Capitol Hill Agenda (Oct. 20-26)
Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.
For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.
FDR and the Holocaust: A New Appraisal
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Best-selling author Jay Winik will discuss the challenges World War II era leaders faced, including rescuing Europe’s remaining Jews. Other prominent historians to join the discussion include the New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker, American University professor Dr. Richard Breitman and museum historian Dr. Edna Friedberg. Admission is free.
Friday and Saturday
In Their Own Words: Soul Strolls at Congressional Cemetery
Historic Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
The Congressional Cemetery will have a second weekend of night tours. The tours will tell the stories of some of the 65,000 “residents” there, as interpreted by cemetery staff. The event will also have a cash bar and music each night. Tours are held during the twilight hours. Tickets are available online and cost $20 for adults and $10 for children who are 12 years old or younger.
Trick or Treat! Halloween Cookery with the Kids
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Families are invited to take a kid-friendly food cooking class with a twist in preparation for Halloween. Radio and television producer Peter Ogburn will lead the class, which might include making monkey brains (cauliflower). The class costs $49 for an adult and a child, and $15 for each additional child. Wearing costumes to the class is highly encouraged.
Gangplank Marina Park at The Wharf (600 Water St. SW)
Time: 12 – 4 p.m.
This free, family-friendly community event will give locals a chance to spend an October afternoon along the water of the Potomac. Guests can craft their very own “pumpkin” with the help of on-site Wharf artists. There will also be live music from the Wil Gravatt Band throughout the afternoon, with food available at nearby Cantina Marina and King Ribs.
Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
Time: 1 – 5 p.m.
The Washington Animal Rescue League is hosting the Second Annual Barktoberfest, an event scheduled to have local craft beer, live music, food trucks, shopping, a canine costume contest and a puppy kissing booth. General admission tickets are available online for $35 and include unlimited beer tastings. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Rain date is Oct. 25.