Ah, September - that perfect blend of summer sun and fresh fall breezes. What better weather for exploring your city on foot? From September 14-22, take your pick of “more than 50 guided walking tours in neighborhoods throughout the District” with WalkingTown DC.
Enjoy “a series of “bite-size” lunchtime tours, after-work “happy hour” tours, and longer weekend tours [connecting] you to well-known and unfamiliar places, all free. Tours are led by everyone from historians, licensed tour guides, to community leaders and business owners. All donate their time and expertise for this annual festival.
Speaking of enthusiastic expertise, did you know you can get some of these tours with our own GGWash contributors?
On Saturday September 14 from 3 to 5 pm, join Neil Flanagan at the Tenleytown Mural on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue at Grant Road (4425 Wisconsin Ave NW) for his tour “A Hill Above Washington.” Neil will show you Fort Reno Park, “the tallest hill in DC… [that] transformed from a plantation to a fort to a village of African American landowners [after which] the town wrestled with white neighbors who had their own vision for the unique topography.” Register for Neil’s tour here!
On Sunday, September 15 from 9 to 11 am, find John Muller at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Visitor’s Center (1411 W St SE) for his tour “Frederick Douglass’ Old Anacostia.” Walk with John to learn all about “Old Anacostia, examining the neighborhood through the eyes of residents past and present… [including] contemporary Ward 8 politics… stories of presidents, famed resident Frederick Douglass, 19th-century architecture and neighborhood folklore.” Register for John’s tour here!
Later on Sunday, September 15, from 2 to 4 pm, you’ll see Eric Fidler at the LeDroit Park Arch (6th Street NW & Florida Ave NW) for his tour “Worthy Ambition: The Unique Architecture and Historical Figures of LeDroit Park.” Follow Eric to gawk at “unique 19th-century houses built in 12 distinct architectural styles” while hearing about “the historical figures who transformed the neighborhood into the home of DC’s black intelligentsia.”
Neighborhood notables included Dr. Anna J. Cooper, DC Mayor Walter Washington, Sen. Edward Brooke, Rep. Oscar De Priest, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Mary Church Terrell, Duke Ellington, and Rev. Jesse Jackson.” Register for Eric’s tour here!
Other events from around the region:
Wednesday, September 4
Focus on changing culture in DC: If you live in DC and are interested in “Communicating Across Cultures in a Changing City,” you are invited to join “a focus group about DC’s diverse heritage and future” organized by Humanities DC, Interactivity Foundation, and Howard University, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of African American Affairs, Brink Media, and NextDoor. The focus group will meet from 6 to 9 pm at the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs (2000 14th St NW), where you’ll also enjoy a closing reception with music and refreshments. RSVP here.
Friday, September 6
Statehood or not, DC does have a State Fair! From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, kick off the 10th Annual DC State Fair with the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Get your free ticket here to join the reception at UDC’s Building 44, A-Level (4200 Connecticut Ave NW).