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Takoma Park Street Festival is Canceled

After much deliberation and with the safety of our vendors and visitors our highest concern, we have decided to cancel the Takoma Park Street Festival this Sunday, October 4th, 2015 due to conditions related to Hurricane Joaquin. Winds, ground saturation and street conditions were considered in coordination with City of Takoma Park officials when making this decision. We appreciate your understanding due to these extenuating circumstances and looking forward to seeing you next year. Save the date: Sunday, October 2, 2016.” (more…)

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Ed. Note: I’m told “if Joaquin wakes up swinging Saturday morning, there is a possibility that the event may be postponed, so folks should check VegFest Facebook or Twitter for updates before heading out the door.”

From a press release:

“On Saturday October 3 from 11am­-6pm, more than 15,000 Washingtonians and visitors will celebrate the best of all things vegan and vegetarian in and around the nation’s capital. This year’s DC VegFest promises to be the biggest and best yet with more food vendors, a larger Barking Lot for dogs, a bigger Kid’s Area with a moon bounce, and inspiring, informative speakers including Gene Baur, from Farm Sanctuary, the award­ winning chefs from Vedge restaurant, and vegan ultra athlete Rich Roll. The highly anticipated emcee is the ​award­winning television journalist and bestselling author J​ane Velez­Mitchell.

“This year’s DC VegFest will be an action ­packed plant­ based celebration with even more delicious food vendors, free samples, dynamic speakers, an interactive kids’ area, live music and more,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. “Bring the whole family ­­ including your furry four ­legged friends ­­ for a fun and festive day!”

During this day­long celebration, more than 125 exhibitors, partners, and sponsors will showcase a wide range of products, services and resources to help Washingtonians discover the joys and benefits of plant­based eating ­­ for our health, the planet and animals.
VegFest will take place at Yards Park, corner of N & 1st Sts SE, Washington, DC.

VegFest attendees will have the opportunity to: (more…)

meridian pint

From an email:

“Families and revelers of all ages welcome – clap along to live German folk music, engage in carnival games and explore delicious food options. Big kids welcome to imbibe in more spirited tradition!

In partnership with Meridian Pint, the community nonprofit known as the Columbia Heights Initiative, will host the semi-annual Oktoberfest block party on Saturday, October 3 from 11am-6pm. Located on 11th street between Park and Monroe, this free event welcomes all ages to join the festivities!

An Oompa Loompa band will showcase the sounds of Bavaria as visitors explore culinary delights brought to you by neighboring restaurants. The Meridian Pint Biergarten, open only to those 21+ will ensure that the most recognized of Oktoberfest traditions is honored, offering a variety of beers in a tented area spanning nearly half a block! A portion of the proceeds from the biergarten will benefit the Columbia Heights Initiative. Dirndls and Liederhosen are not required, but are encouraged!

General admission is free, though guests are requested to bring nonperishable canned goods to the Columbia Heights Initiative welcome table as a community food drive donation. Thanks to the generosity of annual sponsors, the Columbia Heights Initiative is able to create these unique opportunities for residents and businesses to get to know one another, celebrate diversity, have fun, and enrich the quality of life in our community.

This Oktoberfest is rain or shine.”

Please Note: The following streets will be closed from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm.

* 11th Street, NW between Park Road, NW and Monroe Street, NW

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

From a press release:

“The 10th anniversary H Street Festival is happening this Saturday, Sept. 19. Organized by H Street Main Street, the annual celebration highlights the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses. The event is the District’s most popular festival, and this year’s will be the best yet, spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE and featuring over 175 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and merchants.

The Festival will offer more exciting entertainment than ever before, featuring performers and artists on 10 staging areas spread throughout the event. The performance schedule is available here.

The event will have over 75 food vendors, food trucks and restaurants serving up meals from all corners of the world. Festivalgoers can also visit the beverage gardens located along the festival route to sample the many available libations.

H Street NE is also doing a t-shirt giveaway at this year’s Festival. The first 50 festivalgoers to bring the sticker attached to the front of this week’s Washington City Paper to the yellow tent at the corner of 9 and H Streets will receive a free commemorative 10th anniversary t-shirt.

What: 2015 H Street Festival

When: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Noon – 7 p.m.

Where: Between the 400 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE”


From a press release:

“MRP Realty (“MRP”), developers of commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate across the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced Shaw for Shaw, a free community event being held this Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – noon, at 945 Florida Avenue, NW. In partnership with Ellis Development and The JBG Companies, MRP will celebrate their soon-to-be-built mixed-use community, 965 Florida Ave, with Mayor Muriel Bowser and 94.7 Fresh FM Morning Show Host Tommy McFly. The free event will feature a community conversation about the Shaw neighborhood and what makes it one of the best places to live, work and play, as well as entertainment from local brass band Brass Connection, and complimentary breakfast sandwiches from future tenant Whole Foods Market.”


