Category Archives: Neighborhood Events

Save The Date – Brookland Celebration Of Lights (Trolley Tours)

We thought readers would like a heads up about one of Brookland’s holiday traditions, the Annual “Celebration of Lights”  on Sunday, December 13th. From 5:00–8:00 pm there will be trolley tours, driving past Brookland’s best and most elaborate light and decoration displays.  This is always a super fun neighborhood event and in recent years the trolley runs have sold out, so we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance. The trolley tours will depart from the Mekiti Group Plaza at 3401 8th Street NE. Hang around after the tour to enjoy snacks donated from our local restaurants.celebration of lights

Providence Uncorked Showcases Local Restaurants For A Good Cause

Earlier this month we wrote about Providence Uncorked, a great annual event that combines fund raising and awareness for Providence Hospital with food and drink.  Providence is the hospital nearest to Brookland and is a primary provider of health care to the District’s poor and vulnerable,  and anyone regardless of their ability to pay.

This year’s event took place on Tuesday, November 10 at the nearby Edgewood Arts Center. It was a great opportunity to network, meet the Providence team, and sample delicious food from restaurants like Ben’s Chili Bowl,  Lou’s City BarSmith Public TrustBrookland’s FinestBrookland PintShaw’s Tavern,  and Arepazone. Check out the photos we took below.

Providence Hospital is located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE and is the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington DC. The Edgewood Arts Center is located at 3415 8th St NE.

Providence Uncorked- Annual Wine, Beer, And Food Event Tuesday

Providence Uncorked 2014
Providence Uncorked 2014

Providence Uncorked is a great annual event that combines raising funds and awareness for Providence Hospital with food and drink from about 20 local restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries.

Providence Hospital is the hospital nearest to Brookland, located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE and is the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington DC. It was chartered by President Lincoln in 1861, and has been in its current location for 57 years. Most importantly, it is a primary provider of health care to the District’s poor and vulnerable,  and anyone regardless of their ability to pay.

This year’s event is on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the nearby Edgewood Arts Center. Check out the list of food and drink:

Self Defense Class With Brunch This Sunday

dance place mural 002We thought neighbors would like to know about this opportunity to learn safe and realistic self defense techniques that can be used in everyday situations while brunching and meeting neighbors.

The class will be held at Dance Place (3225 8th Street, NE) on Sunday, November 8th from 12 -2 PM. The cost is $45 per person and you have to register here ahead of time. From an email:

The one hour class will begin promptly at 12 PM after which we will sip mimosas and enjoy a light brunch. Please wear workout attire and plan to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the appropriate paperwork.

Your Rundown Of (Lots of) Brookland Halloween Events

A few years ago, there were only a few neighborhood events going on during Halloween.  Now Halloween Brookland NE Washington DCwe are seeing more and more options for a howling good time, so much so that this is our second blog post on the topic. Hopefully you find something you would like to get into below.

  • Rhode Island Row Trick or Treat Spook-Tacular Evening on Thursday October 29th from 5 – 7 pm. Retailers will provide candy for kids in costume and there will be activities like face painting. For more info, check out the event page.
  • Catholic University’s Annual “Halloween on Campus” – thanks to Emmjolee from Catholic U Campus Ministry for reminding us about this fun annual event:

It is that time of year again…
Catholic University’s Annual Halloween on Campus event!
Thursday, October 29th 5-8pm
Marist Lawn, Catholic University

CUA invites the families of the Brookland community to join us for a fun Halloween night!  Kids can enjoy a wide variety of treats, crafts, and activities including trick or treating.  The event is run by CUA student volunteers, who make the night a safe and enjoyable evening for our welcomed community guests. The event is FREE! To register for the event (it helps us plan for number of people):
please go to our website.

Candy Donations: We are also looking for candy donations- to help with our increased number of participants (Over, 1200 people from the community came to the event last year!). Candy donations will be accepted at Barnes & Noble or at Campus Ministry Office. Only individually wrapped candy will be accepted. Thank you for your generosity.

