Yards Park in Navy Yard

Just as the final piles of snow around the area are beginning to melt, meteorologists are warning about another potential snow storm at the beginning of next week. Before then, though, we’re slated to have a weekend of sunny weather and above-freezing temperatures in the Capitol Hill area.

Though the Super Bowl may keep most people indoors on Sunday afternoon, this weekend will be perfect to enjoy the outdoors in the area. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this sunny weekend in the Capitol Hill area:

If you don’t have Super Bowl plans yet, check out our guide to viewing parties around the area.


Haitian Art and Handcraft Sale
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (301 A St. SE)
Friday 6-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Over 200 original Haitian paintings and unique handcrafts will be for sale at the church this weekend to raise money for sustainable development in Haiti. 

Pisco Sour Day
Ocopa (1324 H St. NE)
All Day

Peruvian restaurant Ocopa is celebrating the South American cocktail for Pisco Day. In Peru, the first Saturday of February is National Pisco Day.

First Citizen – A Staged Reading
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE)
Saturday 8 p.m.

The Taffety Punk Generator, a workshop focused on new works, will present a reading of First Citizen. First Citizen is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus told from the perspective of the common citizens of Rome. The reading is free and open to the public.


Construction will take place on all six Metro lines this weekend:

  • Green Line trains will run every 24 minutes
  • Yellow Line trains will operate on a normal weekend schedule between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only
  • Silver Line trains will run every 10 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only
  • Shuttle buses will replace Metro service between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly & Benning Road on the Orange and Blue lines
  • Red Line trains will run every 9-20 minutes

Between 3 and 7 a.m. Sunday, Metro will be performing maintenance to the SmarTrip system and passengers will not be able to use credit or debit cards to reload their SmarTrips.


Rowhouses on E Street NE

It took most of the week, but the snow is (almost) cleared in the Capitol Hill area just in time for the weekend. The snow that’s left over may melt over the weekend, with sunny weather and mid-50s temperatures expected.

The warm weather could make this weekend a perfect chance to make up for time spent hiding inside from the storm last weekend. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of the weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


Restaurant Week
Multiple Locations
Friday-Wed. Feb. 3

Winter Restaurant Week continues through the weekend with more than 200 eateries throughout the D.C. area offering special fixed-price menus, offering multi-course lunches for $22 and dinners for $35.

The Escape Artist Album Release Party
Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE)
Friday 8 p.m.

Local band The Escape Artist will celebrate the release of its new album Constellations with a concert Friday night at Rock and Roll Hotel. Other D.C. bands Drop Electric, Caustic Cassanova and Boon will also play. 


The City of Conversation
Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW)
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Arena Stage debuts a new recent Off-Broadway hit “The City of Conversation” about a Georgetown hostess who opens her home to political elite but clashes with her son’s conservative wife. Tickets are available online

Winter Fun Day
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Pl. SW)
Saturday 3 p.m.

Children and families are invited to enjoy winter-themed stories and activities at the Southwest Library. The Van Ness Elementary PTO will also hold a play date at the party for students, family, faculty and staff to meet.

Kids’ Night Out at Labyrinth
Labyrinth Games & Puzzles (645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Saturday 5-9 p.m.

Parents can free up a date night by registering their kids age 7-10 for Labyrinth’s kids’ night. The event, complete with games, puzzles and pizza runs from 5-9 p.m. and costs $40 per child. Parents can register online

Ice Yards
The Yards (355 Water St. SE)
Saturday 2-6 p.m.

Ice Yards, which was snowed out last weekend, brings ski chalet vibes to the District with boozy snow cones, a frosty beer garden, live music and ice sculptures. Tickets are for sale online

Trash Collection

Trash collectors with the District Department of Public Works will spend the weekend collecting trash and recycling from homes along their regular Thursday and Friday routes that they missed during the week. If your trash/recycling is usually collected on Thursday or Friday but was not collected this week, leave cans out through the weekend. Regularly scheduled collection will resume on Monday.


