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.