10 Virtual And IRL things to do this weekend in DC Nov 6, 2020

Take part in a virtual wine tasting on Sunday.

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INSIDE OUT: Meet local artist Nara Park, who uses faux building museums to create art installations. Looking at her sculptures, one might think they’re made of marble. But actually, they’re created from plastic packaging, wallpaper, or other disposable materials. On Friday, she joins the Hirshhorn Museum’s assistant curator Betsy Johnson to talk about her recent experiments using 3D scanning. Learn about the meaning of her work while in conversation with Johnson over Zoom. (12 p.m., FREE)

TAKE A SIP: Take a sip of The Tea, a conversation series hosted by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This week, local jazz singer Heidi Martin is performing original works. Martin has written, directed, and produced music programs for local school districts and was a contributing composer on a PBS documentary. After performing, she’ll join the conversation to talk about her process over, yes, a cup of tea. (12 p.m., FREE)

DON’T PANIC: Close your eyes at The Bullpen on Friday night and you might be able to imagine that you’re back at a live concert. The outdoor venue near Nationals Park is streaming a 2011 Widespread Panic concert at Red Rocks on the big screen for your viewing pleasure. A ticket guarantees a physically-distant table and unlimited beer buckets. Food will be available for purchase. (The Bullpen, 6 p.m., $45)

Peruse an outdoor used book sale on Saturday.Jessica Ruscello / Unsplash


PERUSE THE PAGES: Donation-based used bookstore Carpe Librum is at Canal Park on Saturday offering discounted books, vinyl records, CDs, and DVDs. Everything on sale is under $6.  The bookstore (which is normally based in Dupont Circle) is offering something for everyone, from children’s books to brand-new bestsellers to vintage hardbacks. Credit card or e-pay methods only. Masks are required. (Canal Park DC, 10 a.m – 5 p.m., prices vary)

JURASSIC PARK: Walk among the dinosaurs with Jurassic Quest at RFK Stadium this weekend. This interactive exhibit will allow you to drive among realistic animatronic dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic Periods. Each dino is life-size, so you can compare just how big (or small!) the dinosaurs really were. The entire event is experienced from inside your car to maximize safety. (RFK Stadium, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., $49 per vehicle)

IT’S STILL FALL: The weather may be getting even chillier, but it’s still fall. Wunder Garten is celebrating the crisp season by launching their fall fest this weekend in its expansive outdoor space. There are warm drinks to sip on, as well as pop-up outposts from D.C. restaurants, including Timber Pizza and Toki Underground. There will also be a number of relaxing, physically distant activities, including a painting class and a blanket knitting workshop. The festival runs through the end of the month. (Wunder Garten, 3 p.m. – midnight, FREE entry, prices vary)

Inside view of the National Building Museum.Phil Roeder / Flickr


A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME: Join an Arlington naturalist to learn how to identify birds by their sight or sound. This child-appropriate session will teach families all about observing birds in their natural habitat and how to use the app  eBird. Adults are required to accompany children. (Long Brand Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park, 9 a.m., FREE)

PUPUSA KIT: Celebrate El Tamarindo’s 5th annual National Pupusa Day the right way: By getting a pupusa kit! The kit can be picked up straight from the restaurant and features everything needed to make delicious pupusas, from ingredients to a fun tutorial video. Follow along with the restaurant on social media all day for updates and ways to participate in the event. (All day, $35.99 per kit)

GREAT HALL RETURN: For the first time since closing more than a year ago, the National Building Museum is reopening its Great Hall for a yoga class. The class is limited to 30 people inside the massive hall where an instructor will lead people of all levels through an hour-long flow. While masks are required when entering and moving around the space, they will not be required during the class. Bring your own mat. (The National Building Museum, 10 a.m., $25)

GRAPE INTENTIONS: A book with news you can use: The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia is now updated with the latest trends in the world of wine. On Sunday, grab a hardcover copy of the book and settle in for a virtual wine tasting led by Brett H. Philpott-Freeman of Grape Intentions. This virtual wine tasting includes the book, the class, a tasting box with one bottle each of Champagne Laurent-Perrier NV, Marco Felluga Pinot Grigio, and Elk Cove Pinot Noir, and wine tasting notes. (3 p.m., $172-$243)

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