Photo via Capitol Riverfront BIDLocals will be able to take jazzercise, boot camp, Zumba and yoga classes for free in Yards Park and Canal Park starting next Monday, the Capitol Riverfront BID announced in a newsletter.

The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Fitness Series is slated to return to the parks on May 16.

According to the BID, the free classes are available Monday through Saturday each week until Sept. 3.

The full schedule is as follows:

  • Monday at 7:00 p.m.: Jazzercise (Canal Park)
  • Monday at 7:00 p.m.: Boot Camp with Balance Gym (Yards Park)
  • Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.: Zumba with Balance Gym (Yards Park)
  • Wednesday at 6:30 a.m.: Yoga with Balance Gym (Canal Park)
  • Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: Yoga with Balance Gym (Yards Park)
  • Thursday at 7:00 p.m.: Jazzercise with Rebecca Edwards (Yards Park)
  • Friday at 6:30 a.m.: Boot Camp with Balance Gym (Canal Park)
  • Friday at 6:30 a.m.: Yoga with Balance Gym (Yards Park)
  • Saturday at 10:00 a.m.: Boot Camp with Balance Gym (Yards Park)

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Yards Park Concert Series, photo via Joe Flood : FlickrMore than a thousand locals have put their names behind a petition to reinstate the bring-your-own-booze policy at this year’s Yards Park Concert Series.

“The Capitol Riverfront BID has made the decision to ban concert goers from bringing their own beer (BYOB) or wine to the event,” the petition reads. “Instead, the concerts will be now be exclusively sponsored by Corona and Modelo and all will be required to purchase beer and wine from them.  Backpacks and coolers will be searched.”

The BID announced its decision to ban outside alcoholic beverages in a newsletter sent out last Thursday.

“Please take a minute and tell the Capitol Riverfront BID to reverse this decision,” the petition continues. “Not only will this decision negatively impact this very popular community event, it will hurt the local brewers and surrounding business frequented by concert goers.”

So far, more than 1,150 people have signed the online petition.

Photo via Flickr / Joe Flood


Capitol Riverfront Film Series“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Creed” and “The Martian” are among the films chosen for this year’s Capitol Riverfront Film Series.

The Capitol Riverfront BID announced the upcoming series’ schedule yesterday. The films will be screened at sundown in Canal Park, located at 2nd and M streets SE. Locals last month voted on which movies they’d like to see.

Here’s the full schedule:

  • June 2: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • June 9: Inside Out
  • June 16: Ocean’s Eleven
  • June 23: Hitch
  • June 30: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • July 7: Mean Girls
  • July 14: Jurassic World
  • July 21: Minions
  • July 28: Creed
  • August 4: Pitch Perfect 2
  • August 11: The Martian
  • August 18th: Skyfall

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Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series (Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID)Which movies do you like best: “Annie,” Mean Girls,” “Skyfall,” or all three?

The Capitol Riverfront BID is seeking community input on the lineup of its outdoor movie series scheduled to take place later this summer. The films will be screened outdoors in Canal Park, located at 2nd and M streets SE.

To see the full list of films and to cast your vote, see the BID’s voting page.

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Canal Park ice rink

The Canal Park Ice Rink in Navy Yard is set to open for the winter tomorrow after a week-long delay due to unusually warm temperatures.

The rink, which is located at Canal Park at 200 M Street SE was originally slated to open on Nov. 7, but the opening had to be pushed back after temperatures reached 80 degrees Nov. 6.

The rink will open at noon tomorrow, according to a tweet from the operators. Until March, the rink will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

A grand opening celebration is planned for next weekend on Saturday Nov. 21. This Saturday, skaters are encouraged to dress as their favorite prince or princess between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Those in costume will have a chance to win four tickets to Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the musical currently showing at The National Theatre downtown.


Pumpkins in the Park (via Facebook:Capitol Riverfront BID)

Fall is in full-swing, and Halloween is now 10 days away. For those who love the season of changing leaves, pumpkin spice and costumes, the Capitol Hill area has plenty of ways to celebrate.

Events across the area this weekend will give residents a chance to start their Halloween celebrations a week early. Here are some pre-holiday events to help you get in the Halloween spirit:


Seniors Costume Brunch
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St. SW)
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Area seniors are invited to the recreation center for a costume brunch with food and music. There will also be prize giveaways for guests wearing the best costume of the event. More information is available via e-mail.

NoMa Pumpkin Carving Happy Hour
NoMa Junction @ Storey Park (1005 First St. NE)
4 – 7 p.m.

