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National Book Festival Moves to the Washington Convention Center

Wednesday April 23, 2014
The National Book Festival will be held during Labor Day weekend this year and moves indoors to the Washington Convention Center. For the first time in the festival's history, there will be evening hours with special events including a poetry slam, a session featuring "Great Books to Great Movies," and a "super-session" for graphic-novel enthusiasts. A wealth of participating authors, poets and illustrators have just been announced including such writers as Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes, Peter Baker, Ishmael Beah, Kai Bird, Billy Collins, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Henry Hodges, Siri Hustvedt, Cynthia Kadohata, U.S. Reps. John Lewis and James Clyburn, Alice McDermott, George Packer, Lisa See, Maria Venegas, and Gene Luen Yang. Read more about the 2014 National Book Festival.

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  • Georgetown’s 2014 French Market

    Tuesday April 22, 2014
    Georgetown's Annual French Market returns to the charming Book Hill neighborhood on upper Wisconsin Ave, between P Street and Reservoir Road, NW Washington DC, on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring fashion, French fare, quaint home and antique shops, galleries and live music. This is a great time to explore the shopping in one of Washington's top neighborhoods while enjoying the spring weather. Event highlights include:

    • 70% off at sidewalk sales at a variety of Book Hill shops and boutiques.

    • Art galleries and antiques stores will showcase and offer specials on a variety of fine arts, prints, books and home furnishings.

    • Some of the neighborhood's best restaurants will set up curbside to nourish shoppers, grilling up French merguez sausages, filling sweet and savory crepes, offering Banh mi sandwiches and serving fresh French pastries.

    • Families are encouraged to bring the kids and enjoy live music, strolling mimes and other street entertainers. Georgetown's historic house museums - Dumbarton House and Tudor Place - will host arts and crafts activities for children.
    Transportation: The easiest way to get to Georgetown is to take the DC Circulator from Downtown or from the Rosslyn and Dupont Circle Metro Stations. Within Georgetown, the BID is offering free Circulator rides from the K Street and Wisconsin Avenue stops to Book Hill. Free parking will be available at Hardy Middle School in the 1800 block of Wisconsin Avenue across from the Georgetown Safeway, which is an approximately five minute walk south to the French Market. See a map of Georgetown.

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  • “Smithsonian Sleepovers” at the National Museum of American History

    Tuesday April 22, 2014
    Here's something memorable to do with your kids this summer. The Smithsonian Associates presents true Night at the Museum events for children ages 8 to 12 in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. In 2014, sleepovers will be held May 9, June 20, July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15 beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 8:45 a.m. the next morning. Kids and their chaperones will experience the museum through an interactive exploration of exhibit halls while solving a mystery. When the devious diva Miss Rose steals six valuable objects from the museum, kids must discover what is missing before the stroke of midnight. Using their detective skills, they will collect clues to guide them to the crime scene--taking part in games, experiments and craft projects along the way.

    There must be at least one adult for every three children in any group that registers. Ticket prices are $135 for general admission and $120 for Associate members. The price includes exclusive access and activities in the museum, an evening snack, interactive exploration, arts-and-crafts activities, a film screening and a light breakfast. Participants must pre-register by calling (202) 633-3030 or by visiting www.smithsoniansleepovers.org.

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  • Spring Food and Wine Festivals Near Washington DC

    Tuesday April 22, 2014
    Spring is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy some of the region's best local food and wine. Mark your calendar for these upcoming annual festivals in the Washington DC area.
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