04/11/14 3:15pm

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Street closure above via MPD.

Read more about the Sakura Matsuri festival here.

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And don’t forget the Cherry Blossom parade is Saturday too:

“Saturday, April 12, 10:00am-noon

One of the Festival’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW. Vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor set the atmosphere. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, fourteen marching bands from across the country, and performers burst down Constitution Avenue in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival.

Friday, April 11 – At this time, the Parade grandstands are SOLD OUT and there are no additional tickets to be released.

To watch the Parade, please plan to find Free standing room along Consitution Avenue between 9th and 15th Streets, NW. Plan to arrive early, as beautiful weather will make this a popular event.

04/10/14 3:15pm

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From an email:

“DC Emancipation Day 2014 is Wednesday, April 16. Emancipation Day activities will kick-off on Sunday, April 13th at the Lincoln Theatre at 6:00 PM with “The Great Debate”. On Wednesday, April 16th, Emancipation Day will begin with an 11:00 AM parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, educational workshops in the John A. Wilson District Building starting at 1:30 PM, a concert on Freedom Plaza featuring Doug E. Fresh, Black Alley band, DJ Kool, Arrested Development, Talib Kweli, and Raheem DeVaugh starting at 4:00 PM, followed by an 8:30 PM fireworks show.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on DC Emancipation Day 2014, please visit www.emancipationdc.com.”

03/28/14 5:00pm

Frühlingsfest at the Heurich House

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Heurich House Museum
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

This kid-centered event is full of activities for all ages:

- A House Scavenger Hunt
- Relay Races
- Face Painting
- Maypole Dancing and Decorating
- And More!

There will be beer, a roast pig, cookies, and gelato to snack on all afternoon….not to mention live German music to dance and sing along with!

Ticket price includes:
- Two beers per adult 21+
- Afternoon snacks of roast pig and sides
- Cookies and gelato for dessert

History of Frühlingsfest:

Frühlingsfest is translated as ‘Spring Festival’ and is known as ‘Oktoberfest’s little sister’ in Germany. It celebrates the end of a cold winter and beginning of spring, and it typically occurs mid-April to the beginning of May. Stuttgart and Munich have some of the largest Frühlingsfests in Germany, and now the Heurich House is bringing the age-old traditional to Washington, DC!”

From a press release:

“The DC Department of Funk announced the first set of U Street neighborhood venues who will be hosting the DC Funk Parade Music Festival, planned for May 3, 2014. While more will be announced in the coming weeks, the beginning line-up includes:

U Street Music Hall (1115 U St NW)
Tropicalia (2001 14th St. NW)
Solly’s (1942 11th St. NW)
DC9 (1940 9th St. NW)
Jojo Restaurant and Bar (1518 U St. NW)

These venues will feature Free, Live and Local DC Funk inspired bands from 7pm-10pm on Saturday, May 3, immediately following the Funk Parade occurring on V St. NW.

Band lineups will be announced in the coming weeks.

The DC Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind parade, street fair, and music festival to celebrate U Street, the District and the spirit of funk. It is hosted and sponsored largely by neighborhood businesses. This event is free to the public all day so we rely on the community for support, please donate here. Each donation comes with an amazing set of perks donated by some of our favorite U Street businesses.”

03/18/14 3:15pm

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Photo from last year’s festival via Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival

From a press release:

“The Fifth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market, features two main stages of bluegrass and Americana music with returning headliners The Hackensaw Boys and more. The festival will celebrate local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River, while supporting hands-on education programming provided by Living Classrooms on Kingman Island.

The Festival will include seven hours of performances by local bluegrass, folk and Americana artists, games and outdoor beverages provided by Whole Foods Market, REI Outdoor Activations, DC’s favorite food trucks, Sierra Nevada beer, outdoor bike course and giveaways from BicycleSPACE, local music Island Stages presented by Gypsy Sally’s and Acre 121, and a children’s stage with arts & crafts hosted by Boogie Babes.

When: Saturday April 26th
1:00pm – 8:00pm; gates open at 12:30pm

Where: Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River-
575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).
Biking and metro are encouraged. A free shuttle will run from Stadium/Armory Metro Station. Free parking is available in RFK Lot 6.

Cost: $10 suggested donations to support Living Classrooms’ environmental education programming for DC youth on Kingman Island. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at http://kingmanislandbluegrass.eventbrite.com or at area Whole Foods Market stores.”

03/14/14 3:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user StreetsofWashington

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department would like to inform the public and members of the media about street closures in connection with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Annual Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Elephant Walk scheduled for Sunday, March 16, 2014, and Tuesday, March 18, 2014, respectively.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This event is scheduled for Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Parade Route:

The parade will form on the National Mall and proceed westbound on Constitution Avenue, N.W. from 7th Street to 17th Street, N.W., where they will disband.

7th Street will be closed between Constitution Avenue, N.W. and Independence Avenue, S.W. from approximately 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Streets leading to Constitution Avenue, NW will be closed during this time period.

Annual Elephant Walk

This event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm. The streets will begin closing at 7:30 pm and re-open at 9:30 pm.

