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Back To School

DC Back-to-School Events

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DC Back-to-School Events

District agencies and community organizations are hosting back-to-school events throughout August and September, and Mayor Bowser is inviting students, families, and educators to join in on the fun!

To learn more about upcoming events specific to a student’s school community, families should be in touch with their child’s school.

DYRS Back to School Celebration
Join the Department of Human Services Youth Services Division for a DYRS Back to School Celebration that is free for all ages. The event will include free giveaways, food, free school supplies, live DJs, a game truck, ice cream, a bounce house, 360 camera, free haircuts, and games and prizes. For more information, contact Quyen Nguyen at [email protected]

  • When: August 16, 12 pm - 4 pm 
  • Where: The ARC (1901 Mississippi Avenue SE)  
  • Register to attend  

Public Safety Back to School Event 
Join the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice for the 6th annual back-to-school event featuring a book bag and school supplies giveaway, food, games, and more.

  • When: Thursday, August 17, 2 pm – 7 pm 
  • Where: Columbia Heights Educational Campus (3101 16th St NW)

New District of Columbia Teachers Meet & Greet
Join the Washington Teachers’ Union for a meet and greet to learn more about the benefits of being a teacher in the District and a WTU member. The event will allow the opportunity to network with peers and seasoned tears and enjoy light refreshments on the stunning rooftop terrace of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Memorial Library. There will also be Union swag giveaways, prizes, and more! 

  • When: August 17, 4 pm – 7 pm 
  • Where: MLK Jr. Memorial Library – Rooftop Terrace (901 G Street NW) 
  • Register to attend

9th Annual Chuck Brown Day 
Chuck Brown Day commemorates the life legacy and music of DC legend and the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. Every year, the celebration features musical performances by the Chuck Brown Band and others. The Chuck Brown Foundation will be giving out free backpacks for the kids. This year’s Chuck Brown Day will be bigger, better, and more cranking. 

  • When: Saturday, August 19, 2 pm – 7 pm  
  • Where: Fort DuPont Park (Minnesota Ave SE)  

DCPS Back to School Information Session  
Join Chancellor Ferebee and DC Public Schools leadership for a webinar to learn important updates on the coming school year. Topics include student health, safety, academics, early childhood, attendance, and more! 

Multilingual Learner Institute 
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education invites District educators to attend this annual event to learn and share best practices for supporting multilingual learners. Registration is required to attend. 

  • When: Thursday, August 17, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm 
  • Where: Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University (800 Florida Avenue NE) 
  • Register to attend 

Educator Meet & Greet at Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library 
The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is throwing an open house meet & greet for educators in Ward 1 to kick off the new school year. Stop by when you can, grab a free swag bag as a token of appreciation, and meet the librarians.

  • When: Wednesday, August 23, 4 pm – 6 pm  
  • Where: Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library (3160 16th Street NW) 
  • Learn more  

End of Summer Back to School Event 
Join the Department of Parks and Recreation for getting ready for another successful school year, with a giveaway of school supplies, amusements, refreshments, music, and more.

  • When: Thursday, August 24, 12 pm – 4 pm 
  • Where: Ridge Road Community Center (830 Ridge Road SE)  

Back 2 School Event with DYRS 
Meet with DYRS staff, community agencies, and local schools to enroll in the upcoming school year and build a support network. The event will include free backpacks, school supplies, hygiene items, school uniforms, haircuts, resources, food, and games. To learn more contact the program manager Janay Williams by email at [email protected] or by phone at (202) 330-2370.  

  • When: Friday, August 25, 12 pm – 5 pm  
  • Where: The Fields at RFK Campus – Pavilion A&B (401 Oklahoma Avenue NE)  

Annual Community Day Health and Wellness Fair 2023  
The DC Health Places of Worship Advisory Board, in partnership with Valley Avenue, is excited to present the 7th Annual Community Day Health and Wellness Fair. This Fair will provide community members with lots of free opportunities for food, friends, and fun, as well as free school supplies, vaccinations, and dental exams for children.

  • When: Saturday, August 26, 2 pm – 6 pm 
  • Where: Oxon Run Park (1200 Mississippi Avenue SE) 
  • Register to attend 

Shepherd Park Welcome Back Party 
Join the Department of Parks and Recreation for a welcome back to school party for community members.  

  • When: Wednesday, September 27, 3:30 pm – 6 pm 
  • Where: Shepherd Park Community Center (7800 14th Street NW)  

Afterschool in the City 2023 
Join Deputy Mayor for Education’s Out of School Time Office, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, and other partners for the opportunity to hear about various opportunity available for youth during the school year.

  • When: Saturday, September 9, 11 am – 2 pm 
  • Where: Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Avenue NE)  
  • Register to attend 

DCPS Back to School Block Party  
Join the DC Public Schools community for a DCPS Back to School Block Party. The event will include free food and fun activities, the ability to learn more about city resources, and will include student performances to celebrate the start of a new school year with families and neighbors. 

  • When: Saturday, September 23, 11 am – 2 pm 
  • Where: McKinley Tech (151 T St NE) 
  • Register to attend 

To learn more about upcoming events specific to a student’s school community, families should be in touch with their child’s school.  
Families are also reminded that students must be up-to-date on required immunizations. To help families be in compliance, the District is offering expanded immunization access, conducting extensive outreach to families, and providing resources for schools and healthcare providers. For more information, please visit