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A music festival at Union Market? We're in.

Only two days left to get your Fall Classic tickets before prices increase. Get ready for sets from CHVRCHES, LANY, Betty Who, COIN and more!


Docked bikes still rule

Capital Bikeshare (aka CaBi, aka the OG US bikeshare) has been in DC for nine years. Urban Turf pulled some cool stats on the program—those bikes have been taken for 25 million rides!


Doggo, car not included

It’s surprisingly easy to take your pet around DC without a car. Aside from walking (obviously), Metro allows animals on all trains and buses as long as they’re in a carrier (cute corgi alert), and Zipcar has the same rule. Taxis and rideshare cars are a hit or miss. Or you can carry them in a bag.


Diversity on the menu at food events

Festivals and fancy foodie events are getting more inclusive in the District. As more womxn, people of color and first-generation chefs are coming into their power in the scene, they're lifting others up with them, organizing grassroots groups and getting more recognition. As Chef Marcelle Afram put it: “People are interested in our stories.”


FrugalMaps: Landmarks

The mental maps we cultivate of our surroundings can rely on references to neighborhood or city landmarks: everything from a quirky mailbox or the Washington Monument can orient us. But with a growing reliance on Google Maps and other smartphone tools to find our way, are our mental maps are becoming less cohesive and fragmented? Fun activity: try navigating around today without your phone.


Exelon offers capital to climate startups

Exelon, the Fortune 100 energy company (and Pepco owner), is going to invest a total of $20 million in capital over the next decade in startups working to address climate change. Know a company doing good, scalable work? Make sure they apply by October 25.

  • Oh hey, did you know 30% of Pepco's energy mix for DC is still coal? Y'know, the shit that'll kill us? About 30% each also come from natural gas and nuclear, which come with their own issues, and only 6% comes from renewables (as of 2018 per Pepco).

  • Switching to an alternative supplier isn't that hard. If this writer can do it (wind power through Arcadia; Clean Choice is another), so can you. 

Immigrants detained by ICE can now access grant funding to cover legal assistance

Suck it, ICE. 

Also || the Brian Dozier celebration dancing video you’ve been looking for, DC bars are prepping for impeachment, Beach Drive reopens in Rock Creek Park on Friday!, station closures this weekend, using shame to get NIMBYs to accept more housing

Dress up like Forrest Gump if you’re a fan of obvious jokes

Fall is the worst season for everything except running outside. Luckily, there are a bunch of races happening throughout October to give you ample time to enjoy the weather and get sweaty in your Halloween costume.


Drink like a German

Even if you don’t understand why Oktoberfest happens in September, you can still celebrate with giant pretzels and even gianter (?) beers at a variety of bars and beer gardens. Prost!


Laugh for good

Put your money where your laugh is. All proceeds of this show go towards Habitat for Humanity’s hurricane relief efforts. This month’s headliner is Ryan Donahue, and will feature a live recording of Do Good Feel Good. (7:30pm)


Art for and about climate change, in an old garade

PAKKE puts on an art show at the Cheshire, a new arts space in Adams Morgan, with art by Rose Jaffe, live beats, and an educational/musical performance by an ocean scientist. (7pm)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • FKA Blind Whino, Culture House is celebrating six years. Art exhibit, artist talks, live music, food and drink. And many ~artsy~ people. (7:30pm)

  • Kick off a few days of improv at the Source with teams from DC and beyond. (7:30pm and more)

  • See some standup at Seasons and Sessions. Only $2 for you, our 730DC subscribers! (8pm)

Also || Mike Pence’s biography author talk |  brookland manor resident protest | tunes: Day 4 of Room for More Festival | youth & congress: a call for climate action | AG Racine on environmental issues | future of mobility conference | standup comedy | Oh Land | beers and financial literacy | tunes: robert glasper | Pepco decarbonization forum| art and climate action night


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