We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.



True, sewage runs through it. So do storm runoff, sediment, and a lot of other stuff. It’s the Anacostia River. The other river in Washington. But you don’t have to dip into its suspect waters to enjoy the sunsets, the waves, and, today, the dragon boats. “Think Hawaii Five-O,” the press release suggests. Think “big surf.” Think of paddling an outrigger, one of those Hawaiian canoes that seats six with a trunk full of coconuts. Or, if you prefer a more spacious ride, upgrade to a teak or “teak equivalent” dragon boat, which weighs a ton and requires 18 paddlers to propel it even through the calmest of azure waters. See how this traditionally Pacific pastime translates to Southeast—courtesy of the Capital Rowing Club, the National Capital Area Women’s Paddling Association, and the Anacostia Watershed Society’s “Learn to Row” paddling clinic—from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Anacostia Community Rowing Center, 1115 O St. SE. Free. (301) 699-6204. (Kevin Diaz)