It is the hallowed feast of Michaelmas, also known as the day Mr. Charles Bingley moves into Netherfield Park, marking the beginning of Pride and Prejudice. (And if you want to do a deep dive into Bingley’s family and why they would be renting instead of already owning a large estate, click here). With that bit of nerdly oddity out of the way, what delights does fall have in store for us?
Capitol Hill Village, a non-profit dedicated to fostering neighborly ties and allowing residents to live fuller lives and stay in their own homes as long as they want, invites the community to their Get Your Move On celebration, Saturday at 10 a.m. on the western end of Lincoln Park, by 11th Street. There will be movement and a great soundtrack courtesy of Batalá Washington. Everyone is invited and it’s a free event, but CHV asks that you register here.
If it’s the first of the month, so this can only mean free puppuccinos at Steadfast Supply! Every first Saturday of the month, you and your doggo, pupper, yapper or woofer can plan on taking a stroll down to Water Street and get a lovely treat and some shopping done. Free puppuccinos run through the first Saturday in December and you can find more info here.
And since you’re already by the Yards, why not get Brunch on the Go? Every Saturday in October, except the 29, get fit and brunch with friends! Four restaurants are offering special packages and you can find a routine to follow at the Yards’ website. On October 1, get fit and fab with Yellow (YUM!). More information here and tickets here.
CALLING ALL GARDENERS! The Friends of the National Arboretum are having a Fall Festival and MEGA bulb sale on October 1, starting at 10 a.m. and if you want to introduce cool new spring bloomers to your garden, this is a can’t-miss event. More info here. RSVP is encouraged but not necessary to attend.
Speaking of gardening, the Friends of Kingman Park have their monthly clean-up on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at the triangle park by Oklahoma Avenue and D Street NE. Make sure you check the weather before you head out– the cleanup is on if it’s drizzling but off if it’s raining.
And if eating is your favorite, it looks like the newest restaurant on the Hill, Han Palace, will do a soft opening this Saturday as well. Han Palace has a large menu, but of special note is their Dim Sum. Check out their website here.
Barracks Row Main Street wants your help naming the bunnies at Eastern Market Metro Plaza. Click here to access the nomination form and get ready to get voting this coming week!
The March on Washington Film Festival started on Wednesday and runs through this weekend. If there has ever been a time to reflect, learn and uphold the courage of those seeking for equality and fighting for basic rights, it is now. Learn more about the festival and their mix of in-person and online screenings happening September 28-October 2 here and get their virtual all-access for only $30, because it looks like Ian is bringing the bad weather up this way.
The final installment of the American Roots Series happens at the Hill Center this Sunday, rain or shine (if rain, make sure you bring proof of vaccination). This Sunday, The Revelers bring their Louisiana rhythms to help wrap up your weekend. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
If you love local photography, you may know about Exposed DC, a group that’s becen promoting local shutterbugs for almost twenty years. They will be featured in an episode of WETA Arts that will premiere Monday, October 3 and 9:30 p.m. Check out more information here.
Did you know the U. S. Capitol holds Capitol Conversations on weekdays at 1 p.m.? These virtual sessions are informative and fun–– a neat opportunity to learn something new while you eat your lunch. Register for Capitol Conversations here.
Get tickets to The Till Trilogy at Mosaic Theater Company. This collection of three works focuses on the 1955 murder of Emmet Till, a 14-year old child who was tortured and killed for allegedly offending a white woman. For more information and tickets, click here. The Till Trilogy runs starting Tuesday, October 4 and through November 20 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
The next show from the Capitol Hill Art League is called Parallax and will open at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and online on October 4. On October 8, there will be a reception at CHAW so you can also meet the artists. More information here.
Speaking of theater, we are in the midst of DC Theater Week(s)! The event, running through October 9, showcases the massive amounts of talent all over the the DC area and is back after the pandemic made theatre a less joyful experience. For more information and a wealth of events, visit theatreweek.org.
On Wednesday evenings, make it trivia! Two Girls Trivia runs a quiz at Fight Club starting at 7 p.m. You can also catch them at Biergarten Haus on Tuesday evenings. For more information and quiz hints, check out their Twitter, @twogirlstrivia.
Every Thursday, Kelly’s Irish Times has comedy! The Batting Cage Comedy show starts at 8 p.m. and is free. More info here.
Hey, have you gotten your COVID booster and your flu shot? No? Well, cross that off your list this weekend! Click here to find where you can get it. Just a heads-up: COVID centers have run out of flu shots, so you may have to hit up Grubb’s Pharmacy for that.
As the day formerly known as Columbus Day ––now Indigenous Peoples Day–– approaches, this guide from the Smithsonian could be a thoughtful guide in talking about the day with your family. From planting a native garden to learning whose land you’re on, these suggestions are great. Pair it with a visit to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and stay for the food, and learn a little more about what America was, before America.
National Landing BID is busy creating community and a new identity through great events and you love to see it. They have a Sunday series called National Landing Unplugged, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Check it out here but make sure you check ahead in case of inclement weather.
Taste of the Harvest is happening on October 8 from 4-8 p.m. and you’re invited! This event, organized by the 11th Street Bridge Park and THEARC, is a chance to reconnect with friends and neighbors while you enjoy performances, chef demos and a bountiful harvest from local farmers. The event is free but they ask that you RSVP. To do so and to learn more about the event, click here.
The St. Mark’s Players are back and their new production, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang will run from October 7 through 22. For more information and tickets click here.
A new interactive experience is coming to Rhode Island Center, the space right off Rhode Island Avenue Metro, where the Van Gogh exhibit was earlier this year. The experience is called DINOS ALIVE and it looks like it’s gonna be a great hit for the younger set (and their tired, devoted parents). Dinos Alive is coming in October, but you can get tickets here.
If you’ve never tuned in to a chat from the U. S. Botanic Garden, you may want to change that this coming October 8. TikTok/Instagram sensation, @blackforager (a.k.a. Alexis Nikole Nelson) will be demonstrating how to cook with acorns and you’re not going to want to miss it. Alexis is funny, charming, engaging and very knowledgeable about all the delicious eats in your backyard. Register here.
The Congressional Cemetery Soul Strolls are a hot ticket, coming at you October 14, 15, 21 and 22. Learn about the residents of our quietest community and wander the beautiful grounds at night. Tickets are $15-35 and you can get them here, while you still can.
Do you love beer? Do you love events that are just a short stroll downhill from our beloved neighborhood? Then Snallygaster— celebrating 10 years of wonderful beer merriment this year– is surely your jam. This year’s iteration happens October 8 on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 3rd and 6th Streets NW. More tickets and information here. We are told tickets are going fast: last year it was very crowded but also a lot of fun, so get your beer buds together for suds.
Do you love DC History? Then mark your calendar for Saturday, October 15 so you can visit the Carnegie Library during Open Day! Explore the library and the neighborhood, dance, learn and get gift certificates to neighboring restaurants when you register. More information and RSVP here.
It’s coming: SPOOKY SEASON! Here on the Hill, we love ourselves some Halloween. Hill-O-Ween is a proud and storied tradition for the littlest ones, and the date has been announced: Friday, October 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be live and virtual events and plenty of happy, spooky merriment. For more info, visit their site here.
And if you want to be part of our now third annual Spooky Hill is Home map so folks can find your spoo0o0oO0okily decorated home, shoot us an email at email@example.com and make sure to tell us about your home’s theme and degree of spookiness! And don’t forget: if you have a special candy delivery system or treat, we can add that to the map as well!