The Weekend Scene: What to Do Around DC Nov. 1-3

Whether you want to celebrate the Nats' victory or observe Día De Los Muertos, we've got your weekend in the D.C. area covered

— Here's everything to know about the Nationals victory parade on Saturday at 2 p.m.

— D.C. performance artist Sheldon Scott is hulling rice for days, in tribute to enslaved ancestors who did it for years.

— Plenty of haunted houses are still open this weekend

— The largest Whole Foods on the East Coast has opened in Tysons

Over the Weekend

Brilliant Baltimore
Various locations, including Inner Harbor
Nov. 1-10

This year, Baltimore is combining its annual Baltimore Book Festival and Light City events into one brilliant weekend. The city promises live performances, world-class light art installations and literary luminaries. Visitors also might recognize the "Loop" installation that once graced CityCenter DC. Ticket prices vary widely, but there are plenty of free events to check out, so peruse the schedule until a light bulb goes off for you.

Superfine Art Fair
Through Nov. 3
Dock 5 at Union Market

Get the chance to talk directly to over 80 up-and-coming local and global artists and enthusiastic art curators at the Superfine Art Fair. Catch a Master Class-style discussion on artist entrepreneurship on Friday or be the first to see newly unveiled visual installation by artist District Dodger. Organizers say affordable art will be highlighted — so even the casual arts seeker can spruce up their space.

The event is in partnership with Gallaudet University and guided American Sign Language tours are available. Online day-trip tickets are $15 and tickets for the weekend start at $25.

Free Pick
Día De Los Muertos Weekend Festival

When: Nov. 2- 3, 10 a.m.
Where: National Museum of the American Indian (Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560)

Celebrate Día de los Muertos during the two-day event at the National Museum of the American Indian. Experience the interactive mural from artist Lilia Ramirez featuring a depiction of the famous La Catrina. Make paper marigolds for alters that honor loved ones that have passed away. This celebration will feature a traditional ofrenda created by National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza with her daughter Rosanna Esparza Ahrens.


Art on Tap
Nov. 1, 7-10 p.m.
The Art League (105 N Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314)

This event will be wrapping up art, food and beer all into one delightful bundle. Local brews and bites are paired with artwork on display by Alexandria's The Art League, with local mainstays like Wild Kombucha and Port City providing drinks and RedRocks and Hank's Pasta Bar among food vendors. Stick around to vote for the Art on Tap Popular Choice Award! Tickets at the door $45 for this 21+ event.

The Sporkful Podcast Live
Nov. 1, 8 p.m.
Miracle Theatre (535 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003)

Ready your taste buds for this event proclaimed to be "made for eaters". Guest and author of “Notes from a Young Black Chef” Kwame Onwuachi will join host Dan Pashman during a live taping of the top food podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tickets are $18.


Free Pick
Washington Nationals Championship Parade
Nov. 2, 2-5 p.m.
Constitution Avenue NW at 15th Street NW

Celebrate the Washington Nationals’ World Series win this Saturday. The parade will start at the corner of Constitution Avenue NW and 15th Street NW and will end on Pennsylvania Avenue NW at Third Street NW. Mayor Bowser’s office encourages using public transportation as parking is expected to be extremely limited.

Here's everything you need to know, including the best Metro stations to use.

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Side Yards
The Yards DC
Nov. 2, 5-9 p.m.

This night of freaky fun is returning with several unusual acts. An aerialist, escape artist, sword swallower and tight rope walker will all be performing their talents at The Yards DC. Don't forget to check out the food and drink specials, which include offerings from Ice Cream Jubilee, Due South and Agua 301.

Day of the Dead Gala at The Mexican Embassy (Cultural Institute)
Mexican Cultural Institute DC (2829 16th St. NW)
Nov. 2, 8:15-11:45 p.m.

Celebrate the spirit of Día de los Muertos at the Mexican Cultural Institute. This black tie preferred/masquerade attire encouraged affair will feature a masquerade contest, Day of the Dead buffet and late night dancing. See the historic mansion and enjoy the open bar during this 21+ event. Tickets $130.

Free Pick
Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR Event)
Nov. 2, 5- 7 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20001)

Watch as autonomous drones race through the skies at the National Drone Racing League’s Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing event. Activities start at 3:30 p.m. with panel discussions about topics in artificial intelligence. At 5 p.m., nine of the best artificial intelligence teams will go head-to-head as they program their drones to race without GPS or human guidance. You won't want to miss this high-stakes event with a $1 million cash prize on the line.

DC Beer Fest
Nov 2., noon to 3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003)

The District’s largest beer festival is back at the Nationals Park. You’ll have the chance to taste a variety of brews from over 80 vendors throughout the stadium. Don’t miss out on food trucks and games on the Nationals lawn. General admission tickets start at $45.

Basking in the post-World Series glory is free and available in endless portions.

Free Pick
Dia de los Muertos at the National Portrait Gallery
Nov. 2, 5-8:30 p.m.
The National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard (8th and F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001)

Mexican folk dancing, artist demonstrations and art workshops all color the National Portrait Gallery vibrant celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes for the live music performance.


Free Pick
2019 D.C Tweed Ride
Nov. 3, 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location given upon registration

Take a leisurely ride in the autumn weather during the 11th annual Tweed Ride. Almost all two-wheeled transportation methods are welcome to this 10-mile ride. Riders will gather at 11 a.m. and start riding at noon. Don’t forget to bring a picnic-style lunch or snack for the mid-ride break. Afterwards, you can join riders for a gathering at Roofers Union for music, dancing and more socializing with other bike riders. 

Happier Hour: An Evening with Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft
Nov. 3, 6 p.m.
Sixth & I( 600 I St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001) 

Bestselling author or "The Happiness Project" and podcast host Gretchen Rubin talks with her sister Elizabeth Craft about living a happier and more creative life. Tickets start at $35.

Home Game Roundup

  • The Capitals are home this weekend to play Buffalo on Friday at 7 p.m. and Calgary on Sunday at 7 p.m.
  • The Wizards face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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