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Weekend Report: 10 things to do this weekend

Thursday, September 22

Wunder Garten hosts 2nd Annual Oktoberfest: Wunder Garten's Oktoberfest kicks off at 5 p.m. with the traditional tapping of the first keg. Head out for festivities including traditional food, games, beer and events. (Wunder Garten, 1st and L St. NE)

Friday, September 23

Freedom Sounds Festival: Homecoming: (12 - 5p.m.) A Community Celebration in honor of the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This weekend’s events highlight the breadth and depth of African American expressive cultures, from storytelling and music to dance and visual art. The theme of the Friday performances is “Homecoming,” welcoming artists and visitors to the National Mall and this historic opening.

Pop-Up Happy Hour: (5 - 8 p.m.) Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery has teamed up with Abita Beer to kick off this weekend with a pop-up special happy hour, NOLA-style, at Big Chief in Ivy City. With your first purchase of Abita Beer, Chef David Guas will offer guests a free Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya. Guas will also serve his signature Muff-A-Lottas. Guests can stick around after the happy hour ends to hear the live musical stylings of the Brass Connection Band!

Old Town Boutique District Shop & Stroll: Shop & Stroll is a four-day event that invites customers to shop and explore the districts 30 boutiques. Participants who visit all the boutiques and collect stamps at each location will be entered to win a gift package and shopping spree worth more than $1,000. (The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 22 - Sunday, Sept. 25)

Saturday, September 24

D.C. VegFest: (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.)Are you looking to improve your health, protect animals, save the planet, or you just want to eat some good food, then head out to the annual D.C. VegFest! Washingtonians and visitors will gather at Yards Park for this free outdoor festival featuring lots of food, tons of fun, and many new friends. There will also be dynamic speakers, cooking demos, a kids’ zone with a moonbounce, a barking lot for dogs, a beer garden, live music, and so much more!

Freedom Sounds Festival: Celebration: (12 - 10 p.m.) Following the National Museum of African American History and Culture Dedication and Grand Opening Ceremony with President Obama and other distinguished guests, the festivities continue at Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration.

Wunder Garten Bavarian Brunch: Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without a Bavarian brunch, to be served Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. (Wunder Garten, 1st and L St. NE)

Opera in the Outfield: Even though the Washington Nationals will be away, you can still enjoy Nats Park! Celebrate the ninth season of free live opera simulcasts at the ballpark by joining Washington National Opera for The Marriage of Figaro at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m for pre-opera activities.

Sunday, September 25

Capital Home Show: More than 300 companies will be on hand to showcase the latest products and services in home remodeling, renovation, home décor and redesign. An ongoing schedule of home remodeling and renovation experts conducting seminars will be carried out throughout the three-day event. The show hours are 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. (The event will take place at the Dulles Expo Center)

Freedom Sounds Festival: Call and Response: (12 - 5 p.m.) Gather on the National Mall for the final day of Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration, honoring the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This weekend’s events highlight the breadth and depth of African American expressive cultures, from storytelling and music to dance and visual art. The theme of Sunday is “Call and Response,” a powerful element in African American music and community engagement.

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