I don’t know about you, but this week was a little more nuts than usual. Let’s unwind and find fun things to do this weekend and into the week, shall we?
Rush over to Eastern Market Metro Plaza for the Live, on the Hill jazz series, starting at 5 p.m. Grab dinner at one of our wonderful local eateries and then make a plan to return on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the little ones for The Great Zucchini!
Want indoor music instead? Wander down to the Ugly Mug for live music starting at 5:30. More info here.
Tomorrow, celebrate fall with the Bridge to Bridge Fun Run and Concert, starting at 5:30 p.m. And if you go for a run, make sure you stop by Ice Cream Jubilee for a free cone! There will be folks from Pacers Running helping your form, food from Agua 301 and a concert! More info here.
Don’t forget: Every Tuesday, Eastern Market has an outdoor farmers’ market from 1-4 p.m. More info here.
And DO NOT FORGET! Art All Night is happening on Friday, September 23, from 5-10 p.m.
On Saturday, September 10, get ready to ride! The DC Bike Ride is happening all over town and you can join. Kids under seven ride for free and youth pays half price. Enjoy a blissful car-free day and see the city from a unique perspective. Check out the course map here. For more information and tickets, click here.
I recently spoke to race organizer Chris Browne about the ride, which has taken place every year since 2016 (except for 2020) and he tells me that this is not just an effort to bring the joy of bike-riding to a wider audience, but to make sure that as many people as possible are able to ride a bike– to that effect, you can even rent a bike and helmet on race day, so even if you don’t have a bike, you can still have fun. The DC Bike race takes the safety of a closed-street marathon and turns main thoroughfares into an event for as many people as possible to enjoy biking safely.
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.
Capitol Hill Village is a vibrant community constantly doing more to improve the lives of seniors on the Hill. In their latest issue, they talk about pickle ball and where you can play the latest-sensation game. Read here.
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.
The Capitol Hill Art League recently opened a show at Frame of Mine on 8th Street. The show is titled “Labor of Love” and features the work of local artists. Click here to see more or visit them in person. Frame of Mine is open 10 am-6 p.m on select days.
This and every Thursday, Kelly’s Irish Times has comedy! The Batting Cage Comedy show starts at 8 p.m. and is free. More info here.
Feeling a little frisky? Why not indulge your love of pastries and panties at Pies n’ Pasties at the Pie Shop on H Street? The show is 21+ and starts at 8:30. More info here.
Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 16 and you can celebrate with a flight of flavors from Ice Cream Jubilee. We’d like to lodge a formal complaint because we do not see ANY guava or lulo flavored choices and we do not feel represented. But okay, we’ll eat the Strawberry Tres Leches, because we’re team players.
Just feel like kicking back? Why not enjoy this beautiful selection from Dixit Domius by the Washington Bach Consort.
Looking for something very online but for a good cause? Why not spend some quality time bidding online on Everyone Home DC’s September Challenge Auction? Click here for more details and to bid. Order takeout, pour yourself something delicious and go for it!
Oktoberfest, which starts in September, is a great celebration of Bavarian culture and, well, a celebration of beer! From September 16 to October 9, enjoy fun events around town. Leading the pack it’s Wundergarten, with a beer garden, parties, German food, and the traditional Tapping of the Keg. For more details and to RSVP, click here. (Multiple dates are available)
On Saturday, September 17, help Crazy Aunt Helen’s welcome Gina Schaefer of A Few Cool Hardware Stores (a.k.a. Frager’s parent company) as she talks about her debut book, “Recovery Hardware.” More details and tickets 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.
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 October 4- November 20 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
The third annual “In This Together” community walk, organized by Calvary Women’s Services, is happening on September 24. Get a team together, sign up and help end homelessness in DC. For more info and details, click here.
Another wonderful film festival coming in late September is the March on Washington Film Festival. 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.
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.
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.
The Congressional Cemetery’s 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.
Take note: The Remarkable Indonesia Festival will close streets around the National Mall on Saturday, between 4th and 7th Streets NW. Additionally, Adams Morgan will have a pedestrian zone on 18th street NW between Columbia and Kalorama Roads.
Are you a Studio Ghibli fan? The Japanese animation studio has created movies that are touching, funny, mesmerizing and more akin to watching a moving painting than a cartoon. More info and tickets here.