ChiSocial: September Events You Don’t Want To Miss

So it’s that time again! Two months ago, I launched #ChiSocial, a monthly recap of some of the hottest events and things to see in the DMV (Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, U.S.A.). If you didn’t get a chance to attend any of the July #chiSocial events, not to worry. There are a lot of events and activities that will be going on throughout the month of September. So let’s get right into it.

1. National Book Festival – September 1 (9am – 7:30pm)

Shot by Itunu Kuku in Dakar, Sénégal

We’re kicking off this month with an event in Washington, D.C. that is perfect for bookworms like me! The 18th Library of Congress National Book Festival is FREE and taking place on Saturday at the Washington Convention Center. Doors at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. and until 7:30 p.m. If you go use the hashtag #NatBookFest.

2. Fun House @ National Building Museum – Ends September 3

Building musuem pool

The Fun House exhibit is 1 of 9 ongoing exhibitions at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. It opened on July 4 and is the latest in the museum’s summer block party series of temporary structures. Designed by Snarkitecture (a New York- based collaborative practice operating between art and architecture), the Fun House exhibition includes a Snarkitecture-designed house with interactive rooms, a “front yard,” and “backyard” which sports a smaller house and two pools filled with recyclable plastic balls. The ball pen pool is similar to the 2015 BEACH exhibit, which was very popular and a fun alternative to happy hour. The exhibit costs $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, AARP members, youth and students (with ID), and $10 for military (with ID). General admission includes one hour timed entry in Fun House.

If don’t feel like spending +$10, the Evicted exhibit is a nice alternative. Admission is FREE, and it runs until May 19, 2019. In collaboration with Matthew Desmond, a sociology professor at Princeton University and best-selling author, Evicted is based highlights key aspects of his book by the same name and is an immersive experience that showcases the reality of low-income renter eviction while providing context and a call to action.

3. DaVido Concert – September 6 (8pm)

The crooner of Fall, If, Aye, Fia and so many more will be coming to the Filmore Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland on Tuesday night for what I’m assuming is a much anticipated concert. Davido successfully executed his 30 billion tour in 2017, which had him performing at more than 30 locations across three continents: Africa, North America, and Europe. For those aren’t familiar, he is the Nigerian artist who coined the terms “banana fall on you” and “30 billion for the account”. You can find more event information and buy tickets here. I’ve seen Davido perform live a couple times, and my best piece of advice: get ready to sing all of his lyrics for him. #IsaidwhatIsaid #Ifyouknowyouknow

4. Drink The District- September 7 – 8 (varying times)

vin sénégalais

This two-day D.C. wine festival is a perfect toast to the last remaining days of summer, and will be hosted at la Maison Française at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Attendees will get access to unlimited samples of more than 50 wines, live music, culinary demonstrations, and a local artisan market. Friday’s session lasts from 6pm – 9pm, and Saturday has two sessions: the first from 1pm – 4pm and the second from 6pm – 9pm. You can purchase tickets here.

5. Childish Gambino Concert – September 19 (7:30pm)

Childish Gambino has risen to the limelight over this past decade. From Community to Atlanta to the global success of  “This Is America” this year, Donald Glover – a.k.a. the only Donald we acknowledge – has definitely made his mark on U.S. popular culture in both the film and music industries. If you’ll be free on Wednesday, you can see him perform alongside Rae Sremmurd at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. You can get your tickets here.

6. Smithsonian Museum Day – September 22

Building Museum

Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine with participating museums and cultural institutions across the country. Some popular DC museums include the Newseum and the National Building Museum. On Saturday, when you present a Museum Day ticket, you and one additional person will be granted free entry into one participating center. You do have to register in advance, and your two one-time entry ticket to one museum / cultural center will be sent to your email. You can do so here.

This list is not exhaustive, so if you know of any cool event that I didn’t mention feel free to leave it in the comments below!! Also, let me know if you’ll be attending any of the event(s), and don’t forget to share this post with a friend or two!

*All photographs are my own unless stated otherwise.




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