26 May 2022

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The To Do List: Week of May 26, 2022

Hello there. Many of you may be out of town for Memorial Day weekend, or perhaps you’ll just be barbecuing the pain away. Sorry, sorry– that was a little jaded. But the truth is that just as we are recovering from one tremendous blow, something else comes along to bring us down again. So let’s remember those who’ve sacrificed their lives for our right to bear arms and shoot innocent children live in freedom. Oops, sorry about that. Let’s just barbecue and find fun things to do, shall we?

Take it easy and enjoy the beauty around us. Thank you to @saturdaysindc for tagging us in this quiet, evocative capture. Tag #thehillishome for a chance to be featured.

First up, Rolling to Remember is taking over the area and there will be several street closures in the area. Click here for more information.

The Live, on the Hill concert series is on! This and every Friday, head on down to Eastern Market Metro Plaza and listen to the smooth sounds of a mystery band, from 5-6:30 p.m. More information here.

Unplugged in the Park is coming to the Triangle Park at Potomac Avenue and I Street SE this Saturday, May 28, from 7-9 p.m. Come enjoy the company of your neighbors and boogie with Shut and Velvet Cover featuring DJ Love.

The UEFA Champions League Final is taking place on May 28 and soccer fans need places to watch. Good thing Wunder Bar has your back. Starting at 3 p.m., enjoy Atlas Beer specials as you count down the seconds until either Liverpool or Real Madrid will emerge victorious. More info here. Who you rooting for? Wait, don’t tell me.

Want to put on the show instead of listening to it? How about some karaoke? Here are a couple of options: 

  • Hatoba in Navy Yard is doing Hatoba Nights, karaoke every Friday night from 9-midnight! Sip a Polynesian cocktail while you delight (or torture) your fellow patrons with your best NO DIGGITYYYYY. Bag it up: Reservations here. 
  • Sticky Rice on H Street NE is also doing karaoke again! Every Thursday night, there will be karaoke at the bar — and the private rooms will be back **soon**. Reservations here.

Looking for a way to smarten up your weekdays? Biergarten Haus has trivia every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Bring yourself and your team, consisting of no more than six peppy trivia players and compete for a $50 gift certificate to Biergarten Haus! For more info and for possible clues, check out quizmistresses Jean and Ana on Instagram.

Movies on the Pitch, a series of free outdoor movies at Audi Field, will be THE place to watch a movie and get eaten by mosquitoes this summer. But seriously, the lineup looks great and the fun starts Thursday, June 2. Click here for more information and tickets.

Over at The Wharf, several fun things are happening this week:

  • Starting May 31 and going through August 30, do outdoor yoga at the Wharf, Tuesdays at 6 p.m.and Sundays at 9 a.m. Info and RSVP here.
  • Bring a little cheer to your humpday with Wednesday at the Wharf concerts, starting June 1 at 7 p.m. This Wednesday, catch Collective Delusion. For the full line-up, click here.

Live around Kingman Park and want to meet your neighbors? Join the Friends of Kingman Park for a Peace Walk on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Triangle Park off Oklahoma Avenue.

Over at Dacha Navy Yard, are you ready for Pride Pils with a dance party? Yeah you are! Come out on Thursday, June 2 and enjoy beer and dancing– and support SMYAL and The Blade Foundation while you’re at it. More details and RSVP here.

Want to support a woman-owned tour company? Feel like taking a tour from home because, oh, I don’t know, maybe you need to do something while you’re isolating? Or you want to see the city but you’re avoiding bigger crowds? Make sure you check our our friends at A Tour of Her Own here. They are sure to have something fun for you– including in-person tours!


On a personal note, I’m proud to say that one of my photos is part of this year’s Exposed DC photo contest. The contest, in its 16th year, highlights photography from around the area. There will be a reception outside Ellē in Mount Pleasant this Sunday, May 29, from 3-5 p.m. More information here.

How about learning to ride a bike, or riding with new friends? WABA DC has several events around town such as learning to ride bikes at Anacostia Park. For more information, click here.

DC Brau is holding their Dock Days of Summer series. On Sunday, May 29, catch Big Hillbilly Bluegrass from 2-5 p.m. More info here.

We want to give the biggest, warmest welcome back to boat rides along the Georgetown Canal! A tradition that hasn’t been back for years, it’s now officially here again and you can schedule boat rides into the summer now. Click here to learn more.


Who doesn’t love comedy? Mark your calendar for these two free recurring events:

  • Starting Saturday, June 4 and every other Saturday, catch the Catfish Comedy Presents The Pregame Show at Union Pub. Click here for tickets and more info.
  • Starting Sunday, June 5, and every first Sunday after that, catch comedy at the Trusty’s bus. Click here for tickets and more info.

June is Pride Month and The Wharf is kicking off the season with a Queer Beer Festival, June 3-4, from 5:30 to 10 pm. Enjoy craft beer samples, music and food— and community! More info and tickets here.

Starting June 3, come prepared to mow down some pawns and take some queens at Market Metro Plaza. Free Play Fridays is happening every Friday from 1-4 p.m.

On June 4, bring the kids for a free chess tournament, sponsored by the U.S. Chess Center. For more info on the tournament and to register your player, click here.

Over at the beautiful Epiphany Episcopal Church in Downtown DC (you know, the one that chimes every hour with dreamy tunes?), you can catch Congressional Chorus ‘s newest show, called Mixtape. The show will be a travel through decades of music, culminating in a new commission. Mixtape is happening on June 3 and 4. More info and tickets over at CongressionalChorus.org

On June 12, celebrate 50 years of the Arboretum’s Washington Youth Garden with a party and benefit! More information and details here.

On Wednesday, June 15, the Hill Center will be holding a special conversation with Chief Robert Contee and historian Derek Musgrove. Learn more about our current MPD chief and how the District has changed over the past 50 years. For more information and tickets, click here.

On Saturday, June 18, the Northeast Library will have a really cool-sounding discussion about the enduring influence of the Wu-Tang Clan. This event is in partnership with East City Books. More information here.

Pharrell Williams is headlining in Something in the Water, a HUGE festival taking place *somewhere* along Independence Avenue SW (TBD), on Juneteenth weekend, June 17-19, 2022. The festival has its origins in Virginia Beach, but this year they are moving up farther north. The line-up is big and you can buy passes for the whole week starting Saturday, April 30. Click here to check out the lineup and to get your tickets (or bookmark it to get your tickets on 4/30).

The National Building Museum— one of my favorite museums in the city– always done something magical for their Summer Block Party series, and this year is no different. Together with the Folger Theater, this year they will bring an ACTUAL SHAKESPEAREAN PLAYHOUSE to the Grand Hall! The Playhouse will be open during the day for visiting, behind-the-scenes peeks and education. At night, it’ll transform into Titania and Oberon’s lair of love and mischief as the Folger Theater brings “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the stage starting July 12. For info on The Playhouse and the National Building Museum, click here. For play tickets, click here.

And it’s a ways off, but start getting excited for the DC Jazz Fest, August 31 to September 4 this year. Check out the line-up here.

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