Freedom Friday: The Fall Festival Edition

Hello Friends,

Happy Friday!

Fall is starting off great!  There are a lot of art and cultural festivals going on this weekend you should check out.  On Saturday, there is the Taste of Bethesda , Fall for Fairfax Festival, and on Sunday, the Turkish Festival and the Russian Bazaar.  The Maryland Renaissance Festival is going on until October 23.  Also, there are two Andy Warhol exhibits in DC.  Check out some more events below!

Peace, ThatKellieGirl

Truckeroo is a monthly festival held June thru October at the corner of showcasing food trucks from the DMV.

Saturday, September 30

Half St. and M St., SE (across from the Navy Yard)



Africa Underground is back with an evening of delights.  Coming on the heels of a hugely successful second installment of African Underground in May, this edition will also see the museum’s doors held open after hours, giving revelers the chance to enjoy refreshments, dance, and experience the museum’s exhibitions, ambiance and performances from around the continent.  Featuring entertainment by Sahel, Eme and Heteru, Korto Momolou, with ‘Afrobeat’ face painting by lunchbox theory and music spun by DJ Underdog throughout the night. 

Friday, September 30

National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Avenue, SW

7 to 11 p.m.

25 bucks

Get tickets here


The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the U.S. drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation’s most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om’Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African-American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle—including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles—give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution. Featuring music by The Roots and Michael Jackson.

Friday, September 30


555 11th St., NW


20 bucks

Ticket includes movie and drinks

Drinks and discussion afterwards at:

Goethe Institut

812 7th Street NW


Tonight (9/30), James Brown vs. Stevie Wonder Soul-Off with DJ Soul Call Paul!  C

Friday, September 30

 Black Cat

1811 14th St NW


5 bucks 


E.Z. Mo Breezy Presents GRITS & BISCUITS Party: A Dirty South Set – D.C. Edition!  DJ Square Biz will be spinning Dirty South music all night long!!!!! UGK, Outkast, Lil Wayne, Luke, 2 Live Crew, Cash Money, No Limit, Rick Ross, and more!!!!

Friday September 30


2001 11th St SE


10 bucks


Rapper, singer, record producer, composer and fashion designer are all labels a part of his repertoire, but we call Pharrell a tastemaker- in more ways than one. With the debut of his new drink, Qream, Pharrell makes a much-anticipated appearance to host this week’s Park Fridays.

Friday, September 30

The Park 14th

920 14th St NW


Free with RSVP

Must RSVP by 3pm Fri Sept 30th here


Prior to the official opening of 30 Americans on October 1, please join us for a fabulous evening of poolside music, drinks, food, and special surprises with the 30 Americans artist and event’s host, Kehinde Wiley. Featuring music by DJ Jahsonic and DJ Keenan, and a live performance by Howard University’s Showtime Marching Band and Ooh-La-La Dancers.

Friday, September 30

Capitol Skyline Hotel

10 I St SW


35 bucks

Tickets include BBQ and drink

Get tickets here


Opening this weekend, 30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African-American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

October 1-Feburary 12


500 Seventeenth Street NW

Click here for daily schedule


Now in its 8th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. The fair is all-day, outdoors, free to attend, and will offer goods for sale, food, entertainment, prizes, and more!

Saturday, October 1

18th St NW and Wyoming Avenue




Experience the cultures of many countries as you travel around the world in one day at the Bowie International Festival.  From a Chinese dragon to Celtic music, to the dancers of Europe and Bolivia, the bands of Germany and Latin America, and the rhythms of Africa, there’s entertainment for everyone. There’s also food from different countries and artisans selling everything from Colombian jewelry to clothing from Ghana and crafts from many countries.  For children, there’s an International magic show and lots of activities and games to try throughout the day.

Saturday, October 1

Allen Pond Park

3330 Northview Drive, Bowie




There will be various speakers and dialogue about the next steps in the fight against the death penalty and the industrialized prison complex. If you are not able to meet at Tivoli Square, come directly to St. Stephens at 1PM.
Saturday, October 1
Tivoli Square
14th St NW and Park Rd NW
11Am-1 PM: Various speakers
1PM: March to St. Stephen’s Church (1525 Newton Street NW)

Come check out a cool night of fashion , music , art and network  hosted by Planet Maud Vintage & Co.  Hope to see you there as the finest in vintage wear will be for sale.

Saturday, October 1

The Allegro Apartments

3460 14th Street, NW (in the Party Room downstairs)

Noon to 6PM


ESL & Lil SoSo Productions present SOL POWER ALLSTARS with Meistro, Deep Sang & DJ Stylus w/ Boogie on Percussion.

Saturday, October 1


1212 18th St NW


10 bucks


Shine On Me, Very Smart Brothas & Just Cause Events present REMINISCE with DJ SUPA QOOL and DJ QUARTERMAINE.

Saturday, October 1


2001 11th t NW


Free before 11PM, 10 bucks after


The Takoma Park Street Festival is a family friendly music and crafts festival in downtown Old Takoma. Hosted by the Old Takoma Business Association, the festival brings an eclectic mix of live music, artisans, community organizations, children’s activities and food vendors to this daylong event.  Join us on the first Sunday of October and enjoy our lovely Main Street!

Sunday, October 2

Carroll Avenue in Old Takoma, Takoma, MD




As an annual All-Out celebration of the Brazilian culture, BRAZIL DAY DC 2011 promises to be a smashing hit. This inaugural celebration will bring on stage some of the most talented Brazilian performers from all around the Greater-Washington region. Performances will range from Jazz, Samba, Bossa Nova, Frevo and MPB, to various traditional and regional Dances and Martial Arts demonstrations. Vendors and exhibitors will delight our visitors with an array of traditional Brazilian Foods and Drinks, Clothing, Fashion Accessories, Arts, Decor, Literature and more.

Sunday, October 2

The Yards Park

10 Water St SE



Have a safe weekend! 🙂


  1. Thank you so much for the wealth of information you provided. I was raised right here in the DMV (district, maryland, and virginia) in Alexandria, Va. One thing that I love about this area, is that there is always…always some new culture to check out, some new art, some new WHATEVER! You can never be bored right here in this area. So, I appreciate you providing a weekend capture, b/c now I don’t have to search. It’s all in your blog…I always wanted to check out Andy Warhol and now I will. Thanks so much!

    Peace and Be Light!

    • Thank so much! That really means a lot to me. The purpose of this blog is to encourage people to do what they love or always wanted to do! So I try to let readers know about diverse events…arts, cultural, family oriented, various music genres, etc. Also, make sure you like my fb or twitter page so you can find out about events during the week. When you make it to the Warhol exhibit, please let me know about your experience. Peace.

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