Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column - Friday & Saturday Edition (Sept 20 & 21, 2019)

We wanted to share some events and activities that we thought would be of interest to list members. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 18,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, please email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler,
Cleveland Park Listserv     

SPECIAL NOTE: There’s so much going on this weekend and next week that we can’t fit all the events into a single column! We know that messages on a listserv should not go on and on and on (especially if you are reading your messages on a small smartphone screen, and you have to keep scrolling down!) -- but we don’t want to leave out anything important -- so we’re splitting it in two. Today’s “Get Out!” events column will cover Friday and Saturday only. Tomorrow’s column will cover Sunday through Thursday (Sept 22 - 26). Next week’s column will be back to normal (we think!)

Friday, September 20 from 10 AM - 3 PM, PARK(ing) Day DC. PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event held to encourage the re-envisioning of public space. Since its inception in San Francisco 14 years ago, both residents and businesses around the world have creatively transformed metered-parking spaces into temporary themed parks. This PARK(ing) Day, witness the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) transform Chinatown’s ordinary parking into an interactive garden oasis. Head to 713 7th Street NW in Chinatown to see farm-to-table come to life in two parklets centered around urban agriculture. Plant an herb seedling with a local Up Top Acres farmer and enjoy the same herbs in a free hummus bowl from Little Sesame (736 6th Street NW). Up Top Acres Radish will also be served. “Parklet-goers” are encouraged to bring their own flowerpots and their urban agricultural enthusiasm. DC Public Library will also be on-site with their famous book bike loaded with resources on food, gardens and sustainable living. Coffee from Starbucks and DowntownDC swag will also be provided, while supplies last. PARK(ing) Day activities in the District are facilitated by the District Department of Transportation. More info: 

Friday, September. 20 from 4 - 7 PM, Harry Potter: An Evening at Hogwarts. Join us for an exclusive one night only trip to Hogwarts for kids ages 6-12! Students will have the opportunity to attend classes, make their own wand and more. Classes will include Quidditch, Potions, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology and Charms. Only children ages 6-12 with an adult chaperone will be admitted. Registration is required for each individual child attending, however only one adult chaperone per family is required. In order to ensure the best experience for the intended audience, please leave siblings younger than 6 at home. Register here: Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:   

Saturday, September 21, All Day, Free Museum Day. Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Find the list of all the participating Museum Day sites in DC, Maryland, and Virginia here: Where will your curiosity lead you this Museum Day?

Saturday, September 21 from 11 AM to 3 PM, ZooFiesta - Un día de diversión animal para toda la familia. Come together with your family and friends to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun-filled day of live music, activities and animal demonstrations. Learn about animals native to Latin America and conservation efforts in the region, and discover how Smithsonian scientists work to protect species and habitats worldwide! This free event features animal demonstrations, education stations, live music, farm fish feeding, “Meet an Armadillo,” Andean bear keeper chat, and many other keeper chats, and much more. Smithsonian National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. Schedule and other details here:

Saturday, September 21 from 11 AM - 6 PM, Clarendon Day. Rocks Eight Blocks! Clarendon Day is one of Arlington’s best loved and most diverse street festivals, with several music stages, a large kid’s area, arts and crafts vendors, business and nonprofit exhibitors from Clarendon and the region, plenty of great food from local and regional restaurants, Craft beers and Virginia wines, and more. 20+ years of fun, 8 blocks, 20,000+ people! More info: 

Saturday, September 21 at 1 PM, Fiesta DC. Fiesta DC Latino Festival has been held each year in Washington, DC for 48 years. It is an annual celebration of Latino culture that features a Parade of Nations that displays and preserves the Native Latino cultural dance troupes as well as contemporary local groups from civic organizations, schools, and performers. Please join us as we celebrate Latino culture here in the District! To walk with Mayor Muriel Bowser and her contingent in the parade, please register at and come to the parade line-up at 12:30 PM, beginning at 7th and Constitution Avenue, NW. Free.

