Enchanted Pages Community Day at Planet Word
D.C.’s only museum devoted to literacy and the power of language is hosting a community day with free admission and a schedule jam-packed with activities. Kids can draw outside with sidewalk art collective Chalk R!ot, learn how to make a miniature book or participate in story time with children’s entertainer Culture Queen. There’s also a meet-and-greet with four of the authors whose work will be highlighted in Planet Word’s magical library exhibit, which is being expanded to include 25 more interactive books that seem to come to life with sound and projections. The day winds down with a screening of the “Judy Blume Forever” documentary at 6 p.m. (registration required). All free tickets have been claimed for a book talk with “Long Way Down” author Jason Reynolds, but the museum is encouraging visitors to sign up for a wait list. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.
In its ninth year, the neighborhood festival has more than 50 vendors and exhibitors showing off the community’s arts and food along Upshur and Ninth streets NW, including a maker’s market packed with art, candles and other giftable goods. Hip-hop and soul play from the main stage, while local restaurants sell snacks. A dedicated children’s area features music from Baba Ras D and Mr. Rob, craft activities, and salsa and skateboarding classes. Returning this year is the dog show, which includes categories like best owner look-alike and coolest trick. There’s also a station dedicated to sharing Petworth’s history. (This event was originally scheduled for Sept. 23, but postponed due to weather.) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
Dolly Parton Dance Party at Wunder Garten
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dolly Parton releases her first rock album, “Rockstar” — her 49th overall — on Friday, which makes this weekend the perfect opportunity for a Dolly-themed dance party. Head to Wunder Garten to celebrate Parton by dancing and singing along to hits from across her astonishing career. 8 p.m. Free.
Explore rows of vintage clothes, secondhand instruments, vinyl records, handmade art and jewelry, lots (and lots) of band T-shirts and other assorted punk junk at D.C.’s Punk Rock Flea Market, held this year at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Mount Pleasant. Entry is free, but bringing a canned food item is requested — the beneficiary is nonprofit We Are Family. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
That’s So Vintage at Union Market
There are lot of markets in town this weekend, but you might want to shop this one for yourself. Union Market’s Dock 5 hosts 30 vintage shops from around the DMV, with clothes, housewares, home decor, bridal apparel, records, furniture and accessories among the featured goods. (Check the show’s Instagram for previews of the vendors.) VIP admission allows for entry at 10 a.m., while general admission tickets allow for entry on the hour starting at noon. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$20.
Finnish Christmas Bazaar at River Road Unitarian church
Christmas markets sponsored by Washington’s numerous international organizations and groups bring a taste of home for natives, but they also provide a quick international getaway for those who want to pick up something different for friends and loved ones, while dipping into another culture. The nonprofit Finn Spark, a Finnish American cultural society, organizes an annual bazaar at Bethesda’s River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, under the patronage of Finnish Ambassador Mikko Hautala. Shop for glass, textiles, home decor, books, candy and baked goods; listen to traditional music; and pick up a lunch of Finnish favorites. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar at the Ukrainian National Shrine of the Holy Family
Traditional Ukrainian crafts, such as decorated eggs (pysanka), prints and religious icons, as well as books and CDs, are featured at the two-day Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar at Brookland’s Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family, which is being held for the first time since the pandemic. After shopping, visit the cafeteria for a Ukrainian lunch with pierogies, borscht, kielbasa and sweets. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free.
Dumbarton House Makers Market
If the Downtown Holiday Market and similar markets aren’t your thing, Georgetown’s Dumbarton House offers a more intimate shopping experience, with the seasonal Makers Market featuring local vendors selling handmade jewelry, textiles and home goods on the grounds of the historic home. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
Holiday Barket at Cabin John Regional Park
Humans aren’t the only ones who love getting presents: Montgomery Parks’ Holiday Barket is full of fun for your favorite canine companion(s), including vendors selling all-natural dog treats or flea and tick spray, and handcrafted bandannas and accessories. Get your pooch’s photo taken with the Grinch, learn about local dog-friendly organizations, enjoy some human food, and explore Cabin John’s naturally surfaced trails and, of course, the park’s dog park. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.
Hill Family Biking: Tour of Hill Libraries
Hill Family Biking organizes group bike rides for tots and parents on Capitol Hill, and there’s a special itinerary coming up in November’s gathering. In partnership with D.C. Public Library’s Book Bike (basically a Little Free Library on wheels), families will head out from the Eastern Market Metro Plaza on a route that stops at multiple library buildings. The morning ride ends with story time at Rosedale Library, where kids can also put pen to paper and write letters to the District Department of Transportation about street safety. Organizers suggest that kids age 7 and younger ride as a passenger on an adult’s bike, and that independent riders have one or two years of bike-riding experience under their belts. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; register online.
Bio Ritmo hails from Richmond, but the salsa band has long found a welcome in D.C., from both dancers and critics. The Post’s Mike Joyce called the group’s breakthrough 2003 self-titled album “a festive, full-circle excursion back to its Puerto Rican roots.” “While samba and Afro-Cuban influences surface along the way, triggering brief shifts in tone and meter, most of the music on the album was inspired by the salsa music that came out of New York City’s Puerto Rican community in the ’60s and ’70s,” Joyce wrote. That release, dubbed the “Green Album” for the painting on its cover, is finally receiving a deserved vinyl rerelease, which is celebrated at Songbyrd with a concert featuring Bio Ritmo, D.C.’s own Cumbia Heights, and DJ sets from Leon City Sounds and Electric Cowbell. 8 p.m. $25-$30.
Boy band karaoke at Quincy Hall
Ballston’s Quincy Hall stood out from a sea of “1989 (TV)”-related events with a Taylor Swift Halloween party that combined a costume contest and karaoke night. The beer hall’s looking a little further back this weekend, with an ’N Sync vs. Backstreet Boys karaoke night. Start working on your choreography, and get there early to sign up for “I Want It That Way” and “It’s Gonna Be Me” before someone else does, so you don’t get stuck singing a song from a Pokémon soundtrack. 9:30 p.m. Free.