- Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide will continue its “Art & BookFair 2017,” featuring used books, art, stamps, coins and collectibles. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Exhibit Hall, U.S. State Department, C Street between 21st and 23rd streets NW. 703-820-5420. The sale will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with books available at half the earlier prices.
- The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature a “You & Me Song Circle” program based on the classic children’s story “Where the Wild Things Are” and led by an early childhood teaching artist with help from a live percussionist (recommended for ages 1 through 5). 10 a.m. $8. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
- “Kids in the Castle” will feature child-friendly, self-guided tours of the Heurich House Museum and its many ornate details, complete with a photo scavenger hunt and a chance to play games in the garden. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichhouse.org/kidsinthecastle.
- Kids will have a chance to add their artistic flair to a temporary mural in the Children’s Room. Noon. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Children will hear a story about Pedro Martinez and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
- The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.swedenabroad.com/washington.
- GALita will present the world premiere of Cecilia Cackley’s “Blancaflor — The Girl Wizard,” a bilingual production based on a Spanish fairy tale and featuring puppets and music (for ages 4 and older). 3 p.m. $10 to $12. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.
- A park ranger will lead a “Spooky Night Sky” planetarium program about strange and unusual astronomical occurrences (for ages 5 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
Classes and workshops
- The Washington National Cathedral will host “Writing From the Heart of Autumn: Poetry, Nature and the Spiritual Journey.” 9 a.m. to noon. $25; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- Gayla April will present a weekly dance/exercise class. 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- Nancy G. Heller, a professor of art history of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, will present a class on “Matisse and Picasso: Artistic Rivalry and Mutual Inspiration.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- The Kennedy Center will host an all-levels vinyasa yoga class led by Ellen Devine. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center. kennedy-center.org.
- Volunteers from the Washington English Center will lead an “ESL Conversation Circle” for English learners who already have some knowledge of the language. 10 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- Heather Markowitz, founder of WithLoveDC, will lead a “Practice With Love” yoga class. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- University Legal Services will present a First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit Seminar (in English and Spanish). Noon. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- Career coach Blair Goins will present “Design a Career You’ll Love,” helping adults identify the type of job they want. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Washington Concert Opera and Washington Parks and People will host “Opera Outside,” featuring operatic gems and other favorites performed by soprano Amy Owens, baritone Norman Garrett and pianist David Hanlon. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Upper field, Meridian Hill Park, 16th and Euclid streets NW. concertopera.org/outside. In the case of rain, the performance will be held at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW.
- SUM — a jazz/soul/funk-pop band based in New York City, created and led by drummer and composer Steve Belvilus — will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Saxophonist Lee Konitz, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, will celebrate his 90th birthday by joining his trio to perform selections from two new albums released this year by Impulse! Records. 7 and 9 p.m. $25 to $39. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Thirteen, an all-star professional choir, will present “On the Migration of Souls,” featuring personal and varied stories about community and migration through five centuries of music. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. thethirteenchoir.org.
- Leslie Odom Jr. — winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Aaron Burr in the smash hit “Hamilton” — will perform. 8 p.m. $49 to $125. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 8 p.m.
- Led by conductor Juanjo Mena, National Symphony Orchestra will pair Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony with Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Piano Concerto featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m.
Discussions and lectures
- Collectors Penny and Tim Hayes will discuss “Kilims of the Former European Territories of the Ottoman Empire.” 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to usnews.com, will discuss “Illinois Abolitionists: Edward Coles, Elijah Lovejoy and Owen Lovejoy.” 1 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0233.
- Liza Mundy will discuss her book “Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Author, teacher and fiber artist Nancy Arthur Hoskins will discuss “Coptic Egyptian Textiles and Archaeologist Albert Gayet.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Meredith Hindley will discuss her book “Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- John Martin Tarrat will discuss his book “Unmapped Cartography: Postcards From the Past and Other Foreign Countries.” 5 p.m. Free. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. 202-232-8734.
