What to Do Saturday: Festivals, Concerts & Block Party

A Beautiful Weekend is Filled with Options for Fun

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REACH Campus with Video Wall from Terrace at Dusk. Photo by Richard Barnes, Courtesy The Kennedy Center

It’s looking like a beautiful weekend, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low eighties. If you’re looking to get out on the Hill and enjoy it, there’s so much for you to do this weekend!

The Reach Opening Festival runs this weekend from 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept 7 through Sunday, Sept. 22. Check out the week-long, free event and book your free passes now, as spaces are filling up fast!

The festival opens on Saturday morning with a Parade to Mark the Moment, featuring multiple performers and youth marchers. Later on Saturday, in the first of the festivals ‘Meet and Greet a Local Chef,’ you can shake the hand of Erik Burner-Yang, of Maketto or do some Tai Chi with the US Wushu Academy. Drop in to the Moonshot Studio for family drop-in activities, or visit the Virtual Reality Loung.

At 11:30 a.m., attend the opening ceremony with a Redeclaration of Creative Independence.

Skylight Pavilion and EDS Building from South. Photo by Richard Barnes Courtesy Kennedy Center

On Sunday, attend to the John Coltrane-Inspired Jazz and Meditation Service, and afterward visit the Jazz Instrument Petting Zoo. See the Second City and Kennedy Center Jazz Comedy Experiment, or experience Brandee Younger perform the Music of Alice Coltrane on the Millennium Stage.

Other performances include Grammy Winner Robert Glasper, and iconic rapper and producer Q-Tip, the Reach’s Artistic Director of Hip Hop Culture who hosts a Block Party. There will be a screening of Jim Henson in Washington DC the morning of Sunday, Sept 15 and at 7:30 p.m. that night, a 40th anniversary outdoor movie screening of The Muppet Movie and fans can take a selfie with Mo Willem’s giant Pigeon.

The full day by day schedule is available online. The event is free, but passes are required. Reserve free online passes for each day online at the Reach Festival site.

King Bullfrog performs live in Lincoln Park Sat., Sept 7. Photo: Courtesy of the US Botanic Garden

A Capitol Hill Concert with King Bullfrog takes place in Lincoln Park (between 11th and 12th Streets and East Capitol Street) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. King Bullfrog is a high-energy acoustic duo that plays music designed to get the kids up and dancing and entertain and amuse their grown-ups. Led by Capitol Hill dads Jeremiah Goulka and Steve Leroy, the concert is part of the National Park Services Concert series designed to promote the use of the park through music, reading, sports and other activities.

Ozomatli will headline La Cosecha’s Calle Latina concert and block party. Photo Courtesy: EDEN/La Cosecha
La Cosecha exterior. The market opens with a free block party Saturday. Courtesy EDEN, Photo by Daniel Swartz

Calle Latina Opening Concert and Block Party: The new Latin Marketplace La Cosecha (1270 Fourth St. NE) opens Saturday, Sept 7 with a block party that goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Calle Latina is a celebration of Latin culture and heritage that features food and drink tastings, family-fridnly activities, including arts and crafts, chef demos, retail pop-ups, live stand-up comedy and concerts including one by Grammy-winning Latin Fusion Band Ozomatlii. RSVP and get more information online