Welcome Fall! It's prime time to enjoy an outdoor adventure, the cooler air is such a treat and keeps us craving more outdoor time. DC outdoorists, you've got no excuse not to get out this weekend:
National Museum of African American History & Culture (grand opening this weekend!) will host the Freedom Sounds Festival. Head to the National Monument Grounds on Saturday for a historic moment and incredible concert.
Good news/Bad News: NPS will begin work on restoring the C&O Canal in Georgetown starting in October. Restoration efforts will provide Lock repair and replacement of The Georgetown canal boat. The new boat will resume boats rides along the canal for tourists. The project is expected to take 18 months, during that time Lock 3 and 4 will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists between.
A priority project under President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is a continuous 28-mile trail on both sides of the river, connecting the Diamond Teague Park, the historic Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, and Anacostia Park. The 10-12 foot wide trail is designed for a wide range of users - from cyclists to runners, from skaters to walkers, and also provides picnic pavilions, benches, bike racks, and, of course, great views to/from the waters. To date, about half of the trail is open and heavily used, and the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens segment of the Riverwalk Trail is expected to completed later this year, opening up access to one of our favorite parks in the city. We love how the trail increases accessibility to many waterfront neighborhoods on both sides of Anacostia, and seeks to reconnect our city residents to the urban outdoors and waterways. Whether walking or biking on the trail, it’s fascinating to look at DC and appreciate the sometimes silent and overlooked Anacostia River.
Inline Skaters During Skate Weekend DC by CoolDavid
MALOOF SKATE PARK
The Maloof Skate Park, also known as Maloof Money Cup Skate Park, is an outdoor venue for skateboard lovers of all ages and skills. Located in Parking Lot 3 adjacent to RFK Stadium, this 15,000 square foot facility is open daily for public use from dawn to dusk. Features include steps, jumps, rails, medium to high ledges, a 4 ft quarter pipe, and a 5'6" vertical wall. Each feature varies in size and the park is suitable for beginner to advanced skaters.
Skate parks are a perfect opportunity for skaters to hone their craft while getting to know others in the community. Designed by Pro Skater Geoff Rowley and California Skateparks, the Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium is the first major skate park in Washington, DC. Inspired by Freedom Plaza and the architecture along Pennsylvania Avenue, the skate park includes replicas of the world-famous Golden Rail and Freedom Plaza Ledges.
SATURDAY SEPT. 24 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Tales and Trails @ ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK
Explore Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and the surrounding community with WABA Trail Rangers on a guided bike tour. This 12 mile urban trail paralleling the Anacostia River has a rich history, amazing sights and fantastic ecology. The trip will end at National Park Service's Roller Skating Party. They've got an afternoon planned of free roller skating, classic cars, and fireworks!
SATURDAY SEPT. 24 | 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Walk to celebrate NMAAHC Opening @ LINCOLN MEMORIAL STEPS
In African American history, a walk in nature, a spirited march, and gathering in our public green spaces have been where we celebrate triumphs in our culture. Join Outdoor Afro on a walk to celebrate the opening and dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The walk will start at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and finish on the grounds of the Washington Monument for celebratory activities. Outdoor Afro's CEO Rue Mapp with the help of Outdoor Afro staff will walk and welcome the sharing of stories that celebrate and inspire African American connections to nature and the outdoors.
SATURDAY SEPT. 24 | 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Opera in the Outfield @ NATIONALS PARK
Celebrate the 9th free live opera simulcasts at the ballpark by joining Washington National Opera for "The Marriage of Figaro" on Saturday, September 24. Gates open at 5 pm for pre-opera activities for the entire family, and the opera will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition NatsHD scoreboard at 7 p.m. Free seating will be available on the outfield grass (weather permitting) and in the stands.
SATURDAY SEPT. 24 | 11:00 AM
“Flowers Stink” Musical @ US BOTANICAL GARDEN'S AMPHITHEATER
A botanical musical co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden: When you live in a big city, a.k.a. "the concrete jungle," sometimes it's hard to appreciate the great outdoors. That's definitely the case with one middle school girl, who's struggling with writing a nature-themed poem for school. Giving up, she tweets: "#natureisborings #flowersstink." Suddenly, two zany and loveable plants magically come to life in her room, encouraging her to open her eyes, ears, and mind to the beauty all around her. Pointing to her own family history, the girl's newfound friends transport her imagination to the flora of a desert, a volcano, and a rain forest to help unleash her creativity. Mixing plenty of singing and dancing with folk, bluegrass, blues, and gospel, this colorful world premiere musical--by the Helen Hayes Award-winning creators of Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue--shows that, if you look closely enough, you can find the best of nature in the most unlikely places.
Open seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. In case of rain, the show will be performed inside the Conservatory in the West Gallery.
SUNDAY SEPT. 25 | 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Hills of Rock Creek Group Bike Ride @ 2424 18th St. NW
Inspired by the popular East of the River Hills ride, the mighty Hills of Rock Creek Park runs every Sunday morning beginning at 8:00 AM and ending around 11:00 AM. The ride is a casual, friendly, challenging Bicycle Space sponsored ride which highlights the beauty of Rock Creek Park. It goes for about 30 miles at a pace of 10-15 mph. It is a no drop ride with a front and a back ride leader.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 28 | 6:30 PM
Parkside Chats @ SOUTH GARDEN, JOSEPHINE BUTLER PARKS CENTER
Join Washington Parks & People for their monthly Parkside Chats, part of their #ThinkOutside campaign. Participants will explore the themes of Discovery & Learning. Ursula Sandstrom, Trail Ranger Coordinator for WABA, will discuss discovering DC by bike. Holly Poole-Kavana, Herbalist for Sign of Jonah Partnerships in Healing, will lead the group on an "urban herb walk" to explore the different neighborhood plants that are edible and have healing qualities! All ages are encouraged to attend.