02 Sep 2021

The To Do List: Week of September 2, 2021

It’s not that I’m biased because it’s almost my birthday, but early September is a magical time of year. There is a cooler breeze in the air, Labor day is coming, the children are back in school* and mosquitoes will soon die. What’s not to love?

Now, let’s find you something fun to do!

The DC Jazz Festival is happening this week! From September 1-5, revel in the sounds of this incredible, versatile genre and its rich history in the nation’s capital. To learn more about the line-up and the venues (like Mr. Henry’s!!), click here. To purchase tickets, click here.

And speaking of live music, enjoy the first of a series of free Friday concerts on the Hill, Live on the Hill! From 5-6:30 p.m. every Friday in September, enjoy music at the southern corner of 7th and D Streets SE. See you tomorrow?

By the way, there are family-friendly concerts on Saturdays as well! Here is the whole line-up:

Friday, 9/3 – Deborah Band
Saturday, 9/4 – The Great Zucchini 
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

So grateful for our awesome partnership with DC Music Live. Make sure you check out their bimonthly Set List column, which features reviews, photos and commentary on the local scene! The app, designed by Naomi-Grace Palnaqui and Nameer Rizvi, helps you explore all the venues around the area offering LIVE MUSIC! Download it here for iPhone and here for Android! And hey– if you’re at the Rare Essence show on Saturday, I’ll be there too! Say hello!

On Labor Day, September 6, the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge opens with a 5k and a big community celebration. Register here and join in the fun!

Can’t get enough of outdoor movies? NoMa’s CiNoMatic continues on September 8 with The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.For more info, click here and to get tickets, click 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.

On Thursday, September 9, you can catch local favorites the Capitol Hillbillies at the newly re-opened Art & Soul. Stay tuned for a little more info!


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.

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.

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.


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.

*Admittedly, this point would be more enjoyable if all schools were safe and had working A/C and HVAC systems.

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