5 things to do this weekend (9/29 – 9/30)

Miranda Sandoval, staff writer

1.) All loyal fans of the Broadway sensation ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ must attend the Hamilton Tour Takeover at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia! Explore the grounds of Monticello and find out more about one of our nation’s most fascinating founding fathers. Learn about Jefferson and Hamilton’s “dueling visions for the future of the United States.” If your stomach is grumbling after the tour, sit down for some coffee in their cafe or grab a sandwich (or pastry, if you’re searching for a little something sweet to eat). Shop for collectibles and souvenirs in the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center. Browse their book section (which offers over 250 titles) and find a good read, hang out in their comfortable reading chairs, pick up some home decor, purchase gourmet food products, or check out their garden space and buy some historic plants.

2.) Hungry? Head to Truckeroo in Washington, D.C.! The hottest food trucks in the nation’s capital will be there (over 15 of ’em) – like the BBQ Bus, DC Empanadas, Millie’s, the Orange Cow (my personal favorite), Due South, People’s Bao, Holy Crepes, the Tapas Truck, Crepe Love, Roro’s Lebanese, Red Hook Lobster Pound, DC Slices, and Korean BBQ Taco Box. There will be plenty of live music and cool games, too. A stand for the hot radio station Mix 107.3 will be there with their swag and prizes.

3.) Vamos a celebrar at the Fiesta D.C. on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.! The Parade of Nations will begin on Constitution Avenue and travel from 7th Street all the way down to 14th Street. Come watch as groups of folkloric dance groups make their way through the city, hear music from various Latin and Caribbean countries, and see the exotic floats. Some famous Latinos (and Latinas) will be there to perform – amongst them are Rafael Jorge Negrete, Marito Rivera, Henry Castro, Samantha Rios, David Correy, Annam Vze, Jason Cerda, Bachata Heightz, La Zona Band, Perla Sagrada, Grupo Esmerado, Gala Montez, Beatriz Soliz, and more! Meet with delegates from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic (or, in Spanish, “Republica Dominicana”), Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Check out the exhibits and vendors (they’v got everything from food to merchandise). Have fun, amigos!

4.) Night owls, come be a party animal at the free Art All Night event in Washington, D.C.! According to their website, “the festival will take place in eight major D.C. neighborhoods, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public spaces, including businesses.” Check in at Congress Heights (where The Art of Chocolate City festival will be), then head to Deanwood Heights for art and entertainment from the 60’s and 70’s. If you want to see art galleries, museums, and shops (or want to have dinner at a local restaurant), you’re next stop should be Dupont Circle. Make your way down H Street for a “feast of the senses,” where you’re promised an “experience you’ll never forget!” You can also swing by North Capitol Street and visit with D.C. creatives and find out what inspires your favorite artists.

5.) Need a laugh? Go see “Comedy of Errors” at the Lansburgh Theater in Washington, D.C.! One thing is for sure: the Shakespeare Theatre Company never disappoints; they’re sure to have you rolling in the aisles! Witness their modern twist on the classic comedy written by the one and only William Shakespeare. Performing artists include Gregory Woodell, Christian Conn, Carson Elrod, Carter Gill, Ted van Griethuysen, Nancy Robinette, Veanne Cox, Folami Williams, Tom Story, Matt Bauman, John Cardenas, Justin G. Nelson, and several others.