What to Expect for the Weekend in the Capitol Hill Area

by Sean Meehan December 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

Our last weekend before what might be the warmest Christmas on record for the D.C. area will have something we haven’t seen much of this season: normal temperatures. With temperatures expected to hover around the mid-40s, this weekend may be the only opportunity to show off any holiday-themed sweaters and scarves before the next heat wave forces us to shed the extra layers by Christmas.

Whether you’re scrambling to finish holiday shopping or trying to take advantage of the unusually seasonable weather while you can, there’s plenty to do around the Capitol Hill area this weekend. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this weekend:

Hypothermia Alert

With the cooler weather comes the risk of hypothermia for homeless individuals across the city. The District government will activate its hypothermia alert at 7 p.m. Friday as temperatures are expected to sink to 31 degrees with wind gusts as high as 21 miles per hour.

The District issues hypothermia alerts when the forecasted temperature, including wind chill, dips below 32 degrees.

To request shelter transport for D.C. residents who are homeless and on the street, contact the shelter hotline at [email protected], 202-399-7093 or 1-800-535-7252.


“Confessions of an Unlikely Runner” Book Signing
Pacers Running Store (300 Tingey St. SE)
Friday 5:30 p.m.

Dana Ayers accidentally became a runner more than 10 years ago when she ran a 5k with the President of the United States. She has since proven it’s possible to be a long-term runner without gaining much speed, losing much weight, or sacrificing a fairly lax approach to exercise. Confessions chronicles her awkward mishaps and adventures in transitioning from childhood bookworm to accidental accomplished athlete.

Seasonal Craft Beer Tasting
Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Friday 6:30-8 p.m.

Join Drinky Events for a tasting of some awesome, hard to find seasonal craft beers! Mike Stein from Lost Lagers is providing the education and Pipetown Traders will provide 5 seasonal craft beers to get you in the holiday spirit. The best ugly holiday sweater will win an awesome prize! Online registration is $38.

Santa’s Secret Bookshop
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Pl. SW)
Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Southwest Library will offer children the ability to select two books or DVDs from our store, wrap these gifts for their loved ones, and receive a treat for thinking of others. Children under 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

The Nutcracker Suite with DC Swing
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE)
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

DC Swing! presents Duke Ellington’s jazz treatment of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, and other big band holiday favorites. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.

Live DJ Yoga for UN Refugees + Ugly Sweater Party
405 Yoga (1000 Florida Ave. NE)
Saturday, 7-8 p.m.

405 Yoga will hold a flow class set to the live beats of DJ Equaniseung. A donation of $20 to UN Refugees is requested at the door.

Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker
Stuart-Hobson Middle School (410 E St. NE)
Saturday 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.

Barracks Row-based Momentum Dance Theatre is performing its annual Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker December 19-20, 2015, at Stuart Hobson Middle School. This is a professional dance and theater production that brings together both professional dancers and students from the Hill as young as five years old to provide a fresh, urban take on the Nutcracker story based on Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite.


  • Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate on regular weekend schedules
  • Red Line trains will single-track between Judiciary Square and NoMa-Gallaudet for repairs. Trains will run every 15 minutes.


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