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From a press release:

“The 2016 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon – 7 p.m. This year’s event will span 10 blocks of H Street NE with 14 staging areas, dozens of interactive attractions and displays and over 250 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and vendors. Join us for great entertainment, food, drinks, contests, family-friendly activities and more!

Organized by H Street Main Street, the annual event highlights the unique spirit of the H Street NE Corridor and is one of the most popular in the D.C. region. It’s been named the best community Festival by The Washington City Paper for the last six years and regularly attracts a crowd of over 125,000 fun-seekers.

Attendees coming to the Festival to enjoy music, contests and other entertainment, won’t be disappointed. The Festival will have a variety of shows, featuring some of the best local and regional performers in Go-Go music, rap, R&B, jazz, rock-n-roll, soul music, gospel and more. There will also be pie eating and tattoo contests, dance performances from a variety of cultures and disciplines, martial arts demonstrations and many more non-musical acts.

For those coming to eat and drink, this year’s Festival will offer a bounty of delectable edibles and libations. The culinary offerings will span everything from American staples such as barbeque and fried chicken to exotic and unusual dishes from all corners of the globe. And for those festivalgoers who come hoping to enjoy some spirits, we’ll have multiple beer and liquor gardens.

Other attractions, include: (more…)


From DPR:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in conjunction with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is hosting the 2nd Annual Chuck Brown Day. The free event celebrates the music and memory of DC’s Go-Go music legend Chuck Brown.

The celebration features musical performances by the Chuck Brown Band, with Plunky and the Oneness, and Secret Society. The event also includes information tables and a children’s area with the Chuck Brown Foundation’s annual “back to school back pack giveaway.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair for an afternoon of entertainment in honor of the godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown.

Chuck Brown Day

Saturday, August 20, 2016

3 to 7 pm


Chuck Brown Memorial Park
2901 20th Street NE”

chuck brown day

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From a press release:

“On Saturday, September 17, the fifth installation of DC’s largest craft beer festival, Snallygasterwill return to Yards ParkNamed for the fearsome and mythical dragon-like beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, Snallygaster is a craft beer festival from the team behind ChurchKey, Birch & Barley, Bluejacket, Rustico, The Sovereign and more. For this momentous fifth year, no fewer than 350 unique craft beers from around the globe will be offered against a backdrop of fine food, live music and entertainment all at the Capital Riverfront from 1 PM to 6 PM. Snallygaster will also feature live music including performances from Speedy Ortiz, local artists and DJ’s who will provide entertainment from start to finish. Snallygaster (located at Lot H/I on First St SE & N St SE) benefits Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture.
Beer Director Greg Engert is crafting what will undoubtedly be the largest and most unique beer list of any Snallygaster to date. Guests can expect to find nearly 50 brews making their DC debut at Snallygaster 2016, dozens of vintage beers, more than 75 barrel-aged brews and sour ales, a wide array of autumnal releases, a deep list of German-style beers, a slew of craft cans, plus cask ales and Franconian gravity-poured/rubber-clad kegs. Of the 350 craft brews tapped on September 17, some standouts will include Cantillon Fou’ Foune, Founders CBS, Allagash Ghoulschip, Aslin Bringing Sexy Back, Firestone Walker Krieky Bones and Perennial Barrel-Aged Abraxas. More than 60 of the beers have already been released with new additions being released regularly leading up to the event. (more…)

happy 4th
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From a press release:

Taberna del Alabardero will represent the diaspora of the Basque Country at the 50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 29th thru July 28th. Taberna del Alabardero is a fine dining, Spanish cuisine restaurant and Washington favorite for 28 years, located at 1776 I Street NW. Generally, Taberna’s menu offerings include new approaches to classic Spanish tapas and entrees, as well as recipes and ingredients that are fresh and organic, to include vegetarian selections. New creations that are incorporated into menus seasonally, showcase the range of authentic Spanish cuisine along with the extensive wine, Spanish brandy, and sherry lists. Chef Javier Romero has prepared a fast casual, traditional Basque Country menu for Folklife Festival attendees.

