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Fear not, it’s Awesome Con.

From Events DC:

“Awesome Con, Washington DC’s premiere comic con and pop culture convention will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on May 29 – 31 with more than fifty movie and television celebrity guests making appearances throughout the weekend. Awesome Con expects to greet more than 50,000 pop culture fans across 230,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 10 rooms of programming.

More than one hundred exhibitors will be selling toys, video games, comics, apparel and other collectible memorabilia. A new addition for 2015 will include kid-centric activities with an area called Kid’s Zone where they can draw along with noted comic book artists, learn how to make their own Superhero symbol, see a wizard magic show, attend Superhero University led by top industry professionals and make their own superhero cape. A full list of Kid’s Zone activities and programming can be found here: http://www.awesome-con.com/kids-zone/.

A wide variety of celebrity guests from screen stars to voice actors will be part of the weekend; signing autographs, sitting on panels, and taking photos with attendees. Among them include the iconic William Shatner and George Takei of Star Trek; Grant Imahara of Discovery Network’s Mythbusters; Jason Mewes, known as Jay from Jay and Silent Bob; Good Charlotte lead guitarist and comic book artist Billy Martin; the original voice actors of all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings and The Goonies; plus cast members from Doctor Who; Once Upon a Time; Power Rangers and Walking Dead.

Single-day admission and three-day weekend packages are available. Kids age 10 and under get in for free. Three-day VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt, comic book and other paraphernalia, as well as early admission to the event. Ticket and event information can be found at: www.awesomecon.com.”

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From an email:

“We’re launching a public lottery to give away 1,000 free tickets to Landmark Music Festival for the National Mall! The lottery site will go live today at 9:00 a.m. EST and stay open until 5:00 p.m. EST May 27. That evening, 500 names will be randomly drawn to receive a pair of two general admission tickets and all entrants will be notified of the results by e-mail the following day.

The lottery will take place in part over Memorial Day weekend, a particularly poignant time to remember the brave men and women whose sacrifices to ensure our freedoms are forever honored on the National Mall.

The first-of-its-kind Landmark Music Festival will raise awareness and support for the Trust for the National Mall’s work to restore, improve and preserve America’s Front Yard for generations to come. And as you may have heard, the two-day festival will feature headliners Drake, The Strokes and alt-J among a line-up of more than 40 performers coming together to give voice to our nation’s most beloved park.”

May Third Thursday Poster

“The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market
716 Monroe Street, NE

Every Third Thursday of the month, the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market hosts a lively night of music, art, food and spirits. May is Military Appreciation Month, and our local community wants to show their support for our veterans during May’s Third Thursday. In addition to the normal festivities of Third Thursday, proceeds from a portion of the sales at Brookland Pint will be donated to The Veterans’ Care Project, an initiative led by the local Brookland foundation: The Brothers of Charity. Come raise a toast for the Veterans on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market!”

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Photo courtesy Bloomingdale Community Day

The Bloomingdale Community Day in Crispus Attucks Park is this Saturday, May 16! Featuring the Taste of Bloomingdale, with over dozen restaurants participating, a huge Yard Sale, with over 40 vendors, music from the band Cool Fire and the DC Boys Choir, artist and author Tom Noll, and the participation of numerous local businesses and nonprofits. Now in its 12th year, the Crispus Attucks Park Community Day is Bloomingdale’s biggest annual event, and the largest fundraiser for Crispus Attucks Park. All are invited!

  • When: 9am3pm, Saturday, May 16
  • Where: Crispus Attucks Park [located via the alley between 1st Street and North Captiol and V St and U St, NW]

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From a press release:

“USDA Farmers Market at Night—whether you are walking to the nearby Smithsonian metro stop, running along the National Mall or pedaling home after participating in Bike to Work Day this Friday, it will be fun!

Live music from The Foolish Tooks—they toe the line between the musical genres of Irish and old time (with a dash of the strange thrown in for good measure).

Exhibitors, including Capitol Hill Bikes, Riide, City Sports DC, Rock Creek Conservancy, and the National Park Foundation, will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for exploring the trails around Washington, DC whether on foot or bike for pleasure, exercise or as a fun family activity.

