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Things to Do in DC This Weekend

Saturday May 20

Blessing of the Fleet, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recreation Pier @ The Wharf (1001 7th St. SW)

An annual tradition continues into its 48th year with the Port of Washington Yacht Club (POWYC) DC Blessing of the Fleet.

A past release from the Mayor’s Office traces the tradition to ancient Greek and Norse practices, when the gods were summoned to watch over the fishing fleet. This more modern tradition focuses more on the social than the sectarian. There are guests speakers followed by the procession. Many boats sport creative decorations in a flotilla that lasts for hours, beginning at noon. View the program on shore from the Seventh Street Pier.

See more from the POWYC at https://powyc.clubexpress.com

Anacostia River Fest 1 to 4 p.m. @ Anacostia Park (Good Hope Road and Anacostia Dr. SE)

The 11th Street Bridge Park Project and the National Park Service present the ninth annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s a FREE family-friendly event to celebrate Breaking New Ground: 100 Years of Innovation at the Anacostia Park. There will be fishing workshops, canoe rides, performances on the River Fest Stage and The market will include local businesses, food vendors and vendors at the East of the River Market. Don’t miss the special unveiling of the 11th Street Bridge Park’s small business kiosk, The Bridge Spot, featuring its first business, Plum Good!

Visit www.bridgepark.org/arf for more information.


Hill Family Biking “Kidical Mass” Ride | 4 to 6 p.m. @ Starting at Lincoln Park

Join neighbors on a bike ride starting at Lincoln Park, continuing down E Capitol Street to the Capitol, then down to explore some of the new bike lanes on Pennsylvania Ave.

The ride will end at Capital Candy Jar for an ice cream fundraiser for Maury Elementary (1250 Constitution Ave. NE).  For more information, visit: https://hillfamilybiking.org/events/event_2/

Southwest Duck Pond Party | 2 to 5 p.m. @ 500 I St.SW

It’s the springiest festival you can imagine! Join the SWBID for a festival to welcome back the ducks and Spring!

There will be free BBQ, live music, fun activities, games for kids and adults, a tie-dye activity and more!

Get more info: www.swbid.org

Sunday May 21

Capitol Hill Classic, 2018. Photo: Djenno Bacvic

2023 Capitol Hill Classic | Races start @Stanton Park between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Just a few more days until the 2023 Capitol Hill Classic.  There’s a 10K, 3K, and a fun run.  The races all begin in front of Peabody Elementary, located on Stanton Park. Run in support of the Capitol Hill Cluster School, a DC Public School serving over 1,000 students from PreK through middle school at three campuses – Peabody (425 C St. NE), Watkins (420 12th St. NE) and Stuart Hobson Middle School (410 E St. NE).

All race proceeds go directly to support students, teachers and education at the Cluster School and help to bridge the gap between DCPS-allocated budget and the money needed to fund field trips, buy art supplies, support classroom projects, fund the school gardens, provide professional development for our teachers and fund teachers’ requests.

There will be road closures around the park and on the route. See a map –or register to run: www.capitolhillclassic.com/

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