Washington, D.C. Events for the Weekend of September 21-23, 2012

The Mall of Books

Since its launch in 2001, the National Book Festival has grown into one of the biggest literary events in America, attended by more than 100,000 visitors and this year more than 100 authors, including signings by R.L. Stine, Robert Caro, Sally Bedell Smith, Sandra Cisneros, Mario Vargas Llosa, Steven Millhauser, T.C. Boyle, Junot Diaz, Colson Whitehead, Jeffrey Eugenides, and the current U.S. poet laureate, Philip Levine. These and many others are organized into separate pavilions for Children; Teens; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Graphic Novels; Contemporary Life; History and Biography; Fiction and Mystery; and Poetry and Prose. There’s also a Family Storytelling Stage and a bookselling pavilion run by Barnes & Noble. The festival occupies the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Attendance is free. Visit the Book Festival website for the complete signing schedule, and our special Book Festival page for travel tips.


Traditionally Fiesta DC, the Latino Festival of Washington has been held in the city’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, but it has grown so large that this year its organizers have moved it downtown, to Pennsylvania Avenue. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, five stages will offer free music, folklore, theater, and other performing arts. A Parade of Nations will feature 30 separate groups of traditional dancers from Latin America, Spain, and the Caribbean. There will also be a Children’s Festival, a Science Fair, a Community-Based Organization Information Fair, and sections for food and crafts. The event is free.

Also This Weekend…

The Big Build
The National Building Museum
Saturday September 22, 2012
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
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Colonial Market & Fair
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
Saturday September 22nd & Sunday September 23rd, 2012
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull
Dulles Airport
Saturday September 22, 2012
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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The Big Apple Circus
Dulles Town Center
Thursday September 20th, 2012 to
Monday October 8th, 2012
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Movies on the Potomac
National Harbor
Friday, September 21st, 2012 (Apollo 13)
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Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
National Harbor
Now – Sunday October 7, 2012
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Shear Madness
Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Ongoing through September 30th, 2012






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