Saturday, September 21 from 12 - 7 PM, H Street Festival. Washington City Paper's Best of DC and Washingtonian Magazine agree: H Street Festival is the best festival in town! Spanning 11 blocks of H Street NE and featuring 15 staging areas and more than 250 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and vendors. Come down to enjoy great food, drinks, music of different genres, dance, youth based performances, interactive children’s program, fashion, heritage arts, poetry, contests, and much more. Free. Along H St from 4th to 14th Streets NE. Performance schedules and other information at 

Saturday, September 21 from 1 - 5 PM, The Wiener 500 - part of Oktoberfest at The Wharf. Stop by District Pier to watch the Dachshund Dash, as some of the speediest dogs compete for prizes. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance. Enjoy the music, drink cold Oktoberfest beer, participate in the stein-hoisting competition, munch on great food and watch the races on a 17 foot jumbotron! All kinds of dogs will participate in the dog parade and compete in the contest for best-dressed! Plus, there will be local vendors and giveaways from DC’s best pet friendly businesses. This event is free and kid-friendly. More info: At District Pier. Visitor information at: 

Saturday, September 21 from 6 - 7 PM, National Dance Day: DC Dance History Interactive Lecture and Performance. Gather on the REACH’s outdoor grounds for National Dance Day, where participants learn about the history of dance in DC through an interactive “dance lecture demonstration” created by writer and journalist Lisa Traiger. The hour features stories and interactive dance elements representing pillars of DC dance history, including The Washington Ballet, Knock on Wood Tap Studio, Jones Haywood Dance School, Dance Place, and the legacy of Pola Nirenska, among others. The show will culminate by learning the Kennedy Center’s own “line dance,” created specifically to tell the story of its history and community. Led by local art maker and former Local Dance Commissioning Project Awardee Sarah Beth Oppenheim and her company Heart Stück Bernie, visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to experience this event together: meet a neighbor, make a new friend, and share space and time through movement. Free timed-entry passes are required for this performance. To obtain a pass, go to If all timed-entry passes are sold out for this event, please note that The REACH has scheduled 15 other dance events for National Dance Day, starting as early as 10 AM and as late as 9:30 PM. If any timed passes are still available, you will be able to see some amazing dance on National Dance Day at The REACH!

September 21 at 9:30 PM, National Dance Day Contest: Dance Like Elaine. If you know your Seinfeld, you know that Elaine wins the prize for the world’s worst dancer, with the jerkiest moves of all time. Watch: if you’ve never seen The Elaine Dance. Now, to celebrate National Dance Day, we are seeking the DC dancer who is (almost) as bad as Elaine! How klutzy can you be? Time to show off your dorkiest moves at this counterpoint to all the graceful, lissome dancers you will see at the National Dance Day Exhibition at The REAch (see item above). Following the last dance performance at The REACH, the “Dance Like Elaine Contest for Terrible Dancers” will commence. First prize is a trophy designed and produced by Vandelay Industries. Second prize: an astronaut pen (it writes upside down!). Third prize: a Pez dispenser, which was formerly placed on Elaine’s leg. If the items offered as prizes mean nothing to you, you can enlighten yourself by binge-watching all the old Seinfeld episodes until you are up to speed. To sign up to participate in this unique dance competition, go to:   

Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 PM, Silence the Violence: DC’s participation in The Concert Across America, a national effort to end gun violence, benefiting the TraRon Center, helping those affected by gun violence heal through the arts and activism. The concert features the music of: GenOUT (youth ensemble of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington); Camerata Baltimore; American University Gospel Choir; Festival Choir of National United Methodist Church; National UMC Men's Ensemble; with the art installation by Stephanie Mercedes, "The Ring of Freedom". Tickets: $20 General Admission; Children 12 and under: free. Donation amounts that exceed the $20 ticket price are 100% tax deductible. Go to: to purchase online. At National United Methodist Church, Metropolitan Memorial campus, 3401 Nebraska Ave NW. Ample Parking available at NUMC and at American University.   

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