Category Archives: Neighborhood Events

Brookland Spring Celebration This Sunday – Music, Dance, Poetry And More

This Sunday April 26 there will be a spring celebration at  the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market (8th & Monroe St NE) from 3-6pm. The event promises an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry featuring:

  • Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn Malachi
  • International slam poetry champions DC Youth Slam Team
  • Rock/soul band The CooLots
  • Afro-Caribbean dance with Mesi Walton of Diaspora Dance

This event is free. For  more information, check out the flyer below.

brookland spring celebration dance place

Menkiti Outdoor Summer Movie Nights Are Back – Vote For The Line Up Now

We are really excited to hear that Brookland outdoor summer movie nights are back! Now in its third year,  the movie series is sponsored by the Menkiti Group and we found out via Twitter that they are asking the community to pick the movies the movies they will show this summer.

The movies suggested in the poll are Shrek, Finding Nemo, Antz, Lego Movie, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story 2, Frozen, Night at the Museum, Peter Pan, How to train your Dragon, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc, The Sandlot, and Annie. Vote for the movies you want to see here.

The movie nights will be on the following dates:

  • Thursday May 21st
  • Saturday June 20th
  • Thursday July 23rd
  • Saturday August 22nd

Movie nights will be at the Howard Divinity School front lawn (1400 Shepherd St NE).Come picnic as early as 7:00 and watch the film which will start at sun down, approximately 8:15 PM.  You are encouraged to bring something to sit on, something to snack on, bug spray, and flashlights (for after the film).

Franciscan Monastery Summer Garden Tours Are Back!

We are excited to report that one of our favorite summer activities is back – guided tours of the Franciscan Monastery gardens and grounds.

If you haven’t been to this neighborhood treasure, it is definitely worth a visit. The Franciscan Monastery has existed for over 100 years and the beautiful gardens and grottos have been in place for over 80 years.  While walk-ins are welcome at the Monastery gardens daily from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm, the guided tour provides a wealth of information. For example, the docents explain the history and significance of the statues and shrines, the architecture of Monastery buildings, and of course, all the amazing plants, trees and flowers in the gardens. Guided tours are Saturdays at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm, or you can schedule a tour by calling 202-526-6800.   

The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE and tours will be given all summer. Here is a video describing the tour, it’s a couple of years old, so not all the information is still accurate, but its a good overview:

Monroe Street Market Spring Events And Farmers Market Kick Off This Weekend

The “Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market” at Monroe Street Market launched last spring and steadily grew to become a weekend staple for many Brookland households by the time fall arrived. The market will kickoff again this Saturday April 18th. The operator of the market will again be Lydia’s Fields Farm, and don’t forget to checkout the opening  of the Filter/Bike Rack location. Here is a tweet and part of a press release that describes the events surrounding the opening of the farmers market:

Monroe Street Market will kick off its spring events schedule on Thursday, April 16 with the community’s  “Third Thursdays on the Arts Walk,” a monthly event featuring artist open houses and live performances.

In addition, highly-anticipated retailers The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse, located in a joint retail space on the Arts Walk, will hold a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 18 from 9am-1pm in conjunction with the first Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market of the 2015 season.

Third Thursdays on the Arts Walk

Thursday, April 16 6:00pm

Monroe Street Market kicks off its series of events on April 16 with Third Thursdays on the Arts Walk, where attendees can stroll along the Arts Walk, listen to music, watch live performances from Dance Place, visit artist studio spaces and support local artists. The Arts Walk features 27 studio spaces with artists who work in various mediums. The Third Thursday events will take place each month until December 17, 2015.

Live Performances on the Arts Walk

Every Thursday, from April 16 to September 24 6:30pm-7:45pm

Live music and performances will be held on the Arts Walk plaza each week, powered by Dance Place. Each evening will feature a new group – a mixture of neighborhood favorites, such as Sahel and new talent. Rain location is at Busboys and Poets. For more information, visit

Interactive Dance Performances From Dance Place

Friday, April 17 6:30pm-8:45pm

As the Opening Celebration for the Free Art on 8th Event, the partners at Dance Place will present live interactive dance performances.  Friday night programming will continue on the Cornerstone Plaza in front of Busboys and Poets. Kicking off April 17 evening from 6:30 – 7pm, POP (People Objects Play) will have an interactive dance for all ages. From 7 – 7:30pm the Coyaba Dance Theater will showcase African dance and drum. Last, from 7:45 – 8:45pm the DC Casineros will feature Cuban Salsa.

Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market Opening

Saturday, April 18 9am-1pm

The Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market is back, featuring more than 16 vendors offering local produce, dairy, meat, artisan coffee, bread, baked goods and more. Listen to the live music and enjoy the family friendly entertainment and crafts.

 The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse Grand Opening

Saturday, April 18 9am-1pm

The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will open a shared space on the Arts Walk, directly across from Brookland Pint. The Bike Rack’s second shop in the District will offer a wide variety of cycling needs including repairs, a diverse bicycle inventory, riding events, and active involvement in cycling advocacy. Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will create a unique atmosphere for bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike, providing a daily assortment of coffee, teas, and pastries.  From 9am – 1pm on April 18, The Bike Rack will offer free basic bike maintenance on the Arts Walk.

 While enjoying the grand opening of Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse, stop by Brookland Pint for brunch from 10am- 1pm and select a drink from 18 different beers that are infused with coffee. Enter for a chance to win a Fat Tire bike donated by New Belgium.

Please visit the Monroe Street Market website for more information on artists, events, and community offerings.

The Market runs on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., (rain or shine) on The Arts Walk at 716 Monroe St. NE. Keep up with the Farmer’s Market at their Facebook page and Twitter.

Save The Date – 8th Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale Returns Saturday May 9th!

GBYS 2013It’s that time of year again – where neighbors start revving up for the Great Brookland Yard Sale! For those of you unaware, the GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales. The GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and is a positive event for the neighborhood. It brings people from across the city into Brookland to see what a great community we have, it gets us out and about to meet our neighbors, and those who have yard sales get rid of stuff and make a little bit of money. This year, the GBYS will take place on Saturday, May 9th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm [individual sales hours may differ] Rain day May 16th.
Also note, the Greater Brookland Garden Club hosts its annual plant sale on the same day. That sale is located at 12th and Newton and they sell a wide variety of plants (Annuals, Perennials, Natives, Vegetables, Herbs, and Tropicals).
Register your yard sale HERE . A sales location map will available via this site and in print mid-week prior to the sale.
GBYS 2015

Spring Festival And Easter Egg Hunt At Turkey Thicket Saturday

Looking for some local, family fun? Check out this Spring Festival at Turkey Thicket Saturday, April 4, from 12:00 -4:00 pm. There will be a DJ, basketball and kickball tournaments, sack races, an Easter egg hunt and food. The event is free.  (In case of rain the event will be indoors.) Turkey Thicket Recreation Center is located at 1100 Michigan Ave NE.

turkey thicket east egg hunt

Easter Egg Hunt, Moonbounce And More Sunday At CUA

CUA Easter Egg Hunt 2015

From the CUA website:

CUA invites the Brookland & CUA community families to join us for a fun spring afternoon!  Kids can enjoy a wide variety of treats, crafts, and activities including an Easter egg hunt.  The event is run by CUA student volunteers, who make the day a safe and enjoyable time for our welcomed community guests.

The activities will include the Egg Hunt, a Moonbounce, Face painting, a Duck Pond Game, and Obstacle Course – how fun! You can fill out a registration form here,  call 202-319-5575 or email cua-service(at)cua(dot)edu. The event will be this Sunday, March 29th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm and will take place on the  University Lawn (behind The Columbus School of Law)and in the case of rain will be in the Pryzbyla Center – Great Room.

Pasta Dinner At The Franciscan Monastery Friday – Only $7!!

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery. Photo courtesy of RANdom Walkway Tumblr.

Here at the Bridge we love the down-home community events and long standing institutions that make Brookland special. Check out this Pasta Dinner at the Franciscan Monastery this Friday night. The event is co-sponsored by Corcoran Caterers and the Knights of Mt. St. Sepulcher, a group that was founded in 1916 and whose mission is to assist the Brothers of the Monastery. The dinner begins at 6:30 pm and only costs $7 a person in advance and $10 at the door– what a deal! The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy Street Northeast. Purchase tickets at the door, the gift shop and at any weekend Masses.

BNCA Hosts A Social Hour At Steel Plate Wednesday Night

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) is hosting a social hour at Steel Plate this Wednesday the 25th from 6pm to 8pm. From Tom Bridge, BNCA President:

Come out, enjoy the company of your neighbors, leave politics on the doorstep, and be reminded how amazing this neighborhood is. Diton from Steel Plate has given us the upstairs for those hours, so we’re excited to see everyone this coming Wednesday evening.

Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE. See you there!

BNCA Happy Hour