What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 8

blog logo SMALL

This weekend is packed with some fantastic events. Here’s some we recommend:

Friday, August 8th:

For the history buff: Gain some historical knowledge at the Decatur House. This Friday, the White House Historical Association is giving FREE tours of the nearly 200 year old historical abode at 11:00 am, 12:30, and 2:00 pm. Check out more info on their website.

For the wannabe spies: Get your Bond fix this Friday with a showing of Casino Royale at Union Market. The Union Market Drive-In will screen outdoors on the market’s 3-story wall. People will be able to watch the movies from their parked cars and listen through their car radios or from the picnic area in front of the market. A variety of Union Market vendors and Suburbia will also participate serving themed food, drinks and snacks. Cost is $10 per car and tickets are available online here. You can also sit in the picnic area for free on a first come first serve basis, so get there fast! Gates open at 6:00 pm and close at 8:15.

Saturday, August 9th:

For the child in us all: Throw on your swimwear and gather the crew for DC’s biggest Water Battle at Splash Yards this Saturday. This FREE event will be featuring live DJ music,  a tiki bar by Bluejacket, summery frozen drinks, lawn games, pools, water slides, surfboard water game, lounge stations, misting tent, complete with a giant Instagram photo booth. The Water Battle will take place at 4:00 pm. Buckets of water and water soakers and blasters will be provided. Check out more info here.

For the foodie: This Saturday, RUNINOut and Social Group DC will be launching Clarendon’s first-ever Food Crawl! Over 50 DC-area foodies will converge on Wilson Blvd to sample signature dishes from 4 restaurants in 4 hours. The event will start at 12:30pm at Ri Ra. Then at 1:30 pm, participants will split off into two different groups and visit Facia Luna and Mexicali Blues. Each group will have 45 minutes in both places and switch off. There will be drink specials in each location. Finally, at 4pm both groups will join up at Hunan One for more food and drinks. Click here for more details and click here for tickets.

Saturday, August 9th & Sunday, August 10th:

For the shopaholic: Get your shop on at Alexandria’s 5th Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale this Saturday-Sunday to grab some of the hottest summer deals. The two day event will take place throughout Old Town and Del Ray. Over 50 shops will host promotional events and clearance sales offering deeply-discounted summer merchandise and product demonstrations from some of Alexandria’s top boutiques and design stores.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 7

blog logo SMALL

While the forecast shows possible showers this weekend, thats no excuse not to get out and enjoy this cooler than normal weather! Here’s a few things you could DO in DC this weekend – rain or shine.

Friday, August 1st:

For the jazz lovers: Food, music, and art is a perfect combination. If you love these things, then you will enjoy the weekly Jazz in the Garden. Jazz in the Garden is a free concert series featuring an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles including salsa, blusion, xylophone, and Afrofunk, every Friday evening from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Guests may purchase food and beverages from the Pavilion Café and its carts located around the Garden or bring their own picnics. Cross your fingers for good weather!

For the serious jazz lovers: Take your love of jazz a bit further at Backbeat Underground, a live jazz show this Friday at Tropicalia. Backbeat Underground honors the talent and resiliency of jazz artists who adapted to a changing audience by adding elements of funk and soul to their sound, giving birth to an entirely new genre of music that’s vital and relevant today. From Grant Green to The New Mastersounds and Freddie Hubbard to Soulive, Backbeat Underground lays down a smoldering blend of soulful funk and jazz. Check out more info here.

For the dance-all-nighters: If you love to dance, then the Art on 8th is the event for you.  Join the DC Casineros’ company of community DJs and dancers for an evening of Son, Songo, Timba, Guaguanco, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, and Rumba. The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is just steps from the Brookland/CUA Metro (Red Line) and is completely free! Get your dance on starting at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, August 2nd:

For the market perusers: Celebrate summer at the DC MEET Market this Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm in Logan Circle at the corner of 15th & P Street NW, DC. This week’s market will be featuring authentic Peruvian dishes from one of DC’s top-rated food trucks, Peruvian Brothers, a craft tent, and live music!  Last but not least, the market will showcase over 40 local vendors selling their goods from home décor, handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and prepared foods. For more information, click here.

