Thursday, August 25, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Dragon boat by Pesopesado (Wikimedia Commons)
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 16,300+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, August 26 at 5:30 PM, Picnic in the Park Concert, featuring Marsha and the Positrons, presented by the Friends of the Forest Hills Playground. This is a free, all-ages show. Bring a picnic (or cash for pizza) and get ready to groove! Armand's Pizza truck will be selling slices and whole pies (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the playground). The live performances will begin at 6 PM. No admission fee. At 32nd and Chesapeake Streets, NW,

Friday, August 26 from 3 - 7 PM, “Open House Sommerfest” at the Goethe-Institut Washington. Discover your German island in DC at a summer party at the Goethe-Institut’s new building in in its new neighborhood. Learn about the work of the Goethe-Institut, chat with staff and others interested in German culture and language, enjoying German beer, and enjoy some fun activities. Food truck DC Doner will be on site with food for purchase. Take part in an interactive scavenger hunt – prizes will be awarded! The Goethe-Institut is at 1990 K Street NW, Suite 3 (Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level). Free registration at

Friday, August 26 at 11 AM, Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing, presented by Tudor Place Historic House and Garden. This lively 45-minute walk with an expert traces the history and horticulture of the centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood shrubs that thrive in the 5½-acre landscape. Learn how Tudor Place’s design reflects its Federal-period origins and how land use changed over time. See where orchards, stables, and grazing land made way for lawns, fountains and stately garden “rooms.” Learn to identify species cultivated here for two centuries, and find out how four owners cared for their estate over six generations, as Georgetown and the Federal City grew around it. Free to members, $10 for non-members. Walk-ins welcome, or reserve online at Tudor Place is at 1644 31st Street NW.

Saturday, August 27 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, 3rd Annual Capital Dragon Boat Regatta. The Capital Dragon Boat Races (formerly the National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta) is being held along the pristine waters of the Washington Channel on the beautiful southwest waterfront, celebrating Asian culture and bringing a family-friendly event to the Washington DC area. At the Southwest waterfront, 600 Water Street, SW. Free. More info, including links to race schedules and events at   

Saturday, August 27 from 10 AM - 6 PM, “America’s Front Yard” Family Festival, featuring live music, storytelling and other activities to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service and looks forward to the next century. Grammy-nominated rock band for kids Milkshake headlines an entertainment lineup that also includes acoustic guitar and vocals by Ellis Woodward; Uncle Devon; lively children’s sing-alongs with Yosi & the Superdads, the Great American Indian Dancers; magic, music and juggling with the Wes Holly Balloon Magic Show; vocalist Erica Wheeler, and YAP, who delivers national park themes through hip-hop music and culture. The festival also includes face painting, juggling, a corn maze and lots of other fun activities for kids of all ages. Exhibits by more than 20 National Park Service partners will include Lego models of national parks, virtual reality park tours, 3-D printing of National Mall monuments and memorials, natural flora and fauna found in urban parks, and much more! At Constitution Garden, 1850 Constitution Ave NW.

Saturday, August 27 from 12 - 6 PM, The 7th Annual 17th St Festival, an event celebrating the shops, restaurants, and services of 17th Street, presented by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets and other sponsors. The festival will include artists, artisans, vendors, politicians, kids activities, and a pet area – rain or shine. The all-day entertainment begins with a flamenco dancer and includes a mariachi band to enliven the day, a Chinese dragon dancer to add some mystery, and a New Orleans jazz band to bring some charm. New this year, there will be three parades by participants starting at 17th and R Street to walk down the festival site: a baby parade for parents with strollers (ages 0-2), a wagon brigade where children ages 3-12 can decorate their wagon and pull it down the street with their favorite stuffed animal, and a dog parade with pets dressed up like lions, cats, squirrels, etc. The festival will include more than 50 artists displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Other vendors will include area nonprofit organizations, politicians, and local entrepreneurs. The Kids Zone on 17th St. will have a moon bounce, ball crawl, snow cones, face painting, and soccer activities. Free admission. New this year, we are trying a discounted wristband to promote the great restaurants along 17th Street. For $10, you get a discount pass to buy drinks, appetizers, and entrees all day at many of the restaurants along 17th Street. Come for the fun and stay for the food! For more about the festival visit:; for more about Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, visit

Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 from 11 AM - 3 PM, “Dolley Days” at Dumbarton House. Enjoy free museum admission, kids’ activities, and ice cream! Bring a picnic and enjoy our grounds throughout the day. Dumbarton House is offering special guided and self-guided tours in celebration of Dolley Madison’s stop at Dumbarton House on August 24, 1814 during the burning of Washington. Guided tours will be offered every 15 minutes (except between 1-1:30pm) and self guided tours will be available throughout the day. Last tour will begin at 2:30pm. On Saturday, join in the Georgetown Walking tour from 1-3 PM. Explore the neighborhood surrounding Dumbarton House; meander through this historic neighborhood and let Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, take you to mansions, servants’ quarters and cemeteries of the apogee of Georgetown. Registration recommended:; tickets for the walking tour, $15. More info on Dolley Days at Dumbarton House is at
2715 Q Street NW.

Sunday, August 28 from 11 AM - 8 PM, DC State Fair! The DC State Fair is a free showcase of the region’s agricultural and artistic talents. You are invited to this seventh annual celebration of all things homegrown: food, music, art and entertainment for everyone. Vendors, Pet Parade, hands-on workshops, and contests, with contest categories including best pie and best pickled vegetables, along with lesser-known regional specialties such as best Mumbo sauce, or “Best Bud.” Free admission, at NoMa Junction at Storey Park, 1005 First Street NE,

Sunday, August 28 at 5 PM, Wilson High School presents a public screening and discussion of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the August 28, 1963 March on Washington. Free. At Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake Streets NW. More info:

Monday, August 29 from 12 - 12:30 PM, Fine art photographer Stephen Voss, author of “In Training,” a photography art book about bonsai trees, will lead tours of the bonsai exhibition at the Japan Information and Culture Center. The bonsai exhibition is sponsored by the United States National Arboretum and the National Bonsai Foundation in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. Founded when Japanese bonsai enthusiasts in the Nippon Bonsai Association donated 53 bonsai and 6 viewing stones to the people of the United States, the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum has one of the largest collections of these timeless trees in North America. The tour is free and open to the public but registration is encouraged -- go to -- although walk-ins are welcome. The Japan Information and Culture Center is at 1150 18th St NW.

Wednesday, August 31 at 4 PM, Lego Construction Crew at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Tenley-Friendship Library. We supply the Legos, you bring your imagination. For ages 4-12. Free. The Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Wednesday, August 31, 11:59 PM - 2 AM, Midnight Lego Challenge (Barefoot Edition). More practical than the American Ninja Warrior Challenge, but possibly more painful. In our mock-up of a home, competing parents will run an obstacle course in the dark, with the extreme challenge of getting from the child’s bedroom across a playroom floor to the bathroom down the hall without stepping on any of the small, sharp-edged Legos scattered in the path. No lights or footwear allowed. If you do step on a Lego, points deducted if you make a sound. Winner will get an all-expenses paid trip to LegoLand. Enter here to register and get your assigned starting time and location.

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