The DC Lineup for this weekend: Beers, buildings, a brand-new museum and more

Oct. 12 to 14

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The District offers events for a wide range of interests this weekend (Oct 12 to 14). Among the choices are activities focused on gender equality in science, the craft of spackling and construction, hip-hop dance, spirituality and films. Throughout town, a handful of festive gatherings will feature 350 types of beer, a tribute to Frederick Douglass (the “Lion of Anacostia”), and 11 blocks of fun at the H Street Festival.

The weather report predicts a sunny day on Friday followed by a mix of clouds and sun on Saturday and partly cloudy conditions on Sunday.


  1. Words Beats & Life will present a hip-hop show by American and international Muslim dancers on Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by Aisha Sheffield-Watts)

    Dance: American and international Muslim dancers will collaborate in a hip-hop show by Words Beats & Life at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, this Saturday and Sunday. Word Beats & Life is a nonprofit organization with a mission to “transform individual lives and communities through hip-hop.” This weekend’s performances are part of their multi-year project From Sifrs to Ciphers: Hip-Hop Is Muslim and will showcase globally renowned Muslim hip-hop dancers. Tickets for this weekend’s performances cost $15 for college students and ages 17 and younger; $25 for Dance Place members, seniors and artists; and $30 for general admission.


  2. Spirituality: DC’s Unity Walk is hosted by the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington to unite different faiths and cultures. Take part in the 13th annual event this Sunday from 1:45 to 6 p.m., incorporating various places of worship along Massachusetts Avenue NW. Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, Bishop Mario Dorsonville and Ward 3 DC Council member Mary Cheh are among the featured speakers at the event, which will also include performances by Crush Fund Brass and Mosaic Harmony. Find more information about the walk on the InterFaith Conference’s website, register online free of charge, and connect on social media via #KnowYourNeighbor.


  3. Food and Drink: Kick back with a brewski at the seventh annual Snallygaster beer fest this Saturday. The event features 350 brews, local food trucks, live music, fun and games. The festival will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets NW. Passes cost $40 and include 30 food and drink tickets. If you are going with a crowd, take advantage of the group discount: Buy nine tickets and get the 10th free! Proceeds benefit Arcadia, a nonprofit that works to build an equitable and sustainable local food network in DC.


  4. Bloomingdale’s Crispus Attucks Park will host a screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Friday night as part of an October film series. (Photo by Jennifer Anne)

    Ward 5 Neighborhoods: Bloomingdale’s hidden gem Crispus Attucks Park will kick off a series of free movie screenings on Friday as a way to build community in the neighborhood. The weekly series will continue through the end of October. Halloween-themed classics celebrate the season: The Nightmare Before Christmas will be shown this weekend, and then The Goonies (Oct. 19) and Hocus Pocus (Oct. 26) will round out the slate. The films start at 7 p.m. The park is nestled behind homes in the center of the block created by U Street, V Street and the 2000 blocks of 1st Street and North Capitol Street NW. Donations are welcome to support the upkeep of the park, which is handled by volunteers through the Crispus Attucks Development Corp.


  5. Science: Ada Lovelace Day honors women in science, technology, engineering and math every year on the second Tuesday in October. Events are organized independently all over the world — including right here in DC. This Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St. NW, the DC Science Writers’ Association will host a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world and the top-ranking Internet encyclopedia. Yet due to Wikipedia’s systemic bias (about 90 percent of its editors are men), women in science are underrepresented. This event aims to provide accurate information to combat gender inequality in science.


  6. Ward 8 Neighborhoods: The National Park Service will present its annual Frederick Douglass Community Day this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. The free event will feature music from Steelpan Band, tours of Douglass’ historic home, arts and crafts, games and ice cream. This year marks 200 years since Douglass was born. Having spent the final years of his life in this neighborhood after gaining prominence as a fugitive slave, abolitionist, author, government official and social reformer, he is nicknamed the “Lion of Anacostia.”


  7. The Hall of Remembrance is part of the new National Law Enforcement Museum, which opens to the public on Saturday with an outdoor celebration on E Street NW at Judiciary Square. (Photo courtesy of the National Law Enforcement Museum)

    Brand-new Museum: The National Law Enforcement Museum opens this Saturday with a free Grand Opening Community Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the 400 block of E Street NW adjacent to the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building at Judiciary Square. Visitors will enjoy a 5K, entertainment, fingerprinting, caricature artists, face painting and opportunities to learn about forensics. Though outdoor activities are free, getting into the museum requires a ticket (the cost ranges from $14.95 to $21.95, with free admission for ages 5 and younger). The museum aims to help the public honor and better understand the police, with a variety of exhibits plus K-12, adult, family and community programs.


  8. Film: Double Exposure is a festival of films “inspired by the investigative instinct” presented by the news organization 100 Reporters, which is dedicated to fighting corruption through journalism. Along with films, the program hosts talks by journalists and visual storytellers that link reporting to policy changes. The schedule began Wednesday and continues until just past 9 p.m. on Sunday. Events are held at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the National Union Building, the Naval Heritage Center and The Loft at 600 F. Tickets for individual films and post-screening discussions cost $15 to $25; various all-access passes are available for $99 to $250.


  9. The 12th annual H Street Festival will celebrate the the arts with music, dance, poetry, youth-focused performances and more. (Photo courtesy of the H Street Festival)

    Ward 6 Neighborhoods: Near Northeast comes alive this Saturday with the H Street Festival, covering 11 blocks on H Street NE (from 4th Street to 14th Street) with 14 staging areas featuring music, dance, youth-focused performances and programs, fashion, arts, poetry and more. The fest is in its 12th year and boasts nearly 150,000 participants — and organizers say that it has had a role in reducing the H Street corridor’s commercial building vacancy rate from 75 percent to under 5 percent. The DC Department of Small and Local Business Development is an organizational partner along with a variety of other sponsors, including the H Street Community Development Corp., the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and DC Streetcar.


  10. Classic Museum: Take the family out Saturday for the National Building Museum’s free Big Build community day, which offers participants of all ages an opportunity to learn construction skills such as pouring cement and spackling while working alongside real-life builders. Architects, designers, plumbers, electricians, iron workers, woodworkers and more will demonstrate their skills and discuss their professions. Author Joshua David Stein will read from his book Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture, an imaginative story geared toward young readers about a small piece of building material and its journey around the world to find its place in it. The day’s events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, located at 401 F St. NW; no advance registration is required.

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