For the jokesters: Check out Underground Comedy, featuring DC’s best stand-up comics, this Saturday night at the Capitol Lounge. The show is free. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7.

Sunday, August 3rd:

For the brunchers: Enjoy a relaxing brunch at the Petworth Citizen this Sunday morning. Featuring mimosas $5/gl or $15/liter carafe; this neighborhood brunch is sure to help you recover from your Friday and/or Saturday night! Old favorites like Chicken & Waffles and Corned Beef Hash grace the menu as do new favorites like a Chorizo & Crab Frittata.

For the party-all-weekenders: Dine, dance, and enjoy happy hour specials all night long to celebrate the Wonderland Ballroom‘s 10th anniversary. The festivities begin in the beer garden starting at 4:00 pm.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 6

blog logo SMALL

DC has so many events to offer this weekend, it’s hard to choose! However, we’ve managed to narrow down the list to our top picks. Check out our personal recommendations of what you should DOinDC this weekend:

Friday, July 25th

For the movie goers: Ditch the traditional old movie theater and opt for a classic drive-in movie instead! This summer, Union Market will be hosting a drive-in movie series. This Friday’s film is ‘The Life Aquatic.’  The screen will be displayed on Union Market’s 3-story wall and there will also be a variety of vendors serving themed food and drinks. Get there on time, because the park gates close at 8:15. Tickets cost $10 for parking and you can buy them here.

For art appreciators: Gaze at the works of local artists with a cocktail in hand at Last Fridays DC Art Crawl. Last Fridays DC is a monthly art event that promotes local talent by showcasing artists in local venues. Attendees are able to browse different artists’ galleries by visiting the venues and enjoying the specials they have provided for the event. This weekend’s event runs from 6:00pm-10:00pm, starting at Lost Society. Click here for more info and tickets.

Saturday, July 26th

For the yogis: Start off your Saturday right with sunrise yoga on the dock. Key Bridge Boathouse will be hosting yoga class starting at 7:00 am. Click here to sign up and for a list of other classes.

For any Redskins fan who owns a dog: Olde Towne Pet Resort is having its own take on the 2014 football pre-season: Dog Agility Training Camp on Saturday. Coinciding with Redskins Training Camp, which kicks off on July 24th, Old Towne Pet Resort will host a play day where dogs will have the opportunity to participate in a training camp of their own.  This ones a little pricey ($50), but who doesn’t want to splurge on man’s best friend? Also, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Washington Humane Society. The camp will be hosted at the Springfield and Dulles locations. Three classes will be offered and will begin at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. Dogs of all ages and sizes are eligible to participate. Check out more info about the schedule here or email Katy Salo at ksalo@oldetownepetresort.com to sign up.

For the beer lovers: Want to expand your beer tasting knowledge? Look no further than Drink the District: Beer Edition, where you can take an unlimited tasting journey through more than 50 beers from around the world and dive into DC’s most delicious food trucks. This third annual event features lawn games and live music on the main stage at the New York Avenue city block between 5th and 6th Streets this Saturday. Tickets cost $40 and include 3 hours of unlimited tastings of 50+ Beer, unlimited full pours of Bud Light & Shock Top, and live music, lawn games, & food trucks.  Sign up here for the afternoon or evening session to celebrate beer and summer in the nation’s capital.

Sunday, July 27th

For the history buff: Still have some patriotic fever left over from the 4th? Join Dwane Starlin, a member of The Guild of Professional Guides of Washington, D.C., for a tour de force of Georgetown during the “Second Revolutionary War”! Starting at 10:00 am, visit & view that areas of Georgetown that were part of the conflict, which finally established the United States as a country and not a just a former British Colony. The tour ends at the Francis Scott Key Park. The ticket price ($15) includes a tour of the Dumbarton House. Get them here.

