05 Apr 2024

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The To Do List: Week of April 5, 2024

Announcement: The Hill is Home is celebrating 15 years and you’re invited to our Quinceañera! We’re teaming up with Eastern Market Main Street for a fun “Sweet 15” style party. DJ Tony T will be spinning records and we will have activities for everyone. Mark your calendars for Friday, May 17 from 6-9 p.m., Eastern Market’s North Hall. See you there?

The Great Ward 6 Clean is tomorrow, Saturday April 6! RSVP here and join one of several crews around the neighborhood in beautifying our area or just clean up around your area! Share photos of your success and be ready to join volunteers for lunch at The Roost on 14th and Pennsylvania SE after the cleaning is done! By the way, you can join a cleaning group for chatting and cleaning here:

Hey! Do you love art books? Then come down to Eastern Market’s North Hall on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7 for the East City Art Capital Art Book Fair! For more info, click here.

Through April 21, Mosaic Theater Company will be bringing Rhiana Yazzie’s “Nancy” to life. An incredibly funny, fast-paced comedy that will also wrench your gut, “Nancy” is a sliver of the 1980s and will have you chuckling and raging at every turn. For more information and tickets, click here.

Every Saturday through April 13, go to Union Station for their Saturday Market! From 11 am to 4 pm, go check out all the fun vendors gathered in the main hall. And guess what? You can apply to be a vendor yourself! Click here for more info.

Want a low-key Monday event? How about a virtual book chat hosted by East City Books? Hear all about Curtis Sittenfeld’s latest book, Romantic Comedy, as she has a book conversation with Elissa Sussman. Click here to sign up.

Blossoms at the Market is back! Through April 12, enjoy beautiful Eastern Market, craft, party and be dazzled by an Artechouse installation! Check out the full schedule here and be pink and merry all over.

Last weekend it was Bloomaroo and this weekend it’s Petalpalooza! Enjoy this week’s festival of blossom-themed fun named after a music festival from the 90s and bask in the okayish weather at Yards Park. The festival is free AND there will be fireworks starting at 8:30 p.m. More info here.

And every Friday from 7-10 p.m., starting April 5, go to Barracks Row for First Fridays and catch live jazz performances at Extreme Pizza, Lavagna and The Brig. For more details, click here.

Every Tuesday through Thursday, from noon until 8 p.m., the 1908 Lounge pops up at Union Station. The bar serves cocktails, beer and wine and offers a fun atmosphere for locals and commuters alike. 

Stop by Congressional Cemetery for The Landscape Listens— a kinetic art installation featuring a small sea of mirrors and a Wind Phone. Learn more in our Instagram and stay tuned for a more in-depth post about it. The Landscape Listens is open through June 30, 2024.

At Rubell Museum DC through May 12, 2024, catch award-winning artworks by teens from DC and all over, winners of the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The exhibition showcases 32 works of all mediums by National Gold Medal winners in grades 7–12, including 4 students from the our region. The Rubell Museum is FREE to DC residents, so don’t forget to bring your ID.

At Wunder Garten in NoMa, Cherryfest is wrapping up. Go for fun, specialty drinks, the NCAA Women’s finals and more! More info here.


Don’t forget to register for the National Gallery Nights— special evening parties where the National Gallery of Art is open after hours and lovely things happen. The link to register for next month’s event, along with instructions, is here.

The Library of Congress is open late on Thursdays for Live! at the Library. These events are free but require timed passes. You can also sign up for a recording of the performance (more info here) and watch at home with your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.

At ReLume, you can make something beautiful and have fun while doing it! From candles to seasonal decorations to starting a new hobby, you can do it all there. This week, why not make your own candle? More info here.

Looking for something fun to do with your toddler? The Northeast Neighborhood library has Toddler Explorations on Mondays, from 11-noon. More info here.

Mr. Henry’s is THE place to listen to jazz on the Hill. They have performances FOUR nights a week! Check out their calendar of events 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 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.

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.

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.


