What. A. WEEK. I hope everybody’s been taking care of themselves (or trying to, anyway…I’ve slept like five hours collectively since Monday), slash I hope the weekend will offer some level of respite when it comes to recharging batteries. Whether or not you opt to stay in or head out into the world, we’ve got you covered with some solid virtual and IRL options the next couple of days including woodland walks, artist talks, marches, rallies and more. BUT FIRST, a few bits from the BYT universe:
- For starters, if you’re feeling stressed, the one and only Esther Boykin, LMFT gave us some GREAT advice on how to get through this election.
- FRESHFARM’s annual Feast fundraiser is set to go virtual next Friday (November 13th) with Chef Marcelle Afram of Compass Rose and Maydan. Wanna get in on the cooking action? Order a box of ingredients to replicate Chef Afram’s recipe.
- We premiered Art Contest’s new record, Fit Pitcher, which is chockablock full of indie pop gems ‘n frenetic energy.
- It’s Bandcamp Friday (the second to last of the year), so be sure to support your favorite artists from now until 3am ET.
- And if you haven’t stopped by Ghostline DC in Glover Park, YA GOTTA. Seriously incredible menu options; perfect for eating your feelings.
Friday November 6th
- First off, as I mentioned, it’s Bandcamp Friday, so get your wallets out! (Also, Kylie Minogue’s new record is officially out today, so obviously grab a copy of that and dance the stress away.)
- Take a virtual art break with Hirshhorn at noon ET today by way of an artist talk with Nara Park.
- Meanwhile, FALLFEST kicks off at Wunder Garten at 3pm ET to celebrate the last few weeks of decorative gourd season; there’ll be fall crafting classes, restaurant pop-ups and more.
- Later you can catch GZA celebrating the 25th anniversary of Liquid Swords via a 9pm ET virtual LPR performance. It’s happening via LPR’s new streaming platform, which’ll run you $19.99/mo.
- Kaytranada will also be streaming live via Montreal’s Societes Des Arts Technologiques at 11pm ET for $14.99.
- Or if you’re more in a Summer Heart mood, you can catch a 5pm live stream via The New Colossus Festival’s YouTube channel.
- In the realm of movies, meanwhile, we’ve got Coming To America showing outdoors at Songbyrd starting at 7:30pm ET; minimum $25 spend per table, FYI.
- Just wanna learn some new kitchen skills? Brooklyn Brainery is hosting a $22 virtual Intro to Fermentation: Dosa and Idli class starting at 7pm ET.
Saturday November 7th
- The day begins with Black People’s March On The White House at 10am starting from Malcolm X Park, plus there’s a March for Justice at Malcolm X Park at 3pm.
- You can also decompress at the National Arboretum, where they’re hosting Forest Bathing Walk (two hours of nature-based therapy) starting at 8:30am; tickets are $35 and include a modified tea ceremony.
- If you’re in a shopping mood, you can pop by Byrdland Records for the weekly Saturday Spin w/ DJ Sayles from noon to 2pm.
- Meanwhile, Carpe Librum will be at Canal Park ft. books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records all under $6 from 10am to 5pm.
- Later, it’s the fall edition of Strand Bookstore’s (virtual) Queerotica tonight ft. Mila Myles, Gus Constantellis, Gara Lonning, Rachel McCartney and more funny folks starting at 9pm ET; tickets are just $5 a pop.
- More into beer? Dogfish Head is hosting Analog-A-Go-Go all day long ft. loads of virtual programming including a Mt. Joy performance at 8pm ET, a virtual vendor fair and more.
- While we’re on the topic of tunes, you can also catch a $10 Julie Outrage live stream via Songbyrd starting at 8pm ET.
- Just a huge Niall Horan fan? He’s streaming live from the Royal Albert Hall at 8pm ET and 11pm ET, and tickets’ll run you $20 a pop.
Sunday November 8th
- Start your day off at FRESHFARM’s Dupont Circle Farmers Market, which opens beginning at 8:30am.
- Or head to the National Building Museum, where yoga is back in the Great Hall at 10am for $25.
- You should also most definitely swing by St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church’s bake sale benefit from noon to 4pm; tons of Artsakh gatas to go around.
- Then obviously celebrate National Pupusa Day with El Tamarindo; they’re offering in-person dining and takeaway options, so you’ll be able to pick whatever feels most comfortable to you.
- PLUS DMV Black Restaurant Week kicks off today and runs through the 15th.
- You can also walk all that off with a socially distanced Sunday stroll through Congressional Cemetery at 1pm.
- More into dinosaurs ‘n drive-thrus? RFK Stadium is hosting Jurassic Quest, an interactive adventure you can do from your car! $49 per vehicle.
Featured image by Clay Banks