How can we make it easier to break into the outdoor scene in the city? You might think, by now, there would be an app for it, but there isn’t. Not for us who rely on public transit or car sharing, or who don’t always get to go “into the wild” to escape the city. Like you, we share a love for spending time outside on trails, in parks, and with friends; yet, it’s taken us years to find our favorite spots and to truly know the places we live. So, we are now in process of creating Wanderus, an app that helps lower that entry barrier. And we want to hear from you who may face the same challenge as we did. What are your experiences seeking parks and trails in the city, and how can we help you achieve your everyday outdoor bliss?
Ever wanted to BBQ, but didn't have a place to do the BBQing? Well, look no further. Rock Creek Park has many picnic spots that are wooded and hemmed along the creek. All picnic groves are equipped with multiple picnic tables, some also have grills to help you achieve your BBQ dreams. Reserve yours at recreation.gov.
This has got to be one of the most luxurious public properties in DC. The East Potomac Pool is located next to a golf course, surrounded by trees, except for an opening a slight opening that provides a view of the national monument, and it's on an ISLAND! It's great for laps after work or a low key way to catch some rays.
A staple summer event in DC that brings an eclectic mix of jazz bands to the Sculpture Garden every Friday throughout the summer. Bring friends and get there early. There will be a huge crowd, but you don't want to miss it!
Go Outside...In the morning and at night
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And we are back with the most important and fun urban outdoor stories, events, and places. Thank you to everyone who took our survey last week. We're leaving the survey open for a couple more days, please add your voice if you haven't had a chance. Do you know someone that's an outdoor enthusiast living in the city? Forward this to them. As an added incentive, we're giving away a $10 gift card to Starbucks for survey takers who sign-up for the newsletter.
This little sanctuary is located next to the National Gallery of Art steps. It's usually empty and it's the perfect destination for a lunch or 15 minute afternoon break. Quiet, shade, and trickling water will get you refocused and ready for the rest of the day.
A favorite place for Woodley Park neighbors and local runners in the know, Lover's Lane is a retreat from typical city streets. It brings you through heavily wooded areas along the creek that will keep you cool throughout your adventures.
Join outdoor experts for a group run and fitness games with The North Face (TNF) athletes Kaitlyn Farrington and Hal Koerner. Then, back to TNF for beer + adventure talk. Free Lyft rides to TNF with code "TNFMAPPYHOUR714"
What does a lotus flower smell like? Floral, subtly sweet, and incredibly aquatic. Smelling it in bloom is such a treat, in fact, one of our favorite summer rituals. During the annual festival, in addition to seeing a spectacular display of lotus and water lilies, you will have a chance to taste lotus tea, attend gardening workshops, and enjoy lotus-inspired dancing performances.
As a rally cry prior to opening their new flagship store in DC, REI is sponsoring 100 days of outdoor recess. This will be one best, highlighted by free Capital Bikeshare and Key Bridge boathouse rentals all weekend! Make sure to grab a rental code from the REI website in order to rent the bike! No code needed for the boat rentals.
There's no sweeter way to celebrate the National Ice Cream Day than going to a free ice cream extravaganza where creameries compete to win the DC Scoop crown. Also, the easiest way to eat ice cream is to enjoy it outdoors. If anything spills, it won't require your immediate cleanup.
It's been quite the week of looking up; Saturday, there was a double rainbow, Tuesday, a full moon AND one of the most intense storms that DC has ever seen. Weather reports had hail as big as golf balls and rain falling at rates of 5+ inches/hour! This weekend the weather should be rain-free, but expect plenty of heat as you plan your adventures. Drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, and howl at the night sky.
Keep your eyes up while walking down M St. in Georgetown and you'll find a gateway to escape the barrage of stores. The Old Stone House Garden transports guests to a grassy nook, surrounded by gardens and benches. Need a break? Find your way to DC's oldest house.
Venture out to the 40+ acres across 8 fields for a fantastic sight of sunflowers in peak bloom! Peak bloom is when 70% or more sunflower blossoms are open. Visitors are advised to avoid arriving at mid-day as the sunflowers will typically be facing down - morning and evening are the best times to see the sunny yellow side of the flowers. These fields are located just outside the city and are accessible via the C&O bike path or via car. Bring bug spray!
No gear, no problem! Come out and try your hand at fishing in downtown DC! Join Anacostia Riverkeeper at Diamond Teague park (next to the Nationals stadium) for catch and release fishing. This is a free event with poles, bait, and instruction provided.