NoMa BID will provide free pumpkins and carving tools for the first 200 visitors to the “pumpkin patch.” Pumpkins can be reserved in advance online. Participants can bring their own pumpkins and tools, if they choose. The event is free and open to the public. It will have live music from ’90s cover band the Lloyd Dobbler Effect, face painting, and a candy scavenger hunt. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Thursday – Sunday

Scream City D.C.
RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St. SE)
7 – 10 p.m. (open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday)

“Exorcism Estate” and “Slaughter Factory” are two fully-enclosed haunted houses  that will take over Parking Lot 8 through the end of the month. The haunts are from the same minds as Field of Screams Maryland and are almost guaranteed to be very, very scary. The production company recommends no one under the age of 13 attend, and parents should use their discretion when choosing to bring their children. Tickets are available online for $30-$40. One ticket grants admission to both haunts, and each takes approximately 40 minutes to walk through.


Haunted History and Ghost Hunt
Northeast Neighborhood Library (330 7th St. NE)
4 – 9 p.m.

This evening will pair history and haunts so guests can decide for themselves whether the library is haunted or not. The first hour of the event will provide a haunted history of the building and the surrounding area. Following that will be a paranormal investigation where attendees will get into teams, use “ghost hunting” equipment and search for evidence of paranormal activity. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by e-mail, in person or by telephone at 202-698-0058.

Friday and Saturday

In Their Own Words: Soul Strolls at Congressional Cemetery
Historic Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)
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.


Hot Cider Hustle 5K/15K
RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St. SE)
9 a.m.

Capitol Hill-area runners can participated in one of two fall-themed races around RFK Stadium along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Both races start at 9 a.m. in Lot 7. Hot apple cider and caramel apples will wait for participants as they cross the finish line. Registration is still open for both races, but the price will increase tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Pumpkins in the Park
Washington Canal Park (202 M St. SE)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Capitol Riverfront BID is hosting a late morning/early afternoon of family-friendly activities and entertainment to get ready for the holiday. Small pumpkins and decorating tools will be provided. There will also be face painting and live entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.

Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
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.

Haunted Harvest
Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (215 G St. NE)
6 – 9 p.m.

This fall festival is for families to celebrate Halloween a little early. The event will have several activities, including a haunted house, spooky pumpkin painting, mad science experiments and a zombie dance party. Costumes are encouraged for all attendees. A chili cook-off contest will take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for $1 per taste. Dinners of chili or hotdogs will be served from 6 – 8 p.m. and cost $5 each. A $20 donation per family is recommended.

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Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series (Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID)You can watch “Back to the Future,” “Selma” and “Bring It On” al fresco this summer.

After polling the community about their picks, the Capitol Riverfront BID  has announced the schedule for their free Thursday night outdoor movie series.

“This year’s lineup was selected or inspired by public demand, and celebrates characters whose decisions shape the world, space, and time,” the BID said in a statement.

The movies will be shown every Thursday at sundown from June 4 through September 3, in Canal Park, at 2nd and M streets SE. Here’s the full lineup, as WTOP spotted:

June 4 Back to the Future
June 11 Selma
June 18 The Princess Bride
June 25 Rush Hour
July 2 Independence Day
July 9 Bring It On
July 16 LEGO Movie
July 23 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
July 30 Big Hero 6
August 6 Pitch Perfect
August 13 The Goonies
August 20 Guardians of the Galaxy
August 27 To Kill A Mockingbird
September 3 The Sound of Music

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID


Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series (Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID)“Back to the Future,” “The Lego Movie” and “Pitch Perfect’ might be showing for free in Navy Yard this summer.

The Capitol Riverfront BID is seeking community input on the lineup of its Outdoor Movie Series. The BID will screen 13 films from June 5 through Aug. 27, the group announced. The films will be screened al fresco, in Canal Park, at 2nd and M streets SE.

To see the full list of possibilities and to cast your vote, see the BID’s People’s Choice voting page.

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID


Navy Yard is booming.

The population of Navy Yard, aka the Capitol Riverfront, is expected to be nearly 79 percent bigger three years from now. The Capitol Riverfront BID projects the area will gain an additional 3,700 residents by 2017. About 4,700 people call the neighborhood home now.

The BID highlighted the growth of the neighborhood today, presenting a report on growth in the area roughly bound by South Capitol Street, I-695, Southeast Freeway and 15th Street SE.

“A year ago, Capitol Riverfront office workers outnumbered residents almost 8 to 1, but over the next three years, some 3,200 new residential units, three new hotels and 270,000 square feet of new retail will cut that ratio in half,” BID President Michael G. Stevens said in a statement.

Here’s Navy Yard by the numbers, with 2014 figures the BID shared today:

  • 105,000 square feet of new retail space opened
  • 190,000 SF office space leased
  • Six new apartment buildings with a total of 1,916 units under construction as of Q4 2014
  • 168-room Hampton Inn under construction
  • 46 percent of the apartment construction started in DC in 2014 was in Capitol Riverfront
  • Eight new restaurants open: Willie’s Brew & Que, Ice Cream Jubilee, TaKorean, Sweetgreen, Starbucks (in Harris Teeter), 100 Montaditos, Big Stick, Subway Café
  • Whole Foods breaks ground in 2014 will open in 2017
  • 186 events in the Capitol Riverfront attracting almost 3 million people

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