The Basque country is a region in northern Spain which also includes southwestern France. The cuisine is dominated by fish and seafood, specifically freshwater fish, and salt cod, and inland cuisine with fresh and cured meats, vegetables and legumes. The mixture of sea and mountain cultures are represented in the flavors and culinary traditions. The Basque Country is rich with Michelin-starred, one-of-a-kind dining experiences and is also known for its landscape, ciderhouses, large cuts of meat, and tapas bars. As a Basque Country presentation, Taberna del Alabardero will present the following menu at this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival: (more…)

from the 2014 Festival

From an email:

“EVENT: Third Annual Kennedy Street Festival

WHEN: Jun. 25, 2016 at 11a.m to 3p.m.

WHERE: Kennedy Street NW between 3rd and 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20011

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Kennedy Street Development Association will host their third annual Kennedy Street festival, Saturday Jun. 25 from 11a.m. to 3p.m.

Councilmember Brandon Todd will attend the festival and have a table for constituents to visit. The festival will also feature specials at local businesses along the street, local DC artists and artisans vending their creations, booths from local non-profits and DC agencies, local musical talent and entertainment, food trucks, and community activities to learn about Kennedy Street’s history.”

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From The Yards:

“WHAT: The grand opening of The Yards Marina, hosted by Forest City in collaboration with Living Classrooms. The DC metro area is invited to a free afternoon of family-friendly activities along the Anacostia River as part of the Marina’s opening day celebration.

The Yards Marina features 50 boat slips with dockage for boats up to 125 feet in length, a water taxi dock, an education dock and a paddler dock for kayaks and smaller personal boats. Half of the slips are designed for long-term, seasonal use, while the other half are intended for short-term occupation of ten days or less. Transient slips are available for the opening event at no charge. Space is limited; please contact Living Classrooms at 202-488-0627 to reserve.

Opening day activities to include: (more…)


From a press release:

(Up)Rising Festival Returns to Celebrate Community through Creative Participation

Exploring Creative Collaborations along Rhode Island Avenue NE

The (Up)RISING FESTIVAL is taking place for the second year on June 26, 2016 along Rhode Island Avenue NE, Washington, DC. This choose­your­own­art­adventure weaves through businesses, open areas, and vacant properties between the 600­-2300 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE and is hosted and curated by ReCreative Spaces and Rhode Island Avenue Main Street. (more…)

courtesy 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

From a press release:

“Visitors to the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival can explore the stories and traditions behind the crafts, music, art and food of the Basque country and California at the Festival Marketplace. The 2016 Festival will feature a 4,500-square-foot Marketplace that will showcase crafts handmade by Festival participants and other master artists, musical recordings from participants and Smithsonian Folkways, specialty foods and Festival merchandise. Proceeds from purchases directly support Festival participants and the Folklife Festival.

The Marketplace will be located, for the first time, inside the Smithsonian’s newly renovated Arts and Industries Building and will be open Wednesday, June 29, through Monday, July 4, and Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 10. Marketplace hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. The Marketplace will host special demonstrations and events, including artist signings, stone-carving demonstrations, pottery demonstrations and salt tastings. More information about special events at the Marketplace will be announced on the Festival website.

The Festival Marketplace is a curated collection of items that highlight the people and traditions featured in the Folklife Festival. Not only can visitors purchase these items, they will also be able to hear the stories behind many of the crafts available. Featured Festival participants include ironworker César Alcoz, potter Blanca Gómez de Segura, painter Jesus Mari Lazkano, espadrille makers Les Espadrilles de Mauléon and master stone carver Bernat Vidal from the “Basque: Innovation by Culture” program. Participants from the “Sounds of California” program will also have their items available for purchase in the Marketplace, including music from the band Quetzal and master rubâb player Homayoun Sakhi, as well as crafts from Grupo Nuu Yuku de San Miguel Cuevas. Other items for sale include sunglasses innovatively crafted from wood ($155-170), Basque soaps ($8.50), sustainably harvested gourmet salt from Alava ($8), Rioja Alavesa wine ($27) and Basque cider ($11).

About the Festival

The 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will feature two programs: “Sounds of California” and “Basque: Innovation by Culture.” The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, inaugurated in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.”