It was 47 years ago this month that Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Come to the Nature Center to make your own astronomy-themed craft as we honor this accomplishment. Fun facts: July's full moon is nicknamed as the Full Thunder Moon. In Chinese culture, it's also referred to as the Hungry Ghost Moon.
On Monday, I had a heated conversation with a friend on the possibility of 100-degree days in DC. That day saw the temperature reaching to three digits, but it turned out that hitting 100 degrees in our city is less common than what you would think. Based on historical records for the last 40 years, the temperature hit at least 100 degrees in roughly 50% of years, which means every two or three years is the general story here. Sooo, what does this mean for us? Since it’s a given that we already had a 100-degree summer day, it’s unlikely that we will hit it again until 2018 or 2019.
Anyway, 100 degrees or not, it's been hot. The District's 5 days of 95+ degree heat is no joke. Thankfully, this weekend, it’s forecasted to relent a bit. Regardless, we've put together several tips and tricks for battling the heat while still getting your daily dose of nature.
Take a spin at the only roller skating pavilion in a national park! We didn't believe it at first, but free skate rentals are available seven days a week from now through Labor Day. On the weekends, Anacostia Park has a blast with retro roller skating parties where DJs spin music while visitors are invited to bring out their best moves. It’s cool. We fully approve.
Yard's Park is a great place to stick your toes in the water, run your a hand through the waterfall, or find a shady spot to relax. The 5.5 acre park has a lot to offer, but when you visit also keep in mind nearby favorites like Ice Cream Jubilee, Ballpark Boathouse, and the Trapeze School.
Need an excuse to get out to the National Arboretum? How about an evening of live jazz in the middle of the meadow? Meadows (the performer) is a multifaceted jazz pianist, composer, vocalist, and jazz educator, and his performances reflect his versatile musical background. Reservation required - send the organizer a note to let her know you’re coming: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stop by a grocery store before the concert and pick up some snacks to make it one of the best impromptu nights of the summer. (Sorry! No alcohol allowed).
There are tons of groups rides across DC, but only one combines cupcakes and cycling. Join the folks from Bicycle Space for a leisurely ride of 15-20 miles around DC. The ride starts and ends at their chinatown storefront. Snacks will either be provided or there will be a stop at a bakery/cafe for a midway treat. If it's raining, call the store to see if the ride is still on.
Have extra outdoorsy gear that's looking for a new home? We rarely recommend ticketed events, but this is one that can enable more adventures and is an opportunity to chat with fellow outdoor enthusiasts (and gear junkies). $7 for REI members, $10 for others. Complemented with live bluegrass, beers, and fun. Bring cash to buy/sell gear.
What’s in a name that which we call... a “corpse flower?” No surprise, it smells like rotten flesh! This unique plant can go for many years without flowering, yet when it does, the blooms only last up to two days. Come to the U.S. Botanic Garden to watch this spectacular six-year-old specimen bloom for the first time in its life between July 30 and August 2. It already stands nearly four feet tall and could double in size when it starts to open. The crowds will grow, too. Fact: More than 130,000 people visited the Botanic Garden during the last corpse flower bloom in 2013. So, go early or expect long lines.
It's true we found the elusive Mewtwo on the National Mall! No, we didn't, but it is true that groups of several hundred people have been roaming the Mall in search of rare Pokémon. Tourists + Pokémon Go zombies = stay away from the Mall for a few days. That should be easy considering how beautiful it's been, with the highest temps reaching the mid 80s. Strap on your sandals and get ready for some fun in the sun.
Out of sight out of mind. Meaning, if you don't see it, you might not think it exists AND when you're there, you forget you're in a city. The Glover-Archbold Park is a paradise for trail runners, bird watchers, hikers, every day explorers, dog walkers, and more. Access isn't exactly easy, but we've found street parking available on 37th st., biking/walking, or using public transit are your best bets for this Georgetown neighborhood hideaway.
Playground rock climbing walls are on the rise and you can now find quite a few around DC. Stead Park features one of the biggest. They also have a basketball court, a baseball field, two playgrounds, and a splash pad area good for anyone that needs to cool down. Stead Park has got you covered.
Tai Chi or "supreme ultimate" is an internal Chinese martial art and Chinatown Park's Start FRESH! program is offering free classes. Their aim is to encourage District residents to pursue more active and healthier lifestyle. Come learn about Tai Chi, Yin, Yang, and more.