From Walk with

“The viewing area of the open motorcade route is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, however spectators will need to pass through security. Security gates will open for the Ellipse and the National Mall at 4:00 a.m. on September 23 and will close at 10:00 a.m. No one will be admitted into the area after that point in time. No food or drink may be brought in from the outside, but concessions will be available for purchase. Once inside the perimeter, attendees will not be allowed to leave and re-enter until the Holy Father’s Popemobile tour is complete.

FAQ: Papal Parade Route

Where is the location of the parade?

On Wednesday morning, September 23rd after leaving The White House, Pope Francis will travel along 15th Street, Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW. Participants are invited to line the streets on the Ellipse and National Mall to cheer on Pope Francis as he drives by in the Popemobile.

Where can I see the Pope?
On Wednesday morning, September 23rd after leaving The White House, Pope Francis will travel along 15th Street, Constitution Avenue and 17th Street, NW in the Popemobile. People who wish to see the pope are invited to line the streets around the Ellipse and the National Mall to see Pope Francis as he drives by in the Popemobile.

What time does the parade take place?
The parade is scheduled to begin sometime around 11:00 AM.

Do I need a ticket?
No! Access to the viewing area will be on a first-come, first-served basis. While tickets are not needed, everyone will be required to go through security.

What time should people arrive?
Access to the viewing area will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. While tickets are not needed, everyone will be required to go through security. Gates to access the viewing area will open at 4:00 AM and will close at 10:00 AM. No one will be admitted into the area after that point in time. Once inside the perimeter, attendees will not be allowed to leave and re-enter.

What is the best way to get there?
People are encouraged to travel using public transportation. The closest Metro stops include: Farragut West, Farragut North, McPherson Square, Metro Center, Federal Triangle, and Smithsonian. All Metro stations are less than a mile from the event.

Where is the entrance to the parade viewing area?
There are multiple entrances to the viewing area, including:

East of the Ellipse on Constitution Avenue
West of the Ellipse on Constitution Avenue
East of the Washington Monument near Jefferson Drive and 15th Streets, NW
West of the Washington Monument near 17th Street, NW

Can we bring in food and drinks? (more…)

Alex Jeffrey, executive director of DC NORML, examines one of the entries. (Photo by: Joe Morcos) via DC State Fair

Earlier this morning we talked about all the neighborhood festival action happening this weekend including the DC State Fair. Just got the following email which just felt so surreal to me, awesome, but surreal:

“For the first time ever, the DC State Fair, now in its sixth year, will host a marijuana growing competition: The Best Bud Contest. This is also the first time a state fair has ever successfully hosted such an event.

Fifty-six people registered to compete in the much-buzzed-about contest. The contest is a concept of Fair board members and Frank Asher, the owner and founder of Old City Farm and Guild.

The DC State Fair will be held on September 12, 2015, from 12 noon to 8PM at the Old City Farm and Guild located at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW. This year is the first time that the annual Fair, which has traditionally partnered with other neighborhood or arts festivals, will be held as a standalone event.


Judges will critique the buds based on a variety of criteria:

Appearance: Is it well manicured? Does it have Trichomes (sparkling crystals)?
Odor: What does it smell like? Does it have a sweet, spicy, or musky smell?
Touch: Is it sticky? Does the stem snap or bend?
Your Story: Did you grow your plant organically? Did you use artificial light, natural light, or a combination? Was the plant grown hydroponically or in soil?

No one will smoke or ingest the buds for judging or recreation during the competition.

The Best Bud entries were first examined in a preliminary round of judging that took place on September 5. Photos and video from the day will be made available to press upon request.

The final round of judging will take place at the Fair on September 12 at 4:15 PM. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Rest up Friday night because Saturday is fixing to be epic (and damn you naysayers – show Adams Morgan some love on Sunday too.)

10th Annual Columbia Heights Day Festival:

The end of summer street party is almost here! Join us for the 10th annual Columbia Heights Day, a festival celebrating the diversity of, our community and its many vibrant businesses.

The fun starts with Columbia Heights’ food vendors, a beer garden, and live music. Then get to know some of the great causes organizing right here in Columbia Heights. Themed tent areas let you explore the world in our cultural section, check-out the beautiful work of local artisans, and take a moment to focus on your health and wellness. For the truly adventurous, we challenge you to run through our version of an adult warrior obstacle course, including a moon bounce! Families can also enjoy the festival together at the Bloom Bar Fun Tent and at our Fun Field (located on Harriet Tubman Elementary School yard). We will see you on Saturday, September 12!

