Being Social: the Weekend of 8.31.12

31 Aug

There are a ton of Labor Day events this weekend.  For example, Alexandria’s Scottish Games! Watch the games, as well as live music and dance competitions, a British Car Show, children’s games, Celtic crafts and foods. []


And for something completely regional, why not drive a ways to check out the National Hard Crab Derby?  Located at the Eastern Shore, there will be crab races, contests, carnival rides, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parade, and fireworks.  And there had better be crabs to eat, too! []

(via National Zoo)



The National Zoo is opening its new American Trail. This hugely renovated exhibit is much more “wild feeling” and features seals and sea lions, beavers, river otters, bald eagles, and more. []

The DC Blues Festival will be held at the Carter Barron Amphitheater. This free annual festival features live blues by outstanding local and national acts. []


The National Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a free concert at East Capitol and First Streets. []



District Games continues at Acre 121 on Mondays. It is pretty much a show of classic TV game shows like “District Feud, District Pyramid and District Link”. [PoP]


Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The National Gallery of Art has once more begun its ‘Jazz in the Garden’ series.  This has jazz bands that play in the Sculpture Gardens and is quite the relaxing and entertaining affair.  Check it out if you get a chance!  It will be held every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30, through August 31st.
  • Through October 21st, the Maryland Renaissance Faire is back! A ways away, it is still epic awesome.  I’ll be going at least twice this  year.
  •  From now until September 9, the Shakespeare Theatre Company will be having a Shakespeare Free for All.  Free tickets will be distributed two hours before each show.
  • Until September 22nd, there will be an exhibit about On the Threshold of the Mayan Underworld at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Whether you are interested in their impending end of the calendar or just like archaeology, this definitely sounds worth checking out.  It’s open weekdays 10am-6pm and 12-4pm Saturday.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.   If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.—-

Geek Look Ahead:




  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.
  • 9-11 November will be Anime USA here in the District. It’s by the zoo, so totally accessible. I’ve already pre-reg’d!


August 2013

  • Otakon will be late this year: August 9 – 11, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

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