Weekend repairs will begin on all six Metro lines at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

  • Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will run every 20 minutes
  • Red Line trains will run between Shady Grove and Silver Spring every 18 minutes, between Farragut North and Silver Spring every 10 minutes and between Silver Spring and Glenmont every 24 minutes
  • Silver Line trainswill run every 10 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only



Morning Rundown

Snow being cleared at the Library of Congress (Flickr pool photo by OZinOH)

(Updated at 10:35 a.m.) Metro to Offer Limited, Free Service Today — Metrorail opened this morning at 7 a.m. with limited service. Trains on the Red, Orange and Green lines are running every 20-25 minutes. At 11 a.m., Metro will extend service on all three lines to include some above-ground service:

  • Orange Line is running between Ballston and New Carrollton
  • Red Line will run between Medical Center and Glenmont
  • Green Line will run between Fort Totten and Branch Avenue

Some Metro bus lines will also operate between noon and 5 p.m. today. Buses on the following routed will operate in D.C.: 32, 33, 36, 53, 70, 90, A6, A8, S4, U8, V4, X2. [WMATA]

Despite School Closures, Eastern High School and Jefferson Middle School Will Serve Breakfast, Lunch Today — D.C. Public Schools and charter schools are closed today as the District works to clear snow-covered roads, but schools throughout the District, including Eastern High School at 1700 East Capitol St. NE and Jefferson Middle School Academy at 801 7th St. SW, will still serve breakfast and lunch for students and their families today. D.C. Public Schools is asking for volunteers to help put together meals between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. [WTOP]


Water Main Break Causes Overnight Water Outages on Capitol Hill — Houses near the intersection of A and 6th streets SE lost water for most of last night as DC Water repaired a broken water main near the intersection. [DC Water]

Trash Collection Cancelled for Monday, Tuesday — The District Department of Public Works announced that it will not be able to complete trash pickup today or tomorrow and is currently assessing its ability to collect trash for the rest of the week.


Capitol South Metro StationNeither Metro buses nor trains will run this weekend, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority CEO Paul Wiedefeld said at a press conference this afternoon.

Metro trains on all lines will shut down at 11 p.m. on Friday and not reopen until Monday morning. Buses will also not run over the weekend.

MetroAccess will suspend service at 6 p.m. tomorrow.


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More than a million people are expected to leave the D.C. area next week for Thanksgiving, all but guaranteeing busy crowds on roads, trains and airports. This weekend is shaping up to be the calm before that storm, with relatively few events planned in the Capitol Hill area.

While those of us with vacation days to spare head out for an early Thanksgiving, the rest of us will be around for what is shaping up to be the coldest weekend of the season so far.The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang predicts that temperatures will top out in the 50s on Saturday and get even colder by Sunay, with highs in the 40s. Here’s everything else you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


Multi-Family Yard Sale
1371 E St. SE
Saturday 9 a.m.-noon

Multiple families are coming together for a massive yard sale in Hill East (via The Hill is Home)

The House that France Build – An Evening of French House
Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE)
Sunday 4 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hotel will host a fundraiser for victims of the terrorist attack in Paris featuring French House music played by several DJs. A $5 minimum donation is required to attend.

Family Concert: Let’s Make Music
Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
Sunday 2:00-3:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.

Every year the Capital City Symphony holds a family concert for kids of all ages. The performances starts at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., but before each performance there will be an instrument petting zoo where kids can discover their new favorite instrument. Adult tickets are $25, student tickets are $15 and tickets for kids 16 or younger are free. Tickets can be purchased through the Atlas Performing Arts Center box office.

Open Houses

Looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like inside? We’ve highlighted a few open houses this weekend to get you started. But be sure to check out our real estate section for a full listing.


  • Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes
  • Orange, Silver and Green line trains will operate on normal weekend schedules
  • Yellow Line trains will run every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only
  • Blue Line trains will run every 24 minutes
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With leaves piling up and the Canal Park Ice Rink opening, it’s starting to actually look like November in the District. And on Saturday, it may feel like it too, with temperatures expected to dip into the low 50s. However, we’re not done with the warmth yet: temperatures are expected to rebound Sunday and increase to up to 70 degrees next week.

