U Street and Howard Theater, A Walking Tour
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Celebrate the best beer and music that DC, Maryland and Virginia has to offer with the first Local Brews Local Grooves festival at the Fillmore. Drink samples of 20 craft beers from nine different local breweries, and enjoy food specials that pair perfectly with each brew. Breweries like DC Brau, Flying Dog and multiple-award-winning Devil's Backbone will be pouring, and bands like Maryland rockers Pasadena, reggae fusion band Bumpin' Uglies and Baltimore rapper Billy Lyve will perform as you sip. Sampling wristbands, which will be available for purchase at the door, allow you to taste through the beer selection. Learn More
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This was an excellent overview of the history of the U St. area. The visit to the Black Civil War Museum was fascinating. Our tour guide could have been more knowlegeable about the architecture, but was good otherwise. I would recommend this tour for area residents as well as out of town guests.
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Our guide was very knowledgeable about the neighborhood and it's history, architecture and people. The highlight of the tour was the presentation at the African American Civil War Museum. We have been recommending this tour to all our friends.
Explore the neighborhood that was shared by African American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels. The businesses they owned and the houses they lived in are featured on this walk. U Street was dubbed “Black Broadway” for the numerous movie theaters, nightclubs and ballrooms frequented by jazz musicians like Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington himself. You’ll see the theaters (including the Howard Theatre) and a club where these performances took place. The first full-service YMCA for African Americans, one of the few hotels that welcomed black clientele, and the first memorial to African American soldiers who fought in the U.S. Civil War are on the walk route, as are homes occupied by the Ellington family as Duke grew up. You’ll stand on the corner where riots started that extinguished the heyday of the area—but only temporarily. U Street has rebounded to become a must-see corridor for tourists and locals alike.