"Real Housewives" Mary Schmidt Amons and Lynda Erkiletian made an appearance at last year's Fashion's Night Out. Photographs courtesy of GeorgetownDC's Flickr account
Thursday, September 8
FASHION: Can’t make it to New York City Fashion Week? Well don’t worry, because Washington’s second annual Fashion’s Night Out is taking over the city. Some of our favorite stores—including Hugh & Crye, BlueMercury, Get Hitched in Georgetown, and Neiman Marcus—are staying open late, offering discounts and gifts, and serving some bubbly. Check out our style blog for a list of highlights from participating venues.
SIGNING: Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum will be signing copies of their new book, That Used to Be Us, at Sixth & I Synagogue. In the book, the New York Times columnist and foreign policy expert explore hot-button topics like globalization, information technology, energy consumption, and the nation’s chronic deficits. Tickets ($12) can be purchased through Politics and Prose’s Web site or at the door for $15; Or receive one free ticket with the purchase of the title ($28). 7 PM.
BEER: Meridian Pint is hosting a DC release party for North Coast Brewing Co.’s Grand Cru. This is the first time the Belgian Pale Ale is being imported to the District, so Doug Moody, the brewery’s co-founder, is coming along for the ride. Ten additional brews from North Coast will be available, including Acme IPA, Pranqster, Red Seal, and Blue Star. 5 PM to close.
BEAUTY: Some of the hottest cosmetics companies—including Bobbi Brown, MAC, Philosophy, and Yves Saint Laurent—will be offering makeovers, manicures, and massages during the Fashionable Life Happy Hour. Swing by Hillyer Art Space at 6 PM for speciality cocktails, cuisine by Joyful Creations, and live entertainment from OC Notes. Tickets ($25) can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the door for $35.
Friday, September 9
FILM: The DC Shorts Film Festival is back with 145 films from 23 nations. During this weekend’s competition (September 8–10), film buffs can watch the shorts during 90-minute showcases, followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. Tickets ($12) can be purchased at the festival’s Web site or at the box office ($15).
HAPPY HOUR: Drink to a good cause at the Shots & Seeds Fundraiser at Blue Banana (3632 Georgia Ave., NW). Proceeds will benefit Farm to School’s Seedling Project, which provides plants for local school gardens. Enjoy live music, seedling planting on the back porch, a raffle, and drink specials. 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
FESTIVAL: Bring the whole family to Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring for the Autumn Moon Festival. The Chinese holiday celebrates the end of the fall harvesting season and is bursting with kid-friendly activities. Enjoy live performances, a bring-your-own lantern showcase, a moon cake-eating contest, tea tasting, crafts, and more. Free; 5 to 10 PM.
ART: Take a stroll through eight galleries and studios during tonight’s Bethesda Art Walk. Participating venues include Artery Plaza Gallery, California Tortilla, Upstairs Art Studio, and Washington School of Photography. Click here for a printable tour map. Free; 6 to 9 PM.
Saturday, September 10
KID-FRIENDLY: Pint-sized imaginations will run wild at Imagination Stage's ImagiFest Open House. The whole day is jam-packed with sample classes in creative drama and dance, a chalk graffiti wall, behind-the-scene tours, and previews of Mouse on the Move and Aladdin’s Luck. This event is geared towards families with children ages 1 to 10. Free; 9 AM to 4 PM.
SCAVENGER HUNT: Channel your inner-Indiana Jones during today’s National Treasures Scavenger Hunt. Scour the National Museum of American History’s attic for memorabilia like Lincoln’s top hat, Clinton’s saxophone, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, and more. For tickets ($23.50), go to the Watson Adventures Web site. 2 PM.
JAZZ: What could be better than an afternoon of craft beer and jazz? Drop by ChurchKey at 2 PM for live music and North Coast brews. Proceeds will benefit the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, a nonprofit that offers college-level training to young musicians.
FESTIVAL: Don't miss this year's Arts On Foot Festival, an annual celebration of gourmet cuisine and the arts. Browse creations by more than 115 artists, enjoy live performances from musicians and theater companies, sip on wines from around the world, sample dishes from some of DC's favorite restaurants, and more. The free festival runs through Sunday; Today's hours are 11 AM to 7 PM.
BAR HOP: Grab some friends and head to Bethesda for the fifth annual Fall Bar Tour. Ten bars will offer $2 Coors Lights, $3 Blue Moons, and food and drink specials. Participating venues include BlackFinn, Caddies, Tommy Joe’s, Parker’s, and Wing Hub, to name a few. Advance tickets ($10) can be purchased here. Registration 1 to 6 PM; Tour 1 to 9 PM.
Sunday, September 11
REMEMBRANCE DAY: This Sunday marks the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 2001. We found nine commemorative events honoring the lives of 9/11 victims, survivors, military members, and their families—including free tickets to the Newseum, special museum exhibits, classical concerts, and more. Click here for our guide to the area’s Remembrance Day events.
AFTERNOON TEA: Treat Nana and Papa to something sweet during Grandparents Day Tea at Kentlands Mansion. Enjoy an assortment of teas, sandwiches, scones, fruit, desserts, and more. And don’t worry about lugging a camera along—free digital photos will be taken at the event. Tickets ($20 adults, $15 children) can be reserved by calling the Mansion at 301-258-6425. 1:30 to 3:30 PM.
ADAMS MORGAN FESTIVAL: DC’s longest-running neighborhood festival is back for its 33rd year. Eighteenth Street, Northwest, will be brimming with live music, craft and food vendors from around the world, and a kids’ area. Free; Noon to 7 PM.
Editor's Note: This guide originally referred to some dates in August. We apologize for any confusion.
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