D.C. Hand Picked Events

Hand-picked Guide for Jan 6 - 13 Events in D.C.

Woman in E, 2016. Photo by Andrew Miller

Woman in E, 2016. Photo by Andrew Miller

friday 1-7

  • Ten Forward Happy Hour: Every Friday, the Black Cat screens one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, starting from the beginning of the series. This week is Man of the People, with delicious drink specials. 7PM.  Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. http://www.blackcatdc.com/shows/tng.html
  • Vent! An Interactive Happy Hour and Comedy Show: DC’s only interactive comedy happy hour, where your personal struggles are made public. The rest of the world may not care about your meaningless problems, but we do. Hosted by amateur therapists and professional ranters Stephen Nicks and Max Rosenblum. 5:30.1100 13th St NW. Free http://drafthousecomedy.com/event.cfm?id=476825&cart
  • Dupont Graffiti Party: Party like Banksy at Dupont's Graffiti Night and get 30 Minutes of free studio time to paint the wall. The lounge will be open for liquid inspiration and we'll be playing jamming tunes. Afterwards, purchase studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall. 6:30. 1728 Connecticut Ave. $8 donation suggested https://app.getoccasion.com/p/n/a1hs4sic
  • Stand Up Comedy  Capital Laughs' monthly local showcase will feature Randolph Terrance, Ryan Neser, Katherine Jessup, and Matty Litwack. Tickets are $8 each or two for $12, but because Capital Laughs loves DCist readers, you can use promo code "dcist" for two tickets for $8. Hurry up and find a plus one, because there's no excuse for showing up solo. 8. Town Tavern 2323 18th St. $8. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capital-laughs-presents-dc-stand-up-comedy-tickets-30905556351?ref=ebtn

saturday 1-7

  • Drake v. Kanye: A tribute/dance party.  No mash-ups, all originals.  $15. 9PM.  1811 14th Street NW.
  • BYT and The Hirshhorn Present: Your  last chance to party at the Ragnar Kjartansson exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum. Featuring open Vodka bar, food, and live music performances, and more. Tickets and more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/byt-and-the-hirshhorn-present-ragnarock-a-hirshhorn-late-night-tickets-29582901254
  • Great American Square Dancing: If joining hands with fellow humans feels like a good way to start your 2017 -- or if you just want to stomp your feet and swing your partner -- come dance the night away  on January 7! Local Virginia boys Jake and the Burtones will be playing the tunes, and Old Man Kelly from Blacksburg will be calling the moves. It's sure to chase away the chills on a cold winter night! 8pm. 1525 Newton St. $5 https://www.facebook.com/events/1828277124127617/

sunday 1-8

  • This Week in Music Brunch: Join Songbyrd’s Sunday music show, where you'll catch up on everything you missed and more. Goes well with our special Songbyrd brunch and mimosas.  Free admission.  12PM-2PM.  Songbyrd, 2477 18th Street NW.  
  • BREW A NEW YEAR: It might be a little cliche to post about a health fair at the beginning of the new year, but c'mon—health is really important! Plus, life is all about balance, so there is no better way to balance out your pilates lessons, nutrition coaching, and brussels sprout snacking than with a couple of brews. Brew A New Year, a wellness fair hosted by Denizens Brewing Co, will feature all of the above, plus acupuncture, massages, happy hour pricing on special snacks, and a raffle where proceeds will be donated to Girls on the Run of Montgomery County. (Denizens Brewing Co, 10:30-3:00 p.m. free entry, but the 10:30 a.m. yoga class is $15)

monday 1-9

  • Singin in the Rain Screening: Come by Songbyrd Record Cafe for a screening of Debbie Reynolds’ most famous musical, in her honor.  FREE.  8PM. Songbyrd, 2477 18th Street NW.  http://www.songbyrddc.com/shows/2017-1-09-singin-in-the-rain
  • Poetry at Dawn:  The Big Bear Anthology presents Poetry at Dawn. A space to read personal writings, inspirational pieces, and prompt some early creativity. Big Bear will supply attendees with free hot tea and cozy vibes. 7 am. 1700 1st St. Free.