Basil Bonanza is a unique DC summer festival, celebrating the summer’s finest flavors with sweet sweet basil! It's a potluck style celebration with categories ranging from Fire Cryer, Boom Suga Basil to Basil Bomb. It’s also a great occasion to visit the Marion Street Intergenerational Garden, a community learning space that promotes holistic, accessible green spaces for people of all ages to engage with the environment.
Water activities, No prior experience with stand up paddle boarding or yoga necessary. All equipment is provided by the new Trust for the George Washington Memorial Parkway's fitness program and to support the National Park Service's Healthy Parks-Healthy People initiative nationwide.
Live music, craft beer, and food trucks sound oh-so-normal these days, but puppies make the best out of Woofstock. Come and prepare to be surrounded by hundreds of dogs. There will be chances to find a dog to adopt, have your own pup photographed, or find "gourmet" dog food options.
Long lines at the Keybridge Boathouse got you down? Hop on your bike and head about 2 miles north on the Capital Crescent Trail and you’ll soon arrive at Fletcher’s Cove. The boathouse has just about everything needed for a great day on the water: rowboats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, fishing gear, snacks. The cove feels untouched, it's surrounded by trees, with little to no development visible from the water. So, it’ll be you, the water, and the sounds of summer, enjoy.
2 miles north of Fletcher’s Cove is Little Falls where you can challenge yourself with a short, but technical whitewater run. At the end of a 10-mile stretch of rapids, falls, and swift water, Little Falls is where the Potomac transitions from calm water to a tidal estuary with class II-IV rapids. It’s a popular intermediate run in the area, and if you plan to make the first visit there, please make sure to go with an experienced boater.
Thursday, August 11 | 5:00-7:30 PM
Paddle Night on the Anacostia River @ BLADENSBURG WATERFRONT PARK
Come discover Anacostia River by joining Anacostia Watershed Society this Thursday evening. Everything you need to have a great paddling experience is provided: the canoes, life jackets, paddles, and even a safety lesson. The event is first-come first-served, so come early for a better chance of getting out on the water. Bladensburg Waterfront Park is a beautiful park situated near the original historical port of Bladensburg, and from this site you can explore the most suburban launch point of the river.
Need to work, but also desperately want to be outside? The Golden Triangle BID are offering Wi-Fi, tables, and chairs in for your temporary office in Farragut Park! There will be games like table tennis, foosball, corn hole, and more to blow off some steam. Anyone is free to drop-in, but if you want to reserve a table for your entire team, you can do so here.
Saturday, August 13 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Pick-up Game with DC Touch Rugby @ THE NATIONAL MALL
Not for everyone, but open to anyone, DC Touch Rugby club will be playing pick-up games on the Mall. All skill levels are welcome. Games typically start between 9:00 and 9:30 AM on Saturday, but you should visit the DC Touch Rugby for the latest details and exact location.
This concert series has been running for over 40 years and the Washington Post considers it to be “one of the biggest parties of the summer,” sometimes drawing out as many as 10,000 music lovers. Grab a blanket, some snacks, and a few friends, and you all can settle in for an evening of fun on the hill. Saturday night will feature Les Nubians, Proverbs Reggae Band, Pan Lara Steel Orchestra Youth Ensemble, DJ Aphrosoul Lukumi and WPFW 89.3 as the Master of Ceremonies.
Tonight there will be a full moon known by some Native American tribes as a “Full Sturgeon Moon”. It’s been given this name to mark the time of year when sturgeon, a type of fish, can be most readily caught. So, in that same light, think of what your "sturgeon" is and make sure you get out and harvest it.
Photo by Living Classrooms
Kingman and Heritage Islands Park
Butterflies, owls, and lotus flowers are just a few examples of what visitors find at this park. There are trails great for running or nature seeking, as well as picnic tables, an open field, and bike racks. Located just off of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and accessible via RFK Parking lot 6.
On the outskirts of AdMo is a great neighborhood resource that features a fenced dog park (great for dog admiring for those non-dog owners), soccer field, basketball court, children’s playground, chess tables, picnic tables, and grassy spaces for relaxing. There is also a beautiful murals that overlooks the basketball court, reflecting the colors of life and diversity in the community.
Thursday, August 18 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Film in the Field @ MITCHELL PARK
This is the quintessential screen on the green sort of event. Mitchell Park has a lovely field tucked away in the Kalorama neighborhood. Bring a bag of popcorn, a blanket, a friend, and find a spot in the field for a fun night under the stars to watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Film starts at sunset.
