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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

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Live and virtual events, plus a stay-inside guide for DC music, videos and more for Oct. 9-11

We've got the latest info about what's open and safety guidelines in Washington, DC. As you continue social distancing, we've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. As always, you can also check out tons of on-demand virtual museum toursneighborhood toursTV and movies streaming ideas with a DC bentDC-inspired music playlistsWashington, DC Zoom meeting backgrounds and much more.

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Taste and Shop Georgetown
Taste of (and Shop) Georgetown
This revamped version of the beloved one-day Taste of Georgetown event expands the celebration to three weeks’ worth (Oct. 5-25) of take-out, delivery and outdoor dining specials at Georgetown restaurants. You will also be able to satisfy your fall shopping fix with special promotions throughout the month. Stay tuned to the event’s official website for participating business and their offers.

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FilmFest DC at Home
Virtual Filmfest DC
Pop some popcorn and get excited to bring the theatre experience to your living room for the 34th edition of Filmfest DC. Pick and choose from a great lineup of 52 films featuring independent filmmakers from all over the world. The virtual festival runs through this Sunday to provide ample time to view a variety of genres from the comfort of your own home. Purchase your tickets online now! Director's Pass is available for purchase for $70, which gives you access to ten different films at a $90 value. General Admission tickets are also available for $9 per film.

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Park Up DC Drive-In Movie
Park Up DC
Now would be an ideal time to enjoy a drive-in movie, right? Events DC and Broccoli City have teamed up to bring you this pop-up event at RFK Campus Lot 5 on weekends through Oct. 31. Enjoy a 45-foot HD LED digital screen and pre-paid delivery food from local food trucks. The event will follow all social distancing guidelines, including the necessity of facial coverings – make sure to visit the event’s FAQ page for full clarity on the policies. Peruse the movie lineup and purchase your tickets online – each evening features multiple showings. Note that double features are encouraged and you will not be required to leave your designated 15 ft. x 20 ft. parking space in between screenings.
More InfoTickets
Screenings begin at 7 p.m.
RFK Campus Lot 5

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Flicks and Rose at the Bullpen
Flicks & Rosé Movie Nights
Enjoy your favorite movies with popcorn and bubbly at The Bullpen! Plenty of socially distant picnic tables will be set up outdoors with added table service. Extra safety measures will be in place and all participants must adhere to CDC guidelines. This week, enjoy a screening of American Pie, a classic comedy. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in theme with the movie of the night.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Bullpen, 1201 Half Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Capitol Riverfront Drive-in Movie series
Capitol Riverfront Drive-In Movie Series
Through Oct. 30, you can kick back and enjoy a movie from your vehicle at the Akridge Lot in Buzzard Point, located next to Audi Field. The line-up includes popular films such as Selma and Knives Out, as well as spooktacular Halloween classics like Frankenstein & Dracula. Before the movie, grab some take-out from one of the 60 neighborhood restaurants. Admission is $20 per car, per movie, with all of the funds donated to local charities. Check out Capitol Riverfront’s website for a full list of movies and charities.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Akridge Lot, 1880 2nd Street SW, Washington, DC 20003

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Sunset Cinema at The Wharf in DC

Sunset Cinema at The Wharf
Nothing beats watching the sunset on the water, right? Think again. Enjoy Footloose with popcorn and beer on the Transit Pier big screen during Sunset Cinema at The Wharf, in partnership with Cantina Bambina and Pacifico Beer. To participate, all guests must reserve a private cabana at Cantina Bambina in advance and must be over 21 years of age. Be on the lookout for Halloween-themed movies this October.
8 p.m. (Seating available at 7:30 p.m.) |  Reserve


National Museum of Women in the Arts - Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020
‘Paper Routes’ at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
From Thursday through Jan. 18, 2021, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) will feature this exhibit, which marks the sixth installment in the ‘Women to Watch’ series at the museum. Paper Routes will showcase the ability of artists to use paper to create breathtaking installations, large and small. The exhibit is a collaboration between NMWA and 22 committees from the U.S. and around the world. Please make sure to review the museum’s safety guidelines before your visit. Note that the museum will offer late hours on Oct. 21.
10 a.m. –  5 p.m. | Tickets
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

