Freedom Friday

Happy Friday Everyone!

Summer is coming to end.  So as we transition to Fall, make sure to catch some great festivals in the area. And kicking off the weekend, Boyz II Men and Teedra Moses will be performing at  The Howard Theater tonight.

Enjoy your day, and I will see you on the other side of the weekend.

Love and Blessings,


This Friday is the 2 year anniversary of Messiah and Friends.  Messiah and Friends is a grassroots arts collective dedicated to showcasing excellence on a monthly basis via the independent arts community. This month our headliner is TV One Verses and Flow/BET Lyric Cafe/HBO Def Poet; Chicago’s own M’Reld Green. She will be accompanied by the following opening artists: poet E-Baby, Adeke Rose and Joe Smokes Wisdom, vocalist Mustafa Dc SoulStar and comedian Rallo Boykins. Live art by TruArtist83 and The Artist Bam and Live spins by DJ Jav.

Friday, September 7

The Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio

3804 34th St. Mt. Rainier, MD



Truckeroo is a monthly festival held June thru October showcasing food trucks from the D.C. area.

Friday, September 7

Corner of Half St. and M St., SE



DJ PHAZE & Teavolve invite you to enjoy a new Happy Hour experience for Baltimore’s Urban Professionals, Taste-makers & Music Lovers.  And a Live Musical Performance By Aaron “Ab” Abernathy.

Friday, September 8


1401 Aliceanna St
Baltimore, Maryland 21231




Classic 70s, 80s, and 90s R&B, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, House, Reggae, and more. All classics, all night. Featuring some of the nation’s top DJs. Bring your dancing shoes and be prepared to sweat!

Friday, September 7

Fever Bar and Lounge

816 H Street NE


5 bucks


The DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast. In their 9th year, the festival is showing 140 films from 27 nations — and expect hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members to mix, mingle and explore the art of short cinema.

September 6-16

Throughout the District

Click here for the schedule


For generations, the area of Union Market has been a unique gathering place where immigrants and entrepreneurs formed a diverse community centered on food distribution, earning a reputation as an international culinary collective of sights, sounds and tastes.

September 8-9

Union Market

1309 5th St NE



Come out for a Zumba Power Party in the park.

Saturday, September 8

Anacostia Skating Pavilion

1900 Anacostia Dr SE




The ninth annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival will be held in downtown Silver Spring.   The free outdoor program that has in the past starred Wynton Marsalis, Aaron Neville and Arturo Sandoval.  This year’s headliner is Sergio Mendes.

Saturday, September 8

Veterans Plaza

1 Veterans Place  Silver Spring, MD 20910




Common will be interviewed live on stage by Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan on his remarkable career as performing artist, actor, and author. Although Common will not be performing there will be several sensational acts along with the interview; Urban Artistry, Ivy Rose Band, vocalist Chessa Taboada, “Dragon Princess” Olivia Zhang, and the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute’s “Lucky Lions” and Thunder Drummers. There will also be a performance by the winner of the 2012 Paul Robeson Spoken Word contest winner.

Saturday, September 8

Lincoln Theatre

1215 U Street, NW 



The Takoma Park Folk Festival is an  annual festival featuring music and dance from around the world on eight stages in Takoma Park, Maryland. The festival also includes dance workshops, children’s activities, a crafts show and ethnic food from around the world. Kids will enjoy folk singers, interactive musical games, dancing and storytelling.

 Sunday, September 9

Takoma Park Middle School

7611 Piney Branch Road

Takoma Park, MD



Family Day at Fairground is a new area (formerly a parking lot and Das Bullpen) made up of recycled metal shipping containers. Once a month the area becomes a mecca for kids with carnival games, rides and music.  Area food trucks will be on hand to stave off the munchkins’ munchies.

Sunday, September 9

The Fairgrounds

1299 Half St. SE




The longest continuous Neighborhood Festival in DC! First held in 1978, this nationally known regional event showcases the international and cultural diversity and creativity that is the hallmark of Adams Morgan.  Featuring live music acts from all genres from Central and South America, Latin rock, salsa, jazz, to soul, funk and American rock.

Sunday, September 9

18th Street between Florida Avenue, & Columbia Road, NW



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