 For the crab gorgers: Old Town’s Jackson 20 is set to host its annual Bounty of the Bay crab fest series this Sunday from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm. The fest will include a full scale crab boil complete with Maryland blue crabs, peel and eat shrimp, oysters rockefeller, summer corn, and boiled red potatoes from Chef Brian McPherson. The summer series will be hosted in the restaurant’s spacious courtyard, dress casual and prepare to get messy! Tickets ($48) and include all food, tax and gratuity (excludes alcohol). For reservations, call (703) 842-2790.

Confessions of a First Time Homebuyer: Sarah


Check out what one of our most recent first time homebuyers, Sarah, had to say about her experience with DC Home Buzz. Thanks for your contribution, Sarah, and congratulations on your new home!


What was the moment you decided to find a new place?

I have lived in DC since 2012, and the thought of owning a home in the city never crossed my mind. After all, DC has numerous million-dollar homes that make homeownership for a single girl in her late 20s seem very unattainable! One of my coworkers, who is a friend  of Connie’s at DC Home Buzz, happened to mention the DC Opens Doors program. As she told me about it, it seemed almost unreal – you can purchase a home in the city for no money down; you just have to live in it for five years and meet certain other criteria. Once I explained the program to my parents and got their opinion (if they think it’s a good idea, it must be!), I looked up a program-approved lender, met with Connie, and got things going!

Why did you choose to live in the neighborhood you chose?

After renting a Georgetown basement for a year and spending another year in Mount Pleasant, I decided that the Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights area is more my speed. I lived in Ecuador for two years while in the Peace Corps, and the neighborhood feels very similar. In fact, Columbia Heights has the highest concentration of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in DC! It also doesn’t hurt that Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Giant and many other stores are all right there.

What were some of the complications you encountered during your home search?

I think my story is unique in that there really weren’t many complications. I had a tight budget, and the first two places I saw dampened my spirits a little, but I was positive Connie was saving the best for last – the third (and final) place I saw ended up being the one! The main thing that was stressful for me was paying closing costs (I initially hadn’t planned on it, but that’s how it worked out).

How did the DC Home Buzz team help you to overcome those complications?

Both Connie at DC Home Buzz and my lender worked with me to schedule my closing date to ensure that I felt comfortable with the timing and costs of closing.

Did you purchase a fixer upper? Do you plan to do any renovations?

I was really lucky  – my condo had just been renovated with new appliances, brand new hard wood floors, and a nice color of paint on the walls. I probably  won’t have to do anything to it unless I want to have the walls painted a different color!

Anything you wish you knew before you started the process?

I wish I knew how much information the lender was going to request from me – there is extra paperwork for the DC Opens Doors program. Make sure you have access to prior year tax returns and any other financial information.

Any tips or tricks for homebuyers looking to buy soon?

I’m sure your realtor will tell you this, but keep an open mind! Even if the pictures look undesirable or the square footage is lower than what you want, go see it. It can’t hurt, and you just might be pleasantly surprised!

Love Your Home & Your Planet: 10 Ways To Go Green

world map no. 6 Jessica IllustrationWe love all things eco-friendly here at DC Home Buzz. With the new go green movement, its easier than ever to find eco friendly products and ideas. Sure, you can turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, and turn off lights when you leave a room (which is great if you’re already in a habit of doing these things), but there are other little things you could do as well. Here are a few of our favorite, hassle-free ways to make your home and your daily routine more green.

1. Switch up your household cleaners

We all tend to be creatures of habit when it comes to the household cleaners we buy. You might also think that more natural products won’t leave your counters as clean as the common strong-smelling household cleaner. Of course, many of these typical household cleaners have some pretty harmful chemicals, which is why the strong smell of ammonia lingers after you wipe down your windows or countertops. The truth is, the right brand of the more natural products can clean your counters just as well as any other cleaner. Sun and Earth was rated #1 green cleaner by Good Housekeeping, and you can buy it here. We also personally recommend Green Works by Clorox, which can easily be found at many major stores.

