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What to Do This Weekend On the Hill (Sept 9 + 10)

There’s no shortage of great art, fitness and fun events in the neighborhood. Read below for a run down of some of the activities you could get up to this weekend. You don’t need to wonder: 

What to do this weekend on the Hill! [Click titles for more information and ticketing].


Capitol Hill Art Walk | Sat. 12 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m. | Various locations on Hill | FREE 

Local artists and artisans will display their work in their own micro-galleries, in Capitol Hill home-studios, on porches or in yards. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10, from noon to 5 p.m. Most will have work for sale. Co-sponsored by CHRS and the Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL). Free to both artists and visitors, no tickets or reservations necessary. Just get out and artwalk! Art Walk Map: https://chrs.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/ArtWalkMap2023.pdf 

Labyrinth Used Game Sale | Sat. 9 a.m. Auctions; Sun. 10 a.m. Rummage Sale | Labyrinth Puzzles & Games (645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) | FREE/Cost of game 

Proceeds from the sale go to supporting Labyrinth’s community outreach programs, particularly the Labyrinth Local Teacher Fund, which has provided games to every Hill school and, Donahue estimates, 75 percent of District schools. Last year the sale raised over $15,000 for the fund, school and community game nights, and the store’s free board game library. 

Each day of the sale brings opportunity: Saturday, Sept. 9 is the Live Auction, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Make the highest offer to win. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, take part in the Silent and Sealed Auctions. Add your best offer to a game’s bid sheet (Silent Auction) or drop a secret bid into its bag (Sealed Auction). 

Finally, on Sunday, Sept. 10, get great deals on games at Labyrinth’s famous Rummage Sale, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Over 1,600 value-priced games will be for sale. Prices will decrease all day, dropping at 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. 

Playwright Psalmayene 24 wrote his new work, “Monumental Travesties,” which premieres Sept. 7 at Mosaic Theater, in part to “metabolize” his feelings about the Emancipation Monument in Lincoln Park. Photo: E. O’Gorek/CCN

The Emancipation Memorial:  The Monument: History, Controversy, Strategy | Saturday 10:30 a.m. + Sun 7 p.m. | Lincoln Park | $10-$20

An Exploratory Conversation in Two Parts presented in Collaboration with Mosaic Theatre Company’s Production of Monumental Travesties by Award-Winning Playwright Psalmayene 24.

In Part One: The Monument: History, Controversy, Strategy, Dr. Kay Wright Lewis, Interim Chair of the Department of History at Howard University, will facilitate an in-person discussion at the site of the Emancipation Memorial to probe its historical significance, philosophical debates, and contemporary politics. Participants will gather in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill to discuss the interlocking roles of race, place, memory, and power in memorializing our collective past.

In Part Two: Race, Memory, and Forgetting, Dr. Edna Greene Medford, former Chair of the Department of History at Howard University, will join Reginald Douglas and Psalmayene 24 for an in-depth conversation moderated by Jonquilyn Hill, host of The Weeds, Vox’s podcast for politics and policy. The conversation will explore the history of The Emancipation Memorial as a vital site for both commemoration and critique, and pose the question: What is the proper monument to liberation?


Outdoor Vinyasa | 10 a.m. | Eastern Market Metro Park | FREE 

District Flow Yoga and Barracks Row Main Street have partnered to offer FREE Outdoor Vinyasa at Eastern Market Metro Park! 

Each class is 60 minutes in length and open to all levels of yoga experience. Please bring your own mat, towel and water as we will not have these items available at the park. Classes are on Saturdays at 10 am at Eastern Market Metro Park (next to the playground) but may be cancelled due to inclement weather or unsafe/wet ground conditions. 

Wild and Wacky Drag Brunch | 10 a.m. | Crazy Aunt Helen’s | $38+ 

From comedy numbers to dancing divas to improv bits and drag DJs you’ll never know what’s coming next at wild n wacky drag brunch! The show is recommended for adults only. 

Seating and Brunch starts at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m., the shows start at 11am or 2pm, respectively. Tickets are sold in timing groups for each show. 

Caption: The Great Zucchini is a well-known and loved children’s entertainer.

Live on the Hill: The Great Zucchini Children’s Entertainment | 10:30 a.m. | Eastern Market Metro Park | FREE 

The Great Zucchini, Washington’s funniest and most magical preschool and kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Bring chairs or blankets and water bottles and have FUN! 

For over 25 years, The Great Zucchini has been entertaining young children. He performs his hands-on, interactive magic shows for more than 700 groups a year. 

2023 First Amendment (1A) Festival | 11a.m. to 7 p.m. | The Wharf – Transit Pier (970 Wharf St. SW) | FREE (register for Café)  

Celebrate First Amendment freedoms for all with free fun for everyone! Join the Freedom Forum for a festival featuring live music, comedy performances, talks and games. Get behind-the-scenes looks at news, satire and athlete activism.

Explore inspiring stories of the First Amendment at work and put your freedoms into action. Games, activities, talks and entertainment. Visit the First Amendment Café in a fictional world with free food –if you’ll give up your 1st amendment rights… 

NoMa in Color Kickoff Party | 11 a.m. | Alethia Tanner Park | FREE 

It’s a vibrant celebration of art, culture, and community at the NoMa in Color Kickoff Party! Explore a one-of-a-kind, interactive art experience from Chalk Riot, watch muralists at work along the MBT, listen to live music, enjoy face painting, and more!

