From an email:

“The Adams Morgan Day Festival planning committee is excited to announce an exclusive Happy Hour event at Johnny Pistolas Mexican Taqueria Bar on Thursday, June 1st from 6 – 8 pm!

Join other local volunteers and Adams Morgan enthusiasts to learn more about the festival, and all the exciting new features in store for this year’s event! Enjoy extended happy hour specials courtesy of Johnny Pistolas, and be a part of DC’s longest running neighborhood festival!

This year’s festival is set to take place on Sunday, September 10th 2017 – so mark your calendars! Make sure to register for free tickets to the upcoming Happy Hour event and to visit for more festival information!”

Full press release:

“The longest continuously running neighborhood festival in the nation’s capital invites residents and neighbors from across the District and beyond to experience its renowned eclectic culture, creativity, diversity, restaurants and shops of the historic neighborhood. The 2017 Adams Morgan Day celebration will take place Sunday, Sept. 10, from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and will open with a dog parade along two blocks of 18th Street. For the first time in three years, 18th Street will be partly closed for the day to increase vending, live music and entertainment for all ages. Businesses, restaurants, and non-profits will participate along Columbia Road NW and 18th Street NW. (more…)


Temperance, schmemperance:

“The Washington Region Alcohol Program (WRAP) has set up a lyft code that will be active on Cinco day (not just for new users)”

And this is always a fun event too supporting the Rural Dog Rescue:

6th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 1pm to 5 pm
Where: The Wharf – 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Why: A benefit for local animal charities and a hilarious way to celebrate Cinco
What: Chihuahua races, food trucks, beer stands, live music, dog contests, a family friendly FREE event! (more…)

Sundress2017 jpg

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation would like to inform the public of scheduled street closures in conjunction with the 2017 Sundress Festival scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017.

The following streets will be closed from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

§ Kenyon Street, NW from 11st Street, NW to 13th Street, NW (only local traffic will be allowed)”

From Wonderland:

Kick off the summer season with the Wonderland Ballroom’s 13th Annual Sundress Festival!

Long understood to be the best damned block party in DC, we’ll be raising money again this year to help our friends at DC Central Kitchen with all the amazing work they do!

In anticipation of this being the very best Sundress ever, we’ve ordered three swimming pools’ worth of beer compared to last year’s two. In addition to the normal madness, this year’s festivities include: (more…)


From an email:

“Spring Fling! This fifth annual daytime event will be held the first Saturday in May under a big tent on the driving range of the Soldiers Home. Come out and see your neighbors and visit with a veteran. Food trucks, beer, kids activities, carnival games and live music with performances by Suspicious Package!

For those of you who can volunteer to help with this wonderful event. Use this link and you will see opportunities to sign up for set up, takedown, games and other activities.”

FP Final Large Line Up Poster

From the D.C. Department of Funk:

“Funk Parade is Saturday May 6 – and this year it’s bringing the future with it.


PARADE 3-4 PM (Begins at the Howard Theater and ends at the Lincoln Theater)


Announcing Funk Parade 2017 from Brink on Vimeo.

Saturday May 6th will be a day filled with music, dance, loving your neighbors and of course #futurefunk.  Before you prepare to navigate the 30+ stages, 120 performances and multiple unique art and tech activations there is one thing everyone must do.  Download the Funk Parade App.

With the help of the stellar team of designers and developers at Deloitte Digital we are proud to announce the ONE app you will need to navigate DC’s largest collaborative festival and parade.  Now festival goers have a simple way to figure out who is playing where and when, while also discovering new and talented up and coming local artists at the same time.


Google Play –

App Features Include:


cherry blast

From a press release:

Events DC Cherry Blast! will kick off the finale weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on Friday, April 14 from 7pm to 11pm at Dock 5 at Union Market. Both in celebration of the annual blooming of the cherry blossoms and inspired by Japanese nightlife, Events DC Cherry Blast!, a premiere event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, is a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.

By transforming Dock 5 into a vibrant streetscape highlighting Japan’s dynamic culture and ambiance, Events DC Cherry Blast! guests will be immersed in:


wunder garten
Fruhlingsfest, Photo by Sam Kittner

From an email:

“Wunder Garten (1101 First St, NE) welcomes the arrival of spring with Frühlingsfest, a German tradition akin to Oktoberfest.