2. Recycle dead batteries

Realistically, you shouldn’t put anything in the garbage that you wouldn’t want in the food you eat, the water you drink, or the air you breathe. Heavy metals and corrosive acids found in batteries are definitely objects you wouldn’t want in any of those things. Instead of stashing dead batteries in the bottom of your garbage, you can drop them (and any other harmful products you aren’t sure how to dispose) off at Whole Foods.

3.  Skip the plastic and go fabric

Plastic store bags take years to decompose when they are disposed of properly. When they aren’t, they can pollute waterways, clog up sewers, and harm the habitats of poor little dolphins and other ocean creatures.  Many stores now even charge people for these, costing you more money. Not to mention, they are also notorious for breaking. Its never fun when a box of Froot Loops tears a hole at the bottom of your bag and your recently bought groceries scatter all over the street or tumble down your apartment stairs. So simply put, plastic bags are just all around bad for everyone. Fabric shopping bags are the way to go. Many major stores already sell these at a very low cost. ChicoBag offers a variety of reusable bags as well. If you are the person who always forgets the bags at home, you can buy compact bags like these ones to tuck away in your purse.

4. Turn on those energy efficient lightbulbs

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. So they last longer and cost you less money, and are better for the environment. Its a win-win situation.

5. Make your own oxygen

In science 101 we all learned (but probably forgot) that plants absorb toxic gases like Co2 and give off good, essential gasses like oxygen. So why not supply your space with some great smells and clean air?! Decorate your home with some real plants. You don’t need a green thumb to maintain a nice Fiddleleaf Fig and these other low-maintenance plants. And of course build your own garden. Big yard, small yard, or no yard, anyone can have their own personal garden. Click here for some small space gardening ideas.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 5


blog logo SMALL

The Fourth of July weekend is finally here! Celebrate our nation’s birthday during these events.

Friday, July 4th:

For early starters: Start the party early at Tow Tavern’s annual Red, White & Booze Independence Day Party. They are opening at noon with drink and food specials lasting all day.

For BeerBQ lovers: Witness a BeerBQ Brewery battle at City Tap House starting at 12:00 pm.  For just $10 you can enjoy BBQ favorites prepared by representatives from 3 Stars Brewing Company and Evolution Craft Brewing Company along with City Tap House’s house-made sides including potato salad, coleslaw and watermelon. Guests are encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite BBQ, and a winner will be named at 5 PM. Additionally, there will be a corn hole tournament in on their patio all afternoon. Check out more info here.

For the all nighters: Party to the break of dawn this Friday at any of these bars. They all have permission to remain open until 4:00 am to celebrate the 4th.

… and of course it isn’t the 4th of July without the fireworks! Watch the show in style at the Washington Hilton’s Fireworks Viewing Party. Enjoy food, drinks, face painting, a DJ and more. Tickets are $29 for adults and $14.75 for children.

Saturday, July 5th:

Try out DC MEET Market for a Summer Cookout Party from 11am – 5pm in Logan Circle. They will be featuring Korean-style BBQ from Kingston Seoul, gelato from Dolcezza, and handcrafted root beer from Thunder Beast. They’ll also have live music and 40 plus vendors selling their unique goods. Click here for more info.

Sunday, July 6th:

Every Sunday, Firefly restaurant will offer ½ priced bottles for featured regional wines hand selected by Firefly’s Bar Manager Jon Harris. The summer celebration of wine will take guests on a “tour across the country” of various wines. This coming Sunday, Firefly will celebrate the American holiday weekend with traditional grapes grown in Virginia such as Cabernet Franc from vineyards like Jefferson Vineyards—no better way to celebrate America with wines made to honor the father of VA wines! Check out more about the Summer Wine Road Trip here.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 4

blog logo SMALL

Get your July 4th weekend preparation done ahead of time so you can go out and enjoy any of these great events coming up this weekend:

Friday, June 27th:

For the gardening geeks: Dust off your green thumbs and check out a free gardening demonstration in Farragut Square park. Celebrity gardener Ahmed Hassan will be there to rescue DC plants, trees and front yards from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Ahmed will  give advice about how to keep the outdoors golden without over- or under-watering. He will provide advice about the best plants for our region as well as the ideal time to water. Check out more info here.

