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From a press release:

“Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious, DC VegFest is the place to be on September 20th from 11am-6pm. More than 15,000 Washingtonians and visitors alike are expected to attend this yearly celebration of the best of everything vegetarian in and around the nation’s capital.

“From free vegan food samples and cooking demos to a kids’ activity area and live music, DC VegFest has something for everyone,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. “Now in its sixth year, this free outdoor event is the perfect way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon with your family and friends – including your furry four-legged friends who can enjoy free treats in our new Barking Lot.”

During this day-long celebration, more than 100 exhibitors, partners, and sponsors will showcase a wide range of products, services and resources to help Washingtonians discover why eating a plant-based diet and choosing vegetarian foods is one of the best ways to help protect our health, the planet, and animals.

DC VegFest will take place at Yards Park, corner of N St and 1st St SE, Washington, DC, and attendees will have the opportunity to: (more…)


From a press release:

“The fifth annual DC State Fair will be held on September 20, 2014 from 12PM to 7PM at the Old City Farm and Guild located at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW.

The DC State Fair is partnering this year with the Homegrown DC Fair to put on an event showcasing the District’s food and artistic talent. Various contests will be held during the Fair, including: pie baking, funkiest-looking vegetable, honey, and pickled foods. Last year’s bike accessory contest winner was a child’s seat add-on for the Capital Bikeshare bicycles. New for this year is an ice cream contest where the District’s residents can show off their home-made ice cream and gelato. The popular homebrew contest will be held later this Fall. (more…)

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Don’t forget Adams Morgan Day is this Sunday and mark your calendars for H Street and Columbia Heights:

“The 2014 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This will be the biggest Festival ever, spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE and featuring over 200 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and merchants. Come down and enjoy great food, drinks, music, contests, kids’ activities and more!

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 one of the District’s most popular festivals, and has been named Washington, DC’s best neighborhood festival by Washington City Paper for the last four years. In a city that boasts so many wonderful neighborhoods, the H Street NE Corridor has become one of the most diverse and exciting neighborhoods to live in, shop, eat and hang out.

This year’s Festival will offer more entertainment than ever before, featuring more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays.

For those who come hungry or thirsty, the Festival will feature over 70 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.

Other attractions at this year’s Festival, include:

- Washington Nationals Presidents – The Presidents will race down part of the Festival route from the 8th Street Stage (8 and H) following the singing of the national anthem at noon. The Presidents will also be available for pictures with festivalgoers at 3 p.m. at the Zone 9 parking lot (9 and H).

- DC Streetcar Open House – Visitors will be able to get an up close look at the exterior and interior of the DC Streetcars, which are set to begin running later this year (5 and H, 8 and H and 13 and H).

- Grand Opening of Gallery on O – The H Street Festival will celebrate the grand opening to the public of the Gallery on O, showcasing the 50th anniversary of Washington Informer photography (13 and H).

- Kids Zone – The Festival will have a special “kid’s zone,” featuring GolfZilla, a Godzilla-themed inflatable target that kids can hit golf balls at, multiple appearances by Callaloo the puppet, face painting, a giant slide and other family-friendly activities (9 and H).

- Interactive Art Displays – Festivalgoers will be able to get an up close look at a number of art cars (13 and H), as well as watch artists paint an H Street-themed bus from start to finish and build custom bikes from scratch (5 and H).

- Contests and Competitions – Attendees are invited to compete in or watch the annual pie, chili and burrito eating contests, a bad tattoo competition (10 and H) and an arm wrestling competition (9 and H).

- District Fashion Week – The Fashion Stage will kick off the annual District Fashion Week celebration with area designers (10 and H).

- Pedicabs – Pedicabs will offer weary festivalgoers transportation at a special festival rate parallel to the festival route on G and I Streets.

- And much more!

Festival hours are from noon – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Festival will take place between the 400 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE. For additional information, please visit here.”


“Columbia Heights Day Is Back!
Join your neighbors & bring your friends on Saturday, October 11th!

The Columbia Heights Day Initiative and 11th Street Business Alliance are excited to announce the kick-off of our 8th Annual Columbia Heights Day Festival. Neighbors and friends of all ages are welcome to join the fun-packed day of festivities which will feature local musicians, a dunk tank, face painters, eating contest, an adult tricycle race, yoga, family fun field day, & much much more”


From a press release:

“Adams Morgan Main Street Gears Up for 36th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival, the Longest Consecutively Running Neighborhood Festival in Washington D.C.

