Events in the DC Area

New Events

DC Food Recovery Week – October 13-20, DC Food Recovery Working Group.
Looking to up your sustainable cooking game, learn more about composting or otherwise help fight food waste in the DC region? Check out DC Food Recovery Week! From Oct. 13 to 20, cooking classes, compost trainings, networking events and restaurant tours can help you make a difference on this important issue (and almost all events are free)! The full schedule is available here. For those in Montgomery County, our partner Manna Food Center is hosting a parallel week of events, with the full schedule available here.


2018 EcoExtravaganza, Friday, October 19, 2018, EcoArlington.

Event Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

VIP Event: 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Please join us for a festive evening in honor of the 40th anniversary of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, from its grassroots beginnings to its EcoAction Arlington future. Join Arlington’s environmental leaders and your fellow community members in celebrating this milestone, featuring:

  • Mingling with Arlington’s environmental leaders and your fellow community members.
  • Welcoming remarks by Andy Shallal, founder and CEO of Busboys and Poets.
  • A beautiful venue at the Arlington Arts Center, a contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work by regional artists in the Mid-Atlantic states since 1974.
  • Our region’s best sustainable cuisine, wine, and craft brews.

As a special experience for our VIP guests, EcoCaters and Falls Church Distillers will be presenting a paired appetizer and signature cocktail. (6:30 to 7:00 p.m.)

Visit our tickets page.  Special offer: everyone who refers someone who buys a ticket to our event will be eligible for a prize drawing. Prizes include gift cards to Liberty Tavern and Quinn’s on the Corner The drawing will take place on October 22.

Adopt-A-Stream Clean-Up, Sunday, October 21st, 10 am – 12 pm, Watts Branch. Sierra Club DC.
The Clean Water Committee will be having its first ever Adopt-a-Stream clean up on Sunday, October 21st from 10am-12pm near Watts Branch! If you are interested in participating, please reply to this email by Thursday, October 18th and I will loop you in with any further details. The clean up will involve walking along a 500ft span of Watts Branch while collecting and logging data about litter you find. This is a great hands-on way to get involved with Sierra Club and Adopt-a-Stream!
By adopting a stream, we are committing to taking care of a local stream and organizing at least 2 annual trash clean ups. So if you cannot make this clean up, don’t worry! There will be another one in the spring.
Please reach out to Bridget Zakrzewski if you have any questions! (


Third annual Solar Focus Job Fair on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 9am to 1pm at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.Co-hosted by GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), the Solar Focus Job Fair will provide employers and potential employees the opportunity to meet and interview for a wide-range of openings in the rapidly growing solar industry. This job fair is part of MDV-SEIA’s Annual Solar Focus Conference and will also give employers and employees the chance to connect and network with other professionals in the solar industry.


Congressional Education Day, Hosted by Citizens Climate Lobby.  Nov 12:  8 am to Nov 13 at 11 PM.  Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, DC. Tickets:  Free – $79. Ordinary people from all over the country are coming to Washington, D.C. to let Congress Know that climate is a top priority.  First, we’ll prepare by building skills and practicing.  Then we will spend the day lobbying on Capitol Hill.

Continuing Events

Climate First holds protests monthly against Wells Fargo. 
On Friday, September 14th, and ending on Saturday, September 22nd, —for the 18th month in a row!—there’ll be Days of Actions against Wells Fargo bank for its funding of the Keystone XL pipeline and other fossil fuel projects. Join us for peaceful direct actions at Wells Fargo branches in 1) NW Washington, DC; 2) NE Washington, DC; and 3) a (possibly) soon-to-be determined location in Virginia. For details and to RSVP, click here.
DC’s First Food Runner Program, “Community Plates”!!!

One of the biggest barriers to donating food is transportation. Community Plates, a national food rescue platform, is a FREE food runner app that coordinates volunteers to help transport food that would normally be thrown away (40% of all food ends of in the dump!) from a donor (restaurant, grocery, caterer, farmers market, event, etc.) to a place that feeds people in need. Community Plates has an app in DC, so you can do it in your spare time!

During this soft launch period, Community Plates is looking for volunteers, food donors, receiving organizations, and anyone who wants to lend a helping hand. Please email Kate Urbank, the DC Site Director, at with any ideas or questions and sign up at to volunteer or receive more information.

Community Compost Cooperative Network. The DC Department of Parks and Recreation Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high quality compost. To join each member must take an hour training and help process compost 1-hour a month. For more information and a map of the 50 DC sites follow this link.

Websites with event calendars

DC Parks and Recreation Urban Gardening Classes

Casey Trees

Common Good City Farm workshops

Smithsonian Gardens presents “Let’s Talk Gardens

US Botanic Gardens –


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