Entertainment and Sports Arena: August 2019 Newsletter

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Hammer’s House Party Tour Coming to DC!

We are excited to share an amazing deal of “buy one, get one free” if you use the offer code MCBOGO at seat selection.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s HAMMER TIME! We are excited to announce that we are bringing the Hammer’s House Party tour to the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Embarking on his first major tour since 1991, MC Hammer is bringing together some of the most recognizable Hip-Hop and R&B acts from the ’80s and ’90s to one stage — Sir Mix-A-Lot, Kid’N Play, DJ Kool, Tone Loc, and Young MC. Grab your hammer pants and get ready to bust a move! #HammersHouseParty


Date: Friday, August 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Entertainment and Sports Arena (1100 Oak Drive SE, Washington, DC 20032)
Offer Code: MCBOGO (*Use MCBOGO to unlock the deal.)


Gospel Fest was a Night to Remember

Award-Winning Gospel Performers Light Up the Arena

On Saturday, August 10, the Entertainment and Sports Arena hosted Gospel Fest 2019, a spirited concert evening featuring a number of award-winning gospel performers from around the country. Attendees from across the region made their way to Congress Heights to see talented artists including Hezekiah Walker, Tye Tribbett, Jekalyn Carr, and Jarmone Davis. The locally-based Davis warmed-up the crowd before the evening’s first headliner, 25-year-old Grammy-nominated Jekalyn Carr. Carr’s energy, heartfelt messages, and wide-ranging vocals easily brought the crowd to their feet. Two-time Grammy winner Tye Tribbett’s electrifying set blurred the lines between gospel, R&B, and hip-hop. Finally, the powerful voice of headliner Bishop Hezekiah Walker filled the Entertainment and Sports Arena to the rafters, with a large backup vocal section creating a visually exciting and positive vibe that left guests smiling ear to ear.

DC State Fair Comes to Congress Heights

Come Celebrate All Things Homegrown at the DC State Fair!

The 10th annual DC State Fair is coming to our venue, Gateway DC Pavilion, on Sunday, September 8! The free event showcases the region’s agricultural and artistic talents with contests, educational sessions, and entertainment including the famous Pet Parade!


Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: Gateway DC Pavilion (2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20032)

Summer Movie Series Comes to a Close

Thank you to RCN and EnRICHed for your Partnership!

Last week we concluded the Summer Movie Series presented by RCN with a showing of Spider-Man: Homecoming, an energizing performance from local dance group R’Mar, and a special back to school event in partnership with Ward 8 non-profit, EnRICHed.

Through our partnership, we were able to provide over 200 Ward 8 students with backpacks, school supplies, and fresh haircuts and styling. One lucky student was the raffle winner of a brand new laptop to help kick-off the school season right!

The remaining school supplies will be donated to the Woodland Tigers program. On behalf of Events DC, we send our deepest condolences to the program after being affected by gun violence in recent weeks with the loss of a player and coach.

Introducing, Young Doctors DC

Not All Super Heroes Wear Capes

This summer, Events DC’s Summer Movie Series screened fan-favorite Marvel hits, featuring mighty Marvel superheroes, as well as other extraordinary individuals that can be found right here at home in the nation’s capital.

Young Doctors DC is a non-profit organization that mentors, educates, and provides a pipeline to health careers for male high school students in Southeast, Washington, DC. Through their intensive summer programs and Saturday academies on the Howard University campus, each YDDC student is trained in preventive medicine, mental health, and wellness in underserved communities. During the Summer Movie Series events, the YDDC students, accompanied by their physician mentors, were on-site performing free health screenings and providing health and wellness counseling to the attendees of the event.

