The Hill is Home | The To Do List: week of April 28, 2022

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Can you believe April 2022 is almost in the books? We may be going from pandemic to endemic, but please continue to be safe. I will continue to share as many events online as possible, so you can still have fun if you choose to stay home longer.

Make way for fun!

Do not forget ! This and every Friday, Live on the Hill provides an outdoor stage for local musicians. Tomorrow, April 29, you can hear Jarrell Bradley. Stop from 5:00 p.m. The event runs until 6:30 p.m.

If you prefer to talk about outdoor concerts, then this week’s Capitol Conversations are for you. Tune in tomorrow at 1 p.m. and learn more about the history of concerts at the Capitol Grounds. Engaging and fox-free! Click here to learn more and RSVP.

Honey Made on Barracks Row (727 8th Street SE) is hosting two Sip and Shop events on Friday, April 29 and May 6. If you’re feeling inspired, why not have a tarot reading? We hear that she is very good! (Yes, that’s me. Hi! Come say hello!)

Maybe it has to do with Shakespeare and Cervantes sharing a birthday, but April is for both poetry and books. April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day and we are extremely lucky to have several in our area. Additionally, April 30 also happens to be East City Books Sixth Anniversary! Starting this week they will have all kinds of amazing events, flash sales throughout the day, tote bags with a purchase of $100 or more, and other fun things on their Instagram and Twitter! Be sure to share your loot and tag #IndependentLibraryDay. More information? Click here.

Mr. Henry’s is hosting their very first wine festival Saturday, April 30 starting at 12:30 p.m. A $50 admission fee includes unlimited tasting of more than 25 wines, charcuterie platter and $20 credit on the purchase of bottles! For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-546-8412.

In slightly less fun news, if you need to dispose of your meds safely, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30 and you can safely get rid of any drugs at any of the Metropolitan Police Department stations. Not sure where the closest is? To go here and enter your postal code.

You don’t know it yet, but Turkish psychedelic folk rock is your new thing. Altin Gün plays Capital Recovery on Saturday April 30 and you are invited. Tickets here. Curious about their incredible sound? Discover “Badi Sabah Olmadan”. You will not regret it.

the Literary Hill Book Festival is back in person! On Sunday May 1, head to the North Hall of the Eastern Market for a day of authors and local traditions. In addition to your favorite local authors, you can help write a community poem, fold origami and make wonderful works that we very much look forward to – or something like that. For more information, click here.

Until the end of April, Press99 supports Autism Awareness Month. Stop by and grab some Matt’s Mac and Cheese bites: 100% of April proceeds will go to Siblings of Autism, a local nonprofit, in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Jason Cherry, owner of Tap99, dedicates this fundraiser to his brother, Matthew, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old.

Do you like Bach? It’s time again for the Washington Bach Consort’s free series Noontime Cantata. The first Monday of the month is at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the first Tuesday of the month is at downtown Epiphany. For more information and the Monday program, click here.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if an extinct species came back to life? This is the topic in “Return to Life,” a conversation with the Science and Entertainment Exchange. Tune in on May 4 and discover all the possibilities. Click here for more information.

If you’re more outdoors on a Wednesday, head to Canal Park for their Spring Jazz Series. On May 4, enjoy the Levine School offerings, starting at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

And because there is nothing more American than celebrating the minor holidays of another culture with explosive friendliness and great spirit (cf. Hanukkah), Cinco de Mayo comes everywhere in hearts and livers. Here are some fun things to do during this Tequilaest of Days:

  • Barracks Row Main Street will host a Siete(?) De Mayo party at Eastern Market Metro Park. There will also be a mariachi band and an Afro-Caribbean band. You can also expect special dishes. More info here.
  • If you haven’t checked out the new and improved Santa Rosa Taqueria, run, don’t walk. Their new patio on 3rd Street SE is really great and all-weather (people were sitting comfortably there on a recent rainy day) and the Margaritas will blow your mind and dazzle you. Highly recommend the Himalayan pink salt on the rim – so good! Oh yes. The food is also excellent – as usual.
  • the Chihuahua race arrives at District Wharf on 7 May. More details here.
  • Want to get off the hill? Swingers in Dupont Circle is offering five of their special Margs for $10 on Cinco.


