As the weather finally cools and autumn moves through Capitol Riverfront, the neighborhood is only beginning to heat up. From new fall tastings, to family events along the river, the final months of 2019 will certainly keep you busy. Here is a compilation of the top 10 things you should add to your seasonal bucket list before the city settles for winter once again.
1. NEW FALL FLAVORS AT ICE CREAM JUBILEE – The resident ice cream shop never fails to deliver when it comes to new fall flavors. Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookie is back and it is the perfect blend to all of the best elements of fall. Apples? Check. Warm autumn spices? Got it. Fresh cookies? Ice Cream Jubilee didn’t forget. When it comes to tasty dessert, you can count on Ice Cream Jubilee to bring all things fall to the table. 301 Water Street, SE
2. PUMPKINS IN THE PARK – Returning for the 6th time this year, Pumpkins in Park is an all ages event taking place in Canal Park across all its blocks. Save the date for October 26th and join your Capitol Riverfront neighbors for fun fall activities including a movie marathon and a kids’ moon bounce. 200 M Street, SE
3. FOR THE FOODIES & FESTIVAL GOERS – There certainly isn’t a lack of things to do for foodies around here. From the DC Mac & Cheese Fest to the annual Oyster Riot, your stomach will never be empty. Don’t forget about Oktoberfest and District Winery’s Fall Harvest Party, the neighborhood’s staple fall events. Check out our events calendar for dates and addresses.
4. ICE SKATING IN CANAL PARK - The Canal Park Ice Rink, also known as the Capitol Riverfront’s favorite winter activity, is once again making its reappearance this November. Instead of mourning the end of fall, celebrate the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year by having a family skate day or a skate date at the Canal Park Ice Rink. Keep an eye on the Capitol Riverfront events calendar for official opening dates and ice rink-related activities to put yourself in the winter mood. Happy skating! 200 M Street, SE
5. Beer & Wine Tastings & Tours – Looking for a night out? Stop into one of the local beer spots like Bluejacket, Gordon Biersch, or The Brig for a taste of their fall taps. Not a beer person? No worries, District Winery has a Fall Harvest with cold weather wines ready to fill your glass. Bluejacket, 300 Tingey Street, SE. Gordon Biersch, 100 M Street, SE. The Brig, 1007 Eighth Street, SE. District Winery, 385 Water Street, SE.
6. STROLL THROUGH THE FALL FOLIAGE – The Yards Park is awe-inspiring all year round, but it is arguably at its most beautiful in the fall. There is no better lazy Sunday morning activity than grabbing a warm pumpkin beverage from one of the neighborhood’s many coffee shops and taking a stroll to enjoy the golden leaves. Bring your friends and enjoy the crisp waterfront air, crunch of freshly fallen leaves, and spectacular views of the river in Yards Park. 355 Water Street, SE
7. Root for the Home Teams – Cheer on the Nationals during their final games of the season at Nats Stadium, or head over to Audi Field for a D.C. United Game. Now that the temperatures have turned, you can comfortably root for the home team in either setting. Nationals Park, 10 N Street, SE. Audi Field, 1711 First Street, SE
8. GET FIT ON THE ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK TRAIL – Even though our summer fitness series is ending, the season for staying active is just beginning. Whether you’re a walker, a runner, or a cycler, beat the cold weather blues by getting your blood pumping on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. With a riverfront view on one side and a gorgeous neighborhood on the other, the trail is the perfect way to stay fit during the cooler months. 355 Water Street, SE