For Your Weekend: Veterans Day, Catharsis on the Mall, Poutinerie

Veterans Day brings a concert to the National Cathedral and a film festival to two Smithsonians

It's a long weekend for many around the D.C. area as the nation honors those who served for Veteran's Day. In addition to annual celebrations and remembrances, there's a host of birthday parties for breweries, food events and more.

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— Free and cheap things to do in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.

— Great music coming to D.C.:

Take in some gorgeous fall leaves.

Here are our top picks for your weekend:

Veteran's Day

National Veterans Day Tribute Concert
Sunday, 5 6:30 p.m., National Cathedral

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Celebrate our country’s servicemembers with the concert at the National Cathedral.

Veterans Day Film Festival
Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, The Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History and the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater in the National Air and Space Museum

A range of films honoring the experience of American military members will screen at two Smithsonian Theatres. Each screening costs $10 for adults. Film selections include "A Solemn Promise, America's Missing in Action," "The Deer Hunter" and family-friendly "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero."

Weekend Events

Colonial Market & Fair
Nov. 10 to 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mount Vernon

Step back to George Washington's era for holiday shopping. There will also be colonial-era museic, demonstrations and chocolate making! You'll need a ticket to enter Mount Vernon to go to the fair.

Friday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 9 from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m., Union Market Dock 5

Looking to make the perfect foodie Instagram post? Mark your calendars for Nov. 9-11 and check out the Emporiyum for snap-worthy finds. The event will have nearly 100 vendors from across the country serving samples and food-related products. The event will take place at Dock5 in Union Market. Access to the event is available through timed tickets ranging in price from $15 to $50.

Catharsis on the Mall
From Friday at noon to Sunday at noon, the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial

Catharsis on the Mall is D.C.'s smaller-scale version of Burning Man, complete with art installations, workshops, dancing, poetry and more under the theme Waking Up From the American Dream. While there won't be a statue of a 45-foot woman towering over the festivities this year, there will still be plenty to see. Try out a yoga class or dance to a D.J. past midnight on Friday. On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., revelers can witness the ceremonial temple burning. No food and water are for sale, so bring enough to keep you going. It's free to attend. Read more here before heading out.

Poutinerie by Air Canada
Nov. 9 to Nov. 15, noon to 10 p.m., 1351 Connecticut Ave. NW

Scarf down $5 poutine plates that range from classic fries, gravy and cheese curds to São Paulo’s Sweet Chimi-Churrasco, with carne asada and chimichurri, or Mumbai’s Baked & Buttered topped with butter chicken. Drinks cost $4 and entrance to the pop-up, which features seating areas themed after cities including London and Dubai. All proceeds with benefit Martha's Table, so you can eat as much gravy as you want without the guilt.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Baltimore

AlienCon 2018 starts Friday at the Baltimore Convention Center. Organizers say the three-day gathering will feature original programming, various exhibits, merchandise vendors and fan competitions.

Nature's Best Photography
Through September, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Tour five continents of wild animals and scenes on the second floor of the Natural History Museum. This year's can't-miss winning shot from Nelis Wolmarans captures a mother gorilla holding a baby as she sleeps.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2018
Through Nov. 25, 2018, Dupont Underground

Catch some of the best photos taken over the last year in large format and projected versions in Dupont Circle's unique underground venue.

ARTECHOUSE New Nature by Marpi
Ticketed Daily through Jan. 13, 1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C.

The interactive art space's newest exhibit takes you outside. Timed tickets cost $15 for adults.

Your Friday

The Roast to Your 15-Year-Old Self
Friday, 7 p.m., The Black Cat

Ease leftover self-doubt and angst from your teen years as comedians mercilessly mock their past selves.The show features host Alise Morales, Funny or Die's Kady Ruth, Broad City's Lily Du and more. Tickets cost $12.

DC Street Sticker EXPO 4.0
Opening night Friday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Fridge
Exhibit open until Dec. 31

Catch a collection of all D.C.'s best homegrown stickers. You'll also find DJs, sticker trading and art and book sales.

Damageable Perfection featuring 2018 Artist of the Year Euyoung Hong
Meet the artist on Friday, 6 p.m., Korean Cultural Center; Exhibit open through Nov. 30

A solo exhibition by Euyong Hong opens with a free reception including complimentary wine and refreshments. RSVP here.

Your Saturday

Pizzeria Paradiso Autumn Beer Festival
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Town Alexandria

Virginia beers including Port City Brewing's Oktoberfest and Harywood's Rum Pumpkin are the main attraction at Pizzeria Paradiso's beer festival. You can enter for free to play giant Jenga and cornhole. Sample beers cost $3 or you can buy a ticket to get a commemorative glass.

DC Punk Rock Flea
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church at 1525 Newton St NW

Vendors hawking vinyl, clothing, pins and more are setting up at St. Stephen's. Bring a donation of dry food, like cereal, peanut butter or canned veggies, for entrance. Donations go to We Are Family DC.

0.5K Underachiever’s “Run”
Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

DC Fray is sponsoring a run that requires no training, no motivation and no running. Your ticket gets you a t-shirt, a doughnut, a pretzel, a shot, two beers, a glass of prosecco and bragging rights for participating in a run. Just don't tell anyone that half a kilometer is about one-third of a mile.

Hellbender Brewing Company 4th Anniversary Party & Double Can Release
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hellbender Brewing Company at 5788 2nd Street NE

Hellbender is re-releasing it's Double Chazzwazzer Imperial IPA. Tickets are $10 and come with your first beer. Oysters and pizza will be for sale.

DC Beerathon
Saturday, Check in from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Buffalo Billards or Nellie's Sports Bar in Dupont Circle

Sample up to 26 beers at numerous bars in Dupont Circle, including Board Room, City Tap House, Kingfisher, Rebellion and more. Tickets start at $55 before fees; buy them in two-packs to save on ticket fees.

Your Sunday

Burgers and Beer on the Rooftop
Sunday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Capital View

The Capital View hotel brings together Washingtonians to share a brew and a burger. No worries if the weather isn’t great, everyone is welcome inside.

Hellbender Brewing Company 4th Anniversary Party & Double Can Release
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hellbender Brewing Company at 5788 2nd Street NE

Hellbender is re-releasing it's Double Chazzwazzer Imperial IPA. Tickets are $10 and come with your first beer. Oysters and pizza will be for sale.

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