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!

Bisnow Gives a Sneak Peat at Waterfront Development

One of the newest developments is conceptual approval for light on the Southwest Waterfront’s Case Bridge, being executed by the French company that brought lighting to the London Bridge during the 2012 Olympics. (If they could put lights on a bridge that is constantly falling down, we think they can handle Case Bridge.) Among our speakers, PN Hoffman CEO Monty Hoffman (whose company, with Madison Marquette, is developing the $2B The Wharf) tells us the approval process has taken nine months, a blink compared to other aspects of the project. The company will use all LED lighting along the bridge and roadway platform. The Case Bridge is an artery into Virginia and carries 170,000 cars daily.

Monty tells us he’s also working with National Harbor, The Yards, Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown to get an expanded water taxi service to link all the waterfronts. He envisions an Uber-like app that lets riders visually see the location of the boats and provide ETAs. A free ferry between the Waterfront and Hains Point will be ready to go by Cherry Blossom season 2017. Monty says he envisions office workers hopping on the ferry to hit balls at the Hains Point golf course.

The VIO, a glamorous condo offering, starts selling at the end of this month. Hoffman Madison also just received approval to build a sweeping set of stairs like the Spanish steps in Rome (above), from 10th Street to Maine Avenue, giving visitors easy access to the Mall and amazing views from the top. Monty says more announcements are on the horizon, including the names of two more hotels, a lead office tenant and several restaurants that have already signed LOIs. Monty says he’s also working on bringing in a rum distillery. (Spain, rum, sweeping views? Is it possible this is an elaborate ruse to film another Pirates of the Caribbean?)

Grosvenor Americas has 325 apartment units with 25k SF of retail coming to the Waterfront in early 2017, says SVP Don Capobres, who will also speak at our event. Who will fill that space? Millennials, of course. Don says they’re a generation that’s cost conscious (45% of them have moved three times in the last three years and 35% have moved twice), so pricing will be a factor. The units are smaller, so the gross cost to the tenant is less and some of the amenities in the building will compensate for the lack of space. Tenants can share lounges that can serve as living rooms and it’s (so far) the only residential project that has Nats Park views from its rooftop. The company plans to augment the views with large TV screens.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/

Millennial Week : June 13-20

Find out more at millennialweek.com

Millennial  Week  is a weeklong celebration in Washington DC that provides a social and cultural  platform for millennials – those born between 1977 and 2001. The millennial generation is the largest generation in the United States and is significantly contributing to the growth of the population in the District of Columbia.  Many local businesses and entertainment venues are catering their products and services to meet the needs of this growing demographic.