Thursday, August 18 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Full Moon Social Ride @ BICYCLE SPACE
Auuwwww! We won’t tell if you are a werewolf, so come join us in a full moon social ride. BicycleSPACE will lead the cruise up the Metropolitan Branch Trail to The Dew Drop Inn from whose rooftop everyone will enjoy a post-ride lunar viewing alongside with frozen treats and music cranking.
Saturday, August 20 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Giant Panda Birthday Celebration @ THE NATIONAL ZOO
This Saturday, the National Zoo will celebrate the birthdays of all four of its giant pandas with fruitsicle cakes for the pandas and Chinese Dan-Dan noodles for zoo visitors. You’re welcome to wear your favorite panda costume for extra festiveness (but you won’t get to eat fruitsicles, sorry).
A remix on the standard summer concert, the Petworth Park Summer Jam features DJs and electronic musicians. With support from the Petworth Jazz Project, the final event will take place this Saturday evening featuring Beautiful Swimmers and 1432 R DJs. All are welcome to come dance and enjoy this all-ages event.
Saturday, August 20 | 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Lantern Walk @ YARDS PARK
The Lantern Walk is inspired by the story of African American families who built their homes in historic neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River by candlelight after returning home from a long day’s work. Performances celebrating the community will start at Yards Park and end at the Anacostia Arts Center.
With our mantra, “Every Day Adventures,” Wanderus is meant to connect city residents with the outdoors, to be an ambassador that enables people to find their outdoor sanctuary - whether it’s a park, a sport, or a tribe. In honor of the National Park Service, with which we share a common goal, we celebrate their 100th anniversary by dedicating this issue to them. Instead of your usual local mix, we’ll share some history, quotes, and events happening around DC with the NPS birthday theme. #ThankYouNPS
August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signs into law the Organic Act establishing the National Park Service.
"...to promote and regulate the use of the...national parks...which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." National Park Service Organic Act, 16 U.S.C.1.
If we had Yelp back then, the National Park Service would be flowing with 5-star reviews.
"There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us." President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936
"National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst." Wallace Stegner, 1983
“The parks belong to all of us. This planet belongs to all of us… We have to have the foresight and faith in the future to do what it takes to protect our parks and our planet for generations to come.” Barack Obama, June 20, 2016
How are you celebrating NPS’ 100th birthday?
*|SURVEY: Getting outside to #FindMyPark!|*
*|SURVEY: No plans for this weekend yet|*
*|SURVEY: Whose birthday?|*
P.S. With the designation of a NEW NATIONAL PARK and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 to August 28, everyone is encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark.
Thursday, August 25 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Expedition Arrowhead @ NPS LANDS
Visit several of National Mall and Memorial Parks’ monuments and collect the pieces to a one-of-a-kind, NPS centennial commemorative stamp! The hunt starts on the west side of the Washington Monument, where participants receive a paper template and the first clues of the hunt. The first 100 participants to complete the hunt will receive National Park Service prize pack. Total length is approximately five miles, and participants are encouraged to walk or ride Capital BikeShare and the DC Circulator National Mall Route to complete the hunt. Remember – stay safe, use crosswalks and stay hydrated!
Thursday, August 25 | 5:00 - 10:00 PM
Celebrate 100 Years with Music, Comedy and Beers @ CONSTITUTION GARDENS
Join NPS for a hip, high-energy evening program and beer garden featuring live entertainment celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. Comedian Ryan Singer and DJ Ecotone headline a line-up that includes D.C. power pop band Jukebox the Ghost, Baltimore alternative rock band The Last Year, and comedian Yoram Bauman. Enjoy refreshments in the beer garden (21+ only). Gates open at 5 p.m., entertainment starts at 6 p.m.
Friday, August 26 | 11:00 - 2:00 PM
#FindYourPark @FARRAGUT SQUARE
The Outdoor Office series at the Golden Triangle continues with the Rangerpalooza edition this Friday. Grab lunch with NPS park rangers, try on uniforms, wear that iconic hat, and ask for true tales from the front line. Like, what really happens when you try to befriend a wild bear?! If you’re not satisfied with the answer, go challenge them over the nearby ping-pong tables.
Saturday, August 27 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Capital Dragon Boat Regatta @THE WHARF
This intense fast-paced boat race will be held in the SW Waterfront for the third year, as spectators cheer on groups of dragon boats frantically paddling towards the finish line and with a drummer onboard inspiring the team. Boats are usually decorated in a variety of colors, creating quite the visual on the water. The Regatta will feature a variety of racing throughout the day - see the complete schedule.