If you want to support a talented crew of high schoolers, come watch the School Without Walls theater department take on “Rent” at the UDC Theater of the Arts! Watch some talented kids (and yes, my kid will be part of the cast) and get ready to tear up and mess up exactly how many minutes there are in a year. Buy tickets here.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is still going strong. Visit the National Park Service page to attend events around the Tidal Basin, like the Japanese Lantern lighting on Sunday. Click here to find out more.

The Hirshhorn kicks off their 50th Anniversary celebration with “Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Colleyion, 1960-1960” which opens today. Enjoy 270 artworks by 126 different artists and especially enjoy the thoughtful curation on display, where pieces are in conversation and juxtaposition to one another– it’s a great way to better understand modern art. There will also be programming that goes along with the exhibit. Click here for more information and programming and don’t miss the Art Cart!

Check out the Fleet of the Future at the National Mall! For more info, check out our Instagram reel.

The Anacostia Playhouse‘s newest show is called “Sunset Baby” and it focuses on how our choices form our present and our historical significance. For more information and tickets, click here.

The Smithsonian has a beautiful exhibit at the Kogod Courtyard, between the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The Future of Orchids examines the beauty of orchids and their fragility. Sculpture by Phaan Howng. blends and For more information, click here.

The National Building Museum’s newest long-term installation, Building Stories, is a beautiful, interactive trip for children’s book lovers of all ages. Explore the architecture of what makes a good children’s book, revisit some of your old favorites and find a new compelling story to fall in love with. The exhibit will be at the museum for 10 years, but there will be programming with the DC Public Library and a constant curation of new children’s literature titles. Make sure you grab a passport and explore! More info and tickets here.(Check out our recent peek on Instagram here.)

But if you’re just looking for a different story time, then go to the NBM! Click here for dates and 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.


Blossoms and Starlight is coming Friday, April 12 to Eastern Market. What’s better than a blossom-themed dance party? a Taylor Swift blossom-themed dance party! Get yourself all dolled up in a lavender haze and get your tickets here.

Get pumped for Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese arts and culture street festival, taking over Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd to 7th Streets NW on April 13 and 14! It promises to be kawaii (cute), omoshiroi (interesting) and, above all, oishii (delicious)!!!!!! More info here. (Yes, I have been studying Japanese on Duolingo– can you tell?)

And on Sunday, April 14, DC will celebrate Emancipation Day in a big way, with a parade, concert and fireworks. To find out more, click here.

Hill Family Biking celebrates one whole year of bike rides and wholesome fun on April 27 starting at 4 p.m.! Celebrate the faces and places that have made this scrappy community a success! They will be riding 4.5 mile rides and end with a block party in front of Maury Elementary. All are welcome (bikeful or no) to enjoy,

  • Music
  • Face painting
  • Food trucks
  • Kid’s biking course (bring your balance bikes!)
  • Collaborative chalk art by Chalk Riot.
  • Lots of special guests that have helped make Hill Family Biking a reality.

Project Glow is coming back to RFK on April 27 and 28. Send non-cloudy weather vibes! For more information and tickets, click here.

And do you love cooking but need a little help with using knives? The Hill Center’s got you covered with Kitchen 101, focusing on knife skills. What a great way to wrap up a Tuesday! To register, click here.

Take a bus tour around significant sites for Black, Feminist DC with A Tour of Their Own. Black Feminist DC kicks off on April 13 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library and takes you on a journey through the living history of DC. For more info and tickets, click here.

Do you love ping pong? Do you love supporting good causes like 826DC, a non-profit that helps kids with their homework and writing skills? Then PADDLESTAR GALACTICA is the tournament for you! Sign up here and get ready for a paddling adventure that could help someone’s life!

From on May 4, tour the world without crossing a boundary stone! Passport DC, the event that welcomes you into embasseis around the District so you can get a peek of their culture, arts and especially food! Click here and get excited!

Psst: The Mystics kick off their season on May 14.

And it’s not until July 27 and 28, but get pumped for the Broccoli City festival. This year, it’ll be at Audi field and the lineup looks very star-studded. Tickets are now on sale! Keep an eye on their website here.

Finally, if you’re excited about the Folger re-opening, why not get a subscription? Check it out here.


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