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For Your Weekend: Oktoberfest, Free Museum Admission



    You'll have to fit two seasons worth of fun into one weekend: Saturday is the last day of summer, making Sunday the first day of fall. Here are our top picks as you say goodbye to beaches and hello to Oktoberfest and scarves. 

    But first:

    — Halloween season is upon us! Get ready to be spooked:

    — Nothing beats free. We've got you covered on fun, free and cheap things to do in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

    — Fall got you feeling festive? Check out these fall festivals across the D.C. area.

    — Outdoor movies don't end because summer does.

    — Eat a Michelin approved meal at a good-value price

    Here are our top picks for your weekend:

    Capital Home Show
    Sept. 21 to 23, Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va.

    Whether you're looking for ideas for your own home or merely want to dream, the Capital Home Show has expertise and inspiration. Vern Yip of TLC's "Trading Spaces" is scheduled to give a talk on wise home design. There will also be exhibitors and DIY workshops. Tickets start at $7 for adults.

    AFI Latin American Film Festival
    Sept. 13 to Oct. 3, AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring

    Catch some of the breakouts of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese cinema, including crime drama "Birds of Passage," a documentary on Bolivian hip-hop artist Abraham Bojórquez, and a Latin take on Shakespeare's "Othello" titled "Pablo's World." The festival will also offer a number of screenings with special receptions, Q&A sessions and cocktail hours. See a full schedule on the theater's website. Tickets cost $15 for non-members, and there are $200 passes if you plan on attending many of the movies and events.

    Maryland Renaissance Festival
    Weekends through Oct. 21, Crownsville, Maryland

    Hear ye! Hear ye! Don your best 15th-century garb and grab a turkey leg at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Performances, including jousting, music, science demos and Shakespeare, are plentiful. Check out the schedule in advance so you don't miss your favorite thing. Tickets are discounted through Sept. 9; they cost $19 for adults.

    Sports and Sporting


    Sunday, 1 p.m. - The Redskins will take on the Packers

    D.C. United

    Sunday, 1 p.m. - D.C. United will hit the field against the New York Red Bulls


    The Nationals are at home and facing the Mets.

    Friday, 7:05 p.m. — Oktoberfest
    Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
    Sunday, 1:35 p.m.

    Your Saturday

    7th Annual Wiener 500
    Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Yards Park

    Anyone can enjoy a wiener dog race. If you are one of the lucky owners of a wiener dog, though, get practicing: This run has $500 in prize money.

    King Street Art Festival
    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Alexandria

    Historic Alexandria will fill with artists and their crafts during the King Street Art Festival. Just show up at King Street: The fest is free. The festival was rescheduled from Sept. 15 and 16 because of Hurricane Florence.

    Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival
    Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., National Harbor

    Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival will satisfy your seafood craving this fall. You can also make your own bloody mary and sample endless wine. Tickets start at $40 in advance or $55 at the festival site in National Harbor (137 National Plaza, National Harbor, Maryland).

    Dacha Oktoberfest
    Saturday, 11 a.m., Dacha Beer Garden

    Shaw's Dacha will tap a keg from one of the oldest breweries in the world to kick of Oktoberfest! Show up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. if you want to enter a costume contest and enjoy some German-style day drinking.

    Heurich Oktoberfest: Lagers Strike Back
    Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Heurich House Museum

    It's time to get intellectual about beer! Specifically, lager beers. Set aside your pale ale snobbery to learn about and sip good, cool-brewed pints with Chophouse brewmaster Barrett Lauer. Tickets start at $15.

    Poets for Puerto Rico
    Saturday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., American Poetry Museum

    One year after Hurricane Maria, poets are gathering to remember and raise money for victims. The suggested donation is $20.

    Trillectro 2018
    Saturday, Merriweather Post Pavilion

    SZA, 2 Chainz and RL Grime headline this electronic-heavy, one-day festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Lawn tickets start at $75.

    Smithsonian Museum Day
    Saturday, various museums participating

    Download a ticket in advance to visit dozens of museums throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia for free! Museums that typically charge an entrance fee agreed to waive them on Saturday, including the Newseum, Dumbarton House and The Phillips Collection. Choose carefully, though, because you're only allowed one ticket per email.

    National Public Lands Day
    Saturday, various times and locations

    Here's your chance to spend the last day of summer outdoors while helping beautify public lands. Rock Creek Park, Gravelly Point and other D.C. parks are looking for volunteers.

    Your Sunday

    Historic Homebrewing: Viennese, Bavarian and Oktoberfest Lagers
    Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hill Center

    Dive deep into a pint of Oktoberfest's signature beer, the lager. This $75 class is taught by Lost Lagers' beer experts Mike Stein and Pete Jones, who will lead a journey into the history and varieties of lagers.

    Taste of Georgetown
    Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Georgetown Waterfront

    Gather on K Street near the Georgetown Waterfront for the Taste of Georgetown. More than 30 restaurants from the neighborhood will serve food and supply goodies for eating competitions. This year, festival goers can also sip wine and beer as they browse. It’s free to enter, and pre-sale discounted food tickets have already gone on sale.

    DC State Fair
    Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Southwest Waterfront Metro

    Enjoy the fun of a county fair right in the city, but don't expect carnival rides here. The D.C. State Fair (Waterfront Metro Station, 375 and 425 M streets SW) will feature arts and crafts vendors, a pet parade and contests, including best homebrew, best donuts, best mumbo sauce and best compost (yes, you read that right). You'll also find plenty of food vendors, of course. The fair's been held in many different locations since its first annual event in 2010, and this year, it's back at the Southwest Waterfront.

    MakeHER Mart
    Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts

    This weekend, you can shop inside the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The fair costs $10 to enter.

    CORRECTION (Sept. 20, 12:36 p.m.): An earlier version of this story listed the incorrect date for MakeHER Mart.

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