Freedom Friday: The Fall Edition

Hey Good Folks!

TGIF. 🙂

Today is the official first day of fall!  As much as I love summer, I am not sad to see the hot and humid temperatures leave.  I am looking forward to the cool temperatures, the warm clothing, the hats, the scarves, the boots (I love my boots!), the beautiful colored leaves, the pumpkins patches and hay rides.  I guess my midwest sensibilities are showing! 🙂  So the season is just right for all of the fabulous festivals that are kicking off this weekend.  There are some great events for everyone.  You can start off  with some political networking and socializing at the 2011 Annual Legislative Caucus for the Congress Black Caucus at the Washington Convention Center.  If you can’t make it down there, you can watch parts of the conference on their webcast.  You also can visit the free showcase exhibits to check out job opportunities, businesses and the author’s pavilion.  There are also various receptions and parties throughout the city. 

If you prefer to shed the suit and tie for the weekend, Kindred will be performing at the Birchmere on Sunday.

Make sure to stay safe out there. Enjoy!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza ends its concert series with the Godfather of G0-Go, Chuck Brown.

Friday, September 23

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

5PM

FREE

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The Adamawa Project is helping our sisters living in rural Cameroon, please come and learn more about our project, even consider taking an affordable quilt home with you!

Friday, September 23

Anacostia Art Gallery
 
2806 Bruce Place SE
 
6-8PM
 
FREE

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This year, Nickelodeon is bringing Worldwide Day of Play to D.C.! You and your family are invited to celebrate with a day of family friendly activities hosted by the best in professional and youth sports, health and wellness and community partners. The stars from iCarly, Victorious, Bucket and Skinner, True Jackson VP and Family Brain Surge will all be there along with a Big Time Rush concert.

Saturday, September 24

The Ellipse on the National Mall

10AM- 4PM

FREE

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For the third year this fall, The Green Living Expo will celebrate and share ideas and practices for environmentally responsible living.  This event began with a vision – a path to greening our homes and neighborhoods through grassroots awareness and education. It will help you understand what it means to live green and the steps you can take to make a difference for a greener community.

Saturday, September 24

UDC/Van Ness Metro Plaza

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW

2-6PM

FREE

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Barracks Row Main Street’s Annual Street Festival includes a military chefs cook off competition, a performance by the Silent Drill Platoon, a car show, a generous area for children’s activities, routines by the Redskins Cheerleaders, and music all day long at our large, centrally located stage.

Saturday, September 24

Barracks Row

500 to 700 blocks of 8th Street, SE

11AM to 5PM

FREE

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I truly enjoy this event!

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon began this week in Washington DC. It is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate students from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, highly energy-efficient, attractive, and easy to live in. The competition shows consumers how to save money and energy with affordable clean energy products and culminates in a display of affordable green living and design.  The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Team houses will be open to the public and the overall winner will be announced on October 1.
 

September 22- October 2

National Mall

West Potomac Park

Free

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Come to the 11th Annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event.  More than 80 authors will headline the two-day National Book Festival, including David McCullough, Russell Banks, Dave Eggers, Terry McMillan, Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha Mukherjee and Jennifer Egan, Garrison Keillor, Amy Chua and Toni Morrison.

September 24 and 25

National Mall

Between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

Saturday, Sept. 24: 10AM to 5:30PM
Sunday, Sept. 25: 1 to 5:30PM

FREE

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The 16th Annual Baltimore Book Festival will welcome a myriad of local and national authors. So far, the festival author lineup includes: Common, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Roland Martin, Terry McMillan, Tavis Smiley, Shirley Strawberry and many more.

September 23 to 25

Mount Vernon Place

600 block North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD

Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September, 24- Noon to 8PM

Sunday, September 25- Noon to 7PM

FREE

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The Kunte Kinta Festival is an annual event raises an awareness of the African-American heritage and the common challenges encountered by all ethnic groups striving to preserve their culture. This year’s festival will continue with the tradition of providing a variety of entertainers performing on the main stage and in the dining tent.