2015 Millennial Week Events

  • Millennial Day of Service – Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Turner Elementary School, Washington DC. Volunteers  will  take  over  DC  middle  schools  to  distribute  1,000  books  to  1,000  kids,  revamp  libraries  and  paint  murals.
  • Mantras & Martinis – Sunday, June 14, 2015, 6- 8 p.m. The Loft at 600 F, 600 F St. NW #300, Washington, DC.  Relax  and  connect  with  a  session  of  feel good  yoga  at  Grip  the  Mat  followed  by  a  cocktail  reception.  All levels welcome, but attendees must be 21 or older.  Yoga  mats  are  available  to  rent  for  $2;  email  info@gripthemat.com  to  reserve  one  at  least  24  hours  in  advance.
  • Decision 2016:  A Millennial Town Hall – Monday, June 15, 2015, 6-9 p.m. The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington DC.  Millennials  are  changing  the  face  of  politics:  they  have  been  a  deciding  factor  in  the  past  two  presidential  elections.  Decision  2016  will  be  a  lively  discussion  of  the  issues  and  concerns  that  will  take  center  stage  in  the  2016  election
  • Millennials, Diversity & America – Monday, June 15, 2015, 6–9 p.m. Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington DC. The  past  year  has  pushed  issues  of  race,  civil  rights  and  diversity  to  the  forefront  of  American  society.  This forum will engage journalists, legal  experts  and  community  activists  on  issues  including  civil  rights  and  the  role  of  Millennials  in  leading  social  change.
  • Millennial  Hiring  Fair – Tuesday,  June  16, 2015, 1-4  p.m. The  Woolly  Mammoth,  641  D  St.  NW, Washington, DC. Millennials  continue  to  face  one  of  the  highest  unemployment  rates  of  any  other  demographic.  The    Hiring Fair will  allow attendees  seeking  new  careers  or  career  advancement  to  connect  with  recruiters  from  Wells  Fargo,  Mass  Mutual,  the  American  Society  of  Association  Executives,  and  more.
  • The  Startup  Lounge – Tuesday,  June  16,  6-8:30  p.m. The Loft at 600 F, 600 F St. NW #300, Washington, DC. Strategize,  network,  socialize.  The  event  is  a  place  for  Millennial  entrepreneurs  to  network,  engage  and  build  awareness  for  their  emerging  enterprises  and  start-up  ideas.  Attendees  can  speak  with  financial  advisers  and  professionals  one  for  advice  on  business  development,  banking  and  funding.
  • Entrepreneurs’  Forum:  Raising  Capital – Wednesday,  June  17,  2015, 6:30-9 p.m.1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. This  panel  will  explore  ways  to  find  and  secure  funding,  and  discuss  challenges that  are  specific  to  Millennial  entrepreneurs.
  • The  Innovation  and  Entrepreneurship  Forum  – Thursday,  June  18,  2015, 6:30- p.m. 1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. Entrepreneurs  and  innovators  from  global  corporations will  discuss  the  challenges  and  opportunities  related  to  starting  new  companies  and  working  within  corporate  structures.
  • Millennial  Made:  Food  Face  Off – Friday,  June  19, 2015,  7–9:30  p.m. 1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. Millennial  chefs  will  showcase  their  use  of  cool  gadgets  and  cooking technology.  Featuring  live  cooking  stations,  attendees  will  sample  foods  from  each  station  and vote  to  determine  which  Millennial  chef  creates  DC’s  “best  bite.”
  • The  Founder’s  UnConference – Saturday,  June  20,  2015, 9:30  a.m.–3:00  p.m.1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. This  event  will  convene  inspiring  founders  and  aspiring  entrepreneurs to  discuss  topics  including:  running  a  lean  start­‐up,  building  an  online  brand,  intellectual property  for  entrepreneurs,  attracting  corporate  sponsors,  and  more.

Renter’s Week 2015 – DC Curbed

DC Curbed gives the best neighborhoods for renters. Check out the article below.

Washington, D.C. is a big and beautiful city that spans four quadrants with over 100 distinctive and unique neighborhoods. If you’re interested in moving to the District or moving from one are to another, here is your guide to where the most livable and most rentable areas are. To make this list, Curbed took a look at the median rents in each area, the Walk Scores, and the communities that inhabit them. In only a few words, Curbed summarizes what you should expect to find in each neighborhood, whether that’s an active nightlife or swanky designer stores. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments on any neighborhoods we left out, but shouldn’t have.

  1. Navy Yard
    • Median Rent: $2,374
      Walk Score: 83
      What to expect: Renovated old factories, new residential and office buildings, waterfront views
  2. Shaw
    • Median Rent: $2,374
      Walk Score: 94
      What to expect: Strong community feel, local businesses, lots of row houses
  3. Friendship Heights
    • Median Rent: $3,400
      Walk Score: 79
      What to expect: Swanky designer stores, suburban feel
  4. Adam’s Morgan
    • Median Rent: $2,100
      Walk Score: 94
      What to expect: Active nightlife, cultural diversity
  5. U Street Corridor
    • Median Rent: $2,600
      Walk Score: 97
      What to expect: Active nightlife, great transit
  6. H Street
    • Median Rent: $2,045
      Walk Score: 93
      What to expect: Artsy, commercial-focused, hipsters
  7. Columbia Heights
    • Median Rent: $2,200
      Walk Score: 93
      What to expect: Rapidly development retail/commercial center, yuppies
  8. Capitol Hill
    • Median Rent: $2,300
      Walk Score: 85
      What to expect: Age diversity, historic row houses, commercial strips