08 Oct 2021

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The To Do List: Week of October 8, 2021

We’re eight days into October and mosquitoes still aren’t dead. Keep rooting for that soil temperature to drop, so they go into hibernation.

The look of (sambuca) love, by reader @polreanforreals on Instagram. Tag your happy place #thehillishome for a chance to be featured.

The Yards will be holding their Back to the Yards totally tubular 80s party TODAY, October 8! Excellent tunage, tasty waves, a cool buzz and you’ll be fine. More info here.

The Live on the Hill series has been extended and, luckily for us all, October has FIVE Fridays! Today, enjoy jazz by Elijah Jamal Balbed and his EJB quartet. The rest of the month is as follows:
Oct 15, Zach Cutler
Oct 22, Amy Bormet
Oct 29, Imani Grace-Cooper

Down at The Yards town, SNALLYGASTER is happening tomorrow! If you haven’t snagged tickets to this incredible beer festival, you still can. Click here for more info and tickets.

October means OKTOBERFEST! The Bavarian-inspired festival, or what I recently learned is nothing but an extended wedding celebration, is one of those things that screams autumn– and beer. Here are a few options around our area:

  • Wundergarten: Märtzen style beer. Café Berlin food on Friday nights. DOGtoberfest on Saturday afternoons. Fräulein KIKI. FUN. The party contunes through Sunday, October 10. More information here. Want to celebrate with a LGBTQIA twist? Then PRIDEtoberfest is more your speed! More info here.
  • Biergartenhaus: Have you ever wondered how long you can hold a stein of beer at arms’ length? Wonder no more and join the fun on Thursdays for Stein hoisting! More info here.
  • Cafe Berlin: Sometimes you just need really good German food and a beer. Good thing our friends at Cafe Berlin have a special Oktoberfest menu just for you.

Support local artists! The Capitol Hill Art League has a show called “Memories” currently hanging at Frame of Mine, 545 8th Street SE. It runs through October 15, but you can also check it out online here.
By the way, are you a local artist? Why not apply for CHAW’s artist residency? This could be a chance to use their beautiful space to project your artistic vision. More details here.

Craving live music? The Set List is SO FULL of amazing acts. From the Anthem to Songbyrd, there is something to make you smile. Incidentally, Songbyrd is marking their move to northeast DC with an open house on Sunday, October 10, from 4-10 p.m.! More details here.

Craving brunch? Emmy Squared recently debuted their brunch menu, available Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.. Breakfast burger paired with a peach sangria, anyone? How about a hangover pizza after all that beer? Check out their menus here and then make reservations through their site.

Craving gospel music and helping the community out? The Black and Positively Golden Gospel Festival has been going on this month, broadcast on BET’s YouTube Channel and through the McDonald’s app. On Sunday, October 10, this incredible project will be showcasing gospel singers from the greater DC area. More information here. Want to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities as you watch the show? Click here.

Do you want to practice your tango or milonga dancing? Union Market district has a weekly session on Wednesdays! More info here.


Can’t get enough Oktoberfest? The Brig is holding SMOKETOBERFEST on October 17. It’ll be an amazing pig roast and football. What more could you want? Tickets and info here.

The first ever TUNETOBERFEST is on October 24! It’s the Tune Inn– do you really need more info? Just go buy tickets here.

The Literary Pumpkin Walk is happening on October 23 and you are invited to participate. Sign up here.

Nightmare in Navy Yard is an outdoor pop-up celebration for masked and vaccinated ghouls and ghals, happening October 30. For more information and tickets, click here. (Psst– early bird tickets are cheapest!)

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the past, present and future of Union Station? On November 3, the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation will hold a special virtual session all about this beloved and busy hub. Sign up here.

Have you ever wondered what a large, afternoon/evening market that closes down part of a major artery and showcases tons of your favorite local Asian-American vendors and entrepreneurs would look like? WONDER NO MORE. The Redeye Night Market is literally here to fulfill this very fantasy, happening Saturday, November 6, from 4 p.m. to midnight on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 3rd and 7th Streets NW (a very short walk from the Hill so we’re claiming it!) Are you SO EXCITED? Me too. Learn more here and RSVP here.

Are you decorating for Halloween? Send me a line at info@thehillishome.com so I can add you to the SPOOKY HILL IS HOME map! By the way: if you have gently used costumes, dig them up and get ready to donate them, or buy a costume for a little neighbor too! More details soon!

If you are one of those sweet lambs for whom Chrismas cannot get here fast enough, you can now buy tickets to Enchant Christmas at Nationals Park. The dazzling light display and Christmas light maze follows the adventures of the Mischievous Elf. Enchant Christmas kicks off November 26 and tickets start at $29 per child. For more information click here, and to get tickets, click here.


Union Kitchen is opening their newest store in Eckington (1625 Eckington Place NE) and if you visit them on opening day, Monday, October 11, new date! October 19, still between 8 and 9 a.m., you get a Blind Dog choc chip cookie! (Do I smell family bike ride up the MBT?)

The National Academy of Sciences has a gorgeous building and museum on 22nd and Constitution NW, and cultural programs that focus on the intersection of art and science. Every Wednesday, they open their doors to the public. On October 13 at 11 a.m., you can listen to photographer James Balog chat about his exhibit, titled “Photography of the Anthropocene.” More info and tickets here.

This is not the most exciting thing, but electronics recycling is happening, thanks to RLG Americas. On Saturday, October 9, they’ll be collecting electronics at the corner of 19th and Pennsylvania, NW. More info here.

ARTECHOUSE is a museum focusing on immersive experiences that incorporate the magic of technology and the whimsy of artistic expression. Their newest installation is called “The Life of a Neuron” and opens September 27. For more info a tickets, click here

The Dupont Underground is back with all sorts of incredible events. Check it out here.

Want to catch an outdoor movie this fall? Rosslyn Cinema starts today with “Remember the Titans.” They’ll also have a sangria bar and food trucks. Click here for more info.

The Congressional Chorus‘s first concert of the season will be a spooky Halloween-themed romp called “A Nightmare on G Street.” More info here.

Put it on the calendar RIGHT NOW! The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building is reopening on November 20 and there is a host of incredible activities to mark this special occasion, starting with the FUTURES REMIXED three-day festival, November 19-21. Follow their Instagram for updates and RSVP here to the FUTURES REMIXED festival.

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