Things to Do

Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 4/11-4/17: Fireworks, Notre Dame, and Afro-Atlantic Histories

Plus, a Pokรฉmon hunt!

Red and green fireworks. Photograph by SKLA / iStock / Getty Images Plus.

Happy Emancipation Day!

Hello Neighbor,ย 

Enjoy the sunshine and be well!ย 


So, What Should You Do April 11-17?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:ย 

  • The ๐Ÿ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The ๐ŸŒฒ indicates an event is happening in-person outside.ย 
  • The ๐Ÿ’ป indicates an event is happening virtually.ย 
  • The ๐Ÿ’‰ indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.ย 
  • And lastly, the ๐Ÿ†“ indicates an event is free.


Top 5 Picks of the Week

  1. Afro-Atlantic Histories. ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ–ผ This new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art holds over 130 powerful works surveying the historical experiences and cultural formations of Black and African people since the 17th century. The exhibit amplifies artworks with historical artifacts, and explores a wide range of themes such as maps, ships, and everyday life. You must go!ย 
  2. Emancipation Day. ๐ŸคŽ 160 years ago, the passing of the Compensated Emancipation Act ended slavery in Washington, DC, which resulted in the emancipation of 3,100 enslaved persons. Join the DC Emancipation Day parade (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Downtown), which features fireworks. Shop Black vendors at a pop-up market at Heurich House (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“ entry, ๐ŸŒฒ, Dupont) or at Steadfast Supply (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“ entry, ๐ŸŒฒ, Navy Yard). Join a reading of the names of those emancipated (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Georgetown) and a tour of the oldest Black cemetery in DCโ€“which includes a stop on the Underground Railroad.
  3. All things Pokemon. ๐ŸŽฎ Relive your childhood by participating in a live Pokรฉmon hunt and a screening of “Pokรฉmon the First Movie”ย (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Downtown).ย 
  4. Watch a play! ๐ŸŽŸ Wear pink to Tina Feyโ€™s Mean Girls at the Kennedy Centerโ€“laugh along, relive high school, and see the Plastics navigate social media. Watch the perseverance of the restaurant-owning Minton family in โ€œGraceโ€ as they navigate family dynamics, grief, and a changing Philadelphia.
  5. Notre Dame. Head to the National Building Museum for an augmented reality exhibition that immerses visitors into the 850-year history of the cathedral (starts Fri, $, ๐Ÿ›‹, Chinatown).ย 


Everything Else This Week

  • Iftar. ๐Ÿฅ˜ Gaithersburg is hosting an evening meal where Muslims break their fast (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Gaithersburg).ย 
  • Japanese American women + sake. ๐Ÿถ Join a fireside chat with local Japanese American Women in business and their hopes for the future of AAPI-owned businesses at Anacostia Arts Center. The event concludes with a sake tasting sponsored by the Anacostia Bid and Sake Co.(Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Anacostia).
  • For those with little ones. ๐Ÿงธ Fill your basket at an annual egg hunt (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Greenbelt). Move with the Washington Ballet at a childrenโ€™s story time (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Kenilworth). Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is hosting books & baseball (Mon, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Anacostia).
  • Haiku contest. ๐Ÿ“œ DC Public Library is hosting one, and you can submit your poems here.ย 
  • Jonathan Van Ness. ๐Ÿ“˜ Our โ€œQueer Eyeโ€ cast member returns to Sixth & I to discuss his new book, โ€œLove That Storyโ€œ (Mon, $42, ๐Ÿ›‹ /๐Ÿ’‰, Chinatown; $35, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Doggie-treat day. ๐Ÿ• The Rosslyn Trike will be handing out treats and puppacinos to all the good boys and girls (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Rosslyn). Continue celebrations at Barkhaus for their launch of a Cloud K-9 beer (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐ŸŒฒ, Alexandria).
  • Baltimore. ๐Ÿ‘ท Hear about how training Black women in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing, Black Women Build has enabled Black women to buy deteriorated houses at affordable prices in Baltimoreย (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Chinatown).ย ย 
  • Make something. Thereโ€™s an indigo dyeing (Sat, $25, ๐Ÿ›‹, Union Market) workshop and a succulent garden candle-making class (Wed, $40, ๐Ÿ›‹, Union Market).ย 
  • LGBTQ corner. ๐ŸŒˆ Join ALOHO for a game day party (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Adams Morgan), As You Are Bar for queer stories, and Dew Drop Inn for Queer Trivia Night (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Brookland). Share queer stories with your community at Greetings, From Queer Mountain (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Capitol Hill).
  • Rose all day. ๐Ÿท Try from over 15 wines at a Rosรฉ Jubilee (Thurs, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹, Union Market).

Your Neighbor,

Jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.