Look at this stuff. Isn’t it neat?
Union Market Opens
What: A food hall stocked with 40-odd specialty stores galvanizes the neighborhood near Gallaudet. Belly up to the Rappahannock Oyster bar, sip an egg cream at Buffalo & Bergen, and refuse to share a bite of chocolate pudding from Trickling Springs Creamery.
Why: Should Chelsea, Pike Place, and Reading Terminal Markets have all the fun?
When: Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 1309 5th St. NE, at Neal Pl.
Girls Rock DC Showcase
What: Lady rockers ages 8-18 kick off the Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit with a raucous concert inspired by legends such as Bessie Smith, The Supremes, Cher, and Lady Gaga.
Why: Smells like tween and teen spirit.
When: Concert, Sun., 2-3:30 p.m. Exhibit thru Jan. 2013.
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, at 13th St. (202-783-5000). Concert admission is free; exhibit is $10.
Cupcake Camp DC
What: Mingle with other tiny-cake aficionados over homemade confections; proceeds go to DC Candlelighters, a foundation that fights childhood cancers.
Why: Enter a raffle for prizes like dining gift cards (South Block Smoothie & Wrap Co., Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza) and more.
When: Sat., 4-6 p.m.
Where: Continental Pool Lounge, 1911 Fort Myer Dr., at Lee Hwy., Arlington (703-465-7675). Register ($5 for four tastings, $10 for six tastings and two raffle tickets) at eventbrite.com.
What: Hungry for change? Join a 5K walk sandwiched between a continental breakfast and a barbecue to support the library fund at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in southwest D.C.
Why: Work up two appetites.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, at 12th St. (202-554-8588). Sign up ($35) or donate at razoo.com.
1001 Inventions Family Festival
What: The golden age of Muslim civilization inspires dancing and musical performances, cooking demos, and hands-on arts and crafts (henna applications, Arabic calligraphy, paper marbling, and perfume making).
Why: Countless ways to amuse the kids (and grown-ups who bring them).
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW, at M St. (202-857-7588). Admission is free.
Illustration: Courtesy of Edens