Fall Happenings: Festivals and More

Washington.org brings exciting things to do in DC this fall. Check out a few of them below!

The pleasant weather makes the fall a perfect time for an outdoor festival. The season brings a number of excuses to celebrate outside. In October, you can rehearse for Thanksgiving with a feast at Taste of DC over Columbus Day weekend. The food, wine, beer and music festival features tastings and dishes from more than 60 of DC’s best restaurants, eateries and food trucks, a Wine Walk, and the chance to get up close and personal with local chefs and winemakers.

Photogs clamor each fall for FotoWeek DC, a November festival highlighting the very best in fine art photography and compelling exhibits. For seasonal beer lovers, enjoy the full fall suite of suds from DC Brew Tours, which offers up locally crafted beer and wine pairings, plus transportation.

– See more at: http://washington.org/DC-guide-to/fall-washington-dc

Why Having a Roommate Saves You Money – Washington Post

The Washington Post brings us an interesting report on why having a roommate can save you money. Check out the article below!

A new D.C.-is-still-expensive-report shows a not-so-sneaky way to save on your rent: Get a roommate.

In D.C., renters save an average of $578 per month with a roommate,according to a report from SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company.

The report looked at the average rent for one-bedroom listings in D.C. — $1,966 per month — and compared those against the average cost of splitting rent between two people in a two-bedroom listing — $1,388 per month.

In San Francisco and New York, having a roommate can become even more of a financial necessity. The report shows that having a roommate there will save you $1,077 and $942 respectively.

The SmartAsset report accounts for just the traditional one- and two-bedroom apartments that are designated in listings as such. Many of these types of apartments can be found in new luxury condo buildings, which have among the highest rent prices in the city.

The report does not include the large amount of rowhomes that people in D.C. live in as cheaper rental options, for instance.

The main takeaway: Getting a one-bedroom apartment in D.C. is expensive. Getting a two-bedroom apartment is still expensive, but notably cheaper.

thanks DC Curbed for the photo

10 Great Ways to Celebrate Labor Day in DC

Washington.org suggests 10 great things to do in DC over Labor Day. Check it out!

1. Say so long to summer with DC’s free Labor Day Capitol Concert at the U.S. Capitol. The annual concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra takes place on the Sunday before Labor Day. Music lovers can pack a picnic and enjoy a serene Sunday evening on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Gates open at 3 p.m., with a dress rehearsal at 3:30 p.m. leading up to the main concert at 8 p.m.

2. Check out any of the five Labor Day weekend Midsummer Night’s Dream performances for free, as part of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual Free For All, Sept. 1-13. How to get tickets: enter an online lottery, follow social media or wait in line when they begin handing out tickets two hours before show time.

3. Groove to the music at the annual DC Blues Festival. Staged at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, the festival is more than two decades old and features well-known artists, workshops  and even an instrument “petting zoo.” All performances and activities are free of charge.

4. Spend the waning summer days in a swimming pool. Many of DC’s hotels offer outdoor pools, such as the swanky Donovan House and The Rooftop at The Embassy Row or the family-friendly Holiday Inn Central.

5. Kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along the Potomac during the long weekend. Both Thompson Boat Center and Key Bridge Boathouse offer rentals, while Washington Sailing Marina will let you take a sailboat out for the day – or even give you a sailing lesson.

6. Sway to the lilting sounds of the National Gallery of Art Jazz in the Sculpture Garden series. Every summer Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the gallery hosts this popular outdoor concert. Take advantage by packing a picnic or sipping and snacking at the outdoor café.

7. Hike, bike and horseback ride in Rock Creek Park. While DC’s 2,000-acre public park is accessible year ‘round, summer is a great time to take advantage of an array of warm-weather activities. Want to beat the heat? Take a break in the park’s planetarium.

8. Hit a home run by taking the family to a Washington Nationals baseball game. Enjoy the great amenities at the state-of-the-art Nationals Park.

9. Eat your way through the weekend with brunch, the unofficial meal of summertime. Longer days mean more time for lingering over your pancakes (and mimosas). Many local restaurants offer special Monday brunches in honor of the final long weekend of the summer.

10. Release your inner bookworm at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Authors, poets and illustrators will be on hand for book signings and photos, while kids can marvel at the storybook characters on hand, as well as a number of fun, educational activities

– See more at: http://washington.org/article/10-ways-spend-labor-day-weekend-washington-dc#sthash.1lBAsPKM.dpuf

Dupont Circle Mansion-to-Apartment Conversion to Begin Soon

DC Curbed brings us news of a new conversion in Dupont Circle. Read the article below:

In the next month or so, construction will begin on the Patterson Mansion in Dupont Circle to convert it into an apartment building. Developer SB-Urban plans on building 90 fully furnished micro-unitswith leases as short as three months. For the first stage of construction, the length of P Street NW between 18th Street NW and Dupont Circle will be closed. The mansion sold in 2014 for $20 million, making it the year’s most expensive residential transaction in Washington, D.C. In 1972, the National Register of Historic Places added the mansion to their register. District Source reported that the non-historic addition at the rear of the building will be demolished. The mansion is located at 15 Dupont Circle NW and previously housed The Washington Club.