tuesday 1-10

  • StorySLAM: Prepare a five-minute story about travel. Speak of adventures in a different time zone (or at least a different zip code!). Tell us about language barriers and the hunger, fear, lust or delight that compelled you to make the leap. Exchange rates, exotic flavors, culture shock and more.  7:30. $10. 620 T St NW  http://thehowardtheatre.com/show/2017/01/09/the-dc-moth-storyslam-voyage/

wednesday 1-11

  • Politics and Pints Political Trivia Night: Hosted by the Fix’s Chris Cillizza, teams may have no more than six players, no electronic devices or cheating! Space is limited. Signup starts at 6:30 pm. $1 off drinks, half-off pizzas. @ Capitol Lounge

thursday 1-12

  • Underground Comedy at The Big Hunt: Underground Comedy presents DC's best stand-up comics at The Big Hunt every Wednesday through Saturday.
  • Drink & Ink at Big Chief: Drink, Learn, Design, Print and Play! First 40 tickets sold gets a free beer. Space is limited. 6pm to 9pm @ Big Chief
  • Peace Thursdays: Come Early and Stay Late! Each and Every Thursdays at Peace Lounge. 7pm to 10pm @ Peace Lounge

Hand-Picked Guide to Next 7 Days in Washington DC (Dec 21-Dec 27)

Photo courtesy of Pixelbay.

Photo courtesy of Pixelbay.

Those of us on the team here at HighRoad Hostel DC hand-picked some of our favorite upcoming events.  Here they are: 


  • David Bowie Listening Party: Continuing Songbyrd’s two week series on the best music of 2016 is the new and final album from the legendary David Bowie, BLACKSTAR.  FREE.  7PM.  Songbyrd, 2477 18th Street NW.  
  • Winter Solstice Concert and Benefit: The Dubpixels, Ron Oshima, Tristan Welch, and Dan Binoza will be performing.  The event will also serve as a drop off location for winter coats, gloves, and hats to be donated to a residential substance abuse treatment center.  $5.  7PM.  Bossa, 2463 18th Street NW.

  • Listen Local First D.C. and The 9 Songwriter Showcase:  Fifth annual holiday extravaganza!  Nine of DC’s most talented songwriters and musicians collaborate to present an evening of traditional and seasonal songs for the entire family.  FREE.  6PM.  Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW.  


  • White Durag Christmas Party: Come celebrate the holiday spirit with all your friends and of course your durags!  DJ sets by JUDAHonthebeats, DJ Breemz, DJ Marauder.  Catering by BubbaFergEats.  $15.  9PM - 3AM.  Big Chief, 2002 Fenwick Street NE.  Tickets and more information available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/white-durag-christmas-party-tickets-29729736442?aff=es2

  • Last Resort Comedy: A comedy show featuring DC’s top stand-up comedians who have appeared at DC Improv, Arlington Drafthouse, Laugh Factory and more!  FREE.  8PM.  Town Tavern, 2323 18th Street NW.  

FRIDAY 12-23

  • National Cannibas Festival Mini Concert Series: Come out to see Congo Sanchez, a band who’s sound has been described as downtempo, reggae mezcla, with a hiphop overtone.  $5.  8PM.  Songbyrd, 2477 18th Street NW.  Tickets and more information are available here:  http://www.songbyrddc.com/shows/2016-12-23-ncf-benefit-show

  • Seasonal Disorder: Washington Improv Theater’s holiday stocking, chock full of fun surprises.  The holiday grab bag features everything from chilling murder mysteries to holiday themed comedy. $14.  7:30PM.  Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW.  Tickets and more information available here: http://witdc.org/shows/seasonal-disorder-2016/

