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What's On In D.C. This September

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Updated: 12 October 2016
Washington D.C. is buzzing with activities as school resumes and the leaves turn vibrant colors. Don’t let summer’s end give you the blues — get excited for fall with our diverse list of what’s happening around the District in September. Anticipate plenty of festivals and the ensuing hot apple cider!


MUSIC | Dance to Flume at 9:30 Club

September 2nd & 3rd

Kick off September with some crazy good tunes. Acclaimed international DJ Flume will light up 9:30 Club with stellar beats and flashing lights for two nights in September. After the initial show sold out in minutes, Flume opted to add another show. Double Flume? Sounds great to us. Unfortunately, both shows are now sold out, but you may be able to find a ticket; the scalpers are endless.

9:30 Club, 815 V St NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 265 0930

MUSIC | National Symphony Orchestra Rings In Labor Day

September 3rd

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with the National Symphony Orchestra’s annual free concert. The trumpets will begin buzzing at 8 p.m. on the Capitol’s West Lawn. Conductor Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra, and the lineup will feature singer Storm Large and her band Le Bonheur. The patriotic program will pay homage to troops in songs like ‘Armed Forces Salute.’

United States Capitol, East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 226 8000

DRINK | Labor Day Weekend

September 3rd

What better way to celebrate all that laboring than to drink the night away? The W Hotel will be throwing another one of their luxury rooftop parties. Predictable. But, the good thing is that you’ll be able to channel your inner bourgeois elite and drink fancy cocktails with superb views for only $20! The partying will commence at 9 p.m. sharp.

The W Hotel, 515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 661 2400

LITERATURE | Queer Poetry

September 3rd

The first Sunday of every month is queer open mic night at Busboys & Poets, a beloved neighborhood restaurant that promotes community activism. The LGBTQ+ friendly venue provides queer poets with a safe and inclusive space to perform. Grab a microphone and prepare to shine at *SPARKLE*

Busboys & Poets on 14th, 14th St NW & V St NW, Washington, D.C., USA


FILM | DC Shorts Festival Commences

September 8th – 18th

This 11 day film festival has one mission: show all around the world in just nine minutes. Budding filmmakers are welcome to interpret that in anyway that they see fit, as long as they adhere to the time constriction. Judges have selected 131 films out of 1,300 entrees submitted from around the world to bring a global perspective to the District.

E Street Cinema, 555 11th St NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 783 9494

DRINK | Wine Festival 

September 10th

Prepare to sniff, swirl and slurp dozens of fine wines. Eastern Market’s wine festival will deliver a diverse selection of international wines to your palette with unlimited tastingsThe event promises live music and “secret performers” to amp up your day drinking experience.

Eastern Market, 225 7th St SE, Washington D.C., USA

FESTIVAL | Adams Morgan Day

September 11th

This annual neighborhood street party will feature global food, live music and plenty of cheer. This festival will have something for everyone, from craft beers for adults to a special kid’s fair with mascots and face painting. There will also be dance workshops on rumba and salsa — learn how to shake those hips in front of a massive crowd of strangers! This will be a particularly special event because local residents banded together to save the fair; the event almost shut down permanently when the sponsorship pulled out. It now relies entirely on volunteers and donations. Show them some appreciation in its 38th year!

Adams Morgan

MEMORIAL | Moment of Silence at Arlington

September 11th

A 9/11 memorial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery for the 184 victims of the attack on the Pentagon. A moment of silence is scheduled at 9:37 a.m. — the moment Flight 77 struck the Pentagon. The cemetery houses the unidentified remains of the victims in a special Pentagon memorial.

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, USA +1 877 907-8585

SPORTS | Washington Football Opening Day

September 12th

Prepare yourself for beer, wings, and months of yelling profanities at the TV because football season is upon us! Washington’s season will open with a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with kickoff at 7:10 p.m. Maybe they’ll actually advance in the playoffs this year? You might not want to hold your breath — Washington hasn’t won a playoff game since 2006. But hey, maybe we’re cursed for naming our football team after a racial slur.

Fedex Field, 1600 Fedex Way, Greater Landover, MD, USA +1 301 276 6000



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EAT | Food Trucks Abound

September 16th 

This monthly food truck festival is hosting its last gathering of the year! Truckeroo won’t return until winter’s end in April 2017. Get your food truck fill on Sept. 16th with crepes, barbeque, lobster, artisan cheeses, and frozen custard. Yum!

