Photo via Midnite BBQFood trucks will sling food late into the night during a special event near Union Market this weekend.

The “Midnite BBQ” will return for its third year at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE) this Sunday, according to its website.

Instead of hamburgers and hot dogs (which are apparently banned from the event) the barbecue’s food trucks will sling alternative fare like vegan food and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tickets are $30 before fees. A portion of the proceeds  go toward a charity that focuses on nutritional education, as its website noted.

More info on the Midnite BBQ from its website:

America is a melting pot of cultures, but the words “BARBECUE” or “cookout ” connote imagery of an “All-American” event, w/ a menu devoid of food that truly reflects our diverse American cultural make-up. To add, most BBQs and cookouts focus on grilling pork, beef and chicken. While people across many cultures enjoy these options, there is a thriving community of health enthusiasts / religious practices with diet restrictions. The MidniteBBQ was inspired by a team member growing up in a Muslim household, having to ask, ” is there pork in this?” at every cookout, potluck and BBQ attended. We decided to flip the script, while catering to everyone…weeding out the ordinary w/ “No Burgers. No Hotdogs”, adding late night hours, a variety of options for restricted diets, and exotic options for the most discerning tastes.

Photo via Midnite BBQ


Meals for the Homeless During Ramadan, photo via Third PillarD.C. Central Kitchen and a local charity are on the hunt for volunteers willing to help “prepare a meal for our less fortunate neighbors” during Ramadan later this week.

The kitchen has put out the call for locals who want to help cook hot meals for the homeless at its main kitchen located at 2nd and E Streets NW on Wednesday.

The event is an effort between D.C. charity American Third Pillar and D.C. Central Kitchen:

Ramadam Kareem! During this holy month, we hope you’ll join us to prepare a meal for our less fortunate neighbors. Third Pillar is partnering with DC Central Kitchen to make hot meals for the homeless in DC. The fun is contagious, and the shift is over in time to break our fast and move on to an evening of activities.

Prospective volunteers are asked to wear long pants, closed-toed shoes and arrive no later than 4:45 p.m. Volunteers must also be at least 12 years old.

Photo via Facebook / American Third Pillar Charities


Trivia Under the Stars, photo via Facebook : Union MarketThe first installment of a three-part outdoor trivia series is scheduled to occur at Union Market Wednesday.

“Trivia Under the Stars,” an event hosted by Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, will return to the market at 1309 5th St. NE Wednesday at 7 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.

“Fuel your brainpower with fresh air at our thought-provoking summer series,” the event post reads. “Enjoy the same trivia format you know and love outdoors at one of the nation’s best food halls.”

Tickets cost $12 for one trivia night or $30 to attend all three.

Photo via Facebook / Union Market


Cyclists will ride from NoMa to the Atlantic Ocean to promote autism awareness next month.

Nonprofit organization Bike to the Beach is slated to host its 10th annual charity bike ride on July 29. Locals can sign up for the 100-mile bicycle ride, which begins at Storey Park in NoMa, or the 60-mile ride, which begins at Wye Mills, Md.

Regardless of where cyclists start, they’ll finish the ride at Dewey Beach in Delaware.

More information about the event from Bike to the Beach:

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Let Trump Be TrumpWhat would the U.S. be like under a Donald Trump presidency? A new Capital Fringe Festival play aims to find out.

The play, “Let Trump Be Trump,” explores a potential future where President Trump and his “idealistic young staffers” try to push a controversial immigration bill through Congress, according to the play’s Facebook page.

The play is scheduled to hit the Eastman Studio Theatre in Gallaudet University (800 Florida Ave. NE) on these dates throughout July:

  • Friday, July 8 at 9:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 at 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday, July 19 at 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 23 at 3:15 p.m.

Tickets are slated to go on sale next Monday, June 20. As an added bonus, Washington Post employees apparently get in for free.

Photo via Facebook / Let Trump Be Trump


When We Were Kings: The Untold Story of the Rumble In the JungleLocals can pay tribute to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali during a free film screening at the D.C Armory (2001 E. Capitol St. SE.) tomorrow night.

Events D.C. will host a free showing of the film “When We Were Kings: The Untold Story of the Rumble in the Jungle.” The viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is a free and open to the public.

“When We Were Kings” is a documentary about the 1974 heavyweight championship bout between then-champion George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.

Events D.C. will provide water and popcorn during the screening. All those attending are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and other snacks.

Locals are encouraged to RSVP for the screening ahead of time.


D.C. National Guard band, photo via 257th Army BandThe D.C. National Guard’s army band is set to entertain locals for free this weekend.

Musicians carrying trumpets, trombones and tubas will perform at the D.C. Armory Ellipse (2001 East Capitol St. NE) this Saturday at 3 p.m., according to a Facebook post.

The army band’s members will play songs “classics from almost every musical genre,” according to a press release.

The performance, which just one stop on the 257th Army Band’s summer concert series, is free and open to members of the public.

Photo via Facebook / 257th Army Band


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Locals will be able to eat food, play games and listen to music for free courtesy of D.C. Police later this month.

MPD is scheduled to host its annual “Beat the Streets” event for Ward 6 residents at the King Greenleaf Rec Center (200 N St. SW) June 29 from 2-7:30 p.m.

The event will feature free food, a rock climbing wall, a moon bounce and live music alongside giveaways of school supplies and uniforms, hair cuts and safety information.

The event is meant to help local kids and teens “beat the streets, one neighborhood at a time,” organizers said.

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Rosedale Kids EventMore than 150 kids between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to race, bowl and bounce basketballs in the Rosedale Community Center gym (1701 Gales St. NE) during a free community event next month.

The Rosedale Kids Summer Olympics/Field Day event will kick off on June 25 at noon, according to event organizers.

