The Downtown Holiday Market, the neighborhood’s annual seasonal market, is in full swing through December 23 on the north side of F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets. Operating hours are 12 Noon to 8 pm each day and the market includes music performances, crafty vendors, and a few booths where patrons can grab a snack/drink; the full schedule is posted online. We’ve taken two passes through the market and scoped out our holiday buys as we usually pick up a few gifts for friends and family at the DHM. Enjoy!
We don’t want to spoil the goods by showing pictures of the exhibit itself but if you are a fan of Gene Davis and the Washington Color School, then the Davis exhibit currently running on the top floor of the American Art Museum (8th and G St NW) is certainly worth a visit. Even if you aren’t a fan, it’s worth seeing. Some of Davis’ works on display are mammoth in size and perhaps it’s that size that makes Davis’ point the best.
For those of you who were in the neighborhood at the time in 2007, we also remind you of the spring day that 8th Street between D and E Streets NW was striped becoming a life size homage to Davis. This photo is a gem as are these.
The exhibit runs through April 2, 2017.
We want to wish our readers a Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow!
If you haven’t fully planned out where you’re eating on Thanksgiving, the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association reminded us that there are 4 member restaurants open and serving Thanksgiving dinner in the neighborhood including:
- Bibiana (1100 New York Avenue, NW (12th/H St NW)) – 12 Noon to 8:45 pm
- NoPa Kitchen and Bar (800 F St NW) – 11 am to 9 pm
- 701 Restaurant (701 Pennsylvania Ave NW) – 11 am to 8:30 pm
- Carmine’s (425 7th St NW) – 11:30 am to 10 pm
Winter must surely be approaching because our favorite ice skating rink, the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden ice rink, is now open for skating through March 12, 2017. We checked out the ice last night towards closing time for our initial skate of the season and it’s in good shape. Also nice was the sparseness of skaters but that won’t last long. Once Thanksgiving arrives and the holidays are on people’s minds, the rink becomes very popular. (The next nearest rink is the Canal Park Skating Rink which is also now open.)
Enter the facility from the corner of 9th St and Constitution Ave NW during the evening or 7th St and Constitution Ave NW during the day. Skate rentals and season passes are also available. The nearby Pavilion Café serves snacks, drinks, and most importantly hot chocolate allowing skaters to stay warm.
Ice Rink Hours
Monday to Thursday – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday – 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday – 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday – 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
*The ice rink will close at 5:00 on November 24, and at 9:00 on December 24 and 31.
The ice rink is closed December 25 and January 1.
Please note the ice rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F. For the current status, please call (202) 216-9397.