Where: 11th Street, from Park Road to Kenyon St
When: Saturday, September 12
noon – 6pm
Ticket Price: Free”

Note from MPD:

“On Saturday, September 12, 2015, the Columbia Heights Neighborhood Festival will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, the following streets will be closed from 6:00am-8:00pm:

11th Street NW, between Kenyon Street and Park Road, NW
Lamont Street from Sherman Avenue to 13th Street, NW”

6th Annual DC State Fair

“The sixth annual DC State Fair will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from Noon to 8PM at Old City Farm and Guild located at 925 Rhode Island Ave, NW. For the first time in the DC State Fair’s history, it will be held as a standalone event to showcase the District’s food, culinary, and artistic talent.

“Old City Farm & Guild is thrilled to have the DC State Fair back for another year, said Frank Asher, Owner and Founder of Old City Farm and Guild. “The Fair is a leading example of what DC can be in regards to community, to neighbors coming together, and represents what kind of people and good citizens we have within the District. The overlapping missions of the Fair and Old City make this venture and partnership a great thing.” The mission of Old City is “where people and plants come together.”


The DC State Fair is hosting more contests than ever this year — adding Compost, Best Bud, and Cut Flower contests to an already extensive list. Traditional contests such as Pie-Baking, Honey, Heaviest Fruit, and Pickled Foods will also he held. The Ice Cream contest last year was a big hit, and the Fair is bringing it back this year, along with the long-time favorites: Tastiest Tomato and Homebrew.


Throughout the day, attendees will be able to enjoy events on the main stage — including the judging of the DC State Fair Pie, Homebrew, and Best Bud contests and the announcement of all winners. The Fair has also lined up performances by DC’s Hand Dance Association, the YMCA, Lennon English and the New Soul Republic, Near Northeast, and much more. Local deejay Mary Nichols, a.k.a. DJ Fusion, will keep the music flowing in between mainstage events. For the first year ever, the Fair will have an Educational Tent, where craft, gardening, and cooking demos will take place all day.

The final band of the day, Near Northeast, is a DC-based music project that has been writing tunes since 2014. The band members have roots across the globe, and the resulting musical influences come everywhere from Latin America to the Middle East to Appalachia, and the band mixes folk ballads with post-rock soundscapes while incorporating effects, harmonies, and the occasional ukulele and cajon breakdown.”

6th Annual 17th Street Festival:

“The 6th Annual 17th Street Festival date will be on September 12th from 12-6PM! The 17th Street Festival is a free community event that celebrates the 17th Street Corridor from R Street to P Street. Festival Includes: – Art Show – Business Specials – Entertainment Stage – Kids Zone Sponsored – Local Vendors – Pet Zone – Presented By: Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets”

Note from MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation would like to inform the public of street closures in conjunction with the 6th Annual 17th Street Festival scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2015.

The following streets will be closed from, Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 10am through 8pm

17th Street NW between R Street NW and P Street NW”

And don’t forget SnallyGaster beer festival extravaganza is at the Yards on Saturday too.

Adams Morgan Day:

“The naysayers said there would be no Adams Morgan Day in 2015, but the local businesses and residents of Adams Morgan said otherwise. The neighborhood has banded together to revive the longest continuously running neighborhood festival in the nation’s capital. The 2015 Adams Morgan Day celebration will take place Sunday, September 13, from noon to 6pm, along 18th Street NW and Columbia Road.

So here comes Adams Morgan Day. Here comes the neighborhood. Out goes the meat-on-a-stick. In comes the hyper-local events hosted by the businesses lining 18th Street and Columbia Road and neighborhood volunteers.

“This is a festival powered by volunteers. Each resident and business is volunteering their time, energy and in some cases, their own finances. The Corinto Gallery, for example, volunteered to design our 2015 Adams Morgan Day logo and t-shirts,” says A. Tianna Scozzaro, a local resident who is volunteering as lead coordinator for the festival.

This year’s festival will be different. 18th Street will remain open to traffic. Many of the visual artists who used to be found at Arts on Belmont will display their work inside restaurants and businesses along 18th Street and Columbia Road. Local bands will grace impromptu stages at The Brass Knob, Libertine, Roofers Union and The Black Squirrel, among other locations. And area restaurants will provide the street food instead of outside vendors.

Some things will stay the same. The SunTrust Plaza at 18th and Columbia will feature performances by bands on the new Spotluck Stage, with acts being organized by Songbyrd . The Adams Morgan Partnership BID will staff a table with maps on the opposite corner next to the Adams Morgan “Festivus” kiosk and pole. The Dance Pavilion and Children’s Center will take place on the Marie Reed Community Center playground and tennis courts.

Here’s a partial list of activities planned for Adams Morgan Day. (more…)