“In honor of the upcoming summer Olympic Games, we’ll be hosting a special field day where kids ages 6 to 12 will compete in teams for a chance to take home a winning trophy,” the event listing reads. “This event will help our Rosedale kids kick off a safe and fun summer break.”

The event is organized by E Street Adventures, a community group that sponsors events for children around the area. Event company Awesome Sports and Games will also help stage the games free of charge.

Volunteers and donations of snacks and prizes are still needed. Click here to view the event’s Amazon shopping list.

Image courtesy of Rena Goldman


RebhanLowResOffSite, photo via WPADCAn art exhibition and ice cream social will take place in NoMa tonight.

The exhibition, a photo collage project by artist Gail Rebhan, kicks off at 1200 First Street NE tonight at 6 p.m. The opening reception will double as an ice cream social, according to the NoMa BID.

“Rebhan’s photo-collage examines the cultural history DC’s NoMa neighborhood — or specifically 1200 First Street NE — from two-hundred years ago to the present day,” reads an event listing.

The project is a collaboration of the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) and the NoMa BID.

Photo via Washington Project for the Arts


District Merchant, photo via Facebook : Folger TheatreThe Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St. SE) is scheduled to host a free forum this Sunday meant to examine race and religion

The forum, dubbed CrossTalk DC, will feature scenes from Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” and “District Merchants,” a D.C.-centric re-imagining of Shakespeare’s “Merchant” from playwright Aaron Posner.

The purpose of the forum, according to a press release, is “to bring disparate publics together to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history.”

Caleen Jennings, a playwright and American University theater professor, will lead participants in small group discussions. Refreshments will also be served.

Read the full press release from Folger:

Folger Shakespeare Library will host the CrossTalk DC Kick-Off Forum on Sunday, May 15. CrossTalk DC is a community engagement initiative to bring disparate publics together to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history. More than 14 CrossTalk DC conversations and forums will happen across the District between May and October.

Two theater pieces will serve as the catalyst for conversation: The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s brutal and still highly controversial play about prejudice, violence and materialism among Jewish and Christian characters written in 1596-97, and District Merchants, Aaron Posner’s re-imagining of Shakespeare’s characters as Jews and African-Americans living in 1870’s Washington, DC, and, later, Belmont, Massachusetts, which will receive its world premiere at Folger Theatre this June.

Forum participants will listen to actors read brief scenes from both plays, then have an open discussion about identity and differences. The conversation continues over light refreshments. To RSVP, go to

Photo via Facebook / FolgerTheatre


Photo via GalleryOonHThe photos hanging in Gallery O on H’s newest exhibit won’t come from renowned artists. Instead, they might just come from your neighbors.

Gallery O on H (1354 H St. NE) in March asked local photographers to share old and new photographs for a new exhibition called “Portraits of H Street Now and Then.” Those photos will finally be unveiled Saturday night at 7 p.m., according to the gallery’s website.

More information from Gallery O on H:

Gallery OonH H Street Photo Exhibition May 7-13 to Celebrate H Street History

H Street NE has been a destination and commercial corridor in D.C. for decades. However, it is just now experiencing an economic revitalization and cultural shift away from its historical roots. To celebrate everything that makes up this vibrant corridor, we are calling on photographers who want to share photographs old and new.

H Street’s rich history and culture make it a unique and energetic street that continues to attract development, sometimes at the expense of preservation. We are currently experiencing a collision of art and culture in this fast-changing neighborhood and want to document this fleeting moment in time through a collection of photographs.

Photo via GalleryO on H


Photo by Barbara MackPortraits of holocaust survivors holding objects from their past will hang in the Russell Senate Office Building (2 Constitution Ave. NE) next week as part of a new touring exhibit.

The photo series, “Survivors and What They Carry,” features 20 portraits of Los Angeles-based holocaust survivors and aims to “capture the essence of these remarkable people, many of whom pose with an object from their past,” according to a press release.

The black and white photos, captured by photographer Barbara Mack, show survivors clutching items such as a faded photo, a Kiddush cup or a violin.

The exhibit will run from May 2 to 6.

More information from the exhibit’s press release:

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Taste of 8th (Photo via Barracks Row Main Street)Pineapple and Pearls, Medium Rare and other area businesses are preparing to serve food and drink samples for the Taste of 8th festival next Saturday. Each sample will cost $5, but some locals have a chance to get them for free, as long as they’re willing to work for it.

Barracks Row Main Street, the group that puts on the annual food festival, are offering free tickets to volunteers who help with the festival. Those interested in volunteering can email the group to sign up.

Those who aren’t volunteering can purchase tickets online. A single taste costs $5 but hungry festivalgoers can buy 5 tickets for $20.

The festival will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 1-4 p.m. More than 16 Barracks Row-area eateries have already committed to the festival, including Sweet Lobby, Bayou Bakery and District Doughnut. The full list of participating businesses will be released on Barracks Row Main Street’s website.

Photo via Barracks Row Main Street


Photo via Facebook : Foam Core DerbyLocals who want to build and race their very own miniature car will have the chance to do just that at a barbecue restaurant in Navy Yard next month.

The first-ever Foam Core Derby race will occur at Willie’s Brew & Que (300 Tingey St. SE) April 21 at 6 p.m., according to the race’s Eventbrite page.

During the event, attendees will design and build custom foam race cars. The purpose of the event “is to teach the basics of fiberglass construction to as many people as possible,” according to its organizers.

More information from the Eventbrite page:

Join us as we host the first public Foam Core Derby! Learn the basics of fiberglass by crafting a custom foam race car then applying fiberglass. At the end, we’ll race all the cars to determine the champion of the Willie’s 24. Ages 18 and up.

Light appetizers provided.


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