Things to Do

Where & When: What To Do This Weekend

Wondering what to do this weekend? Look no further. We've got free opera on the mall, the return of dance night Buzz, and a festival where you can taste over 100 beers from East Coast microbreweries.

Thursday, September 20: The Washington Nationals host Ladies Night Out and Home Run Happy Hour as part of the their farewell to RFK Stadium. Happy Hour includes drinks, food, prizes, giveaways, live music, and Nationals player appearances.  The team takes on the Phillies afterwards. Click here for prices and details.

If you’re looking to inject a little art into your week, head to the Corcoran (500 Seventeenth Street, NW), where filmmaker Ric Burns, whose credits include Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film, will speak about the photographer. An engaging speaker, Burns is sure to host a lively discussion. 7 PM. Admission is $30; purchase tickets here.

Friday, September 21: Buzz is back. One of the weekend’s most anticipated events is the return of the popular electronic dance night Buzz. Nation nightclub, once Buzz’s home, closed more than a year ago, a victim of development. But Fur Nightclub (33 Patterson Street, NE) has stepped up and is bringing Buzz back, much to the delight of lovers of dance and techno. To celebrate, Buzz has brought in Moby to headline the DJ booth, along with DJs Sander Van Doorn and Scott Henry. 9 PM. $25; get your tickets here.

Saturday, September 22: Cinephiles craving more movies after this past weekend’s DC Shorts Film Festival can turn their attention to the Latin American Film Festival, which kicked off Wednesday and runs through October 6. Highlights include Glue, a provocative coming-of-age story set in Patagonia from Argentinean director Alexis Dos Santos; American Film Institute alum Gerardo Naranjo’s ensemble drama, appropriately entitled Drama/Mex; and Brazil’s Fish Dreams, which won the Youth Award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. For details, click here.

The Capitol City Carnivale runs this weekend at Bull Run Park in Centreville (7700 Bull Run Drive). Want to taste more than 100 beers from Mid-Atlantic breweries? Enjoy live music from George Clinton and Southern Culture on the Skids? Take in carnival freak shows? Phew. It’s a lot to do, but it’ll be worth it. Tickets ($35 in advance, $40 at the gate) include four four-ounce beer samples. Saturday 11 to 10. Hours and prices vary on Friday and Sunday. Don’t want to drive? Organizers are running a shuttle service to and from the Vienna Metro station. Tickets are $22. Get more festival details and tickets here.

Crap DC’s concept is simple: The DJs play the best bad music you’ve ever heard (the event’s slogan is: “Bad music. On purpose”). C’mon, you can finally cop to loving that Whitney Houston or Ace of Base tune here. Dance the night away to the wonderfully terrible music for $5. Black Cat (1811 14th Street, NW); 9:30 PM.

Sunday, September 23: What exactly is breakfast pizza? I’m not quite sure, but RedRocks FireBrickPizzeria in Columbia Heights (1036 Park Road, NW) is offering it up. The new and already popular pizza joint is starting up brunch this weekend, along with a menu of omelets and Belgian waffles. Plus, for $9, you get bottomless mimosas. Check out the brunch menu here, and read our blog post about diners' thoughts on the pizzeria. Brunch is served from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Opera? But it’s so expensive. Except, not always. Tickets to the Washington National Opera’s contemporary version of Puccini’s romantic lament La Bohème during its September 15 to 30 run at the Kennedy Center are $25 to $500. (They’re available from the box office, 202-295-2400, or at But it’s free when you see it simulcast live today at 2 PM at one of a few locations: the Washington Monument, AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, or Alexandria’s Old Town Theater. (The latter two broadcasts are free, but tickets are required. Call 301-495-6720 for more information about the AFI Silver show, and 703-683-8888 for the show at Old Town Theater.) Pack a picnic, gather some blankets, and head down to the Washington Monument to enjoy the fall weather and opera on the cheap.