Saturday, August 27 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
National Women’s Equality Day Observance @ BELMONT-PAUL WOMEN'S EQUALITY NATIONAL MONUMENT
Just earlier this year, the long-time headquarter of the National Woman’s Party, the Sewall-Belmont House, has become our first national monument to honor women’s equality. We’ve come a long way since women won the right to vote, but in the male-dominated outdoor industry there’s still much work to do. Celebrate the day, and don’t be afraid to ask yourself,“How can I help?”
Saturday, August 27 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
America's Front Yard Family Festival @ CONSTITUTION GARDENS
Do you know what the NPS may wish before blowing out the birthday candles? That today’s youth aspires to become the future stewards of our national parks. So come on out to the Front Yard Family Festival this Saturday and let our kids be inspired. Enjoy games, live music, sing-alongs, and magic - highlights are Lego models of national parks, virtual reality park tours, 3-D printing of National Mall monuments and memorials, natural flora and fauna found in urban parks. Woot!
Where else can you witness both DC’s Tastiest Tomato and “Best Bud” Cannabis contests at the same place? The DC State Fair on Sunday is an excellent showcase of the region’s agricultural, artistic, and culinary talents - all things homegrown. This year, there will be a pet parade (with costumed and uncostumed pet owners), line dancing lessons, hydroponic workshops, and much more! And yes, I hear you, we’re not a state (yet).
It's been a challenging summer to stay cool, thankfully we've made it through the hottest days. Yet, displays of pumpkin spice, halloween candy, and even leaves changing color are preparing us for a new season. But, it’s STILL SUMMER! So, don't take the bait and skip ahead. Take these days and enjoy them to the fullest because they are the greatest gifts of summer.
The National Arboretum is a public garden, research facility, and urban greenspace on 446 acres in Northeast DC. It draws large crowds for its incredible azalea blooms, world-class bonsai exhibit, and other awe-inspiring biodiversity. The expansive meadow and trails exploring the different exhibits are a perfect place to let your mind wonder. One of our favorite parts of the park is the display of National Capitol Columns, that seems to always result in photoshoot for us. It’s a DC treasure that's always ready for your visit via bike, foot, car, or the B2 bus route, the closest public transit option.
It’s no secret that lotus and water lilies are the biggest draws to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens during the summer. That said, the park ecosystem has so much more to offer - turtles, frogs, beavers, blue herons, owls, and falcons, just to name a few. We love having a breezy walk through the ponds then finding our way to an extensive boardwalk over aquatic gardens (see map here). Talk about #alltrailsconnect! Another way to enjoy this park is to explore it by kayak during high tide hours when you can paddle through the tidal marshes and water trails. Access the park by bike, foot, car, or the Deanwood Metro Station, the closest public transit option.
Thursday, September 1 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Lantern-Making Workshop @ CANAL PARK
In preparation for the September 17 Lantern Walk, make your own lantern at Canal Park! The workshop starts before the Capitol Riverfront BID's outdoor movie series. Learn more about the Lantern Walk and upcoming workshops here.
Saturday, September 3 | 12:00 - 7:30 PM
DC Blues Festival @ CARTER BARRON AMPITHEATRE
The annual DC Blues Festival is more than two decades old, and it ain’t losing steam anytime soon. Staged at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park, the all-day extravaganza features well-known local artists, instrument and vocal workshops, and even an instrument "petting zoo." This year’s main stage includes Lauren Mitchell, the guitar wizardry of Slam Allen, The Countess & Royalty Blues Band and many more. Admission is free of charge, so bring the whole family to celebrate blues in the park.
Sunday, September 4 | 10:00 AM
Get to Know DC Hike @ MELVIN HAZEN & SOAPSTONE TRAILS
Join SierraClubDC for a 4-5 miles hike along shaded trails and streets in the heart of NW DC. The hike will use trails going in and out up of Rock Creek Park and pass some of the Embassies near UDC. Though not a long hike, there is a descent and an ascent and lots of stream crossings (perhaps, bring walking sticks). The leader will be walking slowly, so this is not a hike for the speedy.