SATURDAY 12-24  

  • Matzoball 2016: The Nation’s leading Jewish single’s event sets the stage for the ultimate party experience that you do not want to miss!  USA Today dubbed it the “Number 1 Holiday Party of the Year.”  $30.  9PM - 2AM.  Decades, 1219 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  Tickets and more information are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-matzoballdc-ages-21-49-december-24-2016-tickets-22172698137

  • Falafel Frenzy: Eat as many falafel balls as you can handle for a good cause! 100% of proceeds will go to fight hunger in DC.  $30.  9PM - 12AM.  18th Street Lounge, 1212 18th Street NW.  Tickets and more information available here: http://www.shalomdc.org/event/falafelfrenzy

SUNDAY 12-25

  • Seasons Greetings at the Botanic Gardens: Come to the Botanic Gardens to see models of the city’s famous landmarks made from natural materials. You’ll also find a giant indoor Christmas tree, poinsettia display, and model train setup.  FREE.  10AM - 5PM.  100 Maryland Avenue SW.  

  • National Cathedral Organ Recital: Benjamin Straley, Washington National Cathedral organist and George Fergus, AAM Gerre Hancock Fellow in Church Music, play a Christmas afternoon recital of traditional and familiar holiday favorites on the Cathedral’s great organ.  Afterwards, you can walk around the beautiful Cathedral grounds and gardens.  FREE.  1:30PM.  National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW.  

MONDAY 12-26

  • Holiday Vaudeville Concert: Cajun cellist Sean Grissom returns to host Holiday Vaudeville, combining holiday music and laughs for a memorable entertainment experience. The performance features juggler Cindy Marvell and the Alexandria Kleztet, a local Klezmer quartet that performs traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with modern influences.  FREE.  6PM.  Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW.  

  • Open Night Poetry: For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.  Hosted by Amin Drew Law, a nationally touring performance poet.  $5.  9PM - 11PM.  Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe Street NE.  

  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure: Turn Washington DC into a giant game board with this scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three hour city tour.  Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way through well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.  Round up some fellow HighRoad guests and form a team!  From $30 and up. 10AM.  Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW.  Tickets and more information available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amazing-scavenger-hunt-adventure-washington-dc-tickets-28439124186?aff=es2


  • The Cool Out at Rosebar: Music by Jerome Baker, no cover charge and $2 Grey Goose until 12AM.  FREE.  10AM - 2AM.  Rosebar, 1215 Connecticut Avenue NW.  

  • Can I Kick It?: The creators of Shaolin Jazz present a unique event catered to lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music inspired by the films and everything else in between.  There will be a screening of the classic martial arts film “The Chinese Connection” starring the legendary Bruce Lee, while a soundtrack of hip-hop, funk, soul and cinema soundbites are mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones.  FREE.  7PM.  Songbyrd, 2477 18th Street NW.  

  • Basement Bargain Tuesdays: Enter the basement of Fia’s Fabulous Finds and discover treasures.  Every week 300 new pieces are added from Theory, Banana Republic, Gap, Ann Taylor and much much more!  No item is more than $10.  FREE.  11AM - 7PM.  Fia’s Fabulous Finds, 806 Upshur Street NW.

Hand-picked Guide to Next 7 Days in Washington DC (Dec 15 - Dec 21)

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  • Those of us on the team here at HighRoad Hostel DC hand-picked some our favorite upcoming events.  Here they are:

Thursday 12-15

  • Celebrate the Holidays with Resource Furniture & Georgetown GLOW - Stop in at Resource Furniture and warm up with a cocktail and some light fare as we celebrate the holidays during Georgetown GLOW!  (FREE!)  5PM-8PM.  Tickets and more information are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-the-holidays-with-resource-furniture-georgetown-glow-tickets-29626230854
  • Shop & Share Party Benefiting Tudor Place! - You're invited to sip, snack & finish your holiday shopping, with 10% of all sales from the event going directly to Tudor Place.  Lily Pulitzer Georgetown. 6PM-8PM.  1079 Wisconsin Avenue NW.
  • Free Jazz Concert at United States Botanic Garden, 6-8 PM -- Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front: A childhood fascination with The Weather Channel's smooth jazz and a meteorology degree from Cornell University converged into a career of connecting weather and life through music. Tony's music is aired on Pandora Radio, he has performed with award-winning artists, and leads his inspirational jazz group, Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front. More info here: https://www.usbg.gov/events/2016/11/12/concert-seasons-greenings-2  

