29 Apr 2023

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The To Do List, Week of April 28, 2023

Look for Jan and Del at the Arboretum. Photo courtesy of Del Voss.

Y’all–– it’s the last Saturday in April and we’re catching a break in the rain, sort of. This Saturday is a big one, so I have several suggestions that are high fun and low pressure.

Today is the Friends of the National Arboretum Garden and Plant Sale and our friends Del Voss and Jan Day will be there selling their excellent honey and bee products, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until they run out. To access the sale, enter the Arboretum through the New York Avenue gate.

Today is also Independent Bookstore Day and the folks at East City Bookshop are having a BIG flash sale and other fun things. It’s also their SEVENTH birthday– can you believe it?! On Saturday, look for 10%, 20%, or 30% off at random throughout the day. There will be kids’ activities and a raffle for a tote full of the things that make a book lover’s heart go thump-thump.

Also happening today, new veterinary-by-membership Parker and Ace has a very fun upcoming Pet Paw-traits event, where you can get your beloved fur baby drawn by a cartoonist! This event will take place from 4-6 p.m.
Over at National Landing, Pink in the Park takes place at Long Bridge Park in Arlington on April 30 as an outdoor musical festival and celebration of pinkness and cherry blossoms. More info here.

Looking for a small family event? J.O. Wilson’s Enrollment Saturday playdate from 10 a.m. to noon may be the event for you. Enrollment Saturday is also happening across the District, so make sure you sign your children up for school. I’m tearing up just typing this. Many schools are offering swag, so even if you’ve already enrolled, make sure to drop by.

Looking for a big fun family event? Join Hill Family Biking for their first ride TODAY! Bring your bikes and your family for a protected family bike ride around the neighborhood. Check out the route below. Want to join? Sign up here.

Speaking of bikes, Bike and Roll to School Day is on May 3rd. Get your bike on, on your way to school! Give high-fives to Wendy the Water Drop and so much more! More info here.

Love baseball? The National Postal Museum has a Baseball Family Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.

YOUR Washington Nationals are back from the road after ***winning*** and this weekend there are special activities at the park, such as Girl Scout day today, kids’ opening day on Sunday, a special flyover in honor of the National Guard on Monday (#WhatWasThat alert), and many other fun things at the park. Get tickets here.

Project Glow is back! On April 29 and 30, the two-day electronic music festival is back at the grounds at RFK and you can get tickets here. We can only hope the music is not as loud as last year’s.

The Miracle Theatre is celebrating everyone’s favorite gorgeous gamine ingenue, Audrey Hepburn, the whole month of May. Catch four of her best-known films and swoon over her perfect outfits! Kick off the fun on May 5th with Roman Holiday, but I beg you: DO NOT CUT YOUR BANGS. Tickets here.

And Sunday, Sunday, Sunday: THE RUNNING OF THE STREETCAR! Check in at Wunder Garten in NoMa between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Then there will be a short walk to the starting point at 3rd and H NE, where bold and intrepid runners will catch the DC Streetcar and then run back its glorious 1.92 mile line in an attempt to beat it. Come line the streets and witness the majesty of machine and man! More information is available at this Facebook event, but just show up on Sunday and go from there! Are you #fasterthanthestreetcar?

(And if you’re faster than the streetcar, the next question is: Can you carry as many people as the streetcar? Because if so, DDOT has a job for you!)

Recently, Hill neighbor Andrew Perreault and his band Living Pictures released Crossing the Bridge, a dreamy, mellow, evocative soundtrack that may become an aural tapestry for your late spring and summer evenings. You can listen to it here and while you’re at it, make sure to follow Living Pictures on social media.


Why not get some delicious takeout from one of our local restaurants and catch a jazz performance at Eastern Market Metro Plaza? Live, on the Hill is back through this month, from 5-6:30! RSVPs are encouraged but not necessary. More info here. For more live performances, go here. Note, however, that the performances are not rain or shine, so today’s rain may interfere with this afternoon’s fun.

Want to get your square dance on with the DC Rawhides? They are yee-hawing their way into our hearts on Saturday evenings, 7-11 p.m., at Eastern Market’s North Hall. Click here for more info. 