Saturday, September 24

Annapolis City Dock

1 Dock Street

Annapolis, MD 21401

10AM-7PM

FREE

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The 2nd Annual Pan-African Festival will include live cultural performances by country representative groups, live performances by African artists, arts & craft exhibits, and a taste of exotic African cuisine. 
 
Saturday, September 24
 
Silver Spring Civic Center
 
One Veterans Plaza, 850 Ellsworth Drive
 
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 
1PM-10PM
 
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The DC VegFest is a FREE outdoor festival celebrating the very best of everything vegetarian in and around the nation’s capital. There are so many reasons to choose vegetarian foods—for our health, the planet, and animals—and Washington, D.C. offers wonderful opportunities to explore meatless cuisine.

Saturday, September 24

George Washington University
at the Univ. Yard, 2000 blk of H St., NW, DC

11AM-6PM

Free

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The Hyattsville Arts Festival is an annual celebration at the Arts District Hyattsville highlighting the most talented artisans in the Washington DC area. More than 50 local artisans will be displaying their work this year alongside feature performances by musicians, dancers, and street performers.

Saturday, September 24

5500 Baltimore Ave

Hyattsville, MD

11AM-5PM

Free

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Visit the (e)merge art fair  to celebrate galleries, artists, and the creative process with an an energetic environment of collaboration and discovery.

September 22-25

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 “I” Street, SW
Washington D.C., DC 20024

Friday, September 23: 12pm – 7pm
 Saturday, September 24: 12pm – 7pm
Sunday, September 25: 12pm – 5pm

Get tickets here.

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I am quite excited about this event!

Art All Night : Nuit Blanche DC is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, stretching from the heart of Chinatown to the Shaw neighborhood.  Watch as DC’s creative community re-imagines public and private space and invites us all to see our city anew. Indoor and outdoor venues will showcase work by artists in a diverse range of media – with vibrant visual arts, street performances, live music, and DJs contributing to an unprecedented mash-up of cultural experiences in the nation’s capital.

Make sure to stop to see beautiful jewelry from Artyaya and photos showcasing DC’s evolution from the photographer extraordinaire,  Jati Lindsay.

Saturday, September 24

Chinatown to Shaw Neighborhood

7PM-3AM

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Every 4th Saturday, Axel F celebrates the best in champagne soul, jheri curl funk and nu wave music from past and present. And laser boogie!  With DJs Jahsonic, Stylus and Adrian Loving.  Our philosophy is the funkier, synth-ier and crazier, the better.

Saturday, September 24

LIV 2001 11th St NW

10PM-3AM

Free before midnight, 5 bucks after

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I’LL House You (IHU) with Oscar P & Friends is a New York based deep and soulful house monthly event. DJs associated with the brand include Terry, Mr V., Davidson Ospina, Duce Martinez, Ray Vazquez, Brian Coxx and many more. IHU has provided a diversity of artists the opportunity to showcase their talents by offering live art exhibits and performances.

Saturday, September 24

Sweet Spot

1140 19th St NW

10 bucks

Get tickets here

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This Saturday, the Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day offers free admission to more than 1,300 museums across the country. This year donations will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® foundation. You may download a Museum Day Ticket at here.
 
Saturday, September 24
 
Click here to find participating museums.

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Fiesta DC is an annual celebration highlighting the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine. The festival coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15).

Sunday, September 25

Mt. Pleasant St. NW, between Argonne Pl. and Park Rd.
 
12 – 7PM
Parade: 1:30 – 3:30PM

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This special edition of Community Service will feature DC’s top house heavy hitter djs inclusive of Sam “the man” Burns, Jahsonic, Dj Underdog and DJ I:Wah… Be there!!

Sunday, September 25

Patty Boom Boom

1359 U St. NW

9-11PM

Free

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This Sunday is Daylight.  Come dressed to sweat and get your groove on to the best in old school soul, house, hip-hop and RnB!

Sunday, September 25

Liv

2001 12th St NW

7PM-Midnight

5 bucks

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