22 Can’t-Miss Things to Do in D.C. This September

Get ready for eye-popping theater, Grammy legends and food galore.

September kicks off in Washington, D.C., with some of the year’s top concerts starring Grammy Award legends. That’s followed by some of Broadway’s best productions, nearly 500 events around the Kennedy Center and its new architecturally stunning spaces, and lip-smacking food all over town. Here’s what to add to your social calendar.

Mary J. Blige

Sept. 3

The multi-talented
singer recently added actress to her long list of talents. But this month, Mary J. Blige returns to her musical roots and serenades D.C. audiences with her soul-touching tunes. Wolf Trap, 877.965.3872

Mary J. Blige

Jennifer Hudson

Sept. 5

The lauded vocalist and actress shares the stage with Washington’s own National Symphony Orchestra, filling up the only performing arts center located inside a national park with her powerhouse vocal talent. Wolf Trap, 877.965.3872

Jennifer Hudson

‘Disney’s Aladdin’

Through Sept. 7

The Broadway musical adaptation of Disney’s feel-good 1992 film tells the story of a humble boy who frees a genie from a long-buried lamp and then uses his wishes to win the woman of his dreams. Naturally, the task isn’t as easy as it seems, but the journey sure is a whole lot of fun with Alan Menken’s toe-tapping tunes, plus eye-popping visuals, dazzling costumes and a “flying” carpet. The Kennedy Center, 202.467.4600

Kacey Musgraves

Sept. 7

The multi-award-winning country star brings her Oh, What a World II tour back to D.C., drawing audiences in with her intimate style. Wolf Trap, 877.965.3872

Kacey Musgraves

Gelato Festival

Sept. 7-8

Top gelato makers teach attendees how to make the popular frozen Italian treat, compete to see who makes the best and scoop tastes for fans. City Market at O, www.gelatofestival.com


Sept. 7-8

Thousands of footwear fans gather to buy, trade and sell fine kicks at this popular collector’s fair. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, www.sneakercon.com

The Reach

Sept. 7-22

Nearly 500 free events open the sleek, new spaces at the iconic performing arts center along the Potomac. The Kennedy Center, 202.467.4600

‘Dear Evan Hanson’

Through Sept. 8

The Tony Award-winning musical about a high school student trying to fit in returns to D.C., where it first premiered before its Broadway debut. The Kennedy Center, 202.467.4600

‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Adams Morgan Day

Sept. 8

Denizens take to the streets of this eclectic neighborhood for performances, food and family-friendly activities. Check website for exact location, www.admoday.com

DC Beer Week

Sept. 8-15

Beer lovers raise a glass to tastes, seminars and brew-centric activities all around town. www.dcbeerweek.net

DC Beer Week

Leslie Jones

Sept. 10

The hilarious “Saturday Night Live” star tickles the funny bone in this live taping. Warner Theatre, 202.783.4000

Zoo Uncorked

Sept. 12

Oenophiles sip top wines (most scoring more than 90 points) and party with the animals at this popular tasting and fundraiser for conservation. National Zoo, 202.633.4888

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Sept. 13-15

The jazz saxophonist and composer gets the crowd groovin’. Blues Alley, 202.337.4141

Art All Night

Sept. 14

The city’s creative community pull an all-nighter with their creations and events across town. www.artallnightdc.com


Sept. 14

The international deejay mixes up all the beats at this electronic dance party. Echostage, 202.503.2330


Colonial Market & Fair

Sept. 14-15

George Washington’s historic home turns into an 18th-century market with Colonial crafts, tasty fare and more. Mount Vernon, 703.780.2000

DC Shorts

Sept. 19-28

More than 100 films just 90 minutes long screen across D.C. Check website for details. festival.dcshorts.com

King Street Art Festival

Sept. 21-22

Artists highlight their creations, turning this leafy main drag into an outdoor gallery. www.artfestival.com/cities/alexandria

Taste of Georgetown

Sept. 22

Restaurants in Washington, D.C.’s most historic zone tempt with tasty fare during this popular annual food fest. www.tasteofgeorgetown.com

Dr. Jane Goodall

Sept. 23

The famous conservationist chats about her fascinating career and offers hope for the future. The Anthem, 202.888.0020

Alliance Française Fashion Show

Sept. 28

Designers show looks that go beyond the “little black dress.” French Embassy, email for ticket information: executive.assistant@francedc.org

Alliance Francaise Fashion Show

Smorgasburg D.C.

Through October

The Brooklyn-born food market comes to Washington with delicious hits like tacos and pizza, but also hot chicken sandwiches and Filipino lechon every Saturday through October. Tingey Plaza in Navy Yard, dc.smorgasburg.com

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