- Brando Skyhorse and Lisa Page will discuss their book “We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Colin Dickey will discuss his book “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.” 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
Family programs and festivals
- The Big Build — a hands-on family festival of tools, trucks and construction — will offer opportunities to explore the inner workings of elevators, create a whimsical wind chime and learn how drones are used in the construction industry. As part of the event, plumbers, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers and experts in many other fields will be on hand to discuss their professions and hobbies. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- The annual Peirce Mill Heritage Day will feature a demonstration of West African Kente strip cloth weaving by master weaver Chapuchi Bobbo Ahiagble from Ghana and a quilting demonstration by the Needlechasers of Chevy Chase. The event will also feature a blacksmith, carpenter, bluegrass music, a cider press, a corn sheller and hands-on children’s crafts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the waterwheel turning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070.
- The Murch Elementary School Fall Fair will feature live music, a bouncy house, spin art, hair coloring, body art, a dunk booth, a used-book sale, food and prizes. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Dennard Plaza, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. murchschool.org/hsa/fall-fair.
- The National Gallery of Art will present Amy Halpern’s 1992 film “Falling Lessons,” with the director in attendance. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- A Ciné-Concert will feature Soviet director Dziga Vertov’s 1929 film “Man With a Movie Camera,” with the Alloy Orchestra performing the score live. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6799.
- The aging-in-place group Palisades Village will host its fifth annual house tour, featuring eight vintage, traditional and mid-century houses in the Kent area, with proceeds supporting neighbors who want to stay in their homes as they age. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $30 to $35. Tickets and program handed out at the Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-244-3310.
- Matthew Bourne/New Adventures will present “The Red Shoes,” based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $29 to $129. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
- En Garde Arts will present “Wilderness,” a new multimedia documentary theater work derived from the real-life stories of six families exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity (for ages 14 and older). 2 and 7:30 p.m. $29 to $35. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company’s “Fall Festival of South Asian Arts” will present Leela Samson and her company Spanda in “Nadi,” an evening of dance drawing on the myths and symbolism surrounding the images of rivers. 7:30 p.m. $27.50 to $60. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. dakshina.org.
- Comedian Jason Weems will perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $25. Lab I Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.
- ArtWorks for Freedom will present “Strong in the Broken Places,” an evening of dance featuring artists Holly Bass, Christopher K. Morgan, Erica Rebollar and PearsonWidrig DanceTheater. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m.
- The Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program will present “The Infinite Wrench,” featuring 30 short plays in random order written by the cast. 8 p.m. $10 to $18. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
- “Judge Me Not” will feature seasoned actors in a monologue performance that offers a journey through the lives of 10 people, challenging the inclination to make snap judgments. 10 p.m. $20 to $25. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. The performance will repeat Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
- The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project will host its “Heroes of Play!” 5K run/walk fundraising event with WUSA anchor Leslie Foster as grand marshal. Proceeds will help fund field trips, healthy snacks and supplies for children and youth living in temporary housing. Registration opens at 7 a.m.; race starts at 8 a.m. $35; free for ages 12 and younger. Roller Skating Pavilion, Anacostia Park, 1500 Anacostia Drive SE. playtimeproject.org/heroesofplay5k.
- The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Nation’s Capital will raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 8 a.m. Free registration. National Mall, 4th Street and Madison Drive NW. alz.org/walk.
- The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will hold its seventh annual Light the Way walk along the Capitol Riverfront boardwalk, with a post-event performance by accomplished blind musician Mac Potts. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. clb.org.
- Northminster Presbyterian Church’s annual bazaar will feature collectibles, attic treasures, clothing, accessories, jewelry, kitchen items, crafts, toys, jellies and desserts. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Northminster Presbyterian Church, 7720 Alaska Ave. NW. 202-829-5311.
- The Tenley-Friendship Library’s “Game On!” event will offer all ages a chance to play a bevy of board games and video games. 1 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- The State Society of Rhode Island will host “Rhode to DC,” highlighting businesses, organizations and products from Rhode Island. 2 to 5 p.m. $35 to $60. The Homer Building, 601 13th St. NW. statesocietyofrhodeisland.com.
Walks and tours
- “Close-up Tour: Needlepoint” will examine some of the Washington National Cathedral’s 1,500 pieces of needlework and the messages they convey (for ages 10 and older). 2 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- Washington Walks will present “Capitol Hauntings,” a walking tour through the Capitol Hill neighborhood focusing on long-ago ghoulish goings-on inside the U.S. Capitol. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the Capitol South Metrorail station. washingtonwalks.com. The tour will repeat on Saturday evenings throughout October.