With autumn in full swing and winter fast approaching, take advantage of the last few weeks of warm weather with these revitalizing events happening in D.C. this weekend.
Take in a variety of artwork at the Phillips Collection’s new exhibit inspired by a mosaic of distinct cultures and styles on Friday, visit the new and improved Franklin Park for a day of outdoor music on Saturday and get a jump on spooky festivities at the Halloween Hunt at the Mansion on O Street this Sunday.
“Intersections by Sanford Biggers” at the Phillips Collection
Take a short walk over to Dupont Circle to see the Phillips Collection’s newest exhibit – a visual and conceptual project combining sculpture, textiles, geometric shapes and organic forms. Created by Harlem-based audio-visual artist Sanford Biggers, his pieces connect the works of different cultures and histories, utilizing his experiences from Japan as well as his knowledge of western art and African culture. The exhibit’s main attraction is a 3D sculptural quilt, inspired by the history of quilts from the African American community in Alabama. The installation is one part of a contemporary art series called “Intersections,” which bridges past art practices, cultural traditions and modern multimedia.
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays. Timed tickets are $10 for students and educators with ID. Find more information here.
Rock the Park DC Outdoor Music Series
Bring out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs to the newly renovated Franklin Park to spend a relaxing evening listening to a wide range of live music and DJ sets. This Saturday features hip hop artists and DJs like Just Blaze, Vikter Duplaix and Jahsonic, hosted by KG Superstar. Located in the heart of downtown and coinciding with Howard University’s homecoming weekend, this event is sure to be packed with students and locals alike.
Franklin Park, 1315 I St. NW. 4 to 10 p.m. Free. Find more information here.
Halloween Hunt at The Mansion on O Street
With Halloween only two weekends away, participate in this spooky scavenger hunt to get yourself hyped for the upcoming holiday weekend. Hosted within a mega mansion right in Dupont Circle, it’s one of the best historical museums in the District, according to the Smithsonian Institute. Featuring more than 100 rooms and 70 secret doors, compete with your friends to see who can find the most hidden treasures while trying not to get lost in the museum forever. Proceeds from the tour go to supporting the artist-in-residence and other programs from the museum, so bring your shopping bags, because everything within the museum is for sale.
O Museum in the Mansion, 2020 O St. NW. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35. Find more information here.