The DC Lineup for this weekend: celebrate local music and diverse cultures

Oct. 5 to 7

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The District will come alive this weekend (Oct. 5 to 7) with sounds from jazz musicians, brass bands and pop artists. Additionally, culture is at the forefront with opportunities to support local neighborhoods and artists, honor Hispanic Heritage Month and enjoy history lessons from around the globe.

With highs in the 80s and the chance of rain at no more than 20 percent, the weather forecast sets the city up for a pleasant weekend.

  1. Stefon Harris will perform Saturday at the second annual Hillfest Jazz Festival concert at Garfield Park. (Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell courtesy of Unlimited Myles)

    Jazz Music: The second annual Hillfest Jazz Festival showcases local sounds this Saturday at Garfield Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. More than 20 DC artists will be featured, including Stefon Harris + Blackout, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Herbert Scott, Bobby Felder and the Capitol All Stars Big Band. Professional dancers will teach interested visitors how to move to the music. Broadcast journalists Britt Waters and Micha Green will host the event, which is presented by the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation and Mayor Muriel Bowser.

  2. Fall Festival: The fifth edition of All Things Go Fall Classic at Union Market — which The Washington Post called “one of DC’s most interesting music festivals” — is almost sold out this year. Grab tickets while you still can: $95 for a two-day pass and $65 for a Saturday or Sunday day pass. Established acts such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Misterwives and Two Feet will perform along with emerging artists. Enjoy local food and drink vendors such as Compass Coffee, Jrink and Timber Pizza Co. The fun starts at noon and goes past 11 p.m. both days.

  3. Ward 5 Neighborhoods: Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Fall Fest is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free fair is part of an initiative to promote Rhode Island Avenue NE as a vibrant area of the city for commerce and recreation by showcasing all that it has to offer. District Dance Arts, a live DJ, Iron Lion World, Elements Urban Arts Collective LLC and more will take the stage at 2318 Rhode Island Ave. NE. Vendors from around town such as Zeke’s Coffee of DC, District Floor Depot and Wired Cycling DC will also be featured.

  4. The sixth annual Adams Morgan PorchFest will feature local music in commercial and residential sections of the Northwest neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Cultural Tourism DC)

    Ward 1 Neighborhoods: Now in its sixth year, the annual Adams Morgan PorchFest has been turning porches and patios into performance spaces and encouraging neighbors and visitors alike to wander and linger. Check out local music, get to know local residents, and support vendors in the area. The festival is from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday; a map with the locations and participating bands is available on the event’s website. Cultural Tourism DC is also recruiting volunteers two shifts: 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:15 p.m.

  5. Nordic Culture: The Wharf offers a unique opportunity this weekend to tour the Draken Harald Hårfagre, the biggest Viking ship in the world. Presented by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, this is a chance to learn about Norwegian Viking history, including finding the New World over 1,000 years ago. Arrive to the port by 1 p.m. on Friday to watch the Draken sail in and welcome the crew to shore. Tours are on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for ages 16 and older, $6 for kids ages 5 to 15 and free for ages 4 and younger. Families can also purchase a pack of tickets for $30 that covers entry for two adults and up to three children.

  6. Magda Pach’s 1933 portrait of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. This weekend’s Portrait Discovery Days spotlights Kahlow in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. (Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery)

    Museums: Portrait Discovery Days at the National Portrait Gallery honors Hispanic Heritage Month this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. by focusing on famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Participants will head to the museum’s education center — free of charge — to learn more about the artist and make their own art based off what they discover.

  7. Brass Band Music: Black Masala is an energetic DC band that combines punk, brass and big-band styles into a sound that’s all their own. The WRGW Music Blog says the group has the skill to “churn an audience of head-bobbers into a livened stew of aspirant dancers.” Break out of your shell at The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW. The show is only for those 21 and over. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15.

  8. Comedy: Lighten up this weekend with a 12 Hour Comedy Marathon hosted by Dojo Comedy. The laughs start on Saturday at noon and last until midnight. This is the first comedy marathon that Dojo has hosted — and the 3503 Georgia Ave. NW venue is going all out. Enjoy sets from over 40 entertainers from DC and Baltimore, with your pick of improv, sketch performances and stand-up comics. An all-access pass costs $40, with half the proceeds going to the Capital Area Food Bank and Shepherd’s Table, which support the homeless and those in need throughout the District and Montgomery County.

  9. This British edition of “Hamlet” from the World War I era is part of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s new “Churchill’s Shakespeare” exhibit, which opens Saturday. (Courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library)

    Literature: Discover Winston Churchill’s love of William Shakespeare through Churchill’s Shakespeare, a new literary exhibition that displays Churchill’s collection of rare books, his own writings and his personal copies of Shakespeare’s plays. These historic materials come from the Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Churchill’s home Chartwell and other collections. The exhibit opens at the Folger Shakespeare Library this Saturday and will continue through Jan. 6. It is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

  10. Ward 6 Neighborhoods. The aging-in-place group Waterfront Village will host the first-ever “Homes of the Southwest Waterfront” house tour on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The walk will highlight the town houses that comprise a “serene enclave” near longtime destinations such as Arena Stage and the Maine Avenue Fish Market as well as newer attractions The Wharf, Audi Field and Nationals Park. Tour materials will explain the neighborhood’s history as well as the notable architecture and urban design along the route. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church at 6th Street and Maine Avenue SW will serve as the tour’s starting point. Tickets cost $20 and are available via Eventbrite.

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