The USDA Farmers Market at Night will include members of Union Kitchen, a local food business incubator, the DMV Food Truck Association, and a number of local growers, farmers and ranchers to offer market visitors cured meats, fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, cheese and dairy, and baked goods—all perfect for an evening picnic on the National Mall. (List of May 15 vendors/exhibitors below.)

What: Walk, Run or Ride to the first USDA Farmers Market at Night
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2015
(Additional night markets on June 19, July 17, August 21, September 21 and October 16)

Where: 12th and Independence Avenue, S.W., across from the Smithsonian Metro (more…)

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“The Sixth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is less than a week away.  This year’s festival features an amazing array of Bluegrass, Folk and Americana talent with co-headliners Cabinet and Larry Keel Experience and more.

The Festival will include eight hours of performances on six stages by local bluegrass, folk and americana artists, games and outdoor beverages, DC’s favorite food trucks, bike parking, free kayaking, sponsor activations, local vendors, giveaways and a number of activities for children of all ages including a family area with music, arts, & crafts.

“Over the past six years, the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival has grown from a small concert with a few hundred neighbors into one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the region. This event brings people to Kingman and Heritage Islands on the Anacostia River and provides them an opportunity to see the natural beauty that exists right here in our city. Enjoying a day of great music on the island is a fun and unique experience. I’m proud to support an event that draws people of all ages to outstanding performances of local music and provides them an opportunity to learn about the Anacostia River and the wildlife that it supports.” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen

When: Saturday April 25, 2015 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm

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.

Tickets: $20 Strongly Suggested Donation

Tickets can be purchased at www.missiontix.com/kingmanisland

More Information:

http://www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KIBluegrassFest

LIVE MUSIC LINE UP & SET TIMES (more…)

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From a press release:

“Bigger bands, more outdoor music and an official afterparty are planned for this year’s Funk Parade on Saturday, May 2, the DC Department of Funk announced today. The events will feature over 50 music acts and dozens more dance and performance groups.

The day fair, from noon to 5 PM, will include free performances by over two dozen acts including Junkyard Band, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Michael Hampton of Parliament Funkadelic, and Brass Connection, officials said. (See the full lineup on page 2.)

The parade, from 5PM to 7PM, will feature groups including the Duke Ellington Radical Elite Show Band, Batala DC, and the Eastern High School Blue & White Marching Machine. And you, too, organizers hope: It’s a participatory parade, so if the spirit moves you, bring out your instrument, clap your hands, join the parade.

The music festival, starting at 7 PM, will showcase local favorites Black Alley Band, See-I, Congo Sanchez, Elikeh, Janka Nabay and more. For the first time, the music festival will feature a free outdoor performance area in addition to the free performances in local venues.

The performances will take place throughout the day and night in over 30 locations around the greater U Street neighborhood. All performances are free and open to the public. More details about the day’s events will be announced soon, officials said.

Also new this year: at 10 PM, the Howard Theatre hosts an official Funk Parade afterparty featuring Trouble Funk, Lee Fields and DJ Nitekrawler. Tickets ($30) are for sale at the Howard Theatre box office and online.

Below is a list of musicians and performers confirmed to date. (more…)

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From an email:

“The Heurich House Museum invites the public to celebrate the beginning of spring at their annual Frühlingsfest on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1-4 pm. This family friendly garden event will feature activities for all ages including face painting, maypole dancing, ice cream making, craft activities, and garden games. The museum will be open for guests to explore with scavenger hunts for younger guests included.

Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company will provide a full pig roast with side dishes. Two beers will be on tap courtesy of Virginia-based Old Ox Brewery. Authentic German butter cookies will be available for dessert courtesy of Heidelberg Pasty Shoppe. Ticket price is $20 for guests 12 and older, $5 for children 2-12, and free for children under 2. Admission includes unlimited food and fun! Adults 21 and over will receive two beer tickets. Additional information and tickets available at www.heurichhouse.org/events.

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 from 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!”