05 May 2022

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The To Do List: Week of May 5, 2022

Hey, you can once again picnic at the Senate Garage Fountain grounds! Photo by @sarkin via our tag #thehillishome. Want to be featured? Tag us!

Happy 160th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla to all who celebrate! Where can you grab a marg and tacos? Here are several options, which range from Mexican to pan-Latin, but just beware: Everyone is actively having the same idea today.

  • Barracks Row Main Street will host a, Catorce (?) de Mayo party at Eastern Market Metro Park, postponed to May 14. There will be a mariachi band and an Afro-Caribbean band as well. You can also expect food specials. More info here.
  • If you haven’t checked out the new-and-improved Santa Rosa Taqueria, run, do not walk. Their new patio on 3rd Street SE is really great and all-weather (folks were sitting comfortably out there on a recent rainy day) and the Margaritas are going to razzle you and dazzle you. Highly recommend the Himalayan pink salt on the rim– so good! Oh yes. The food is also great– as usual. 
  • The Running of the Chihuahuas is coming to the District Wharf on May 7. More details here.
  • Feel like going off-Hill? Swingers in Dupont Circle is offering five of their special Margs for $10 on Cinco.
  • You can visit all these great Mexican or Pan-American inspired restaurants so you can get your fill of margs and tacos too:
    • Santa Rosa Taqueria
    • Zoca Mexican Cuisine
    • Taco City
    • Las Placitas Restaurant
    • Taqueria y Rosticeria Fresca
    • Taqueria Al Lado
    • Sol Mexican Grill
    • H Street Country Club
    • Chupacabra
    • Agua 301
    • Mission Navy Yard
    • Taqueria Paraiso
    • La Lomita
    • La Lomita Dos
    • La Plaza

Did you know that Mr. Henry’s has live music five nights out of the week? Check out their website for their schedule! Click here.

Every Friday, Live, on the Hill provides an al fresco stage for local musicians. Unfortunately, tomorrow they will be taking a break due to the forecast inclement weather.
Looks like the Spring Jazz Series at Canal Park is still on, however. This week, you can catch the DMV Percussion academy, starting at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Honey Made on Barracks Row ( 727 8th Street SE) is holding a Shop and Sip event on May 6. From 5-7 p.m. drop by, shop their cute merchandise and sip alcoholic and non-alcoholic sips. If you’re feeling inspired, why not get a tarot reading? We hear the reader is very good! (Yes, it’s me. Hi! Come say hi!)

The Broccoli City festival starts tomorrow and goes through Sunday at the RFK Festival grounds. The festival celebrates local talent and arts culture in the District. Click here for tickets and more info.

Do you actually care about mothers and babies once they’re born? Then the March for Babies by the March of Dimes, coming to Nationals Stadium on May 7, is the event for you. Create a team and come walk for babies and moms’ health. Did you know that 90% of all maternal deaths in the District happen to be Black? Moms and babies need us more than ever. Click here for event details and to register you and your team.

The Mother’s Day House and Garden Tour organized by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society is one of those so very Capitol Hill events you have to do at least once (but you’ll want to do every year). The tour, which benefits and supports the mission of CHRS, will take place May 7 and 8, 2022. For more details and to secure your tickets, click here. 

Maury at the Market: Lights, Camera, Auction is back in person at Eastern Market’s North Hall this Saturday, May 7. Buy your tickets here. Remember: You don’t need to have a child enrolled in DCPS to enjoy the party or the loot!

Coming on May 7, Central Farm Market is opening their Half Street Central Farm Market! The outdoor market will run every Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. through December 17, except for Thanksgiving weekend. There will be cooking demos, kid activities and so much more. For more info, click here.

Shopping for mom? Steadfast Supply has your back: They’ll have a book reading event with an inspiring 6-year old, as well as all sorts of fun events. Click here for more info and to follow them on Instagram.

Are you looking for something fitness oriented to do with the coming warm weather? How about outdoor fitness classes on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Canal park and Yards park? For more information and to RSVP, click here.

The Yards wants to get you moving! Throughout May, they are doing a campaign called “Walk this Way,” which is designed to help you get in your steps–– however many you do per day. Click here to download a map of routes to help you on your fitness journey. On May 11, they are holding a special happy hour to celebrate this fun and necessary campaign. Register a team of 4-6 people and pledge to get a walk in before happy hour, and you will get a $100 gift card to Bammy’s or Agua 301, to make sure happy hour happens! More details and RSVP to the kick-off happy hour here.

Learn about robotics and laugh out loud on May 12 with Wrong Answers Only hosted by LabX and the National Academy of Sciences. Click here to learn more and RSVP.


Passport DC is back in person! After a COVID hiatus, the incredible round-the-world open embassy tour is back. Plan your route accordingly and make sure you really appreciate the fact that if you go, you will be stepping on that country’s sovereign soil. 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.

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 the Carter Barron parking lot. For more information, click here.

The AFI Silver Theatre is celebrating International Labor Day with the DC International Labor Fest. The festival kicks off on, when else, May 1, with a movie called The Wobblies, which has been lovingly restored in 4k. Watch the trailer here and buy tickets here.


Looking for fun outdoor activities for the kiddos? On May 14, and every Saturday in the summer, the DC Public Library will be doing Pop-Up Storytime at Eastern Market Metro Park, starting at 10:30 a.m. Music, movement, puppets and so much more! For more info, click here.

Can’t get enough of books? The Books in Bloom festival in Columbia, Maryland, is coming on Sunday, May 15. More info here.

Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20 from 7-9 a.m. and the Capitol Hill BID will have a special station with treats and swag if you’re choosing to live the two-wheeled life. More info here.

Are you passionate about helping working parents know and assert their rights AND you also love to dance? Then put First Shift Justice Project’s Dance Like a Mother benefit on your calendar! On May 20 starting at 6p.m., go to Wunder Garten or get down online and donate and dance for a great cause. More info here.

Always wanted to know more about Union Station? Join this tour with Atlas Obscura on May 21 and learn about our busy transportation hub! Click here for more information and tickets.

The Preakness Stakes is happening on May 21, but the Preakness Live culinary art and music festival happens on May 20 and is a chance to sample incredible Baltimore cuisine as you listen to great live acts. For more info and tickets, click here.

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

This week’s news was big: 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.

Have fun while doing good! Hope & Seek , an in-person and virtual scavenger hunt is happening on Saturday, May 21. You can form your own team or support a team. The proceeds will support Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School, an institution that supports the learning and needs of adults from 18 years of age onward. For more information, to register, and to learn about the school’s mission, click here.

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