What: 36th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival

When: Sunday, September 14 from 12 – 7PM

Where: Adams Morgan (18th Street NW between Columbia Rd NW and Florida Ave NW)

Who: Featuring three stages with more than 25 performances of reggae, soul, salsa, dance and much more, including legendary Chuck Brown Band, Feedel Band, dance company Batala, Marcus Johnson Trio and many others. Arts on Belmont will feature local paintings, graphics, photography, sculpture, crafts, and jewelry. The Kids Carnival will include a moon bounce, face painting, and a show with Radio Disney. Join the fun with hundreds of local nonprofits, vendors, and businesses to enjoy the oldest running neighborhood festival in Washington D.C.

last year

On Sunday, September 14th, from mid-morning to seven in the evening, the 36th Annual Adams Morgan Day festival will be in full swing. “One Community. One Love. One People…We Are One” is the ongoing theme of this year’s festival because this event celebrates all cultures together and the creative synergy that comes from that mix. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Searching for info about the folklife festival, found this interesting marketing slideshow. Their targets are “The Hipster” and “The Grandma” Lol”

Ed. Note: Hahaha that’s an impressive range!


“This plan was created by a student at George Mason University in the Arts Management Certificate program, as part of class she was taking. The student is not affiliated with the Festival in any way. The Smithsonian did not participate in the plan’s creation and we offered no input for the presentation. The plan is not endorsed by the Smithsonian, nor have we adopted it or implemented it.”


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From a press release:

“Presented by Art Whino, the Petworth Jazz Project, the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation and Capital Bop, the New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival is back for another year on Saturday, August 9 fom 2:00 – 10:00pm.

Following the success of last year’s event, New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival returns again this year to the Fairgrounds for its second edition. Come relax at at this beautiful outdoor venue across the street from Nationals Park, sample over a dozen world-class wines, experience the latest sounds in modern and classic jazz, and enjoy food from eight of DC’s well loved food trucks. This year’s lineup includes Warren Wolf and Wolf Pack, the R&B and soul sounds of Soul Understated featuring Mavis ‘Swan’ and returning for a second year Funk Ark. Also performing is Allyn Johnson and Sonic Sanctuary, Lenny Robinson’s Wayne Contingency, and Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet. Renowned wine producer Bobby Kacher presents a selection of 15 world class wines curated specifically for the New Vintage Festival. Art Whino will add visual vibrancy and complexity to the event with a wine inspired art exhibit and live painting by artists participating in the show. Throughout the day, these pieces will evolve into finished works contributing to the sensory experience of the festival and fostering the innate relationship between art and music.

Art Whino will add visual vibrancy and complexity to the event with two live painting stations where artists will create large scale pieces for silent auction. Throughout the day, these pieces will evolve into finished works contributing to the sensory experience of the festival and fostering the innate relationship between art and music.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for colon cancer treatment and prevention.

Saturday August 9, 2014. 2:00 – 10:00 PM

DC Fairgrounds (Directly in front of National Stadium)
1299 Half Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Super convenient 50 feet from the Greenline Navy Yard Nationals Ballpark Metro Stop

This is a ticketed event. Admission prices vary.
Purchase tickets here

945 Florida Ave, NW formerly home to District Flea

Following last year’s wildly successful BRGR Battle in Ballston, the newly rebranded D.C. BRGR Bash will take place in the heart of Shaw at 945 Florida Ave, NW— just steps away from the U Street/Cardozo Metro stop. The event, which brings together 10 of the DMV’s best burger chefs for a friendly competition amidst live music, games, and a craft beer garden, will happen rain or shine on JULY 19 from 1 to 6 pm.


Willow Restaurant – Arlington
Burger Tap & Shake – Foggy Bottom
Cafe Saint-Ex – 14th Street
GUGS – Georgetown
Big Buns – Arlington
Granville Moore’s – H Street
Boundary Stone – Bloomingdale
1905 – Shaw
Old Ebbitt Grill – Downtown
Fainting Goat – U Street


D.C. BRGR Bash has partnered with DC Brau and Atlas Brew Works — two of D.C.’s top craft breweries — to offer a selection of 16 oz. drafts on sale for $5 at the event. On tap will be three beers from each brewery — DC Brau’s The Public, The Corruption, and The Tradition. Atlas Brew Works will pour District Common, Rowdy Rye and Home Rule.

D.C. BRGR Bash will feature live music for the entirety of the event from the following local acts: DJ John Bowen, house-infused funk group House of Soul, and the nine-piece soul and R&B powerhouse The Original Moonlighters.