The Fairgrounds 1201 Half St SE, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 244 0592

FILM | Chinese Movie Night

September 16th 

The year’s outdoor movie saga is coming to a halt, but catch one final showing in Chinatown as part of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival kicks off at 7 p.m., followed by a screening of the famed live action movie Monkey King: Hero is Back. The film was briefly the highest grossing animated flick ever in China, until surpassed by Kung Fu Panda 3.

Chinatown Park

DRINK | DC’s Biggest Beer Festival

September 17th 

Snallygaster — that’s a name attendees sure will stumble over after participating in this day’s events! There will be 350 craft beers from around the world, and you must try them all, at least once! Okay, maybe not, but your ticket purchase will include 30 drink tickets to sample a wide array of global ales. An added bonus: beloved indie band Speedy Ortiz will be playing.

The Yards, 355 Water St SE, Washington, DC., USA +1 202 465 7080

FESTIVAL | H Street Festival

September 17th 

500 performances on 14 stages. Food trucks abound.  This historic block party will celebrate the neighborhood’s rich history, local businesses, and the vibrancy of DC’s residents. Also, it has grown — exponentially so. What started as a community gathering in the late sixties implemented after a series of violent racial riots, the H Street Festival attracted 200,000 attendees last year. The festival emphasizes the importance of the arts and humanities, but also booze — the immensely popular margarita garden is reportedly returning this year.

H Street NE

FESTIVAL | Fiesta DC 2016

September 17th – 18th

The annual festival celebrates Latin culture with Latin American cuisine, arts and crafts, and a diplomatic pavilion housing Central American embassies. The event sponsors will be amping up the fun this year, making Fiesta DC a two day event for the first time ever! The inspiring Parade of Nations will lead the festivities on the 17th with a full takeover of Constitution Avenue, and the festival will continue through the next day.

The Parade on Constitution

The Festival on Pennsylvania


ART | Handi Hour at Renwick Gallery

September 22nd

For a $25 ticket, attendees can enjoy two drinks, live music and endless crafting supplies. In this installment of the crafting series aptly dubbed ‘Handi Hour,’ the famed Renwick Gallery will host a collage making session. You will have the opportunity to decorate a key tray with old magazines, a nice coat of paint and other randomly assorted materials. Get creative!

Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 633 2850

LITERATURE | National Book Festival

September 24th 

The Library of Congress’s annual free book celebration will feature talks from prominent authors such as Stephen King and Michael Cunningham, a poetry slam, storybook characters, and presentations on ‘why literature matters.’ Jumpstart your fall by fulfilling a past new years resolution to read more by attending this festival.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 249 3000

ART | Opening of National African American Museum

September 24th 

The long awaited Smithsonian Museum is finally opening its doors in a grand celebration. President Obama will cut the ribbon in a dedication ceremony, followed by a vibrant three day festival honoring African American history and culture with delectable food and live music.

National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 667-2667

DRINKS | DC Beer Week

September 24th – October 1st 

For one week this fall, hundreds of venues will host a variety of beer themed events during D.C.’s 8th annual beer week. There will be tastings, happy hours, beer dinners and tap takeovers across the DMV area. This event will celebrate local craft breweries and neighborhood beers. Be sure to guzzle down some homegrown beer, such as DC Brau.

Throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia; check the schedule for individual events

FESTIVAL | Turkish Festival

September 25th 

Sponsored by the American-Turkish Association of Washington D.C., this festival will celebrate all things related to Turkey — culture, food, art and history. The event strives for an authentic feel with cuisine sourced from local Turkish restaurants and live folk dance performances that give homage to its Balkan and Middle Eastern influences. A ‘Culture and Tourism Tent’ will host demonstrations of intricate Turkish artistry such as carpet weaving, paper making and calligraphy.

Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 426 6841


September 30th 

Here you will be able to watch poetry performed in American Sign Language! Busboys and Poets, ever the most inclusive venue, will now feature an open mic night for those who speak in this unique way. If you lack fluency in ASL, watch the performances for an enlightening experience and support your local deaf artists.

Busboys & Poets K Street