“Our mission is to support these young men from Southeast, DC by exposing them to medicine, technology, professional development, and education. Through the summer sessions and Saturday academies, these students shadow surgeons and medical students, receiving tutoring and mentorship to prepare them for career opportunities in the field of medicine,” explained Dr. Larry Brown, second-year mentor of the program. The YDDC students were well received by the attendees of the events, commending their extensive knowledge and professionalism. The YDDC students and their physician mentors continue their work in conducting free mobile health clinics at parks, neighborhood recreation centers, churches, and community events in the Southeast, DC area.

Convention Center Streetscape Update

The Best is Yet to Come

Exciting changes are ahead for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Initially, presented to community stakeholders in May 2017, plans for exterior improvements to the Convention Center have been approved by nearly all the governing bodies (i.e., National Capital Planning Commission, Commission on Fine Arts and District Department of Transportation) and the project team is ready to move forward.

The concepts will reactivate the exterior perimeter of the 2.3 million-square-foot Convention Center and better connect the building to the surrounding Shaw neighborhood. Future enhancements to the Center’s exterior during phase one of the project include new retail kiosks, a rooftop terrace with balconies and exterior stairs, lighting, and alterations to the surrounding streetscape including signage, planting beds and seating.

Phase two will bring new wayfinding, public art and a facelift for the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metro entrance at 7th and M Streets, NW. The plans will activate and enrich the sidewalks outside of the Convention Center along 7th, 9th, M, L and N Streets, NW.

To learn the latest updates about the Convention Center exterior improvements and streetscape plans, RSVP and join us:

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place, NW; Meeting Room 156)

Tennis in the Nation’s Capital

Experiencing the highest attendance record in the tournament’s 51-year history, Citi Open attracted 78,643 people to Rock Creek Tennis Center in DC.

WASHINGTON, USA – August 3: Images of women’s doubles champions Cori Gauff and Catherine McNally of USA pose at the WTA logo on the net after the trophy ceremony at the Citi Open Tennis Tournament at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center on August 3, 2019 in Washington, USA (Photo by Peter Staples)

I became a DC-lover. When we come to play here, we see how much people enjoy watching us, how much people love tennis, and how they love this city. It’s been a great honor and something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.” Bruno Soares, Washington Kastles

Game. Set. Match. #TennisReimagined. What do these words have in common? They fully describe this summer in the nation’s capital where tennis became a center point to all the fun. We can agree that there’s nothing better in this world than great sports and great food, and DC tennis enthusiasts were able to experience both this summer. Thanks to Mark Ein, Washington, DC-based venture capitalist, entrepreneur and civic leader, DC has become the premier tennis destination, beginning with the new location of the Washington Kastles Stadium to the transformation of the fan experience at Citi Open.

Finishing their 2019 season strong, Washington Kastles fans enjoyed a newly-constructed, 700-seat rooftop tennis stadium at Union Market. The crowd went wild for the sunsets over the city skyline, the food options curated by sports venue service provider Levy, and for the special matches featuring Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and Citi Open Champion, Nick Kyrgios.

“It’s really special playing on top of this roof… playing here in front of the crowd, having a lively atmosphere. It’s been really fun,” said Kastles player Kaitlyn Christian.

A few days later, the Citi Open began at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, and exciting matches weren’t all that people were talking about. For the first-time ever, the Citi Open featured a brand-new Market Square with some of the best local food vendors and chefs serving up meals fit for Instagram foodies and bloggers alike. Chef Jose Andres and his ThinkFoodGroup team brought Pepe food truck, Beefsteak and Butterfly Taco y Tortas to Market Square. Also in tow were Washingtonian favorites like Shake Shack, Founding Spirits, Compass Coffee and Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee, among others. 

Serving as a perfect complement to the reimagined food and venue options, the competitive play had fans at the edge of their seats. Winning the Citi Open women’s double title, the first WTA championship for both players, Coco Gauff and Caty McNally made headlines. In singles, Jessica Pegula earned her first career WTA title and Nick Kyrgios walked away a champion as he earned his second title of 2019 and sixth career trophy. Following his victory, he stated, “This is the tournament I will definitely play the rest of my life.”