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For Your Weekend: Nerds, Punks and Broccoli City

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Shaughn Cooper

Fandoms following "Game of Thrones" and "The Avengers" are bracing for a lot of tragedies and favorite character deaths, but there are plenty of ways to take your mind off the suspense this weekend.

  • "Avengers: End Game" comes out this weekend, ending a chapter in one of the most lucrative and expansive Hollywood franchises ever
  • Check out these historic photos of past White House Easter Egg Roll events

All Weekend

Awesome Con
Washington Convention Center
April 26-28

The famous faces you've seen on "Riverdale," "The Office," "Star Trek," "Karate Kid" and "Luke Cage" are only a few fan-favorite guests at this weekend's Awesome Con.

The whole-weekend festival is sure to attract hundreds of cosplayers for meet and greets, panels, discussions, a huge exhibit on Batman and more.

Smithsonian Magazine's Future Con, a  sci-fi/horror short film fest, panels on jobs and gaming are just a few highlights from an extensive programming schedule.

Field of Tulips at CityCenterDC
April 25-27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CityCenterDC, 825 10th St. NW

This weekend, come down to the corner of 10th Street and New York Avenue to frolic in a massive field of tulips at the Park at CityCenter. Although the event is free, thousands of tulips will line the grounds for visitors to pick and purchase for $1 each. A portion of the weekend’s proceeds will be sent to D.C. Central Kitchen.

Breakin' Even Fest 2019
April 26-28
The Pie Shop (1339 H St NE Washington, D.C.)

Punk and Hardcore bands second on The Pie Shop this weekend for the renewed Breakin' Even music festival. The lineup features bands Kali Masi, Homosuperior, Worlds Scariest Police Chases, Proper, Worriers, Dollar Signs and more.

You can either snag single-day tickets (starting at $12) or weekend passes (starting at $35).

AIA Northern Virginia Architecture Week
April 20-28
Various Locations

Exhibits at the Torpedo Art Factory Center in Alexandria and sketching workshops kick off this week-long event.

"In Peak Bloom" at ARTECHOUSE
Through May 27
1238 Maryland Ave. SW

The larger-than-life main exhibit allows you to interact with a swirling cherry blossom cloud, while other rooms feature live plants that respond to your touch and augmented reality stories. Adult tickets start at $15.

Filmfest D.C.
Through May 5
Various theatres

Beginning Thursday night, the International Film Festival of D.C. will host 11 days of film screenings across the district. The festival will show 80 films, representing 45 countries, according their website.

"Traveling While Black" is sure to be a highlight. The 3D, immersive virtual reality documentary brings you inside a booth at the iconic Ben's Chili Bowl for a conversation about race, travel and the now-famous Green Book.

One Love Manassas
Through Sunday
Manassas, Virginia

Manassas' annual celebration of music and arts goes on this weekend. You can look forward to full days of music on Saturday and Sunday plus art exhibits.

For Saturday

Handmade Arlington
Swanson Middle School (5800 N. Washington Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual arts and craft show brings 60 artist-vendors and several food trucks.

National Antiracist Book Festival
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
American University Washington College of Law (4300 Nebraska Avenue Northwest)

This unique book festival aims to promote leading antiracist writers and prepare future writers.

Carol Anderson, Michael Arceneaux, Shane Bauer, Tyehimba Jess and many more authors will be present. There are a range of events, including some free film screenings and individual panels for $15. All-access passes are available for $250.

Broccoli City Festival
FedEx Field

Childish Gambino and Lil Wayne headline this music festival, which comes along with the Broccolicon community-minded conference. 

There's also a preview show on Friday night. 

Independent Bookstore Day
Times and locations vary

This national event will bring live music, authors, contests and many more fun activities to the independent bookstores of Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Celebrate small, local businesses by stopping into your neighborhood independent bookstore over the weekend.

For Sunday

Friends of the National Arboretum Garden and Plant Sale
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3501 New York Ave NE

Experts will be on-site to help you navigate this sale that includes herbs, garden accessories and more.

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