We want to give the biggest and warmest welcome to boat rides along the Georgetown Canal! A tradition that hasn’t been back for years, it’s now officially back and you can now schedule boat rides well into the summer. Click here to find out more.

Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, why not witness history in the making at the inaugural ceremony Washington Capitals Bubble and Table Hockey Tournament! The tournament will be two days of Caps, Table Hockey and FUN. To learn more and register, click here.

To help DC Brau celebrate 11 years in the brewing game with 11 years of BREW-TALITY! Brew-tality will be a celebration of beer, wrestling, music and….??? Guess you better buy tickets here if you want to know.

The FONA garden fair and plant sale has arrived! An unmissable event for gardeners of all kinds, this show offers beautiful rare plants, as well as your garden essentials. For more information and timetables, click here.

The AFI Silver Theater celebrates International Labor Day with the DC International Labor Festival. The festival starts, when else, on May 1st, with a film entitled The Wobblies, which has been lovingly restored in 4k. Watch the trailer here and buy tickets here.

How about learning to ride a bike? WABA-DC has several events around town, such as learn to ride a bike at the Carter Barron parking lot. For more information, click here.


the Mother’s Day House and Garden Tour hosted by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society is one of those very Capitol Hill events that you have to do at least once (but you’ll want to do it every year). The tour, which benefits and supports the mission of CHRS, will take place May 7-8, 2022. For more details and to book your tickets, click here. Not sure what to expect? Why not do a preview tour on March 26 and 27? Click here to find out more and book your tickets.

Mark your calendars for May 7, 2022 when Maury at the market: Lights, Camera, Auction is back in person at Eastern Market’s North Hall. Buy your tickets here. Remember: you don’t need to have a child enrolled in DCPS to enjoy the party or the loot!

From May 7, Central Farm Market opens its doors Half Street Central Farmers Market! The outdoor market will run every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until December 17, except Thanksgiving weekend. There will be cooking demonstrations, activities for children and much more. For more information, click here.

Learn more about robotics and laugh out loud on May 12 with Wrong answers only hosted by LabX and the National Academy of Sciences. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

Looking for fun outdoor activities for kids? On May 14 and every Saturday throughout the summer, the DC Public Library will Pop-up story time at Eastern Market Metro Park, starting at 10:30 a.m. Music, movement, puppets and more! For more information, click here.

Can’t get enough of books? the blooming books festival in Columbia, Maryland will take place on Sunday, May 15. More information here.

Bike to Work Day takes place on Friday, May 20 from 7-9 a.m. and the Capitol Hill BID will have a special station with treats and swag if you choose to live the life on two wheels. More info here.

On June 12, celebrate 50 years of the Arboretum’s Washington Youth Garden with a party and benefits! More information and details here.

The news this week was important: Pharrell Williams is the headliner of something in the water, a HUGE festival taking place *somewhere* along Independence Avenue SW (TBD), on the weekend of June 17, June 17-19, 2022. The festival has its origins in Virginia Beach, but this year, it moves further north. The queue is big and you can buy passes for the whole week from Saturday April 30th. Click here to view the lineup and get your tickets (or tag it to get your tickets on 4/30).

the National Building Museum– one of my favorite museums in the city – has always done something magical for its Summer Block Party series, and this year is no different. In collaboration with the Folger Theatre, this year they will be bringing a REAL SHAKESPEAREAN PLAYHOUSE to the Great Hall! The Playhouse will be open during the day for tours, behind-the-scenes insights and education. At night, it will transform into a lair of love and mischief for Titania and Oberon as the Folger Theater brings “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the stage starting July 12. For more information on The Playhouse and the National Building Museum, click here. For game tickets, click here.

And it’s a long way, but start getting excited for it DC Jazz Festival, from August 31 to September 4 of this year. Discover the program here.

Have fun while doing good! Hope and search , an in-person and virtual scavenger hunt takes place on Saturday, May 21. You can form your own team or support a team. Proceeds will be used to support the public adult charter school Academy of Hope, an institution that supports the learning and needs of adults ages 18 and up. For more information, to register and to learn about the school’s mission, click here.


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