Updated Aug 10, 2023 - Things to Do

D.C. weekend events: National Book Festival, disco in Dupont and more

Phots of authors Elliot Page, R.K. Russell. R.J. Palacio and Elizabeth Acevedo

Featured authors at the 2023 National Book Festival: R.J. Palacio (top left), Elliot Page (top right), Elizabeth Acevedo (bottom left) and R.K. Russell (bottom right). Photos: Courtesy of Library of Congress

This weekend in D.C., check out the National Book Festival, a disco in Dupont Circle, the International Food and Craft Fair in Silver Spring and more.

📚 1. Meet bestselling authors

Your favorite author could be in town this weekend for the 23rd annual National Book Festival.

What's happening: More than 70 authors, poets and illustrators will offer panel discussions, lectures and book signings at the Library of Congress event.

  • Big names include actor Elliot Page, former NFL player R.K. Russell, bestselling children's author R.J. Palacio, National Poetry Slam champion Elizabeth Acevedo and more.

What they're saying: "Everyone has a story to tell, and we're proud to share the stories of so many groundbreaking authors, writers, poets and illustrators at the 2023 National Book Festival," Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says.

When: 9am–8pm Saturday

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Cost: Free

Of note: The festival will also be streamed live online at loc.gov/bookfest.

🪩 2. Disco in Dupont

  • Put on your dancing shoes and bell-bottoms and enjoy disco beats and sounds of the '70s from 1–5pm Saturday in Dupont Circle. There will also be dance lessons. Free.

🍻 3. Brewed Up Drag Brunch

🎨 4. International Food & Craft Fair

  • Celebrate art, food and music from around the world with over 70 vendors and live music. The event is 1-7pm Sunday at Silver Spring's Veterans Plaza. Free.

🍹 5. '90s bar crawl

  • Party like it's 1999 at Dupont Circle's bars with all-day drink specials, raffles, prizes for best dressed and more 2-10pm Saturday. Tickets start at $17.
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