25 Aug 2023

The To Do List: Week of August 25, 2023

Enjoy all the little pleasures. Photo by @hmbien. Tag #thehillishome for a chance to be featured.

It’s back to school time and back to everything time. There is a crispness in the air that you’re going to have to take our word on when it’s 93 degrees out and 88% humidity. Yay, impending fall! What is there to do.

Live, on the Hill is back at Eastern Market Metro Plaza! Starting Friday, September 1 (a week from today), catch the following acts:

  • 9/1 5:00-6:30 PM – Capitol Hill Jazz Performance
  • 9/8 5:00-6:30 PM – String Attacks, String Quartet 
  • 9/15 5:00-6:30 PM – Capitol Hill Jazz Performance
  • 9/22 5:00-6:30 PM – TBA
  • 9/29 5:00-10:00 PM – Capitol Hill Jazz & Art All Night 

The American Roots Concert Series at the Hill Center continues this weekend with The Wildmans on August 27 at 4:30 p.m. For more info and tickets, click here. Want a preview? Click here.

Courtesy of Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid

The Back to School Bash with Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid is happening on Saturday, August 26 at Eastern Market Metro from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. In addition to backpack giveaways ahead of the start of school, there will be performances and other fun activities and surprises. For more info, click here.

During the summer, kids 18 and under have access to free meals in the District! Click here to learn more and help spread the word.


Who doesn’t love outdoor movies? Cinematery tickets at Congressional Cemetery are available here. NoMa BID’s CiNoMatic will return in the fall at Alethia Tanner park and you can still help pick the movies. Click here to pick! Movies on the Pitch at Audi Field also continues. Click here for tickets. Union Market continues their Drive-In at Union Market series. For info and tickets, click here

Summer Movies on the Lawn at the Library of Congress continues their film registry series on Thursdays. There will be live music before the movie. More info 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. Tickets and more info on all the performers past and future here.

Want to get your square dance on with the DC Rawhides? They are yee-hawing their way into our hearts on select Friday and 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.

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. On Thursdays, join Capitol Hill Village for board game night. More info 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. 

On Wednesday evenings, make it trivia! Two Girls Trivia runs a quiz at Fight Club starting at 7 p.m. For more information and quiz hints, check out their Twitter, @twogirlstrivia.

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

And every Thursday, Wunder Garten is doing late night Happy Hours, starting at 9 p.m. Let’s face it: Some of you out there are late owls and you need this. For more info, click here.

The Miracle Theatre is kicking off an $8 Summer Series starting off on June 30. Watch classics like Labyrinth, Jaws and more for only $8! Click here to get tickets.


If you’re a fan of tennis, the Mubadala Citi Open is this weekend! Check out all the tennis fun that’s fit to check out at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center at Rock Creek park and runs through August 6. For more info and tickets, click here.

The Hirshhorn’s last Maker Morning of the season is happening Saturday, July 29, starting at 10 am. For more information, click here.

This is a cute tradition! Did you know that the sculptures in Rosslyn’s Dark Star Park do something cool every August 1? This year, join the fun in person or via a livestream! Click here for more info about Dark Star Park day!

One of my personal favorites, the National Building Museum, has a Lego-themed exhibit and a beautiful summer installation called LOOK UP! For more info, tickets and membership options, click here. I am a proud supporter of the Building Museum and highly encourage you to support them and their mission as well, and no, they have not paid me to say this. 

Rainy 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.

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.


Hill Family Biking is taking a little August break, but they’ll be back on September 2 for a Back to School ride, where they’ll be hitting all the elementary and middle schools in our area–– both in wards 6 and 7. For more information or to volunteer, visit hillfamilybiking.org

The Mosaic Theater company season starts in early September. Check it out here and buy your tickets.

The DC Bike Ride is coming on September 9, by the way! Enjoy 20 miles of car-free, safe streets! Learn more or sign up here.

And also on September 9, take a stroll around the Hill and visit artists’ homes during the first annual CHRS/CHAL Art Walk. Buy local! More information here.

The fanciest picnic you’ve ever planned, Dîner en Blanc, returns on September 9. More details and sign up here.

WalkingTown DC is coming! Take one tour, take them all and discover your city! Click here to read more about the descriptions and sign up!

Over at the Northeast Neighborhood Library there are always fun events happening. On September 12, talk to an author whose book originated in a walk from DC to NYC: Neil King Jr. will be talking about his book “American Ramble” and there will be copies for sale. More info here.

The Diamonds and Gridiron crossover night at Nats park is coming on September 21. Celebrate two of our local franchises and have a great time at the ballpark rooting against the Atlanta Braves (or for, depending on how you feel about the Atlanta Braves). Get tickets here.

Join Kingsman Bark on September 23 for Pups in the Park! What makes going to Nats stadium with a dog even better? Doing it with like-minded dog lovers! Click here for more info.

The National Celebration of Hip-Hop is coming to the National Mall on October 6 and 7, 2023. Get your free tickets here, as well as your VIP tickets.

The Vienna Light Orchestra is coming to the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on October 7 for an unforgettable night of movie scores. For more information and to get tickets, click here.

Registration is open for Congressional Cemetery’s Dead Man’s Run on October 14, starting at 5:30 p.m. Run or walk through the cemetery, wear a costume, have a great time! $35 gets you in, or $5 for the kids’ Fun Run if no adults are running a race. Register here.

Also on October 14, Snallygaster is taking over Downtown DC and, if you can believe it, all their early VIP passes are sold out. You can still score general admission tickets here.

By the way: Get excited for the Folger’s re-opening! Check out more info here.


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