Opera in the Outfield & other free weekend events

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the opera…..

Open seating in the outfield

Washington National Opera and the Washington Nationals Baseball Club are teaming up for the fifth year to bring free opera to the beer-chugging, hot dog-loving, peanut-throwing crowds at Nationals Park. The WNO will perform Mozart’smasterpiece “Don Giovanni” at the Kennedy Center Opera House and simulcast live and in hi-def to the  scoreboard at the ball park at 7 pm Sept. 29. Gates open at 5 pm for entertainment and activities, including:

  • Stage Fighting Demonstrations
  • Flamenco Dancing Performances by Furia Flamenca, led by Estella Velez de Paredez
  • A screening of the  cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?,” starring Bugs Bunny and his nemesis Elmer Fudd
  • A meet and greet with the  Chief Chocolate Officer (CCO) of M&M’S, Miss Brown
  • Chances to win prizes, including tickets to Kennedy Center performances
  • And more!

Fall for Fairfax

From 10 am – 7 pm Sept. 29 and 10 am – 5 pm Sept. 30, the free Fairfax Kidsfest gets bigger and better with more family fun than ever. The fall extravaganza will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center. More information is available here. Activities include: pumpkin decorating, hay rides, petting zoo, model trains, farmer’s market, train rides, kids stage, moon bounces, carnival rides, games, pony rides, and much more. There also will be exhibits, vendors, crafters and entertainment.

Museum Day in DC

Some of Washington, DC’s best private museums are opening their doors on Sept. 29 with free admission.

Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. For one day only, museums like the Phillips Collection and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment will operate like the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission. You have to go to the website to print a free ticket for you and a guest.

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