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From an email:

“Come to OLD CITY Farm and Guild on July 12th for a night of fire breathing, belly dancing, sword-swallowing, and other fantastical and dangerous acts!

This team of awesome performers is bound to present you with a highlight of your summer–you don’t want to miss out!

Tickets are $7 at the door
Doors open at 6:30 pm this Saturday July 12th [925 Rhode Island Ave, NW]

You’re encouraged to pack a picnic and bring a beverage or two.
We will call in a couple food trucks as well.

Performers include: Amanda Footen, Sara Brink, Tracy Lambert, Laura Steepleton, and last but not least Alan Risinger

See you there!”

L'Enfant Cafe Bar Bastille Street Party
Photo courtesy L’Enfant Cafe Bar

From a press release:

“To celebrate Bastille Day, L’Enfant Café Bar is throwing their 10th annual Bastille Day Block Party from 3-11 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Entry to D.C.’s ever-revolutionary summer party is $10.

A Washington, DC favorite, the European-style restaurant hosts the largest Bastille Day party in the nation’s capital. The event features a French maid race, a cavalcade of can-can dancers, a raffle for round-trip travel for two from Washington (DCA) to Paris (CDG), courtesy of American Airlines, and a wild masquerade ball. Guests are gifted with masks and encouraged to dance under the stars.

Says co-owner Christopher Lynch, “What started in 2004 as a Champagne toast on our patio with a kooky French maid race for our friends and staff has become a neighborhood tradition. We’ve added new elements, but ultimately, we’re sticklers for tradition. We have ordered more French maid costumes and masks than ever before, and will stamp Bastille Day 2014 with our usual je ne sais quoi, even as we celebrate two days early.”

Co-hosted by King Louis XVI (who looks strikingly similar to L’Enfant co-owner Jim Ball), L’Enfant’s Bastille Day Block Party will again take place adjacent to the restaurant (2000 18th Street NW) blocking the entire length of Vernon Street NW, between 18th and19th Sts., in lower Adams Morgan.

Guests are invited to chill to DJs and enjoy five street bars serving Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe beers, white wine and a vodka cocktail. A food truck station will offer refreshments from popular purveyors including DC Slices, Rito Loco and Crepes Parfait. 

Ever popular, the French maid relay race will start at 6 p.m. L’Enfant will provide costumes for 40 competitors (for $20 each). Racers, men and women, must each wear the extremely short black and white maid costume to participate. The winner is the first to fill a Champagne glass with soup spoons of water by running back and forth across the street. Notes Jim Ball, “It’s got all of the fun and excitement of the Grand Prix, and none of the elegance.”

Following the race, there will be numerous burlesque performances on the main stage, and a raffle for two roundtrip tickets to Paris, courtesy of American Airlines. Then Queen Marie Antoinette will gift attendees with a mask, and DJs will keep the crowds dancing under the stars until a fire dance performance at 10:55 p.m. signals the end of the evening.

L’Enfant Café Bar is a locally owned business with a history of supporting neighborhood causes. Their 2014 community partner is Sitar Arts Center. Chosen for its work in creating transformational arts education opportunities for underserved children and youth, the center has operated in the heart of Adams Morgan since 2000.

Schedule of events:
3 p.m. Bastille Day Block Party opens
3:30-3:45 p.m. Children’s performance
5 p.m. Arrival of King Louis XIV
5:05 p.m. Can-can dance performance on Stella Artois main stage
6 p.m. French Maid Race on Vernon Street
6:30-7:30 p.m. Burlesque performances
8:45 p.m. Drawing for round-trip economy class travel for two, courtesy of American Airlines, from Washington, DC to Paris, France
9 p.m. Arrival of Queen Marie Antoinette and her courtiers kick off DC’s largest outdoor masquerade ball 

10:55 p.m. Last dance and fire dancer performance

L’Enfant Café Bar, 2000 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC: 202-319-1800;

Advance “Express Entry” tickets available via”

2000 18th Street, NW

Timelapse by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

It never ceases to amaze me what awesome photographers we have in PoPville. [Ed. Note: If you have phenomenal photos and want to contribute to the PoPville flickr pool, please remember to enable your settings to allow for downloading otherwise I can't use them. Thanks!]And the fireworks always seem to bring out the best in you – have a look:

Photo by PoPville flickr user J Sonder

Tons more phenomenal photos after the jump. (more…)