Recently moved to the DMV, desire ideas of things to do and see, and places to eat. Apparently the only ideas I can come up with on my own are things to do with books. Thank you!
  1. Folger Shakespeare Library
    Been here. Seen a play so far.
  2. Library of Congress
    Do not think it will ever get old to go here.
  3. Politics & Prose
    Lovely independent bookstore. Been here for one signing so far.
  4. Rollergirls Roller Derby
    They have events once every month or so.
    Suggested by @olive
  5. Latela
    They're good for Yoga and art.
    Suggested by @olive
  6. The Writer's Center:
    Suggested by @theranman
  7. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop:
    Suggested by @theranman
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  9. Maketto
    Restaurant with great food, cafe on another floor, AND a shop! Mostly for DC Hipsters, which are a completely different type of hipster than anywhere else you've ever seen. Trust me. Most of them are black.
    Suggested by @olive
  10. Honestly, just let me take you around everywhere between Maryland, DC and Virginia.
    I'm always happy to have new friends on adventures.
    Suggested by @olive
  11. The Newseum
    I'm not big into museums, but even I like this one.
    Suggested by @bookishclaire
  12. Jazz in the garden
    It's not summer yet, but...every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day (ish) there's a free jazz concert in the sculpture garden on the Mall. Bring a blanket, food, and friends, and you're set (they serve sangria at the outdoor bar they setup, too).
    Suggested by @LizDawson
  13. Renwick Gallery
    There are only about 3-5 large room-sized pieces in the gallery, so I wouldn't make a day trip out of going there, but I definitely would bring a book and read in the little rainbow room for hours, if you ever get bored
    Suggested by @olive
  14. Coffee at Peregrine
    @LizDawson and I are often there on a Sunday afternoon if you want to join us
    Suggested by @bookishclaire
  15. 7th Hill Pizza
    Ditto re Liz and me and Sundays - delicious pizza, including a yummy Nutella calzone that is best shared, as it's huge... 😉
    Suggested by @bookishclaire
  16. Lots of great classes - some are one offs and some are longer courses
    Suggested by @bookishclaire
  17. U street bar crawling
    If you're into a party-ish scene at night, you can definitely go to U street and find some nice people to have drinks with. There's also a pizza restaurant, with cheap slices that are the size of your torso, a subway if you're THAT drunk, and many other great drunk food spots right on the strip.
    Suggested by @olive
  18. Visit The Renwick Gallery
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    Recently reopened after a major renovation, it's home to the Smithsonian's contemporary craft and decorative art. Super cool.
    Suggested by @LizDawson
  19. Plays! Ballets!
    So happy to see you've already been to Folger! Now add The Kennedy Center, Sahkespeare Theatre Company, and Ford's Theatre to your list.
    Suggested by @LizDawson
  20. Events at the White Room
    You'd really need to keep your ear on the ground for stuff that you'd like. But my friends and I have hosted art collective events, shows, etc in here. It's a really nice space, with great lighting and wonderful people. The girl who co-owns the space, Paris, is one of the coolest young creatives I've ever met.
    Suggested by @olive
  21. Live music
    Check out what's coming up at 930 Club, The Hamilton, The Black Cat, and other good venues.
    Suggested by @LizDawson
  22. Kramer Books
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    Yay independent bookstores! They have all different kinds of books and a restaurant and reading of stuff frequently. A dope kids section.
    Suggested by @lizabeth
  23. The fridge
    Once again, you'll need to keep your ear to the ground here. They display pieces while separate event run, so if you ever want to purchase something, you gotta know who runs what. I've also hosted shows here. Nice place.
    Suggested by @olive
  24. Georgetown
    Just walk around and window shop in nice weather!
    Suggested by @lizabeth
  25. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
    Sooo fun, tons of cool stuff.
    Suggested by @olive
  26. Adam's Morgan for beers and a jumbo slice
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    Suggested by @lizabeth
  27. National Museum of American History
    Also a good museum. Free, just like the smithsonian.
    Suggested by @olive
  28. Movies at the AFI in Silver Spring!
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    You can always find an indie, classic, or festival in the near future you will wanna go to.
    Suggested by @lizabeth
  29. Ted's Bulletin has delicious brunch, and homemade pop tarts 😍
    Suggested by @LauraM
  30. 3 Stars Brewery
    Free tours on Saturday at 2&3, growler and tasting in the afternoon from Tuesday-Sunday.
    Suggested by @olive
  31. Union Market
    Get a basil lasse and the Indian place and a coffee at Peregrine
    Suggested by @dltompkins1
  32. Go to November Project DC
    Such a great way to meet people! MWF at 6:30am. Monday's at the top of Meridian Hill Park, Wednesday's at the Lincoln Memorial, and Friday's change every week. #weatherproof and #freefitness. The best people!
    Suggested by @chrisfon
  33. Maketto
    Eat here!
    Suggested by @dltompkins1
  34. I just left after 14 years in DC. I have 3 favorite dishes I crave regularly: refried beans from Oyamel in Penn Quarter, Kung Pao Brussels sprouts from Commissary at 14/P NW (ask them to go easy on the sauce), and vanilla frozen custard with Oreos and whipped cream from The Dairy Godmother in Del Ray, Va.
    Oh and an honorable mention: mala cold noodle from Great Wall Szechuan House at 14/Q NW.
    Suggested by @theranman
  35. Woolly Mammoth Theater! Always innovative funny plays
    Suggested by @ameliaville
  36. The Mansion on O Street
    I had never even heard of this place until this past weekend. It's so cool and they even do champagne and brunch there as well!
    Suggested by @parktm
  37. Any Jose Andres restaurant!
    Zaytinya (Mediterranean), Jaleo (Tapas), Oyamel (Mexican)... My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
    Suggested by @christiesails
  38. Take a class with Chad at Crunch Fitness — His classes are fun, engaging, and challenging. My personal favorite was TRX. I always left feeling more confident in my ability to kick ass at life as well as comfortable in my own skin. He is truly capable of turning anybody into an exercise evangelist!
    Suggested by @ellehunts
  39. 14th street and coffee shops
    On 14th, there are a lot of good food options and its near U street. Some awesome coffee shops you should check out are Compass Coffee, The Wydown, The Coffee Bar, and Tryst!
    Suggested by @emily_yang
  40. Inner Harbor
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    You MUST go to the aquarium here. It's the best! Also, Philip's is a fantastic seafood restaurant.
    Suggested by @crossedties