It’s hard to type September 10 without thinking of the somber anniversary we as Americans will observe tomorrow: twenty years since 9/11. Life changed radically in one horrifying day that simultaneously moved too fast and also as if in slow motion. I’ll be asking folks to share their stories tomorrow on our social media channels, and would love to hear yours. Sometimes, sharing is how we can heal a little more.
By the way, Mayor Bowser will host a wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Engine 16 off Thomas Circle, in honor of those we lost twenty years ago.
What’s happening this week/end?
First up, the Live on the Hill series continues at Eastern Market Metro Park this week with Aaron Myers TODAY at 5 p.m. and 1,2,3 Andrés on Saturday at 10 a.m. Want more information? Check out the links to the musicians below:
Friday, 9/10 – Aaron Myers
Saturday, 9/11 – 123 Andrés
Friday, 9/17 – Samuel Prather
Saturday, 9/18 – Jon The Bubble Guy
Friday, 9/24 – Herb Scott
Saturday, 9/25 – Marsha and the Positrons
If a little something more danceable is your speed, La Cosecha, 1280 4th Street NE, will have a free summer concert and Izis La Enfermera will help fill Union Market district with sweet, soulful salsa music. DJ Lorenzo Haire will keep the tunes going until midnight.
Craving more music? Check out DC Music Live’s bimonthly Set List column, which features reviews, photos and commentary on the local scene! The app helps you explore all the venues around the area offering LIVE MUSIC! Download it here for iPhone and here for Android!
The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance will take place next Saturday, September 11 across the District. Pledge to help your city –or help a teen complete community service hours and pledge them. This is a meal-packing in-person event, so please be aware that COVID precautions will be in place. For more information and to sign up, click here.
The Hill Center is celebrating ten years with their American Roots Series. The series kicks off September 12 with Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle. More info and RSVP here.
Looking for story time? The DC Public Library has brought it back! On Tuesdays, go to the rooftop at Union Market, 10:30 a.m. On Wednesdays, go to Marion Park, 4th and E Streets SE, 10:30 a.m.
The H Street festival is (so far) back on in person. On Saturday, September 18, from noon to 7 p.m., enjoy the best from our beloved crazy street. More information here.
Richard Spotts, organist, will present the Music of Charles Tournemire next Saturday, September 18 at 7 pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (2nd St SE & C St SE). No charge, but free-will offering encouraged. COVID protocols require attendees to wear face masks. Socially distant seating is available in the side pews of the church. More information about the concert is at saintpetersdc.org/music
The DC Bike Ride is coming Saturday, September 25 starting at 8 a.m.! You can register here for the 20-mile ride around all the beautiful sights the city has to offer. Tickets start at $67. Check out the route map here.
The March on Washington Film Festival is happening from September 30 through October 4 this year, both virtually and in person. You can buy early bird tickets here.
Soul Strolls is a fall tradition around the Hill, where you get to meander around a spooOoky cemetery and listen to stories from beyond the grave. Tickets go fast every year, so get yours soon. Click here to get them.
OFF-HILL BUT AWESOME:
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is open at Bryant Street NE. The multi-sensory, multi-room experience is open weekdays 10 am-8 pm and weekends 9 am-9 pm. You can read more about it here and get tickets here. Plan to spend between an hour and a half and two hours in this exhibit. The exhibit is family-friendly, but children under 4 may become a little restless in certain areas. By the way, after your visit, stop by our friends at Metrobar and tell them we sent you! The place is super family-friendly and they have a rolling line-up of food trucks parked right outside.
Local band gone big SHAED will be playing at Tysons Corner on September 17, as part of the iHeart Radio Concert Series– and it’s free! Learn more here.
HUEPHORIA is a one-of-a-kind immersive and life-altering experience taking place in Columbia, Maryland, September 9-12. It will feature kinetic sculptures, aural and visual scapes and much more. Tickets and space are limited, but check out more information here.