Fall is here and with a new season comes new and exciting things in NoMa! Here are a few things you don’t want to miss right here in our neighborhood:
Pumpkin Carving Happy Hour
Thursday October 23rd, 4-7PM
Corner or First and Pierce Streets, NE
Head over to the grassy field adjacent to 1100 First St NE this afternoon to carve a free pumpkin and enjoy a petting zoo, candy scavenger hunt, face painting and live music. Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase. More info here.
After a series of free introductory classes throughout NoMa (even one on our rooftop!), Yoga NoMa is officially open at 1200 First Street! The brand new studio offers Yoga and Pilates Mat classes, available in an introductory unlimited 30-day pass, a monthly membership or individual sessions. See their full schedule of classes here.
Earlier this year, the NoMa Parks Foundation and NoMa Bid conducted a design competition in an effort to beautify the underpass below the Metro railroad tracks. The top 10 finalists have been named and you can see the designs here!
Saturday October 25th, 2-5PM
1225 First Street NE
Why should humans have all the fun? Here’s an event you and your four-legged friends can both enjoy: Barktoberfest at the Hilton Garden Inn, put on by Pet Harbor Rescue and Referral! The cost of admission covers traditional German cuisine (Brats, sauerkraut, and potato salad), seasonal beer (or wine and sangria, if you prefer) and specially crafted sausage, Dog Brew and pretzels, made just for the pups! There will be a silent auction, contest for best dog costume and a pet photographer onsite. RSVP here.
Things to do in DC in November
The months of September and November are a fantastic time of year to visit the Nation’s Capital. The sweltering Summer heat has passed, the crowds on the National Mall have thinned and the changing leaves put on quite a show. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, there are plenty of things to do in DC in November. Here are a few of our favorite late-Autumn activities.
Open Mid-November through Mid-March (weather permitting), this park center transforms into a skating rink each Winter. Skaters will enjoy music from a state-of-the-art sound system, surrounded by magnificent sculptures scattered throughout the gardens.
Ice Rink Hours
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
The ice-skating rink will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1.
Saturday November 16 1:00pm-7:00pm
You’ll have to venture across the Potomac to Arlington for this quirky event, but it will be well worth the extra 5 minutes. The website sums it up best:
[box] “Calling racers and couch potatoes alike! The semi-annual 1K Wine & Beer Walk is around the corner so you better start training! Pass the start line and sip your way along the race course, stopping at “Wine” and “Beer” hydration stations along the course. Sample 22 wines or 22 beers we’ll be pouring for your racing pleasure, and end at a giant dance party! New this year: due to popular requests, we are combining the 1K Wine and Beer Walk together so folks can attend in groups and choose either wine or beer tasting option. Join us for DC and Northern VA’s most unusual wine and beer indoor wine and beer tasting/sporting event/dance party!”[/box]
November 21st-24th, Sphinx Club 1315 K Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20005
This District tradition is a major holiday fundraiser, featuring unique goods from various local merchants. Proceeds and a portions of the merchant sales will go towards supporting the Junior League of Washington’s literacy programs.