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



Capitol Hill Cluster time capsule (Photo via Facebook/Capitol Hill Cluster School)Children on Capitol Hill will celebrate their last day of school this year with a burial.

Students tomorrow will bury homework, photos and other items in a time capsule at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, said outgoing Capitol Hill Cluster School Parent Teacher Association president Vincent Morris. The Capitol Hill Cluster School includes Stuart-Hobson, along with Peabody and Watkins elementary schools.

The capsule, which students are slated to dig up in 2035, commemorates the completion of Stuart-Hobson’s new art wing this school year, in addition to the last day of school.

Besides homework and class photos, the capsule has tickets, playbills, pottery, posters and an old BlackBerry, too, Morris said.

“From what I’ve seen, it’s very common to do time capsules with new construction projects,” Morris said in an email. “In addition, time capsules are just cool as heck and so much fun for future generations to open.”

Photo via Facebook/Capitol Hill Cluster School


Stuart-Hobson Middle School (Photo via DCPS)Stuart-Hobson Middle School has new arts facilities, and the community can tour them starting this afternoon.

The 410 E St. NE will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. School officials and the parent-teacher association will show off three stories of space dedicated to visual arts, pottery, theater and music, according to information distributed by the school.

“The new addition is clean, bright, inviting and useful — and students are already putting the space to use,” PTA president Vince Morris said in a statement.

The festivities at the open house today will include light refreshments, music by the school band and the performance of a scene from “Fame.”

Photo via DCPS


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