Walk Route:

The Elephant Walk will proceed from Capitol Hill to the Verizon Center. The walk will form at the New Jersey Avenue and Virginia Avenue, NW (Capitol Power Plant) at which time the roadways mentioned below will be closed to traffic:

North on South Capitol Street to Washington Avenue, SE
Northwest on Washington Avenue to Independence Avenue, SE
West on Independence Avenue to 3rd Street, SE
North on 3rd Street to G Street, NW
West on G Street, NW to the loading dock at the Verizon Center where they will disband.

Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution when traveling in this area due to heavy pedestrian, vehicle, and bus traffic in the above areas.

View the route here.”

UPDATE Thanks to a reader for noticing a new note on the Elephant walk route page:

No DC Elephant Walk this year
Unfortunately, due to a change in schedule we will not be having the D.C. elephant walk this year. We hope that you’ll join Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus at the Verizon Center through March 23 to see our famous Asian elephants!”

03/14/14 12:00pm

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2007 18th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Nothing symbolizes Saint Patrick’s Day more than Irish whiskey, pints of beer, and horseradish cream-topped potatoes. Jack Rose Dining Saloon is giving Washingtonians a reason to party like the Irish with a rooftop Irish whiskey party starting at 11am, while Shake Shack is serving up its “Irish Fries Are Smiling” from March 14-17.

JACK ROSE DINING SALOON: St. Patrick’s Day Terrace Party & Irish Whiskey Tasting: Monday 3/17

There’s no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than the place with the largest whiskey selection in the western hemisphere, and Jack Rose will offer two ways to celebrate next Monday – a rooftop whiskey party for day-drinkers, and an intimate tasting for more refined Irish whiskey connoisseurs.

Irish Whiskey Party on the Terrace: 11 a.m. – close

Open at 11am on the Rooftop Terrace for All-Day Irish Happy Hour – “Punch, Pints & Whiskey”

$5 Pints of Guinness and Flying Dog S.O.B. Irish Red Ale
$5 Irish Punch – Magically Delicious with Jameson, Irish Tea, Ginger, Honey and Lemon, and Mother Punch
$5 Whiskey Specials on Powers and Paddys; $6 Jameson
Irish-themed Fare:
Colcannon Cakes
Beer Battered Fish & Chips
Irish Cheddar & Rashers Burger

Castle Brands Irish Whiskey Tasting + Pairing in the Whiskey Cellar: 6-8 p.m.

For the more serious St. Patrick’s Day drinker, Jack Rose is partnering with Castle Brands Irish Whiskey to host a whiskey tasting + pairing in the Whiskey Cellar with brand ambassador Daniel Fagan from 6-8 p.m.

Pairing unique Irish whiskeys with Irish-inspired hors d’oeuvres, Jack Rose’s in-house whiskey draft system will dispense 1oz. pours of:

Knappogue Castle 12-year
Knappogue Castle Twin Wood Oloroso/Sherry 14-year
Knappogue Castle Twin Wood Bourbon/Oloroso 16-year
Castle Brands Clontarf

The Castle Brands Irish Whiskey tasting is $40 per person which includes 1oz. pours of four whiskeys and hors d’oeuvre pairings. The tasting is first-come first-serve and spaces are limited.

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Photo of Super Fry Pickle Dog also at Shake Shack From March 14 to 23

SHAKE SHACK: “Irish Fries Are Smiling”: Friday 3/14 – Monday 3/17

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Shake Shack is serving up their special edition Irish Fries Are Smiling-Shack fries topped with horseradish cream, scallions, and crispy all-natural applewood smoked bacon-from Friday, March 14th through Monday, March 17th. The Leprechaun-approved fries ($4.00) will be available at both Shake Shack DC locations – at Dupont Circle (1216 18th St. NW) and F Street (800 F St. NW).”

“Funk Parade officially launched its Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign today.

Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind parade, street fair and music festival planned for DC’s U Street neighborhood on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. Funk Parade celebrates DC’s vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together.

The group is using the online crowdfunding platform to raise $20,000 from community supporters and individuals over the next 30 days in order to help defray some of the costs of the day fair, community parade and music festival that will celebrate the city, U Street and the spirit of funk on Saturday May 3rd.

“This money will help cover the costs of the police and permits the city requires, and to the musicians and performers who will make the day amazing,” the organizers explained.

You can view the campaign here.

The campaign will allow community members and supporters to contribute to the Funk Parade mission in return for awesome gifts and perks provided by some amazing U Street businesses and DC partners.

Funk Parade is supported by over 100 local businesses, community groups, nonprofits and civic leaders. Many of the businesses, including &pizza, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Matchbox, Tropicalia, Local 16, The Brixton, El Rey, Right Proper Brewing Company and Satellite Room donated perks for the fundraising effort.

Contributors to the campaign will receive free drinks and food at local U Street neighborhood businesses, Funk Parade T-shirts, “U” ball caps and private catered events.

Funk Parade T-shirts are being produced by Twice As Warm, a DC-area business with a social mission: it donates an item of clothing for every item purchased. Twice As Warm’s donations from the Funk Parade shirts will benefit Martha’s Table.

The campaign features a video produced, shot, and edited entirely by Funk Parade supporters, and filmed in U Street locations.”