Shop for beautiful, locally made art, home goods, and more at our artisan market with Neighbors DC. Food will also be available for purchase from local food trucks. 

Cooking Class: Pasta From Scratch | 1 p.m. + 6 p.m.| Union Kitchen | $90 

This hands-on cooking class teaches you how to make pasta from scratch. During the class, we will walk through simple cooking techniques, craft filled and unfilled pasta shapes, and create a selection of handmade sauces. You will master garganelli pasta with savory meat sauce as well as filled pasta, like tortellini or agnolotti, with a rich cream sauce. 

Guests can bring non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the class. Alcohol is not permitted at this site. 

Visit ChestnutUnderground.com for more details and other scheduled classes! 

Brine Oyster Fest! | 1 p.m. | 1355 H St. NE | $150 + 

The world is your oyster! Washington DC’s Best Raw Bar, Brine Oyster Bar, is hosting its inaugural Brine Oyster Fest featuring All-You-Can-Eat Oysters and other food offerings, All-You-Can-Drink Beer, Wine, and Rum Punch, and Live Music at the former Biergarten Haus. 

Join in from 1 to 4 p.m. and enjoy 3 hours of oysters, broiled, fried and peeled, plus Old Bay chicken wings –and more coastal favorites! Your ticket also includes 3 hours of all-you-can-drink draft beer, selected wine and Brine’s Rum Punch. 

Live music will be provided by Lennard Jack, Jr., and college football games will be up on big screens! 


Photo Courtesy of The National Building Museum

Yoga + Crystal Bowl Sound Bath | 9 a.m. | National Building Museum | $30 

An all-level yoga flow led by instructor Beth Wolfe, accompanied by a sound bath led by Mel of Beyond Yoga, a yoga teacher certified in crystal alchemy sound healing. 

For the duration of the class participants will enjoy a sound bath featuring seven crystal alchemy bowls. Harmonic chords and binaural sounds will be played which promote balance and relaxation. 

Practice under the colossal, 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns in the Great Hall of The National Building Museum, America’s leading cultural institution devoted to interpreting the history and impact of the built environment. 

NoMa Beer Run | 10 a.m. | REI Co-op | $40 

Choose your distance — 2 or 5 miles — and you’ll enjoy 3-4 brewery stops before ending your run at Andy’s NOMA for unlimited pizza and a pint from their varied draft selection, all included in your ticket price! Each brewery stop will include one 4 to 7 oz taster pour. Both routes are mostly run on the MBT, a car-free paved trail, with music provided by bike-riding DJs from Radical Joy Riding DC and post-run raffle prizes provided by NoMa BID! Participants must be 21+. Schedule and details here. 

High Cardio Fitness Class | 10:30 a.m. | Lincoln Park | Donation 

Start your day right with an energizing dance fitness class with Toni (@twerktoni), licensed Zumba instructor, and booty-shaking expert. Feel the vibes as you listen to Toni’s playlist of her (and your) favorite songs, feel YOURSELF, have fun, and shake your body. 

No dance (or twerk) experience? No worries. All are welcome, and anyone can follow along. 

Class is an hour long. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes. Find Toni playing music at Lincoln Park on Sundays! 

An upcoming damage assessment will include the impact of trash in the Anacostia on Navy Yard recreation. But don’t wait –help now! Photo: Krista Schlyer

Anacostia River Trash Pick Up with Earth Conservation Corps | 11 a.m. | Turtle Beach (1520 First St. SE) | FREE 

Join the Earth Conservation Corps to clean up the Turtle Beach, located in Navy Yard on the Anacostia River. The Earth Conservation Corps has been restoring DC’s native environment for 31 years. Since 2020, a group has partnered with ECC to pick up over 1500 lbs. of trash from the Anacostia River and surrounding area. If you own waders, please bring them and if not then please bring socks; waders and boots will be provided. 

Volunteer for Seniors at Arthur Capper Sr. Center | 2:30 p.m. | Arthur Capper Sr Center | FREE 

Join a fun-filled evening of games and volunteerism at the Arthur Capper Senior Center, located on 5th Street Southeast. This in-person event promises an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our beloved seniors. 

Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer or new to lending a helping hand, this game night is the perfect chance to connect with the community and bring joy to the seniors. From classic board games to card tournaments, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Balkan Acoustic Night | 6:30 p.m. | Ambar (523 Eighth St. SE) | $20 

Experience a mesmerizing evening of Balkan rhythms and melodies. Over the years, Vukan and Srdjan have captivated audiences in New York and Washington D.C. with their evocative guitar and vocal performances. This is your chance to be transported to the heart of the Balkans, a land rich in culture and tradition, without leaving the city. 

Music Bingo at Dacha | 7 p.m. | Dacha Beer Garden Navy Yard | FREE 

Do you know that tune? Are you a human Shazam? Prove it and win cash money and other fabulous prizes, every Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. at Dacha Navy Yard. Brought to you by Cap City Triva! 

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