For the jazz cat: The annual DC Jazz Festival has been going on all week. If you still want to get in on the action, check out Ginger Baker’s performance of the works of jazz greats, like Thelonius Monk and Sonny Rollins, and his originals at The Howard Theatre. Event begins at 8:00 pm and tickets range from $42.50 to $80.

Saturday, June 28th:

For the glam-gal: Glamour magazine is launching #GlamourDateNight, a nationwide campaign aimed at inspiring all women, whether they are single or in a relationship, to bring back the date this Saturday. Kicking off with the July issue and at Glamour.com/date-night, #GlamourDateNight is a multi-faceted campaign consisting of exclusive deals with national and local DC restaurants, beauty bars, a fashion website, and dating services, plus original in-book, online, and social media content geared toward all things dating, from fashion and beauty to etiquette. In the DC area, exclusive deals are available at all three area locations of ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, so enjoy a nice Saturday date night there.

For the 90s kids: Reminisce on teenage memories as you ‘get jiggy with it’ at the No Scrubs: 90s Dance Party. This years party takes place at the 9:30 Club on U Street Corridor. Tickets cost $15.

Sunday, June 29th:

For the cultural bunch: Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival is here again. The annual festival features exhibits, crafts, performances, and food from select cultures. China and Kenya are this year’s chosen countries, so prepare to learn the ancient art of paper cutting, dance to live drum concerts, listen to operatic performers from China, and meet Kenyan Olympians. This free event takes place at the National Mall from 11:00am-5:30pm.

For the yoga guru: Get some peace of mind at East Meets West Yoga Center in Tysons Corner with a yoga workshop from 1:00pm-3:00pm. This workshop teaches you to balance your chakras with yoga, breath work, and savasana followed by meditation. This is all free with a $15 suggested donation.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 3

blog logo SMALL

We are all pretty happy that the weekend forecast is slightly cooler than this week has been, and with Saturday being the longest day of the year, you’ll have extra time to enjoy it. There are plenty of great events going on this weekend, which makes us even happier. Here’s a few things we suggest you do in DC this weekend:

Friday, June 20th:

For the musically inclined: Jazz in the Garden is a free concert series featuring an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles including salsa, blusion, xylophone, and Afrofunk, from 5pm to 8:30pm at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Great music and beautiful scenery, what more could you need?

For the party people: Check out Republic Kitchen & Bar’s grand opening in Arlington at 9pm. Drink specials include $2.50 Miller Lights, $3 glasses of champagne, and an appetizing assortment of foods made with all fresh, local ingredients.

For you fit eaters: Test your athletic and eating abilities at this years Fit Foodie 5K Race this Friday. For $55, you can join celebrity chefs, fitness bootcamps, yoga instructors and more! Win or lose, you leave full! More information here.

Saturday, June 21st:

For the wine/food junkie: Try out Alexandria’s Annual Food and Wine Festival. Festivities go on from 12pm-5pm the Old Town Alexandria’s Carlyle District. Enjoy delectable bites and delicious wines along with live entertainment, children’s corner, and local vendors. Attendees will be able to sample food and wine from a variety of local restaurants and Virginia’s wineries with a purchase of a ticket.

For the bar-crawler: Barred in DC is hosting yet another free bar crawl from 2:30pm-8pm. They will be traveling on the 70 Metrobus (Georgia Ave.-7th St. Line). The bar tour starts off in Penn Quarter/Chinatown, go up to Shaw, make a quick stop in Columbia Heights, and conclude in Petworth/Park View. You’ll be able to catch bits of the two world cup games at each stop and enjoy drink specials in their honor. (Germany-Ghana at 3p, Nigeria-Bosnia at 6p). Check out the details here.