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POW! WOW! DC 2020
NoMA hosts this annual mural festival that will be conducted virtually from this Thursday through Oct. 18. Socially distanced walking tours will also be offered, and these will be streamed on Instagram Live. See the incredible mural works that will dot streetscapes and city walls in the future during this celebration of art and creativity that welcomes artists from a range of backgrounds. This year marks the fifth anniversary of POW! WOW! DC, which is hosted in partnership with the NoMA Business Improvement District.
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National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

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DowntownDC Dine Out
DowntownDC Dine Out on 8th Street
One of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods is hosting a destination streatery. On 8th Street NW, between H and K streets, you will find a plethora of neighborhood eateries offering table service outside, with reservations required, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Social distancing guidelines will apply and masks must be worn when not eating or drinking. Tables can host up to a maximum of six people. Participating restaurants include Cranes, Olivia, Modena and Cuba Libre. For menus, reservations and additional information, visit the streatery's dedicated website.
Fridays: 5-10 p.m. |  Saturdays & Sundays: 12-10 p.m.
8th Street NW, between H and K Streets, Washington, DC

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Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is at its scenic best when fall rolls around, so it’s fitting that the historic estate hosts this special celebration of wine followed by a sunset tour of the property this weekend. Bring along a blanket and chill out on the east lawn, which overlooks the Potomac River. Virginia wines will be available for sampling. Fruit and cheese boxes to accompany your wine are available for purchase in advance. Please make sure to review Mount Vernon’s safety measures before attending.
6-9 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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Runners competing in Army Ten-Miler - Races in Washington, DC
Virtual Army Ten Miler
Although this year’s Army Ten Miler (ATM) race will look different, the dedication and pride remain intact. Take part in this renowned DC run on your own favorite routes while supporting its mission. Participants will have one week (this Sunday through Oct. 18) to complete the race in one session and will submit results through the ATM’s Runner Experience App. The accompanying ATM Expo will also be accessible online during race week.

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Wunder Garten Oktoberfest 2020
Wunder Garten’s 6th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

Through Oct. 18, weekends can feature German food, music, décor, contests and lots and lots of beer at Wunder Garten. All of this can be safely enjoyed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Fridays offer a pig roast by Federalist Pig, Saturday showcases Bavarian cuisine and steinholding and Sundays are for Dogtoberfest, when humans and canines are free to dress up. Suds from some of Bavaria’s oldest breweries are available, in addition to brews from regional purveyors like Devil’s Backbone and Port City Brewing. Tables are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and cabana rentals are available for up to six people.
Fridays: 3-9 p.m. | Saturdays: 12 p.m. – Midnight | Sundays: 12-3 p.m. | More Info
Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Washington, DC
Visit Reopened Smithsonian Museums
Six of DC's Smithsonian museums recently reopened their doors: the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery, the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of American History. All have new safety protocols in place and are offering reduced hours and all will require a free timed-entry pass to enter, except for the Renwick Gallery, which can accommodate safe crowd management and social distancing for the amount of visitors allowed at one time. Visit Smithsonian's website for even more detailed info on hours, passes and safety.

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Memorial design by Gehry Partners, LLP; Sculpture by Sergey Eylanbekov; Tapestry by Tomas Osinski
Visit the new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

The new Frank Gehry-designed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, erected in honor of the nation’s 34th president and Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, is a spectacular new addition to DC’s lineup of memorials. Located at 540 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024, the site honors Eisenhower’s legacy in a four-acre urban park and features a variety of pieces that symbolize his inspirational feats.

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The REACH at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Victura Park at The REACH
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' grand expansion, The REACH, hosts this outdoor pop-up wine garden and cafe from Thursday through Sunday. The Hilton Brothers and Chef Erik Bruner-Yang have collaborated on this winery-inspired setting, which will offer charcuterie boards and light snacks, as well as beer, wine, adult seltzers and other beverages. Check out the full menu. Note that guests are required to maintain social distance and wear a mask when not sitting down. No more than 10 guests are allowed inside the Pavilion for ordering and payment. You can read more about the safety protocols before attending this free event.
Thursday: 3-10 p.m. |  Friday: 3-10 p.m. | Saturday: 12-10 p.m. | Sunday: 12-8 p.m. 
The REACH at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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