George Winston - Iconic pianist George Winston has inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing...
November 19: Writing Workshop with Sufian Zhemukov - Virtual Creative Writing Workshop Transforming a Story for the Stage With Sufian Zhemukov Thu, November 19, 7pm on Zoom Register at bit.ly/StrathmoreCreativeWriting Do you have a favorite personal...
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