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 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

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