Whether you’re planning to cherish the brief moment of normal cold temperatures or hide inside until it warms up again, here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


Culinary Education Crawl
Capitol Hill (multiple restaurants)
Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Whether your palate is whetted for sushi or homemade cheese, Culinary Education Crawl on Capitol Hill is a weekend of twenty-five cooking classes that will have you impressing family and friends at Thanksgiving, holiday potlucks and even game-day snacking tables. Check out the full course offerings and sign up online.

Used Book Sale
Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)
Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Friends of the Southeast library will hold a book sale on Saturday with new and used books of all types. All proceeds benefit the SOutheast Library and other D.C. libraries.

Cinderella Skate
Canal Park Ice Rink (200 M St. SE)
Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Skaters are encouraged to dress as their favorite prince or princessbetween 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.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington: The S* Show
Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
Saturday 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will celebrate Sondheim, Sinatra and Streisand at an S-themed concert at Atlas. Tickets can be purchased online.

Akeelah and the Bee
Arena Stage – Kreeger Theater (1101 6th St. SW)
 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday

This play based on the film of the same name tells the story of an 11-year-old girl from the Chicago projects who tries to make it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The play will run until Dec. 27 and tickets are available online.

Open Houses

Looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like inside? We’ve highlighted a few open houses this weekend to get you started. But be sure to check out our real estate section for a full listing.


All six Metro lines will undergo maintenance this weekend:

  • Red Line trains will run every 22 minutes
  • Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 20 minutes
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only
  • Green Line trains will run on normal weekend schedules but will single-track between Naylor Road and Branch Avenue

Fall leaves

The District government brought out their snow plows today for a practice run before snow season, but they won’t be needing the trucks anytime soon. Aside from possible rain on Sunday morning, this weekend is expected to be dry and sunny with temperatures in the 60s.

The ideal fall weather makes it a perfect time to check out some events across the Capitol Hill area or to start celebrating Halloween a week early. On Wednesday, we published a guide to every early Halloween and fall-themed celebration happening around the area this weekend. Here’s everything else you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


Home Movie Day 
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
Saturday 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Southwest residents can bring their home movies to the Southwest library at 900 Wesley Place SW on Saturday for preservation tips and to emphasize the importance of home footage in underrepresented communities.

Hot Cider Hustle 5K/15K
RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St. SE)
Saturday 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 tonight at 9 p.m.

Haunted Harvest
Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (215 G St. NE)
Saturday 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.

More Events

For more Halloween and fall events over the weekend, check out How to Start Celebrating Halloween a Week Early

There are several events scheduled to address recent crime on and around Capitol Hill. More on those events is available here.

If you’re looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like, check out some of these open houses in the area this weekend.


  • Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. on Sunday for the Marine Corps Marathon
  • Between 10 p.m. tonight and the end of service on Saturday, there is scheduled track maintenance on five of the six metro lines:
    • Red Line trains will operate every 18 minutes
    • Yellow Line trains will only operate between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square. Trains will keep regular weekend schedules
    • Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes
    • Orange, Silver, and Blue Line trains will operate every 26 minutes


  • Several bus lines will reroute on Saturday for the HIV Walk downtown and Sunday for the Marine Corps Marathon, but there are no scheduled detours or disruptions in the Capitol Hill area

Road Closures


Fall leaves

After a few false starts, it seems that colder weather will finally arrive for good this weekend. While temperatures may dip below freezing in the farthest suburbs, within the District, temperatures are expected to remain in the autumn-appropriate fifties.

However, the cold temperatures aren’t going to slow things down in the Capitol Hill area, with plenty of outdoor and indoor events to help residents enjoy or avoid the sweater weather. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


In Their Own Words: Soul Strolls at Congressional Cemetery
Historic Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)
Friday and Saturday 6 – 9 p.m.

The Congressional Cemetery is replacing its Halloween gala with four nights of tours. The event is planned for the twilight hours of Friday and Saturday for the next two weeks, with a cash bar and music each night. Tickets are available online and cost $20 for adults and $10 for children who are 12 years old or younger.

