Events calendar: Saturday, Sept. 2


Children’s programs

  • The National Building Museum will present “Professor Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!,” an aural journey with cross-cultural percussionist and museum creative-in-residence Steve Bloom exploring how the original master masons instilled the museum building’s geometry with distinctive sound dimensions. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Children will hear a story about John F. Kennedy 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.

Classes and workshops

  • The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will host a tai chi class. 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Free. Chinatown Park, 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-727-3120.
  • The Kennedy Center will offer an all-levels vinyasa yoga class led by Kate MacDonnell. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center.
  • Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.


  • The Labor Day Weekend Music Festival — featuring three nights of jazz, blues, rock, pop and more, presented by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities — will include sets by the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Rose Moraes and Harold Little. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW.
  • “Ladies of Jazz” will feature Tarea Anderson with an Al Jarreau tribute show. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.


  • The Civil War Roundtable will feature Civil War historian Hari Jones on “Why Victors Have Been Portrayed as Victims: America’s African Descent Soldiers in the War of Rebellion.” 9:30 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6000.

Family programs and festivals

  • The 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature more than 100 authors of books in all genres and for all ages, including historian David McCullough, essayist Roxane Gay, novelist Alice McDermott and children’s author Kate DiCamillo. 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.
  • “Celebration of Textiles,” a family festival celebrating cultures from around the globe, will feature artist demonstrations, hands-on crafts, international performances and a chance to explore the exhibition “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse.” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. The festival’s art activities will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Kennedy Center’s 16th annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival will feature readings and open rehearsals by more than 60 area theater companies. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Free. Various locations, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The festival will continue Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.


  • “Gaumont at 120: Twelve Unseen Treasures” will feature Robert Siodmak’s 1939 movie “Pièges (Personal Column),” at 1:30 p.m.; and his 1938 movie “Mollenard,” at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


  • Washington Improv Theater will present an assortment of short, comedic, family-friendly pieces inspired by audience suggestions. A discussion will follow. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • KanKouran West African Dance Company will present “BOLO (Bridge of Togetherness),” a journey into the influence that African dance and culture have had on contemporary dance styles, and how today’s choreographers are now reaching back to bring an African influence into their work. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.

Tours and walks

  • Washington Walks’ “Get Local!” series will explore the U Street corridor and its legacy as a neighborhood known as the “Black Broadway” for its entertainment offerings and shared by African-American intellectuals, business leaders and families of all economic levels. 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the 13th Street NW exit to the U Street/Cardozo Metrorail station.
  • “Close-up Tour: Symbolism and Iconography” will explore the significance of the Washington National Cathedral’s stone, stained glass and fabric art (for ages 10 and older). 2 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The tour will also be offered Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.