Category Archives: Neighborhood Events

Bike Rack Family Bike Day Postponed Till October 11th

Earlier this week, we posted about the Bike Rack’s upcoming Family Bike Day, originally planned  on Saturday October 3rd. We heard from the Bike Rack team that unfortunately, the event has been postponed:

…with the impending rain storm we have opted to postpone this event. We’ll be partnering with WABA to bring an even better kids & family event on October 11th.

we will follow up when we have more details.

Free Brookland Walking Tour Tomorrow

Brookland Sign 12th and Rhode Island Ave NE Washington DCThere will be a free walking tour on Sunday, September 27th as part of Cultural Tourism DC’s Walking Town DC program of tours throughout the city. The tour will be from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and cover Brookland’s history and where we are today.  Meet up at the Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE), and expect to walk a 1 1/2-mile loop through the neighborhood. For  more info on the tour guide and neighbor, Caroline Petti, go here. To sign up for the tour go here.

Luminarias At The Franciscan Monastery – Now Through Sunday

We attended the Pope Francis Arrival Watch Party at the Franciscan Monastery Tuesday, which was capped off by the blessing and lighting more than 700 luminaria candles. The candles, placed along the monastery’s arched portico, will remain lit throughout the the Pope’s trip to the  United States, which ends on Sunday, Sept. 27. We stopped by the Monastery again later that evening and took the pictures below. It is really worth a visit, for a moment of quiet reflection in the evening. The Franciscan Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.

Outdoor Movie Night At The Arts Walk Friday, Showing Rio

This Friday the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market invites neighbors to enjoy their “Dinner and a Movie” event. Participating restaurants Halsa, Brookland Pint and Potbelly will feature special promotions and a free outdoor movie, Rio, will be shown beginning at dusk. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair. All guests will receive a free bag of popcorn provided by Monroe Street Market. Check out the Tweet below for more info.

Pope-Related Brookland Area Events And Info

You would pretty much have to be living under a rock to not know that Pope Francis will be passing through our neighborhood this Wednesday. For those interested, click here for a nice story in the Washington Post about Brookland’s deep Catholic roots. Here is some info we thought readers could use. For detailed official information about his visit go here.

Brookland Pint Beer Line Up

Brookland Pint Pope

From their website:

Being that Brookland Pint is just two blocks from the Basilica, where the Pope will hold mass on Sept. 23rd, we will be serving a host of religious themed beers in his honor.

The beer list will be available all week and includes religious themed beers (including Franklin’s Brew Pub – No Pope Til Brookland!) and beers brewed by Monks. Check out more information on the event page. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.

 The Franciscan Monastery Pope Arrival Watch Party

Monastery PopeTuesday, Sept. 22, 3-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.  Activities will include:

– Live-streaming Pope Francis’ 4 p.m. arrival on large screen TV and a giant projection wall
– Blessing and lighting more than 700 luminaria candles for Pope Francis. Placed along the monastery’s arched portico, they will be lit throughout the afternoon and blessed at 6 p.m. The 700 candles will remain lit throughout the Pope’s trip to the  United States.
– An exhibit and reflection on Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan
friar whose canonization Mass Pope Francis will celebrate on Sept. 23
– Veneration of a Serra relic
– Prayer
– Food trucks
– Pope Francis cut-out for photos

Check out more information here. The Franciscan Monastery is located at1400 Quincy Street, NE

What Is Closed?

Check out the Mayor’s office for tips, links and details such as  road closures and service interruptions. Also, here is a video from WMATA that talks about getting around during the Pope’s visit, with a number of shots from the Brookland Metro.

Brookland’s Monastery Hosts Spaghetti Dinner Friday

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

The spaghetti dinners at the Franciscan Monastery are always a popular neighborhood event. The next one is coming upon Friday September 18 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. From the event page:

Pasta dinner will be held on Friday, September 18 at St. Francis Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost of dinner is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the door. Attendees have the opportunity to win a door prize and can enter in a raffle to win $100. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door, at any weekend Masses and in the Gift Shop.

The dinner will be at St. Francis Hall, located at 1340 Quincy Street Northeast.

Third Thursday At The Arts Walk – Open Studios, Live Music, Beer Garden

Third Thursday at the studios at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk is a great time to get out into the neighborhood and enjoy the outdoors. This month’s event will take place on Thursday September 17th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and will feature live music, open studios and a beer garden.

Outdoor Movie Night Saturday, Showing Shrek At Brooks Mansion

Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group
Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group

The outdoor movies series in  Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group winds down this Saturday, September 5th with a showing of Shrek. The movie will be shown at the DCTV campus at Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE). The movie will begin around 8:00 pm but folks are welcome to come early and picnic.

Don’t forget your blankets or lawn chairs, any snacks or picnic items, some bug spray and flashlights. Also, in the case of inclement weather, check this site on the day of to see if movie night will be on or off.

Basilica To Offer Annual Tower Tours On Wednesday

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be offering the public the rare opportunity to tour its Knights’ Tower Carillon and enjoy the 360 degree view of the city. The tours will take place on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The tours are free and open to the public. Visitors will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis no tickets or reservations necessary. From the Basilica’s website:

Please be advised, visitors must be able to climb 85 steps to reach the Tower Elevator, please ensure you are in good physical condition. Visitors who experience claustrophobia, those who do not like elevators, or anyone who suffers from a condition where riding in an enclosed elevator may be uncomfortable should not attend. Children are permitted but parents should consider the stairs in their decision to bring younger children along. Strollers are not permitted into the Tower and no storage is available at the Basilica. Food and drink are not permitted. Bags, suitcases, camera cases, large purses or other bulky items are not permitted. Photography is allowed but the use of tripods is not permitted. Prohibited items cannot be stored, please leave the items in your vehicle or leave them home.

Click here for more information. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE.

Outdoor Movie Nights At The Arts Walk Begin Friday

We recently found out the Art’s Walk at Monroe Street Market will be hosting three free movie nights starting Friday with Planet of the Apes. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and check out the tweet below for more information.