14 Sep 2023

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The To Do List: Week of September 14, 2023

Some weeks, the weekend can’t come soon enough. What is there to do?

A mile and a half of FUN! Photo courtesy of H Street Festival via X

Lucky for you, it’s H STREET FESTIVAL WEEKEND! The ten-block plus celebration of everyone’s favorite high street is on Saturday, September 16 on H Street NE! Spanning from 3rd to 15th Streets NE, this makes this year’s festival 1.5 miles long! Expect food, music, art and quirky fun! By the way, this is a fun event for high school-aged kids, so if you have a teen in the house, send them the volunteer link!

Wunder Garten’s Oktoberfest starts Friday, September 15. Dust off the lederhosen and the pigtails! Click here for all the fun.

The Wharf is also kicking off Oktoberfest on September 15. On Friday, learn how to polka at the District Pier from 7-9 p.m. And on September 16, the Wiener Dachshund 500 brings all the excitement of the speediest dogs in the District! Finally on Sunday, see how long you can hold a Stein up, from 2-5 p.m. For more info and fun, click here.

Also on Friday, celebrate turning parking spots into little parks for a day! PARKing Day is happening on Barracks Row, in front of Taoti Creative. More info here.

On Saturday, the Friends of the Southeast Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots and lots of children books! Stop by!

And make sure you drop by the Literary Bookfest. Robert will be there and is anxious to tell you all about it here.


Who doesn’t love outdoor movies? NoMa BID’s CiNoMatic continues at Alethia Tanner park. This coming week (September 20) catch Pitch Perfect at 7:15. Can’t make it? Check out the rest of the line-up here. Movies on the Pitch at Audi Field closes out their season this evening with Wakanda Forever. Click here for tickets. Union Market’s last Drive-In at Union Market series movie is Selena, October 8. For info and tickets, click here

The Library of Congress is open late on Thursdays for Live! at the Library. These events are free but require timed passes. For the next Live! at the Library, sign up for tickets here. (Be advised– tickets can go quickly.)

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.

At ReLume, you can make something beautiful and have fun while doing it! On Tuesday the 19, share flowers with friends! 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. 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 Monday evenings, Trivia Kings takes over Barrel for trivia night. For more info, click here. (They also host trivia nights all over town.)

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 showing Past Lives this weekend, which is an incredible, touching movie about love and life’s possibilities. Tickets here.


WalkingTown DC is starting on September 16! Take one tour, take them all and discover your city! Click here to read more about the descriptions and sign up!

The DC History Center holds talks on a regular basis at 801 K Street NW. On Thursday, September 21, go to a conversation about the book Archive Activism by Charles Francis. To learn more, click 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.

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.


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.

Want to watch a multicultural dance performance and help Ukraine? The Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble will hold Dancing to #StandWithUkraine, a special performance on September 23 at the Harte Theater inside Catholic University. The performance is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Click here for tickets and for additional donations.

Also on September 23, the 50 States Bike Ride takes you all over the District, one state avenue at a time. There are different levels of difficulty so you can do what appeals to you. Not a biker rider but a bike supporter? Volunteer! Click here to learn more and to register.

Who says Barbecue is just for summer? Sign up for Barbecue Boot Camp with Chef Jerome Grant at the Hill Center on September 24 and make your pork belly dreams come true. Click here for tickets.

And also on September 23, Arena Stage will host a kick-off fest for Theatre Week in DC! The event is free but you are asked to RSVP here.

By the way, Theatre Week starts September 21 and you can catch all the fun, action and D R A M A with $20, $40 and $60 tickets AND MORE. Check it out here.

Another excellent Talk of the Hill is happening on September 27, this time with George Stevens, Jr. Click here to sign up.

On September 28, get dinner and a show at Crazy Aunt Helen’s with Dish! The Storytelling Dinner Show. It’s a little like The Moth, but with fabulous food, drinks, and local storytellers. You know it sounds great! Click here for tickets.

Art All Night is happening September 29! The late-evening event is a great chance to enjoy our neighborhood and take in food, art, music and more. For more information about our local Art All Night at Eastern Market and Barracks Row, click here. For citywide celebrations, click here.

On September 30, join Hill Family Biking for a tour of the new M Street SE bike lanes! More info here.

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.

Soul Strolls comes around the weekend of October 20 and be warned: this event sells out FAST! Get your tickets here!

The National Museum of Women in the arts is reopening on October 21! Learn more here.

Spooky Season is upon us and if you’ve never designed the literary tableau of your dreams using pumpkins as your medium, let this be the year we change all that! The Literary Pumpkin Walk is coming October 25-31. The finest literary rendition in cucurbitaceous form will get to donate $1,000 to their favorite local school! More info here.

Of course, the Pumpkin Walk is a companion event to the Literary Feast on October 28: A fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, a night to read a book (or get very familiar with SparkNotes), and an opportunity to meet neighbors and make new friends for an excellent cause! More information here.

And on November 9, watch four stellar local chefs battle it out for charity. DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight is coming and you can purchase tickets starting September 5. Click here for more info.

And this is WAY in advance, but y’all! Enchant is coming back to Nats Park this holiday season! More info and pre-sale tickets here.

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


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