Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend (September 28 – October 1): IOTA’s Closing, Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance, and an Interactive Exhibit

Photo caption: ARTECHOUSE’s new interactive exhibit, “Spirit of Autumn,” runs through November 5. Image courtesy ARTECHOUSE.


BEER Roofers Union hosts an Oktoberfest party featuring seasonal beers and food. There will be a trivia contest and a costume contest, so wear your best lederhosen or dirndls—the winners of both events will take home oversized beer boots. 7:30 PM.

AVIATION To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, National Geographic is hosting an event titled “Finding Amelia,” where experts will share in their knowledge of what happened to this legendary female aviator on the day she disappeared. Speakers include National Geographic archaeologist-in-residence Frederick Hiebert and National Geographic magazine writer Rachel Shea. $25, 7:30 PM.

FASHION The eighth annual Cosmo Couture is a fashion and interior design fundraising event at the Howard Theatre. The event, which benefits Rebuilding Together of Washington, DC, includes a runway show featuring a collaboration between local architecture and interior design firms and their manufacturing partners. Garments are created reflecting this year’s theme, “environment”. Tickets $100-$1,200, 5:30 PM.


ART Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center opens an exhibit of Georgia printmaker Chadwick Tolley called “I Hope You Find What You Are Looking For.” Tolley collects and compiles images into visual collages, gathering cultural symbols and rearranging them into new narratives. Through October 27.

COMEDY Stand-up comics Brendon Walsh and Randy Liedtke from Comedy Central’s @midnight will be at Drafthouse Comedy this weekend. Walsh also appeared on the fourth season of Last Comic Standing and is currently a writer for Disney’s Pickle & Peanut; Liedtke has appeared on IFC’s Maron and and lent his voice to a few episodes of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. Tickets $20, two shows each on Friday and Saturday.


FESTIVAL DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation presents DPR Rec Day at Randall Field at South Capitol and I streets, SW. The field will be full of activities for all ages, including kickball, tennis, ultimate frisbee, and cycle classes, as well as moon bounces and arts and crafts for kids. Dog owners are encouraged to bring their canines to swim in Randall pool for a special edition of DPR’s “Doggie Day Swim.” Free, 11 AM.

MUSIC Longtime Clarendon music venue IOTA announced earlier this month that it would be closing after 23 years. The club is going out in style, with a all-day lineup of musicians who have graced the venue’s stage, such as live looper Margot MacDonald, rock band No Second Troy, and singer-songwriter Andy Zipf’s band The Cowards Choir. Tickets $10, noon.

SHOPPING Pop-Up market American Field features a collection of innovative brands of fashion and lifestyle companies, such as Ball and Buck, Brothers Artisan Oil, Anarke Jeans, and allows shoppers to connect directly with craftspeople. The pop-up will be held at Union Market. Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

MUSIC Local a cappella group the Capital Hearings constantly expands the breadth of the music it performs, from choral pieces to the Great American Songbook to pop and indie songwriters. The group’s fall concert at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, “Path To Here,” will celebrate its newest studio album, When the Night is New. Tickets $20, 8 PM.


ART ARTECHOUSE’s new exhibit, “Spirit of Autumn,” allows guests to transform the exhibit space into a collaborative fall environment. Visitors can watch their drawings be incorporated onto a wall projection and interact via movement with colors on the gallery floor. ARTECHOUSE is also debuting its augmented-reality app with this new exhibit. Through November 5. Tickets $8-20.

WINE Bethesda Row’s wine tour Perfect Pairings returns for its fifth year. Wine lovers can enjoy over 20 wine tastings from around the world alongside tapas-style dishes at each stop along the way. Participating restaurants include Jaleo, Lebanese Taverna, Cork & Fork. Tickets $45-50 , 1 PM.

FESTIVAL The 36th annual Takoma Park Street Festival runs from DC to Maryland on Carroll Avenue (on the Maryland side) and Carroll Street NW (on the DC side). The festival will feature a mix of local artists, food vendors, non-profits, and activities for kids. Free, 10 AM.