9 Awesome Reasons To Love D.C. This Fall

Hands down, fall is our favorite time to live/work/play in Washington. The summer's strife (raging humidity, sweaty commutes, stifling heat) has come to an end, and the city reemerges with cool breezes, bright blue skies, and an energy that its fellow three seasons just can't match. To celebrate properly, we've whipped up a handy guide to what's happening over the next couple weeks. On your mark, get set, plan!
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First on our "must" list? Solange at GWU, naturally. The beyond-stylish singer will perform at the university's Lisner Auditorium on Saturday, November 8, and — get this — ticket prices max out at $35. Get yours quick, and start planning the perfect mixed-prints outfit as an homage.

Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st Street NW; 202-994-6800.
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Photo: Alex Prager, Crowd #1 (Stan Douglas), 2010. Archival pigment print, 48 x 81 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Los Angeles-based artist Alex Prager has her first solo museum exhibition this November at the Corcoran, and it's going to be nothing short of amazing. Comprised of 40 of Prager's cinematic photographs and four films, the Face in the Crowd exhibition beautifully blends art and reality, incorporating elements of fashion, post-war Americana, and mystery. Here's a peek at some of her previous work with some very famous faces to whet your appetite.

Opens November 23. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street NW; 202-639-1700.
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Judging by the jam-packed scene at this past Saturday's inaugural District Flea, the market will be the place to be every Saturday morning until October 19. We're also crossing our fingers that it'll come back in the spring. Here's hoping!

District Flea, 945 Florida Avenue NW; no phone.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ron Blunt Photography.
Antiquing at Eastern Market Imagine if hordes of Etsy's vintage and handmade sellers set up camp in the Capitol Hill 'hood...oh, and there were live music and mini-doughnuts, too. That's pretty much what goes down at Eastern Market every Saturday and Sunday.

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Fall in Washington tends to be an art-packed season, but not all the great works are on display in galleries and museums. Hop over to West End Cinema starting October 4 to catch director Megumi Sasaki’s follow-up to his 2008 documentary on civil-servants-turned-art-collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel. Titled Herb & Dorothy 50x50, the film chronicles the distribution of the Vogels' 2,500-piece collection to museums across all 50 states.

West End Cinema, 2301 M St NW; 202-419-3456.
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Photo: Courtesy of Biergarten Haus.
Nothing says October like Oktoberfest, right? Join in on Biergarten Haus' annual celebration on Saturday, September 21, and partake in German food, authentic music, and beer — lots and lots of beer. If the weather holds, take advantage of the patio and rooftop deck and soak up some Vitamin D.

Biergarten Haus, 1355 H St NE; 202-388-4085.
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Photo: Courtesy of Transformer/Eric Fleischauer, Universal Paramount.
Transformer's latest exhibition, "A modest occupation" , delves into the world of artist-run art subscription programs, which presents a curious intersection of art and economics. The show questions how artists can support themselves financially, along with the merits of art that is produced with consumers in mind.

Transformer, 1404 P Street NW; 202-483-1102.
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Photo: Courtesy of Heather Freeman Public Relations

When you find a restaurant that makes life-changing pork-belly ramen, you add it to your favorites. When that restaurant is wallpapered in Japanese manga and serves donut ice-cream sandwiches until 1 a.m., you fall in love.

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It's almost time for the third annual (e)merge art fair, taking place this year on October 3 to 6 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Showcasing galleries alongside unrepresented artists, the three-day art fest is a wonderland for discovering new and established creators.

Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I Street SW; no phone. Get tickets here.