– Friday, August 21, 2015, by Michelle Goldchain

10 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in DC

washington.org gives 10 great ways to celebrate this weekends festivities in DC! Check out the list below!

Washington, DC is arguably the most patriotic place in America to celebrate Independence Day, and the nation’s capital doesn’t disappoint. From spectacular fireworks to moving musical performances to family-friendly festivals, there’s more than enough fun to fill Fourth of July week. Check out our best bets below:

1) For the quintessential Fourth of July experience, don’t miss America’s National Independence Day Parade, which features marching bands from all over the country, military and specialty units, patriotic floats and VIPs. It’s a great start to a full day of Fourth of July events. The parade kicks off at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW.

2) The Fourth of July festivities continue on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn with “A Capitol Fourth,” a free, 90-minute musical extravaganza. The concert features the National Symphony Orchestra and is capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m.

3) A Capitol Fourth is also the soundtrack for DC’s fireworks spectacular on the National Mall. The Mall fills up quickly, so pack a picnic and make a day of it. The fireworks show typically starts shortly after 9 p.m. Looking for a unique view of the fireworks? Try a boat cruise or book a reservation at a hotel with a rooftop view.

4) In addition to “A Capitol Fourth” concert, patriotic music abounds during Fourth of July week. On Independence Day, catch the free Annual Independence Day Organ Concert at the Washington National Cathedral at 11 a.m. The U.S. Navy Band performs a series of free concerts throughout the summer, including Fourth of July week, as does the National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden series.

5) Add a splash of international culture to your all-American holiday and make your way to the National Museum of the American Indian for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which typically runs over two long weekends around the Fourth of July. The annual celebration of cultural diversity will turn the area surrounding the museum into a global bazaar with music, dancing, crafts and demonstrations exploring different cultures.

6) The National Archives, home of the original Declaration of Independence, holds great Fourth of July festivities that are fun for the whole family. The celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with a ceremony, including a presentation of colors, patriotic performances and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

7) If you want to see something really special this July 4th, head to the National Museum of American History to behold the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen The Star-Spangled Banner. The 30-by 34-foot flag is on display in a special chamber accompanied by an interactive table which allows you to learn fascinating details about the flag and how it was made. The exhibition also explores the flag’s history and the incredible influence of the song that it inspired.

8) If you’re looking to cool down, head over to Tudor Place for their annual Independence Day Ice Cream Social. The historic Tudor Place estate was built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter and her husband, so it’s a fitting place to spend Independence Day. The ice cream social includes a tour of the house, a make-your-own-sundae bar in the garden and plenty of family-friendly games and crafts. Plus, all participants will receive a special copy of a rare, personal letter from Washington belonging to the Tudor Place archives. One of just three such notes in existence, it is an affectionate note to his wife as he took up command of the Continental Army.

9) The Willard InterContinental Hotel, just steps from the White House, decks out its lobby and opens its doors for its annual Fourth of July block party. The Willard’s acclaimed restaurant, Café du Parc, offers up American barbecue classics and a crepe station, all set to a soundtrack of American tunes from a live rock band.

10) There’s nothing as American as baseball, except maybe apple pie. Washington’s home team, the Nationals, can add some American spirit to your Fourth of July week. Catch a game and snack on some local fare, like a chili dog or half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl.

For more information, visit the Calendar of Events.

– See more at: http://washington.org/article/10-ways-celebrate-independence-day-washington-dc#sthash.WtxwNNOj.dpuf

Summerfest DC Beer & Wine Festival THIS WEEKEND

Summerfest DC is THE official kickoff festival of the summertime season in our Nation’s Capital on Saturday, June 13th.

Here’s what’s on top for you at Summerfest:

Getting your own tasting glass, and enjoying your favorites of more than 100 Craft Beers in a single afternoon! Cider and gluten-free options will be available.

Unlimited tastes of 25+ wines, 10+ ciders, and more!

15+ food options on hand to nibble…or scarf! (for purchase)

Live music all day from multiple acts on the main stage!

And lots of outdoor games, arts and activities…

All in the sunshine at what the Washington City Paper calls DC’s best outdoor venue, the Half Street Fairgrounds!

Ticket prices will escalate as the event nears, so buy soon! After our deadline of May 31st, refunds are no longer available — but you can transfer your tickets to someone else; see our FAQ for instructions.

Get more details at www.summerfestdc.com!