Monday, September 19
BOOKS: The Fall for the Book festival returns to George Mason University with more than 150 authors. This year’s literary extravaganza features readings and discussions from writers of all genres—from poetry and cooking to politics and science. Noted authors include Amy Tan, Stephen King, and Abraham Verghese. The festival runs through September 23; Click here for the complete schedule. Free.
Tuesday, September 20
MUSIC: Tristan Prettyman is dropping by the Iota Club and Cafe tonight. The acoustic songwriter has collaborated with Jason Mraz and G Love. You can listen to some of her tracks here. Tickets ($18) can be purchased at the door. 8 PM.
Wednesday, September 21
BENEFIT: Tonight, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is hosting its second annual 46 Mommas: Shave for the Brave benefit at Union Station. Forty-six moms will shave their heads to honor children fighting cancer, the survivors, and those who have been lost. Free, although donations are recommended; 5 to 9 PM.
Thursday, September 22
BIKESHARE: Celebrate Capital Bikeshare’s first birthday with an evening of live music, games, and giveaways. Bring the whole family to Yards Park for moonbounce games, hoola hooping demonstrations, Smilebooth photoshoots, slow bicycle races, and more. Whole Foods will be giving away water bottles, and the first 1,000 attendees will receive a Bikeshare Birthday Bash T-shirt. Plus, several food trucks—including Red Hook Lobster Pound, Eat Wonky, and Carnivore BBQ—will be on hand, along with $5 pints from New Belgium. Free; 6 to 9 PM.