Category Archives: Neighborhood Events

Christmas Caroling Saturday, Continuing Over 50 Years Of Tradition

Christmas Carolers Gather Before Hitting The Streets (2011 Event)

For well over 50 years, Brooklanders have organized to serenade friends and neighbors with Christmas carols. I have participated in the annual event in previous years and have had fantastic time and met so many warm, friendly neighbors. If you don’t know a lot of carols by heart, don’t worry, sheet music will be provided. If you don’t sing well, again don’t worry, it’s all about the community spirit. From a community announcement:

Come Christmas Caroling through the neighborhood this Saturday, December 16. Everyone looking to spread Christmas cheer and best wishes for 2018 is invited to meet at Rosary House, 1201 Monroe Street, NE, Saturday, December 16, at 6:30pm. We will travel through central Brookland for about an hour and a half and finish at 1026 Newton Street for a potluck dinner, 8pm. Come and share your holiday spirit with Engine company 17, shoppers at CVS and various households as we move from block to block singing.

It is so great to see the looks of happiness, appreciation and surprise on people’s faces as you passed them on the street and when they came out of their houses and businesses. All are welcome to join in for as long as you want. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.

Brookland Celebration Of Lights (Trolley Tour) Tickets Go On Sale Dec 4th

If we are lucky Santa will make an appearance on the trolley again!

The annual “Celebration of Lights” will be Sunday, December 17th. From 5:00–9:00 pm there will be trolley tours, driving past Brookland’s best and most elaborate light and decoration displays. (Check out the photos we took on the tour last year.) This is always a super fun neighborhood event and in recent years the trolley runs have sold out VERY quickly, 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. Check out the Celebration of Lights website for more info and the link to purchase tickets. From the event page:

Join us for the 23nd Annual Celebration of Lights Trolley Tour of Brookland!

The 2017 Celebration of Lights Trolley Tours is Sunday, December 17th at the Menkiti Group Plaza (3401 8th St NE).
Come early or stay after your tour to enjoy the community reception courtesy of the great Brookland restaurants and businesses.

NOMINATE YOUR NEIGHBORS to be included on this year’s tour map by emailing
Each person who nominates a neighbor or has their home nominated will be entered to win fun prizes!
(Washington Capitals tickets, movie passes, etc.)


Monroe Street Market Tree Lighting – Get Your Pictures With Santa

On Friday December 1st, there will be a free holiday tree lighting event by the Monroe Street Market development. From the event page:

Monroe Street Market’s second annual Tree Lighting event is happening Friday, December 1st on the outdoor plaza in front of Busboys & Poets. From 6-8 PM, enjoy festive holiday performances, free photos with Santa (cats & dogs are welcome, too!), activities for kids, and food and drink offerings. Then, at 8 PM, join in the countdown as we light the tree.

Basilica’s 28th Annual Christmas Concert For Charity Will Benefit Hurricane Relief

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having it’s annual Christmas concert for Charity on Friday night December 1st at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 28th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free, but donations are requested for charity. This year the concert will benefit Catholic Charities USA Hurricane Relief and will feature a new composition, “Hush” from CUA doctoral student Valencio Jackson, who hails from St. Croix,U.S. Virgin Islands.  Sounds like a fantastic concert!  Check out more information here. The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and Harewood Rd. NE.

Women In Science Events Return Monday -Everything You Wanted Know About The Eclipse And Stars

Neighbors enjoyed the Women in Science series that took place monthly last school year at local jazz club AJACS. We were happy to see that the series is starting back up again. The next event is coming up this Monday and will featuring Dr. Duilia de Mello who is an astrophysicist and professor of physics and astronomy at CUA.  The interactive discussion will center on the sun, the eclipse, the stars and the universe. All ages are welcome and no background knowledge is needed. Check out the Tweet below for more info:

AJACS is located at 2813 12th Street NE.

Third Thursday – Fox Loves Taco Preview, Family Events, Open Art Studios

Arts Walk Event At Night

Third Thursday on the Artswalk is coming up again this Thursday August 17th from 5-8 PM, with lots of events for the whole family. Once again, Fox Loves Taco will be there giving previews of what we can expect from their new restaurant, opening soon. From the event page:

August 17th will feature:

  • A volunteer event benefiting Only Make Believe – Washington, DC. Register here:

  • Live music from The Ramparts (New Orleans-style Jazz-Rock), courtesy of Dance Place

  • Open artist studios and pop up in-studio events

  • Grab a bite from Brookland Pint’s outdoor grill and enjoy dining on our Arts Walk picnic tables

  • Craft station for the kids

  • Plus, kids are encouraged to wear swimsuits and play in our water fountains at the bottom of the Arts Walk!

  • Pop up vendor, Westray’s Finest Ice Cream

  • Food offerings from Fox Loves Taco, Monroe Street Market’s newest eatery, opening later this summer!

Outdoor Movie Nights Conclude Thursday With Finding Dory

Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group

The outdoor movies series in  Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group continues Thursday.  Unfortunately, this will be the last Brookland outdoor movie of  the summer, so be sure to be there! From the event page:

The Menkiti Group and DCTV proudly
present next month’s feature film:

Finding Dory
Thursday, August 17, 7:30pm

Bring your blankets, snacks, flashlights,
and bug spray – we provide popcorn,
bubbles, glow sticks, and the movie!
**Additional snacks and drinks will be available through present vendor**

Check out pictures taken from our last movie night at!

DCTV is located at Brooks Mansion, 901 Newton St. NE.