Weekend Guide: College rivalries and street fairs

The Nation\'s Football Classic will take the city by storm this weekend when Howard University takes on Morehouse College at RFK Stadium. Street Festivals are also aplenty this weekend. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – For many Washingtonians, this weekend is the first bit of reprieve after a week back from summer vacation, a week of back-to-school rush and a week of grueling traffic.

It’s time to kick back, relax and make the most of your time off. And a list of events and happenings in the D.C. area can help you do just that.

The AT&T Nation’s Football Classic: Howard University vs. Morehouse College

A whole bunch of events revolves around Saturday’s football game between D.C.’s Howard University and Morehouse College. If you’re planning to make a weekend out of the college rivalry, check out the kickoff rally at the 9:30 Club, the “Friday Night Lights” party at the Howard Theatre and the pre-game fan festival at RFK Stadium. The actual game starts at 3:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Adams Morgan Day

What began as a smaller neighborhood festival 35 years ago has turned into one of the city’s most vibrant street festivals. Adams Morgan Day takes place Sunday, Sept. 8. The event packs in food vendors, artists and live entertainment along 18th Street N.W. from noon until 7 p.m.

Silver Spring Jazz Festival

The ninth annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. The event is free and attendees can expect to hear four different performances between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Great Grapes: Wine, Arts and Food Festival in Reston

The two-day festival (Sept. 7 and 8) at Reston Town Center will sample more than 200 Virginia wines, alongside live entertainment, food and crafts. Don’t want to leave the kids at home? Make it a family day out with the festival’s kids’ area that is sure to keep them entertained and happy.

DC MEETMarket

The DC MEETMarket is back for the fall season with this month’s market on Saturday, Sept. 7. The list of food and local artisan vendors continues to grow at the market that meets on 15th and P Streets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Logan Circle. Whether you’re in the mood to pick up some jewelry or a freshly made crepe, you’ll find it at DC MEETMarket.

The 9/11 Unity Walk

This year’s Unity Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Northwest D.C. The event starts at noon with opening ceremonies, and the walk proceeds down Massachusetts, Ave., where participants are invited to stop in different houses of worship to learn about a variety of faiths. Speakers and musical performances will also be a part of the day.

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