Freedom Friday

Courtesy of WaPo
Courtesy of WaPo

Hello Beautiful People

As we wait for Congress to compromise on the budget or shut the government down on Monday (which is btw ridiculous), enjoy some great festivals and events in the area.  Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl


Constantly performing and recording since the 1960″”s, he is the most well-known jazz vibraphonists. He has produced some of the most loved modern soul-jazz records of all time. Classics beyond genre such as, “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, most influential afro-jazz with musician Fela Kuti, “Africa – Centre Of The World”, and the most seminal jazz-funk, such as “Running Away”.

September 26-29

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Click here for tickets and times



Jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt is an up and coming firebrand in the tradition of Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. A California native, Jeremy Pelt arrived in New York in 1998 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Once he got there, it wasn’t long before he started being noticed by a lot of top musicians in the city. His first professional Jazz gig was playing with the Mingus Big Band. Pelt has performed and/or recorded with some of the jazz world’s most high-profile players including Roy Hargrove, Ravi Coltrane, Greg Osby, Cassandra Wilson and the Mingus Big Band among others

September 27-28

Bohemian Caverns

2001 11th St. NW

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An imagined conversation between Trayvon Martin, Emmitt Till, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo is the subject of this fascinating new play by Thais Francis.  Impassioned by the death of Trayvon Martin, Francis has created an engrossing dialogue that explores the lives and violent deaths of these men, addressing what can be the dangerous vulnerability of being a young black man.

September 27 & 28

Publick Playhouse

5445 Landover Rd, Cheverly 20784

10 bucks

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DC Fashion Week is a weeklong event that highlights fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling as well as enhances the visibility of the nation’s capital as a center of international fashion. DC Fashion Week produces runway events twice a year (February/September) at multiple venues throughout Washington, DC.

September 23-29

Throughout the District

Click here for schedule and tixs



In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket… for free.

Saturday, September 28

Throughout the DMV

Click here for a list

Click here to download free ticket




SW ArtsFest, an annual neighborhood arts festival, will highlight art and culture in Washington’s smallest quadrant, Southwest. The festival’s lineup includes outdoor art and flea markets, a bicycle parade, live music, dance, film, opera, food, a children’s outdoor art studio, walking tours, and more. SW DC Arts Festival pleased to highlight the culinary arts this year. In addition to simply offering great places to eat, we are especially emphasizing the care and art that goes into preparing a delicious plate of food.

Saturday, September 28

Throughout SW DC

Click here for schedule

9AM until dark



dc flea

The District Flea is very excited to announce its opening this fall in the U Street Corridor. A collaboration between local vendors and the people that started the Brooklyn Flea, our market will feature antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by artisans from in and around DC, New York, Baltimore, and Philly. And of course, delicious fresh food!

September 14th – October 19th

At 945 Florida Avenue, NW

10AM -5PM




Figment DC Interactive Arts Festival is a free, outdoor, interactive visual and performing arts festival include hands-on demonstrations, classes, crafting stations, roaming art, or creative games.

September 28 & 29

North Field of Anacostia Park





JAMMIN DC is a FREE multi-cultural contemporary, out¬door music and arts festival that will be held annually in Washington DC, in celebration of the Caribbean – American heritage of twenty-eight Caribbean countries.

Saturday, September 28

Freedom Plaza

1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Noon -7PM




National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.  2013 is the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day.

Saturday, September 28

Throughout DC

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DCVeg Fest is an annual vegetarian celebration is a FREE outdoor festival featuring over 100 exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, speakers, free food samples, and more. It’s dog-friendly and there’s also a kid’s activity area—we’ve got something for everyone!

Saturday, September 28

Yards Park

355 Water St SE




i am

” I AM ANACOSTIA” is an interactive theater show. The show highlights the creative spirits of “east of the river” communities. Get ready to laugh, cry, and have honest discussion about our changing community. Thinking caps required.(two nights only)

September 28-29

Anacostia Playhouse

2020 Shannon Place, SE

Sept 28th at 7PM

Sept 29th at 5PM

20 bucks

Get tickets here



Artist Talk: “Reminiscences and Current Musings” a solo exhibition of artwork by VICTOR EKPUK, featuring a rare collection of his artwork from 1996-2013

Saturday, September 28

Morton Fine Art

1781 Florida Ave NW





Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC will showcase art throughout the Shaw neighborhood in over one dozen venues ranging from the 32,000 square foot Wonder Bread Factory to the 500 square foot storefront at 1033 7th Street, NW will be included in the festival. Public buildings like the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library and private art galleries and the Warehouse Theatre will all be filled with visual art installations and art, music and dance performances for one night only.

Saturday, September 28

Throughout Shaw Neighborhood

Click here for venue list





The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.

September 27-29

Mount Vernon Place, 600 block North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD




Calling All African Music & Food Lovers!  Come out to I Heart Africa DC.  Chef Hiyaw Gebreyohannes of Taste of Ethiopia is coming to Washington, DC to bring some global flavor and some delicious African bites featuring the unique recipes that have earned him attention in Food and Wine, The New York Times, CNN and The New York Daily News!

Sunday, September 27

Recess Tapas Lounge
727 15th Street NW

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