13th Street Community Park & Garden Yard Sale
13th and C streets SE
Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This community-wide yard sale of donated items will benefit the 13th Street Community Park & Garden. Residents can donate items for the sale throughout the week by contacting [email protected] and arranging a drop-off. Accepted items include small furniture, clothing, toys, books, electronics and baby items.

15th Annual Renovator’s House Tour
Stuart-Hobson Middle School (410 E St. NE)
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ten homeowners throughout Capitol Hill are opening their doors to showcase their home decor and renovation style. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online or in person at Schnieder’s, Hill’s Kitchen and Frager’s Hardware.

REI Thingamajig Used Gear Swap & Beer Garden Bluegrass
150 M St. NE
Saturday 12 – 5 p.m.

Retailer REI will host a community gear swap where residents can buy, sell, barter or trade their used outdoor accessories with fellow lovers of the outdoors. Anyone bringing gear to sell will get table space to do so. There will also be live music and drinks available at Wunder Garten. Tickets are available for $7 available online or at the door.

Navy Yard Says Goodbye to Former Battleship
Washington Navy Yard Cold War Gallery (736 Sicard St. SE)
Saturday 10 a.m.

The former battleship that has been on display at the Washington Navy Yard since 1984 will leave its post for good on Saturday after a ceremony at the Washington Navy Museum. The send-off is free and open to the public.


  • Red, Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will run every 24 minutes
  • Green Line trains will run on a normal weekend schedule
  • Blue, Silver and Orange line trains will be single-tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory for repairs.


Several buses will detour around the National Mall on Saturday 6:30-8 p.m. for the Light the Night Walk

  • The affected bus routes are the 30N, 30S, 32, 36
  • Buses will detour between Pennsylvania Avenue and 2nd St. SE and 15th and F streets NW
  • The affected bus lines will not serve stops along Independence Avenue SW or SE



Morning Rundown

Yards Park in Navy Yard

Councilman Allen Asks Metro to Reconsider Skipping Stadium-Armory Station — Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 joined Councilwoman Yvette Alexander of Ward 7 in asking Metro interim General Manager Jack Requa to reverse his decision to suspend Orange and Silver line service to the Stadium-Armory station during rush hour. [Washington Post]

H Street Corridor Residential Project Gets Redesign Ahead of Zoning Commission Hearing  — Developers have revised their designs for a planned apartment building at 315 H St. NE across from the Giant on the H Street corridor. [Urban Turf]

Where to Get Free Ice Cream Today With a Side of Children’s Art — Stanton-EastBanc and Clark Construction are scheduled to dish out complimentary scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. near the Hine redevelopment project at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. [Hill Now]

Bluejacket in Navy Yard Prepares for Fall, Winter Beers — Navy Yard brewery Bluejacket is working with local farmers to get apples, pears, cranberries and brown cherries for cold-weather beers. [Roll Call]


Stadium-Armory Metro Station (Photo via Flickr/NCinDC)Some Metro riders could lose access to the Stadium-Armory Metro station for months as the transit agency works to repair a power substation that caught fire last week.

Only Blue Line trains will stop at the station during the morning and evening rush hours beginning tomorrow, according to Metro. Orange and Silver line trains will bypass the station during those times.

Metro’s rush-hour service is weekdays from 5 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 7:30 p.m.

Commuters who need to travel from Stadium-Armory to Orange Line stations east of that stop can use free shuttle buses for their journeys.

Last Monday, a 9-megawatt power substation that helps power Metro trains near RFK Stadium caught fire. Later that week, Metro reduced the number and speed of trains that pass through the station to avoid overloading the system.

Repairs to the substation are expected to take more than six months.

Photo via Flickr/NCinDC

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Barracks Row Fall Festival (Photo courtesy of Barracks Row Main Street)

Pope Francis may have left the Capitol Hill area on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean this weekend will be quiet.

Barracks Row, the H Street corridor, Navy Yard and other areas on and around Capitol Hill are set to have a variety of happenings Saturday and Sunday. And while road closures and rerouted buses won’t be as prevalent as they were during the pope’s visit, the Barracks Row Fall Festival will cause some disruptions for drivers and bus riders.