For the international cinema and music lover: The French Embassy will be opening its doors to host “Fete De La Musique”, a free event starting at 7pm dedicated to music and film. Live performances by David Lewin and Magnetix with an outdoor Ciné-Concert, Sherlock Jr. will create a fabulous musical atmosphere. The film will only be shown exclusively at LA Film Fest and Washington, DC, so click here for reservation and event details.  

For the free concert goer: Union Kitchen and DCist.com are hosting a live concert at the Lot at Atlantic Plumbing (945 Florida Avenue NW). With a happy hour from 5pm-7pm sponsored by Metro Mutts, how could you go wrong? The concert itself will start at 7pm and feature rapper Ras Nebyu, electro-pop duo Circle Pleasures and ACME. The concert will end at 10pm so be sure to find out more here. 

Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, 22nd:

For the pig in all of us: The 22nd Annual Safeway BBQ Battle will be huge and smothered in your favorite sauces! This may just be what heaven looks like for any die hard BBQ fan, with the Safeway National BBQ Championship and a whole boulevard of free samples and world class BBQ. Located on Historic Pennsylvania Av. between 9th and 14th st., from Saturday, 11am-9pm and Sunday, 11am-7:30pm you can experience all the finger licking goodness and support your BBQ addiction. Click here for more details and ticket prices. 

For the documentary fiend:  Do you prefer real people in real movies? The then the documentary film lifestyle is for you! The AFI Film festival offers over 50 documentaries that are sure to shake up your normal viewing habits. The films rage from a documentary about Big Bird’s actor, illegal immigrants, government spies to an Obama impersonator. You get the idea. Check out the schedule here.

Sunday, June 22nd:

For all of our fellow countrymen: USA, USA, USA! Cheer on your country at the World Cup as the US plays Portugal at 6pm. If you didn’t catch the exciting victory against Ghana, you’ll definitely not want to miss out this time. The Capital Lounge is serving free shots of Jack Daniels every time the US scores

Open House This Sunday: 509 Seward Square SE


Click here to view the photo tour!

Please join us on Sunday, June 15th 2pm-4pm, for our open house at 509 Seward Square SE, in the heart of Capitol Hill!

Situated in the heart of Capitol Hill, this four bedroom and three and a half bathroom home truly has it all. Open living space, perfect for entertaining with a fireplace and full dining area. The kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. Enjoy the deck and impressive backyard, perfect for summer parties. Head upstairs to find the master suite with private bathroom and deck, along with two other bedrooms and a bathroom. The property also includes a one bedroom rental unit, complete with a washer and dryer, dual, separate entries and a secure, locked bike storage. Offered at $1,239,000.

When: Sunday, June 15th 2pm-4pm

Where: 509 Seward Square SE

Property Details: www.dchomebuzz.com/listings/509sewardsquarese-2/

For more information please contact the agent, Rob Williams, at rob@dchomebuzz.com.


Freecycle Fete Wrap-Up


Last Sunday, we hosted the second annual Freecycle Fete. The weather was perfect for this free community event. There was great music, a talented caricature artist, and tons of free goodies to win. Congratulations to our lucky winners of the raffle ticket drawing.

Special thanks to The Coupe for sponsoring the gift cards for this fantastic event!


About DC Home Buzz: 

DC Home Buzz is a boutique real estate brokerage firm located in the heart of the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. With over 25 years of combined experience working in the DC, MD and VA real estate markets, the small but mighty DC Home Buzz team prides itself on being a community resource, educating prospective sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants.

Learn about how we’re saving homeowners thousands when they sell, with Full Service, Flat Fee

Learn how you can purchase a home for $0 down 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Log in

Login with Facebook
Login with Facebook
Email Address
Don ' t Have An Account With Us?
We can fix that! Step right this way to sign up.

First name
Last name
Email Address
Confirm Password

Already Signed Up?

If you already have an account with us,click here to log in.

Email alerts with updates to your saved searches and listings will be sent to this address.Please ensure it is correct.

Thank You For Registering