Head to the beer garden Thursday, April 13 through Saturday, April 15 for live music, authentic German fare, Stein holding competitions and more games.

The party kicks off Thursday, at 4 pm with DJ Lehi and the tapping of the traditional Maibock keg. Specifically made for consumption at spring festivals, Maibock is a paler, more hopped version of bock, a strong, German lager.

No ticket purchase necessary!”

kingman island
Courtesy Living Classrooms Foundation

It’s that time of year!! Get your tickets here.

From a press release:

“Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is excited to announce that Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, and Dom Flemons will be headlining the highly anticipated 8th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday May 13, 2017 that will feature nine hours of performances by nearly 40 regional bluegrass, folk, and Americana artists on five stages spread throughout the beautiful Kingman and Heritage Islands Park.

Also scheduled to perform are The Woodshedders, Walter Martin, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, The War & Treaty, among many others. In addition to the incredible local tunes, the Festival will feature fun for all ages, including various outdoor activities, educational tents, a kids’ corner, delicious food, beer, cocktails, and more. The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival has become the largest all-local music festival in the District, attracting over 10,000 guests annually since 2014.

For the second year, the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival will be going green! With the support of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), the 2016 Kingman Island Festival was the District’s first zero-waste music festival. This year’s festival will expand on the zero waste initiative in an effort to preserve the integrity of Kingman Island and support the District’s path toward zero waste. Guests are asked to only bring reusable water bottles and food containers onto the island; each attendee will be provided with a reusable cup to use at vendors and water stations. Food vendors will be required to use only compostable or recyclable food serviceware. Additionally, zero waste volunteers will be staffing waste stations throughout the island to help festivalgoers sort their compostable and recyclable waste.

WHEN: Saturday May 13, 2017 12:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Situated on the west bank of the historic Anacostia River, Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is located next to RFK Stadium (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6). The street address is: 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC
Walking, Biking and Public Transit are encouraged. Parking is available in RFK Lot 6 for a fee. A Bike Valet will also be available.

WHY: The Festival is a benefit for Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region who has worked to inspire and educate disadvantaged youth and young adults in the DC region for over 15 years through hands-on education and job training using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” As managing operator of the island, Living Classrooms will also allocate much of the proceeds to the ongoing maintenance/restoration of the islands as a recreational and educational space, where it regularly engages local youth in hands-on environmental education programs.

FULL LINEUP: (more…)

From an email:

“Check out more info including all the details about the Anacostia River Festival Anacostia River Festival
Sunday, April 9, 2017; 1 pm – 5 pm

The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. For a taste of local D.C., come celebrate the Anacostia River and take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family and experience Southeast D.C.’s local arts scene at this special FREE event. This year we are celebrating biking in the District with trail rides, safety classes, quick bike tune ups and special bike activities for all ages.

This year’s program will have a special focus on biking in the District and will celebrate the new extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Bladensburg, MD.

We are anticipating over 8,000 visitors and are partnering with more than 40 nonprofits to offer FREE family-friendly activities re-engaging residents and visitors alike with the Anacostia River and Historic Anacostia neighborhood.

NEW this year: (more…)


From a press release:

“Funk Parade organizers announced details for this year’s Funk Parade occurring on Saturday, May 6, 2017, as well as its annual crowdfunding campaign. This year’s theme is Future Funk, to celebrate the installation of Parliament’s Mothership at the Smithsonian, the Afrofuturism movement, and the emergence of promising talents in DC’s music scene.


“We’re at a decision point in this city, we get to decide what we want to be,” said Funk Parade co-founder Justin Rood. “What’s the future we can make together? What can we build with love? What’s it going to look like? That’s what we’re exploring this year.”

With its crowdfunding campaign, Funk Parade needs to raise $15,000 from community members and local businesses.  The link to give is: here.

As one of the city’s biggest community-based cultural events, organized by the community, this campaign is crucial to the its bottom line. You don’t need a ticket to come to the parade, the day fair or the music festival. If you want to support this event, this is how you do it. Perks for giving include T-shirts, infant onesies, stickers, buttons, posters and more. It runs for three weeks.