smithsonian

From a press release:

“The Smithsonian will host a free, two-day festival Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall to kick off the holiday season. A wide selection of festive events, trunk shows, activities and seasonal décor will be available at participating museums and galleries, including musical performances by U.S. Air Force Band High Flight and free screenings of The Muppet Christmas Carol. (more…)

ncb

In other smoking news.

From a press release:

“The National Cannabis Festival production team today announced Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde and Backyard Band as the headliners for the second annual event  taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds.

“The National Cannabis Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that uses music and art to educate the community about their rights and the most pressing cannabis policy issues,” said Caroline Phillips, founder of National Cannabis Festival, “We are incredibly excited to have hip hop legends Talib Kweli and The Pharcyde performing at the festival. Their energy and vibe is the perfect fit and we feel lucky to have artists that can both entertain and educate our audience.”

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cherry_blossom_final

So we got that going for us too!!

From a press release:

“2017 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL LOOKS AHEAD TO SPRING

Celebrating 90 years since the first Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Atsuyuki Oike, Deputy Chief of Mission of The Embassy of Japan, sponsors, and stakeholders joined at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a preview of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 16). Speakers at the launch, presented by Guest Services, Inc., announced new and expanded events and kicked off the 90th anniversary of the first Festival.

The 2017 official artwork was unveiled (pictured above). The artwork was created by Naturel, a DC-based artist whose talents have also attracted the eyes and ears of celebrity clients such as Swizz Beatz, Rihanna, Spike Lee, Paul Rosenberg and LeBron James, among many others. (more…)

ivy-city

From the Facebook:

“Sunday at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
The Park at Capitol Ave and Mt. Olivet Rd.

Celebrate the stories and spirit of Ivy City!

+ Enjoy free food
+ Listen to live perfomances by local Ivy City artists
+ Screenprint your own free t-shirt

We’ll also celebrate the big “reveal” of the brand new IVY CITY sign that #theRealIvyCity youth created with the support of the Screenprinting Team at The Sanctuaries. More info below. (more…)

chili-challenge

Tickets here and don’t forget to enter the cornbread challenge!!

“North Capitol Main Street is excited to announce our first annual chili challenge featuring chili entries from five of our local restaurants!! It will be a good time to be had by all! Warm apple cider, DC Brau, games for the kids and friendly competition for the adults. If you make a mean cornbread enter the cornbread challenge by emailing me at [email protected] and if you think you can handle the heat come prepared to compete in our hot pepper eating contest.”

popville

It is fixing to be a pretty good time

Boundary Stone
116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Thursday, November 10 at 6 PM – ???

RSVP if you can or if you just want to have a reminder in your Facebook:

Come celebrate 10 years of love, hate, frustration, elation, joy, pain and pets! There will be live music from AZTEC SUN starting around 9pm and lots of beer! And whiskey. God help us. However, the following day is a federal holiday so we got that going for us too. Hope to see lot of familiar and new faces!!

luis-fitch-installation
2829 16th St, NW courtesy Mexican Cultural Institute

From a press release:

“Opening celebration October 29 from 12:00 – 4:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

Don’t miss the Mexican Cultural Institute’s annual Day of the Dead celebration! This well-known community event is a quintessentially Mexican tradition and one of our most colorful displays of the year.

This year’s celebration will feature an installation piece by Mexican designer and creative director Luis Fitch. Fitch, the director of UNO Branding, will construct an altar-like installation evoking the aesthetics of papel picado, the festive punched paper often used as a symbol in Day of the Dead altars. It will be on view through November 14.

Additionally, the MCI will have a traditional altar dedicated to famed Mexican musician Juan Gabriel, who died earlier this year. (more…)

compass-rose
1346 T Street, NW

From Compass Rose:

“DIVAS FROM THE DEAD

~HALLOWEEN 2016~

The spirits of the dead have moved us to celebrate Halloween weekend in honor of all of the divas who have passed. We’re hosting three days of Halloween events, enough time to honor all of the divas.

Saturday, October 29th

We’re bringing back Rose’s House Party, hosted by the spirit of Frida Khalo. We will have a DJ playing all the Old School Hip Hop, featuring divas who have gone before us, just like Frida. Starts at 11:00pm!

Sunday, October 30th (more…)