Here’s a roundup of what to expect this weekend on and around Capitol Hill:


Barracks Row Fall Festival

Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
8th Street SE between E and I streets SE

Live music, arts, fashion trucks, food trucks and a petting zoo are just some of the features of the street festival that will take over several blocks of 8th Street SE.

Art All Night

Saturday 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
H Street corridor

Arts venues along the H Street corridor will participate in the District’s annual Art All Night festival, which includes gallery shows and live performances.

Southwest Yard Sale

Saturday 2 p.m.
Amidon-Bowen Elementary School Park (4th and G streets SW)

Multiple vendors will set up shop at the school’s park. Organizers asked vendors to donate a portion of their proceeds to a college fund for Taije Chambliss, a 13-year-old girl who was injured in an Aug. 30 shooting.

Car Barn Yard Sale

Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
1400 East Capitol St. NE

More than 15 residents of the Car Barn condo building will participate in a building-wide yard sale.


Saturday 1-5 p.m.
Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)

Wiener dog races are the main attraction at this festival, which will also include live music, beer and food.

Sherwood Day

Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St. NE)

The Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers are hosting the 2nd annual event celebrating the neighborhood with food and activities for families.

Congressional Cemetery Screening of ‘Psycho’

Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery will hold their third scary movie screening in the cemetery.

Road Closures

The only road closures planned for the Capitol Hill area this weekend are around the Barracks Row Fall Festival. The following blocks will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

  • 8th Street SE from E to I streets SE
  • G Street SE between 7th and 9th streets SE


Every line except the Green Line will have maintenence work this weekend

  • Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes, with additional trains from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. running every 10 to 12 minutes between the Farragut North and Rhode Island Avenue Metro stations.
  • Orange, Silver, Blue, and Yellow line trains will run every 24 minutes.


The only Metro bus route interruptions this week will occur around the streets closed for the Barracks Row Fall Festival. The 90, 92 and 93 bus routes will detour around the closure on 8th Street SE. The following bus stops will not be served between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday:

  • M and 10th streets SE (both directions)
  • M and 8th streets SE (northbound)
  • 8th and L streets SE (both directions)
  • 8th and G streets SE (both directions)
  • 8th and E streets SE (northbound)
  • 8th and D streets SE (southbound)


The Potomac Avenue-Skyland and Union Station-Navy Yard Circulator routes also will detour around the street closures on Barracks Row. On Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Circulator will skip all stops on Barracks Row.

Photo courtesy of Barracks Row Main Street


Metro delays, Jan. 8, 2014, 9 a.m. (Image via WMATA.com)(Updated at 10:40 a.m.) Commuters faced another frustrating morning. Trains on every line but the Blue Line were delayed as of 9:05 a.m.

Yellow, Green and Red line trains were running on schedule as of 10:30 a.m., WMATA said. Orange and Silver line trains were still delayed.

Trains were held up on the Orange and Silver lines because of a broken rail at East Falls Church, and on the Red Line because of “weather-related car equipment problems” and a disabled train near the Grosvenor-Strathmore station. Yellow and Green line trains were delayed because of a cracked rail outside the Prince George’s Plaza station.

Orange and Silver line passengers should expect delays of about 20 minutes, WMATA said.

Many riders were especially frustrated after they faced major delays yesterday morning.

Image via WMATA.com


Metro delays, Jan. 7, 2014, 10 a.m. (Image via WMATA.com)(Updated at 11:25 a.m.) Commuters faced trouble again this morning.

Trains on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines were delayed for more than two-and-a-half hours Wednesday after a train broke down about 8:25 a.m. near the Stadium-Armory station. Trains on these lines were forced to use a single track.

WMATA warned riders at 8:38 a.m. that trains could be delayed in both directions by as much as 30 minutes. The disabled train was cleared by 8:53 a.m., WMATA said on Twitter.

A small debris fire on tracks at the L’Enfant Plaza station at about 10:30 a.m. added to the trouble. The blaze on the lower-level tracks was extinguished quickly, a WMATA spokeswoman said.

Normal service has resumed, WMATA said at 11:15 a.m.

Commuters expressed their frustration online.


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