Friday 12-16

  • National Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah -- John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 8.00 PM -- $15-89: Get in the holiday spirit with Handel's epic masterpiece, performed each year with a fresh perspective by the NSO. This year, Laurence Cummings conducts four gifted singers and the University of Maryland Concert Choir in this NSO tradition. More info here: http://www.culturecapital.com/event/48256/national-symphony-orchestra-handels-messiah
  • Procrastinator’s Holiday Market - Get all your holiday shopping done in one place!  Meet Santa, watch the District Dance Holiday Performance, enjoy the winter drink bar, and make your own holiday cards with the Plaza Artist Supply Card-Making Station. 5PM-9PM.  680 Rhode Island Avenue NE. 
  • Seasons Greetings with Sweet Earl Greene @ Songbyrd - DC's smoothest Sweet Earl Greene back on the Songbyrd Stage, this holiday season!  Tickets are $5.  8PM. 2477 18th Street NW.  Tickets are available here: http://www.songbyrddc.com/shows/2016-12-16-sweet-earl-greene

Saturday 12-17

  • Kwanzaa Celebration, 7 PM: Join us this holiday season for Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration, under the direction of Sylvia Soumah. Gather family and friends to join Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa. $15-$30. More info here: http://www.culturecapital.com/event/47514/kwanzaa-celebration
  • Stop’n’Shaw Pop-up Bazaar - Whether you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift or want to treat yourself in between all the gift giving, this will be the place for a special shopping experience. You’ll be able to browse some of the most unique vendors around and support some great local businesses, while being able to check everything off of your holiday gift list - without dealing with the overcrowded mall for the rest of the season. In addition to shopping, you’ll be able to connect with some incredible makers, artists, and creatives from the DC area and beyond. So get your holiday spirit ready and don’t miss out on Poppir’s Shop ‘n Shaw: Pop-Up Bazaar!   (FREE!) 10AM-6PM.   641 S Street NW.  
  • Deck The Yards -  Pucker up and bring your loved ones because this holiday season The Yards DC is transforming into the most kissable location with an eight part holiday mistletoe installation!  (FREE!)  12PM-7PM.  301 Water Street SE. 
  • Snow Day Bar Crawl - Get ready for the 6th Annual Snow Day Bar Crawl! Participants (must be 21+) will quench their thirst on exclusive drink deals as they explore DC, one bar at a time.  You’ll get a signature bar crawl cup, drink specials at numerous Dupont bars, holiday music at participating establishments, and an amazing crowd of snow bunnies celebrating the best time of the year! 2PM-10PM.  $20.  @ The Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets and more information available here: https://www.xorbia.com/e/ne/SD-DC
  • Doctor Who Happy Hour - One episode of Doctor Who and drink specials every Saturday at the Black Cat! @7PM.  1811 14th Street NW.  