A Sunday tradition, the Flea Market at Eastern Market is your one-stop shop for wonderful art, clothing, cosmetics and more. Follow them on Instagram here.

Mr. Henry’s is THE place to listen to jazz on the Hill. They have performances Wednesday through Saturday, but we have a soft spot for Saturday Showcase. This weekend, Herb Scott and his saxophone are coming to the showcase and you won’t want to miss it. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there is no cover; however, you need to order a minimum of $15 food and beverage minimum. Get the burger and go for it. Tickets and more info here.

Labyrinth has great events almost every night of the week, except for Monday. If you’re looking to demo board games or enjoy some of your favorites with old and new friends, check out their event calendar. For instance, their Magic: The Gathering night is on Tuesdays. More info on that event here.

as you are on Barracks Row has great events happening almost every day of the week: from crafting on Wednesdays to karaoke on Thursdays and Sundays to Saturday dance parties, this queer-safe space welcomes everyone. Check out their calendar of events here.

Tara Hoot welcomes you to sing Broadway tunes along with her at Crazy Aunt Helen’s this and every other Sunday. Make your reservations 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.

Every Thursday, Kelly’s Irish Times has comedy! The Batting Cage Comedy show starts at 8 p.m. and is free. More info here.


On April 29, why not explore a new neighborhood and celebrate International Dance Day? The Boro, right by Tysons Corner, has a great lineup with salsa and bachata lessons as well as dance performances. Check out more info here.

Mondays can be tough days, but Songbyrd has Music Trivia this and every Monday up in Union Market district to gladden hearts and fuel your competitive spirit. The best part? It’s ALL AGES! Enjoy it with friends or as a family. More info here.

Some days are for watching a movie in a comfy theater. The Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market has a great selection of movies. Check them out here.


On May 6 at 7 p.m., Global Sounds on the Hill at the Hill Center presents Javanese singer and songwriter Peni Candra Rini. This promises to be a fantastic show. For more details and tickets, click here.

Also at the Hill Center but in a completely different vein, enjoy Michael Hearst’s Unusual Creatures, Extraordinary People, Curious Constructions, and Unconventional Vehicles! Part TED-talk for kids with a serious They Might Be Giants-at-a-trivia-competition vibes, this is a show you and your kiddos won’t want to miss. Check out a video and buy tickets here.

Psychedelic guitar and pie? That’s what you can get on May 6 when Jared Mattson plays Pie Shop DC! Give it a listen here. For more info and tickets click here.

On May 7, do your Mother’s Day shopping at Eastern Market Pottery! The Annual Student Sale will take place that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature 20 local artists and light refreshments will be on hand for thirsty and hungry shoppers. For more information, click here.

Empower Hour is a special luncheon and panel discussing breast cancer which will benefit the Brem Foundation. It’ll take place on May 11, 2023 at the InterContinental at the Wharf. For more information and tickets, click here. 

On May 19, do something for the Earth and for your good mood: Bike To Work Day is happening! The event, meant to provide a jumping-off point for commuters to ditch the car and embrace the bike, is it its 22nd year. Be one of the first 15,000 people to register and get a BTWD t-shirt! Register and get more info here. If you take a photo or a selfie, share it with their hashtags, #BTWD2023 or #BTWD.

The next Pups at the Park will happen on May 19. To get tickets, (yes, including a ticket for Fido) click here.

Start thinking very warm thoughts: The Anacostia River Festival is coming May 20, 2023, 1-4 p.m. at Anacostia Park. You can check out the beautiful save the date landing page and keep checking it for updates here.

Do you believe in magic? There will be a live magic show at the Miracle Theatre coming on May 25 called Smoke and Mirrors: The Magic of Brice Harney. The show is ages 8 and up and you can get tickets here.

CALLING ALL DOODLES!!! If you have a doodle doggo that’s well-behaved and calm around other dogs and crowds, you and your pupper are invited to march with the doodle delegation in the Capitol Hill Fourth of July parade. For more information and to sign up, please email lisa01hudson@gmail.com. 

On July 1, local musician Eli Waltz brings his melodic, energy-filled folk music to The Miracle Theatre. He is releasing a new EP called “The Enemy” soon, but you can listen to his other works here. For tickets, click here.

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