What to Expect for the Capitol Hill Area This Weekend

by Sean Meehan October 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm 0

Veg Fest 2014 (Photo via Facebook DC Veg Fest)

Whether Hurricane Joaquin makes landfall near the District or not, it’s going to be a very rainy weekend. District officials are warning about possible flooding and many of the weekend’s events have been postponed or moved indoors.

Here’s what you need to know to make the most of this wet weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


The District is under a flash flood watch through Saturday. City officials distributed sandbags to several flood-prone neighborhoods, but did not expect flooding to be a significant issue on Capitol Hill, Navy Yard or Southwest. City officials said they will post updated information on the effects of the rain online.

If Joaquin does hit the District, which meteorologists do not expect, there could be flooding along the river in Navy Yard and Southwest, according to a District government flooding map.


Wunder Garten Oktoberfest
Wunder Garten at NoMA (150 M St. NE)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. (closes at 10 p.m. on Sunday)

Several days of free community events lead up to the pop-up’s ticketed, three-day Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend festivities will feature festival games, including a beer stein competition and a dirndl relay race. Tickets for the weekend events are $10 per day and must be purchased in advance online.

DC VegFest
N and 1st streets SE
Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The free festival that was founded in 1997 is back and ready to educate D.C. residents about the benefits of a plant-based diet. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a tote bag with samples and coupons. The event features a beer garden, more than 130 vendors, live music and a children’s activity area.

Dead Man’s Run 5k and Kids Fun Run
Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)
Saturday 6 p.m.

Costumes are an unofficial requirement for this 5K race, now in its fifth year. The course, which is along the Anacostia River, is flat and fast. If a 5K is too far, the cemetery also is having a family-friendly 2K fun run, which will start shortly after the main event. All proceeds go toward the preservation of the cemetery.

Scream City
RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St)
Saturday 7 p.m.

The District’s largest haunted attraction is closed today due to weather, but promises to open Saturday night.

“Madam Satan” Screening
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

The “Tough Dames in Satin Slips” returns to the center this weekend to kickoff the first of four screening of racy films from before 1934. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot and film critic Nell Minow will host the program. The screening is expected to be standing room only. Online registration in advance is encouraged.


  • Weekend track work continues this weekend for all lines except the Green Line.
  • Metro riders going to the D.C. United game tonight should take Blue Line trains or buses because the Orange and Silver line trains will not stop at the Stadium-Armory station until 7:30 p.m.
  • Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes.
  • Orange, Blue, Silver, and Yellow line trains will run every 24 minutes.


  • There are no scheduled bus line interruptions in the Capitol Hill area.
  • The bus stop at H St and 3rd St NE, which serves the D8, X1 and X2 buses and is currently closed, will reopen Sunday.


On Sunday, the Union Station-Navy Yard and Potomac Avenue-Skyland routes will switch to winter service hours, meaning this is the last weekend that either route will run.

Photo via Facebook/DC Veg Fest


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