The Nation’s Capital and its suburbs has a jam-packed schedule of goings on for Fall 2016. From the opening of a long-awaited museum to entertaining seasonal events and hotly-anticipated gigs for global music superstars on tour, here’s five of the best events in the region over the next few months.
Visiting The National Museum of African American History and Culture
The latest-to-open museum in the Smithsonian’s collection opens on September 24 with significant fanfare that includes a three-day music festival. However, weekend passes are not available again until December 4, so we advise possibly waiting until the winter to snap up one of the passes that will be available on a first-come and first serve basis during the week at 9:15 AM. From Michael Jackson’s fedora to numerous key artifacts from the civil rights struggle and so much more, the museum is the only national museum totally devoted to the story of African-Americans and likely to be the National Mall’s most must-see location of Fall/Winter 2016.
Field of Screams – September 30 – November 5
For just over a month, there’s a field in Olney, MD that’s transformed from forest land to a Halloween attraction that won a 2014 A& E competition for the best Haunted House Design/Build. Field of Screams features four main attractions, including a 3D haunted house, plus fifteen bonfires, zombies, the “Trail of Terror,” and a menu including smores, fried Twinkies, Fried Oreos and more. If you’re not at peak freakout, there’s also Field of Screams’ sister venue “Scream City” which holds both an “Exorcism Estate” and “Slaughter Factory” near the DC Armory and RFK Stadium in Southeast DC.
Sia at Verizon Center – October 19
Get “Cheap Thrills,” but don’t “Bang Your Head” while swinging from a “Chandelier” when Sia comes to town at the Verizon Center on October 19. Yes, we’re well aware that the singer now notorious for hiding her face during live appearances won’t exactly be easy to see during her concert, but her hits are so undeniable that it might not matter. “Cheap Thrills” has been a Billboard #1 single in six countries in 2016, so that’s the performance you want to see, but if you’re looking for a dance party, it’s her songs produced by the likes of David Guetta, Axwell and more that are certain to get you to sticking around and up on your feet!
Maryland Renaissance Festival – Every weekend through October 23
Everybody likes taking a trip back to 16th century Europe, right? That’s exactly what has happened in Crownsville, MD for the past 40 years as everything from turkey legs and fair maidens to jousting and well, a very true-to-life take on village living during King Henry VIII’s rule of England. As far as what’s best to do at Renaissance Fest 2016? We’ll suggest either getting active in axe throwing, play acting and maybe hanging out at the White Hart Tavern. Or choose to go all out and rent a costume to enjoy the jousting tournament, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and more. Either way, it’s a quality afternoon and well worth the trip.
Porter Robinson and Madeon at Echostage – November 10 AND November 16
The must-see event of EDM’s fall and winter months is the co-headlining tour by young melodic kingpins Porter Robinson and Madeon. The two have collaborated on “Shelter,” a single released just-in-time for their string of nationwide gigs together. In the past, both Porter and Madeon have expressed how much they love playing at Echostage. WIth recent improvements to the venue’s already impressive laser light show and LED technology, one can expect that the already impressive stage shows for the DJ/production tandem’s previous tours could be elevated to another level here.