29 Sep 2023

The To Do List: Week of September 29, 2023

It’s September 29, also known as Michaelmas— a very exciting date if you’ve always been into Jane Austen. What’s fun to do this weekend and beyond?

Art All Night is happening September 29 and 30! 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. (Silent disco! Local artists! Incredible food! Vendors staying up late and oh-so-much to browse!) For H Street’s activation, click here. For citywide celebrations, click here. Art All Night is also happening at Capitol Riverfront, at 2nd and I Streets SE, from 5-9 p.m. There will be snacks, bites, freebies and fun!
(And make sure you swing by Coldwell Banker on 7th and C SE and check out some of my photographs!)

Looks like this pup can’t wait for the weekend and us either! Adorable photo by @capitalcrittersdc on Instagram.

If an indoor lecture is more your speed, join the Capitol Hill Restoration Society for “The Collapse of Opportunity: Cities after COVID” at the Hill Center. Click here for tickets and more info.

Looking for cool things for a good cause? The Annual Maury Yard Sale & Bake Sale happens Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine, in the multipurpose room at Maury Elementary School (1250 Constitution Ave NE).  Enter through the playground gate on 13th St, between Constitution Ave and C St NE. All are welcome. Cash and credit cards accepted.

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

Can’t get enough biking? The 50 States Bike Ride, which was postponed last week and now will happen on September 30, 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. 

But if you’d rather walk, why not take in several adorable Visit Seattle dioramas around town? You can catch the book-themed scenes from the Emerald City at Union Market, REI, and at the campus of George Washington University through tomorrow, September 30. So cute!

On October 4, get up early and join friends at Lincoln Park for this year’s installment of Walk and Bike to School Day! More info here.

There will be a community safety walk on Wednesday, October 4, starting at 6 p.m. at the corner of 14th Street NE and Duncan Place NE. Meet the area’s newest ANC commissioner, Dave Wethington, who has taken up the commission from Laura Gentile, and join him, Charles Allen, MPD’s First District staff and Mayor’s Office liaison for Ward 6.

And hey, it’s Feeder night at Eastern High School. Join the Ramblers as they take on Jackson Reed High school on Thursday, October 5 starting at 6 p.m. Wear your feeder school gear and get ready to root! More info here.


Who doesn’t love outdoor movies? NoMa BID’s CiNoMatic continues at Alethia Tanner park. This coming Wednesday, October 4, travel to La La Land, starting at 6:50 p.m. Can’t make it? Check out the rest of the line-up here. 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! 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 Wednesdays, join Capitol Hill Village for Mah Jong at 2 p.m. 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.


Help Atlas Brew Works celebrate 10 years of providing joy and suds. Join them at their West Virginia Avenue flagship for beer, food trucks, music and a dunk tank! The fun starts at noon and benefits KESEM, which helps kids cope with the real-life monster that is cancer. More info and tickets here.

Love Pickeball? Then the Trust for the National Mall’s Pickleball on the Mall is for you! There are two days left in this wholesome event. Check it out here.

Can’t get enough Oktoberfest? National Landing is having a celebration on September 30, from 1-5 p.m.! Get your beer and live music on! More info here.

Do you love comedy? Us, too! The People You’d Like Comedy Show, featuring Nina Daniels, is happening October 4 from 8-9:30 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.) at Franklin Hall. If you buy tickets using code EARLY, you can get a discount! And if you want to avoid the Eventbrite added charge, Venmo organizer and emcee Adrian Rodney (@Adrian_rodney) for tickets directly. 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.

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.


On October 6, join the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation for the third annual Lavender Mass, starting at 3 p.m. Celebrate your community and bask in the glory of a canonization. More information here.

Also on October 6, the Because they are Funny Comedy Festival kicks off at the Wharf. Learn more about this unique gathering of funny-boned minds here. And by the way, you can enter a giveaway with the Wharf and Events DC for a staycation package here.

And make sure you go to Frager’s on October 7, starting at 10 a.m.: The Frager’s Fall Festival IS BACK! The all-ages event celebrating mums and pumpkins and all things autumnal took an extended break during the pandemic, but it’s back and better than ever. Through 2 p.m. enjoy pumpkin carving and painting, cheese samples, a raffle, a cookout by Big Green Egg and MORE! More info here.

Across the river and a little later, the 11th Street Bridge Park celebrates their sixth annual Taste of the Harvest festival on October 7 at THEARC. From 3-8 p.m., make s’mores under the stars, listen to music and celebrate everything that makes the river, the parks and its stewards a special kind of magic combination. More info here.

And for fans of the theater, the St. Mark’s Players are kicking off a new season on October 7 with Our Town. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

This October, get in shape and get your brunch on at Yards Park. Brunch on the Go returns for a sixth time to the waterfront and you are invited. Every Saturday in October, walk or run and plan on having a delicious meal from Chloe (Oct. 7), La Famosa (Oct. 14), 

The Vienna Light Orchestra is coming to the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on Saturday, 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.

On October 16, learn more about how the Capitol Hill rowhouses has evolved over the past 200 years or so at “The DC Row House – A Capitol Hill Perspective.” This free lecture is part of the Overbook Lecture Series. Sign up 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 mark your calendars for November 17-19, and help the Hill Center celebrate 12 whole years of Pottery on the Hill! There will be work on display for purchase with a focus on functional property. Click here for more information and tickets.

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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