Sunday 12-18

  • Kwanzaa Celebration, 4 PM: Join us this holiday season for Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration, under the direction of Sylvia Soumah. Gather family and friends to join Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa. $15-$30. More info here: http://www.culturecapital.com/event/47514/kwanzaa-celebration
  • The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Winter Celebration -- 1 PM & 5 PM at the George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium -- $12-$60: A journey into the wonders of Nordic winter traditions! Get into the holiday spirit with breathtaking dance, mysterious folk legends, haunting melodies, and joyful carols. Discover mythic drama from Finland, spirited Icelandic dance, a magical Swedish “bringing of the light” procession, the spectacular leaps of Norwegian dance, a beloved Norwegian fairy tale, Danish toasts and carols, and much more. Revel with a cast of over 100, ages 8–85, in this festive holiday event. Glædelig Jul - Hyvaa joulua - Gledileg Jol - God Jul! More info here: http://www.culturecapital.com/event/49549/the-christmas-revels-a-nordic-winter-celebration
  • Truffle Making Class - This 2 hour hands-on class will give you the skills to work with chocolate in the kitchen as well as make classic hand-rolled chocolate truffles.  Working in groups of 2 or 3 you will choose your desired flavorings from seasonal fresh herbs and fine extracts and transform fine chocolate and fresh cream into hand rolled truffles. Class instruction covers basic chocolate knowledge, infusing flavors into cream and chocolate, basic ganache making, and chocolate tempering.  At the Chocolate House in Adams Morgan.  1PM-3PM.  $75.  1904 18th Street NW.  Tickets and more information available here: http://www.thechocolatehousedc.com/classes--events.html
  • Sparkling Holiday Tea, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden (Georgetown), 12 PM: Enjoy a traditional Victorian tea and tour the mansion, decked for the holidays in red, green and gold: Tudor Place sparkles for Christmas, a blend of contemporary style and classic traditions. Begin in the 1873 Dower House with tea sandwiches, scones, delicious desserts and historic tea blends. Then “stroll into the past” on a guided docent tour through the festively decorated 1816 National Historic Landmark mansion. This program is best enjoyed by adults and history buffs 16+. $35-$40. More info here: http://www.culturecapital.com/event/49648/sparkling-holiday-tea.

Monday 12-19

  • Red Room Happy Hour at the Black Cat -  $4 drink specials, plus food, pinball and general good times!  5:30-7PM. 1811 14th Street NW.  
  • A Choral Arts Christmas, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 7 PM: Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! A Choral Arts Christmas  celebrates the holidays with a magical mix of seasonal classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards. $15-$69. More info here: http://www.culturecapital.com/event/49240/a-choral-arts-christmas
  • Yoga Monday - Bicycle Space in Adams Morgan hosts a weekly free yoga session.  7:30PM.  (FREE!) 2424 18th Street NW.  

Tuesday 12-20

  • Free Acapella Concert at the United States Botanic Garden, 6.30-8 PM -- The Capital Hearings: With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to modern hits, The  Capital Hearings are praised by audiences and critics alike for their lush harmonies and musical versatility. They'll be making spirits bright with festive performances of beloved carols, smooth vocal jazz, and sparkling contemporary arrangements. Celebrate the holiday season with song! More info here: https://www.usbg.gov/events/2016/11/12/concert-seasons-greenings-3
  • Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill - Join EntryPointDC and hundreds of Jewish young professionals for the biggest Hanukkah party of the year! Bring your friends to THE party of the Hanukkah season for drink specials, specialty Hanukkah drinks, gelt, and more fun than you'll know what to do with. This year we're at two bars: 20's crowd head to Capitol Lounge, 30's crowd head to Hawk N' Dove. $5.  6PM-9PM.  229 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.  Tickets and more information available here: http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=152939&view=Detail

Wednesday 12-21

  • The Second Shepherds’ Play, Folger Theater, 7.30 PM: This magical retelling of the Nativity story combines beautiful music and a moving story for the holiday season. Folger Consort, the award-winning early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, performs festive medieval English tunes against the backdrop of this engaging mystery play adapted by Mary Hall Surface (LIFT: Icarus and Me and Goodnight Moon). Set in the English countryside, The Second Shepherds’ Play beautifully weaves together the stories of the shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and the miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem. $40-$60. More info here: http://www.culturecapital.com/event/48527/the-second-shepherds-play
  • Concert!  You Won’t and the Suitcase Junket at the Black Cat - Check out some local DC bands! Tickets $12.  1811 14th Street NW.