What To Do in The DC Area This September

Megan Crilly | September 3, 2019 | Lifestyle

Ten things to do to kick off fall in the DC area this September.


Jennifer Hudson belts it out at Wolf Trap this month.

September 2
Jennifer Hudson
Accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, this songbird (and star of the upcoming Cats musical remake) will surely blow you away with her powerful vocals as she delivers soul-filled tunes, classics and a “Memory” or two. 8pm, tickets $45-$60, memberships $80-$25,000, Filene Center, Wolf Trap, wolftrap.org

Rooftop Yoga & Mimosa Brunch
Alleviate stress with alfresco vinyasa and meditation. Refuel with a healthy buffet and bottomless mimos. The event runs Sundays through Sept. 29. 9am, tickets $65, The Watergate Hotel, thewatergatehotel.com

Race to Beat Cancer 5K
Lace up your shoes and pound the pavement in support of research at MedStar’s Washington Cancer Institute. 8am, registration $50, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, racetobeatcancer5k.com

Wolf Trap Ball
The bash takes guests to Singapore in honor of its partnership with the national park for the performing arts. 7pm, tickets $1,000-$2,000, sponsorships $10,000-$100,000, Filene Center, Wolf Trap, wolftrap.org


David Levinthal, “Untitled,” from the Barbie series (1997, Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film)

Through 10/14
American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs
Acting as symbols of culture that shaped postwar America, toy cowboys, Barbies and baseball players are the focus of the lensman’s images. Free, memberships $250-$5,000, Smithsonian American Art Museum, americanart.si.edu

Museum of the Bible Fashion Show
Go beyond the book with this luncheon and runway presentation featuring biblical-inspired couture from the likes of Versace. 11:30am, tickets $200, premium runway tables $2,500, Museum of the Bible, museumofthebible.org

Reasons for Hope: An Evening With Jane Goodall
Experience the mission of the primatologist and anthropologist as she speaks about her life and work protecting our planet. 6:30pm, tickets $55-$85, The Anthem, theanthemdc.com

War and Pieces
Constructed from thousands of ceramic fragments, this powerful work by Dutch artist Bouke de Vries depicts a battle among Roman war deities. Free, memberships $60-$500, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, hillwoodmuseum.org

August Wilson’s Fences
Director Timothy Douglas puts his spin on the classic drama that explores familial relationships and racial prejudices in a segregated society. Tickets $15-$70, memberships $50-$20,000, Ford’s Theatre, fords.org

National Symphony Orchestra Gala Concert
Hear the sounds of the City of Light at this Parisian musical affair that opens the NSO’s season. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the concert, which is followed by dinner and dancing. Oui, oui! 5:30pm, tickets $1,200, sponsorships $5,000-$25,000, The Kennedy Center, kennedy-center.org

Photography by: David Levinthal/courtesy of smithsonian american art museum, gift of an anonymous donor; courtesy of wolf trap