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Weekend Report: 13 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, October 5

Superfierce Opening: Superfierce—an organization aimed at creating a foundation of support, connectivity and resources to empower female artists, is hosting a gala to raise further awareness of the organization’s mission while also raising money for EBeauty, an organization that supports women undergoing treatment for cancer through their wig exchange program. The event will feature a VIP Collectors Artist Reception in which guests will hear from an expert panel on the importance of equal representation of female artists throughout the industry and how forming a reliable network will accelerate female artists’ careers allowing them to give back and pay it forward. In addition, a general admission exhibition of more than 30 female artists’ interactive installations will be on display with all work available for purchase (25% of all proceeds donated to EBeauty).

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Grand Opening: Jeni Britton Bauer, the founder of the American artisan ice cream movement, is celebrating the grand opening of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams scoop shop in Washington, D.C. The 14th Street shop will be the first location with two levels for the company—which owns and operates 31 additional scoop shops across 8 cities—and the first scoop shop on the East Coast. To commemorate the Grand Opening on October 5th, Jeni’s is inviting the community in for free scoops from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.

ArtWorks for Freedom ACTION DC: Enjoy an evening with DJ Spooky to kick-off ArtWorks for Freedom ACTION DC! – a campaign to spread public awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and inspire creative action towards its eradication.Experience a world premiere piece by musical futurist and Kennedy Center's 2018 Artist in Residence, as you mix and mingle over specialty cocktails surrounded by views of D.C.

Friday, October 6

Chefs Spike Mendelsohn & Nick Wiseman Battle of the Fries: What’s better than free french fries? The answer is free french fries from Spike Mendelsohn and Nick Wiseman. This fall, Sir Kensington’s is hitting the road to bring their condiments with character to fans across the country. On Friday, October 6 from 12 - 3 p.m. their Road Trip To Dip food truck will be in DC where chef Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery & We The Pizza will battle it out with Nick Wiseman from DGS Delicatessen to see who has the best french fries in our Nation’s capital - and it’s all free.

All Things Go Fall Classic: The All Things Go Fall Classic fourth annual music festival will be taking place over the course of three days at D.C.’s Union Market (1309 5th Street NE). The festival will feature some of the top acts in hip-hop, electronic and alternative music with headliners Foster The People, Young Thug and Galantis along with performances by more than a dozen others including Bleachers, Vince Staples, Cashmere Cat, The Knocks, Betty Who, Innanet James and many more. Local culinary favorites Buredo, &pizza, Maketto, sweetgreen, Ivy & Coney, Milk Cult and DGS will also be available for foodie fans at the festival. Tickets range from $69-$169.

NoVa Wellness & YogaFest Retreat: The Metro Washington, DC region will experience the first ever NoVa Wellness & YogaFest Retreat October 6-8 on the nature filled grounds of historic Morven Park. Popular in the Western U.S. and coming East, this YogaFest Retreat is a weekend long celebration of self and community wellness. Along with an array of Yoga classes including Yin, Vinyasa, Laughter Yoga, children’s yoga and much more led by minimum 200 RYT (registered yoga teacher) hour practitioners from throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland, will be the practice of meditation and mindfulness, wellness workshops, tranquil nature walks, chef inspired healthy food, wellness products and holistic service options that will add to everyone’s experience. For more information on tickets, click here.

Saturday, October 7

Bloomingdale's & Spiritual Gangster PINK Yoga Class: Prior to store opening, Bloomingdale's is inviting breast cancer awareness supporters, shoppers, and fitness enthusiasts to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation, and The Carey Foundation during a yoga class taught by Julia Jameson of Corepower Yoga at Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase and Rachel Perez at Bloomingdale’s Tysons Corner. A reservation fee of $10 will support survivors and their families with cancer-related costs such as transportation, child care, and treatment.

Taste of Bethesda: Taste of Bethesda returns on Saturday, October 7 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and will bring nearly 50 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, downtown Bethesda’s famous food and music festival celebrates 28 years of diverse and delectable cuisine offered by Bethesda’s local restaurant community.

The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Tour: The Trigger Agency brings the annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ festival to Leesburg, Virginia, October 7th. The festival will take place at the Village at Leesburg. A day filled with foaming beer and smooth bourbon. Spice things up with sauces and cigar tents all while tasting southern barbeque and live music.

Boat-Home Tour: In its biennial boat-home tour, Southwest DC’s colorful liveaboard community will open its doors to visitors 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The self-guided tour at Gangplank Marina takes visitors inside up to 20 of the most fun and unique homes in Washington DC. Owners and docents will also be available to answer questions about the boat-homes and the liveaboard lifestyle. This is only the fifth time that the homes of Gangplank Marina have been open to the public, and the chance to tour this unique community is not to be missed.

DC-Metro Modern Home Tour: The Modern Architecture + Design Society is hosting the inaugural DC-Metro Modern Home Tour on Saturday, October 7 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. During the self-guided event, tour-goers will get the inside scoop from homeowners on what it’s like to live in a cutting-edge modern home, and learn directly from the on-site architects, builders and designers how they find inspiration for these fascinating residences. This is every DC-area resident’s chance to see the inside of ‘that amazing house on the block…’ Tickets can be purchased for $40.

OPUS Festival: This multi-sensory art, music, and technology experience is taking place in Columbia, Md on Saturday, October 7. Celebrating the art of sound, the inaugural one day festival blends immersive art installations, mesmerizing music performances and treetop projection mapping. State-of-the-art technology coexists with artisanal offerings and a bonfire hearth to provide a surreal sensory journey. OPUS is the first part of a three year project bringing some of the most innovative and mind-bending art and music experiences inspired by the woods of Columbia, further transforming the city into a cultural hub. The festival is free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 8

Derpin' in DC Presents Corgtoberfest: The biggest annual corgi meetup in the DMV area “Derpin’ in DC” Vol.4 is back as “CORGTOBERFEST!" Join fellow corgi lovers at a dog and family friendly beer garden in Tysons Corner from 3 - 6:30 p.m.

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