What to Expect for the Weekend in the Capitol Hill Area

by Sean Meehan January 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm 0

Martin Luther King Jr. memorial (Photo via Flickr/afagen)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming on Monday and bringing with it a blast of arctic air that will bring some seriously cold temperatures and another chance of light snow. Before the cold moves in, though, this weekend is expected to stay mild, with temperatures in the high 40s with rain only expected Friday night.

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


Yale A Capella in D.C.: Whim ‘n Rhythm Concert
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE)
Friday 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Yale University’s all-female, all-seniors a cappella group Whim ‘n’ Rhythm will perform a concert that ranges from traditional jazz standards to contemporary pop and rock hits. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. 

St. Mark’s Players present Sweeney Todd
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (3rd and A streets SE)
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.

The St. Mark’s Players, a community theater company on Capitol Hill, will be performing “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” from Jan. 15-23. Tickets are available online.

Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW)
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

The Arena Stage and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival present Sweat, a play written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. The play “explores America’s industrial decline at the turn of the millennium by examining the inhabitants of one Pennsylvania town who still struggle to reclaim what’s lost, find redemption and redefine themselves in a new century.” Tickets can be purchased online

I Have A Dream Story Time
Northeast Library (330 7th St. SE)
Saturday 10:30 a.m.

the Children’s Department of the Northeast library will celebrate the birthday of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an “I Have A Dream” story time. Families are invited to listen to stories and sing songs about accepting and celebrating differences, working together, friendship, and dreaming big dreams.  Afterward, children can make an inspirational craft. 

Make Your Own 12×12 Painting Workshop with MasPazThe Fridge (516 8th St. SE)
Saturday 2-4 p.m.

Artist MasPaz, who curated the current exhibit “Kids” at The Fridge, will lead a workshop where participants will create their own 12×12 inch painting. All supplies will be provided and admission is $30 at the door. 

Maketto Coat and Blanket Drive
Maketto (1351 H St. NE)
Monday all day

The H Street coffee shop and retail store will offer a free coffee to anybody who donates a gently used coat or blanket to be donated to homeless individuals. 


  • On Saturday from 3-9 a.m. Metro will be conducting maintenance work on the payment system for SmarTrip cards. Customers will not be able to load or reload their SmarTrip card using a debit or credit card during that time.
  • Shuttle buses will replace trains on the Orange and Blue lines between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly and Benning Road
  • Silver Line trains will only operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston
  • Yellow Line trains will only operate between Huntington and Fort Totten
  • Red Line trains will operate every 9-18 minutes
  • On Monday, Metro will open at 5 a.m. and run on a Saturday schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day and parking will be free at all Metro-operated facilities


Trash Collection

There will be no trash collection on Monday, so collection days will be pushed back by one day for the entire week.


Parking meters will not be enforced on Monday.

Photo via Flickr/afagen


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