Weekend Happenings in the DMV: September 26th-29th
Posted on September 26, 2014

Fall has officially arrived and so have all of the Fall events! Get into the Fall spirit by attending one of the wonderful festivals and celebrations taking place all over the DMV.

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Washington, DC Events:

Crafty Bastards! Arts & Crafts Fair
Union Market, Washington DC
Time: Saturday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm
crafty bastardsCost: $5
Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists and features 140+ vendors. The event has grown to attract over 30,000 attendees who come for the fabulous array of crafts and the all-day entertainment that over the years has included b-boy battles, workshops, fire-eaters, kid-friendly rock shows, fashion shows, belly dancers and more! 

oktoberfest das bestDas Best Oktoberfest
DC Armory, Washington DC
Time: Saturday from 12pm to 6pm
Cost: $39-$59
Das Best Oktoberfest will feature all you can taste privileges for guests for over 150 unique beers, German wines and schnapps.  There will be several concessionaires offering the best sausages and German food in DC, oompah bands and polka bands, contests such as “The Best Beer Belly Competition” & “The Miss Oktoberfest Competition” and much more! Don’t forget to check out our Oktoberfest blog for some more great Oktoberfest events HERE!

Turkish Festival turkish festival
Freedom Plaza (Penn Ave), Washington DC
Time: Sunday from 11am to 7pm
Cost: Free
The Annual Turkish Festival is a family-friendly festival celebrating authentic Turkish art and culture with a rich variety of live musical and folk dance performances. The Turkish Festival will also feature hands-on activities for kids, art demonstrations, guest speakers, arts and crafts vendors and Turkish cuisine.

Maryland Events:

bobby mckeys 9.25Bobby McKey’s Kids’ Day
Bobby McKeys Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor MD
Time: Saturday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Cost: $18 for ages 2+
Enjoy the afternoon with your family and friends and Bobby McKey’s for the famous dueling piano show! The venue is normally open to adults only, but will open up for an afternoon of family fun! Kids and parents will love dancing to the tunes from the Dueling Piano Show! There is a buffet with food and drink for all ages. 

9th Annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival maryland microbrew fest
Westminster, Maryland
Time:  Saturday from 11am to 7pm
Cost:  Adult/beer sampling $20, Non-beer sampling $5. Under 12 years free.
This fun-packed festival will celebrate and promote the best of Maryland’s hand-crafted and distinctive microbrews. Fourteen breweries with over 30 types of beer, food, vendors and music!

baltimore book festThe Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore Inner harbor
Time: Friday and Saturday, Noon to 8pm & Sunday, Noon to 6pm
Cost: Free
The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.

Six Flags America Fright Fest 2014 
13710 Central Ave. Bowie, MD 20721
Time: Thru November 2nd, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm
six flags fright festCost:  $34.99 – $47.99 – Don’t forget to Contact Your Concierge about discounted admission!
Experience Maryland’s most horrific Halloween event, Fright Fest.  Six Flags America will unearth frightful fun for the entire family during their most popular event of the year. Enjoy the spookiness of Thrills by Day and the terror of Fright by Night! There is tons of family fun with Thrills by Day, noon to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday with Halloween-themed shows for the family and trick-or-treating for kids. Fright By Night when the sun goes down, the ghouls come out. Watch as the park transforms from “Thrills by Day” to “Fright by Night.”

Maryland Renaissance Festival 
1821 Crownsville Rd, Annapolis, MD
Time: Now thru October 19th
Cost: Adults $17, Children $8
Join in all the fun as they recreate a 16th century English village accompanied by crafts, pubs, jousting and more! This is one the whole family will love!
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Virginia Events:

Lovettsville Oktoberfest 
Olovettsville oktoberfestld Town Lovettsville, Lovettsville VA
Time: Saturday from 10am to 11:30pm
Cost: FREE
In celebration of Lovettsville’s German heritage, the community in Loudoun County, Virginia celebrates Oktoberfest with food, crafts, and entertainment. Oktoberfest includes over 120 street vendors set up throughout Old Town, traditional music and dancing, beer and wine! There will be a Kinderfest for the kids with FREE games, rides and activities. 

Clarendon Day 2014
Clarendon, Arlington VA
Time: Saturday from 11am to 5pm
The 17th Annual Clarendon Day will feature five great performance stages, a chili cook-off, and the best arts & crafts vendors showcasing their talents. Plus, more than a dozen local restaurants will be offering a wide range of delicious food! Last but not least with the completion of Central Park there will be a Singer Songwriter Stage at The Point hosted by Arlington’s Favorites!
clarendon day

Autumn Faire and Craft Festival
claude moore parkClaude Moore Park, Sterling VA
Time: Saturday from 11am to 5pm
Cost: FREE
Bring your friends and family to The Autumn Faire and Craft Festival at Claude Moore Park and enjoy hand-made crafts for sale by local artists, music, pumpkin painting, and scarecrow making (bring your own clothes), and see Foothill Spinners and Weavers! Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to and stop by to pet a llama, alpaca, and sheep at the petting zoo. 

Concerts at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Johnny Winter, Birchmere, Friday

Sports at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Washington Capitals vs. Boston, Verizon Center, Friday
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Carolina Panthers, M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday
  • Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins, Nats Park, Thru Sunday

Theatre at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Washington National Opera, The Kennedy Center, Friday and Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

the equalizerThe Equalizer
132 minutes
Action, Thriller
McCall, is a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. 
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo

the boxtrollsThe Boxtrolls
96 minutes
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
The Boxtrolls is a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred. Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.
Starring:  Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Simon Pegg

2 night standTwo Night Stand
86 minutes
Comedy, Romance
A no-strings-attached, online hook-up turns into a morning-after disaster for twenty-something New Yorkers Megan and Alec. When a paralyzing blizzard hits the city trapping them in Alec’s cramped Brooklyn apartment, they are forced to get to know each other far beyond the confines of a typical one-night stand.
Starring:  Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr, and Scott Mescudi