Friday, September 16, the District will participate in PARK(ing) Day where parking spots across the city will be transformed into pop-up parks. Find more info on PARK(ing) Day in the featured events section.
The full moon known as Harvest Moon is upon us, residents will have their best shot at capturing a glimpse of the moon Friday or Saturday night.
Theodore Roosevelt Island, tribute to our 26th president, is perhaps the only park in Washington, DC that is solely accessible by traveling to Virginia first. (Fun fact: President Roosevelt himself was a leader of natural resource conservation and was much enthusiastic about the "hardy life of the open"). This memorial park is a wooded forest with miles of trails over the 88.5 acre island. Visitors are most likely to see locals running or walking the trails, families exploring swampy woods and boardwalks, or visiting the memorial plaza. For us, it’s a great spot to walk around for relaxation and spot wildlife in the marshlands - the Outer Loop trail is a 1.5 mile route that one can easily brisk walk for 30 minutes in and out (perfect for a lunch break!). Access to the park can be had via car off the George Washington Parkway or from biking on the Mount Vernon Trail or a 15-minute walk from Rosslyn Metro station.
“What’s in a name?” The National Park Service calls it Meridian Hill Park and many long time residents refer to it as Malcolm X Park. Regardless, Meridian Hill/Malcolm X park is an active community park that is beautiful, mesmerizing, and historic. It features a lovely cascading waterfall, sprawling fountains, many benches, large open green spaces, winding paths, and much more. The park abuts three neighborhoods, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and the U St. Corridor - making it a highly accessible spot that is often full with groups of friends on the weekend. One of the most iconic aspects of Meridian Hill/Malcolm X is the drum circle, which is said to have regularly taken place for 40+ years and occurs every Sunday from 3:00 to 9:00 PM. Anyone is welcome to bring a drum or an instrument of their choosing and join the circle, dance, or sit back and take it all in. When drum circles are not around, there are practicing yogis, slack liners, frisbees, soccer balls and much more - full of vibrant energy!
THURSDAY SEPT. 15 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Nature Hike @ BLADENSBURG WATERFRONT PARK
Discover your Anacostia River by joining Anacostia Watershed (AWS) for their Thursday evening Anacostia River Discovery Series! Their event will feature a guided nature walk with AWS scientists where you'll explore the flora and fauna of the Anacostia River. This event requires standing and walking on uneven surfaces for extended periods of time.
PARK(ing) Day returns to DC Friday! District residents and businesses put their creativity on display for last year’s event, building 30 pop-up parks in curbside parking spaces. This year there will be even more, 34 pop-up parks will be on display across the city. Initially created by the San Francisco design studio Rebar, PARK(ing) Day is an event in which residents and businesses re-think how we use public space by converting metered on-street parking spaces into temporary parks. Find more info on DDOT webpage.
SATURDAY SEPT. 17 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Adult Learn to Ride class @ CARTER BARRON PARK
Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) is hosting a 3-hour learn to ride class. It's for people at least 18 years old AND for those who have never or unsuccessfully tried to learn to ride a bike. WABA is a local non-profit with a mission to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation. They also have additional riding classes available for kids and adults of varying skill levels.
SATURDAY SEPT. 17 | 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Lantern Walk @ YARDS PARK
Take a walk through DC history, lantern in hand, during this special event presented by the 11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts. Inspired by African American families who founded communities along the Anacostia River, often building homes by candlelight, the walk will touch on important moments and developments in this fascinating history. The walk begins at Yards Park, where you can create your own lantern, and there will be live performances along the way.