  • Monroe Street Market’s  Trick or Fit? Fitness Party at the Arts Walk on Thursday, October 29 from 6:00 -8:00 pm. Checkout the Event Page for more info and to register for the event. Activities include  Face painting for kids, Pilates demo by Excel Pilates DC, Yoga demo, free Kind Bars & Core Water and a food drive. The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE. 
  • Monroe Street Market’s  Dinner and a movie on the Arts Walk, Special Halloween Movie on Friday, October 30. All are invited enjoy an outdoor movie to celebrate Halloween – Edward Scissorhands.  Participating restaurants will feature special promotions while a free outdoor movie is 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.Restaurant Dinner Deals:

    Halsa: take 15% off your dinner check

    Potbelly: free cookie or drink with purchase of entree

    Brookland Pint: 10% off any entree purchase

    The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE. For more information about the event, go here.

  • The Historic Brookland Farmers Market on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market will host family-friendly activities and promotions during their weekly Farmers Market on Halloween – Saturday, October 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. From an email:

  …come dressed in your Halloween costume to the Historic Brookland Farmers Market on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market.  The Farmers Market features more than 13 vendors offering local produce, dairy, meat, coffee, artisan bread, baked goods and more.

Enjoy family-friendly Halloween activities including:

o   Trick-or-treating at participating artist studios on the Art Walk, while supplies last

o   Halloween costume contests for children, adults, and dogs.  Prizes to be awarded

o   Popular musician and performer Olivia Mancini to provide free family entertainment with Halloween-themed songs

o   Pumpkin sales by Pleitez Produce and Chesley Vegetable Farms

o   Seasonal candy sales by The Capital Candy Jar and Undone Chocolate from Union Kitchen

o   Themed sweets by cookie vendor Cevinyon from Mess Hall

o   Fall display for photo opportunities; share your Halloween happiness on social media and use #BrooklandinHalloween

  • Dew Drop Inn’s Out of this world Halloween Dance Party on Saturday October 31st, beginning at 8:00 pm. Halloween Dance Party with DJ Jerry Jones and prizes for best costumes. The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.

Halloween Events This Weekend: Dog Parade, Pumpkins, And Costumes

Halloween Brookland NE Washington DCWith Halloween right around the corner, it is no surprise that that neighborhood events are already starting to pop up. Here is what’s going on this weekend:

Langdon Dog Park Pooch Parade on Saturday October 24th. Parade your costumed pooch and enter him/her into the best costume contest for some fabulous prizes from neighborhood vets, groomers and pet supply shops.

 9:30 am – Gather at the dog park for a brief pooch parade
10:00 am- Registration for contest and prizes
10:30 am – Judging starts.
There will be a prize for:
– Cutest costume
– Best dog owner lookalike or paired e..g. – Dorothy and Toto
– Scariest
– Most original
– How did you get your dog to wear that?

There will be treats for you and your four legged friends and tons of fun for all. Meet and greet members of the Langdon Dog Park Association (LPDA) as well as your neighbors.If there is a steady hard rain, the event will be canceled. The dog park is located at 2901 20th Street NE.  For more information go here.

Brookland Pint Kids Pumpkin Painting Event on  Saturday October 24th starting at noon, while supplies last. For more info, go here. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.

Redeemer City Church will host its first annual Harvest Festival and kid’s costume contest on Sunday October 25th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. There will be free food, prizes and games. Check out more information here. Redeemer City Church is located at 1404 Jackson Street NE.

‘Best Of Brookland’ Showcases Neighborhood Businesses Saturday

This Saturday October 17th there will be an event from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Art’s Walk to celebrate Brookland. There will be a mobile photo booth, and activities for kids like face painting, and balloon twisting. There will also be food and drink from neighborhood restaurants like Menomale, Brookland’s Finest, Smith Public Trust, Dew Drop Inn, Brookland Pint and several more. The event is sponsored by Gallery Towns, the new townhome development at Monroe Street Market. Check out the event website here and this tweet below.

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.