Sunday, September 4 | 8:00 PM
Labor Day Capitol Concert @WEST LAWN, U.S. CAPITOL
Say so long to summer with DC’s free Labor Day Capitol Concert. The annual performance featuring the National Symphony Orchestra is a majestic holiday tradition, complete with stunning scenery of the city’s monuments in the background. This year’s concert will also showcase Storm Lange and her band, Le Bonheur, as they take on American Songbook standards. Music lovers can pack a picnic and enjoy a serene Sunday evening on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. For those who like to arrive early: gates open at 3 p.m., with an open rehearsal held at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, September 5 | 12:00 - 8:00 PM
Carifesta @WOODROW WILSON PLAZA
Caribbean culture, fashion, food and music will be celebrated at this free arts festival, held at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza outside of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Dance through your Labor Day with eight hours of live music, from successful Caribbean artists to DJs from around the world. Grab lunch or dinner in the food court, cruise through the beer garden (if you’re 21 or older) and marvel at the works in a craft village.
During our recent trips to the White Mountains in New England and the Shenandoah Valley, we noticed that the leaves had begun to change colors in both parks. Fall is quietly coming, and it got us thinking about preparing for our next adventures in the shoulder season. One great resource for our city residents is DC DPR’s recently published catalogue of diverse programs to learn and play. Their wide array of programming will be available to residents across the city. But, as adventurers, we have to make it a mix of planning ahead and living in the moment, so check out what programs or classes the city has to offer, but don’t let planning stop you from enjoying these gorgeous days of summer end.
"When summer gathers up her robes of glory, and, like a dream, glides away." — Sarah Helen Whitman
The original Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps), based in Rome, Italy, is one of the most majestic urban monuments of Roman Baroque style. Our DC version, tucked away in Kalorama on a steep slope, has its own charm. The steps are lined with flower beds alongside and at the top of these stairs there’s a brick terrace with a lion-head fountain. The place is unassuming yet super romantic - walkers and runners (e.g. the November Project tribe) love including it into their exercise routines, and we have seen couples sneak away with a date and even doing wedding ceremonies at the steps.
There are so many things to love about Rock Creek Park - a beautiful natural oasis in the middle of a bustling city. It’s so vast that we will attempt to break it down into “consumable” sections, and we think Peirce Mill is a perfect place to begin a Rock Creek outing. It’s a unique symbol of the milling industry that once flourished along Rock Creek. There are several trails to follow from this starting point, ranging from easy walking to more rugged trail running. We like the Western Ridge trail that eventually leads to the Nature Center, as it offers plenty of opportunities to spot deer and some small wild life.
SATURDAY SEPT. 10 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
MPD Community Bike Ride and Cookout @ EMERY RECREATION CENTER
Take a 10 mile spin around the neighborhood with the Metropolitan Police Department's bike team, followed by a cookout celebration this Saturday. The bike ride will begin at 9:00 AM from the Takoma Metro Station and will end at the Emery Recreation Center where the BBQ starts at 11:00 AM. This is a great opportunity to meet with our neighborhood police officers and sneak in one more summertime BBQ.
Canal Park becomes a community art space during this all-day Saturday festival. Bring along the entire family for live music, on-site art exhibits, interactive workshops and an all-out dance party to cap off the festivities. More than 10 performers are scheduled, highlighted by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, scheduled to bring the funk at approximately 5:45 p.m. Admission is free, but make sure to RSVP.
SATURDAY SEPT. 10 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Under the Arbor: Lemon Herbs @ NATIONAL HERB GARDEN
Lemon-scented herbs are among the most popular, useful, and intensely fragrant in the garden. Herb Society members will demonstrate techniques on using these herbs in teas, recipes, arrangements, potpourri, and more. The Under the Arbor series of drop-in demonstrations on herb-related topics is conducted in the National Herb Garden. Presented by Herb Society of America members and Arboretum staff.
Join the Student Conservation Association to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. Volunteers will work to prepare the gardens for the fall season by removing lotus, clearing invasives, preparing the greenhouse, and more. The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens will also be in attendance to assist with projects and share their in-depth knowledge of the park with volunteers. Free lunch and t-shirts will be provided for all volunteers!
SUNDAY SEPT. 11 | 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Adams Morgan Day @ 18TH ST
The longest-running neighborhood festival in the District returns for its 38th edition this September in Adams Morgan. Although this year’s festival will be somewhat scaled down compared to past bashes, 18th Street will still be buzzing with live music, food vendors, restaurants with their doors spread open wide, for-sale artwork and much, much more. Celebrate one of DC’s liveliest, most diverse neighborhoods with this day-long extravaganza.