passport dc

From a press release:

“Events DC presents a Cultural Tourism DC signature event, Passport DC—a month-long celebration in May comprising international programs and events around Washington, DC.  Visitors and residents have the opportunity to travel around the world without ever leaving the city. Last year, tours of nearly 70 embassies and hundreds of international cultural activities, including street festivals, performances and exhibitions, entertained and educated visitors as they took part in the festivities.

“Passport DC is a profound way for people to learn by experience. It provides a uniquely DC opportunity for people to uncover the similarities among nations across the globe and compare their art, dance, music, textiles, food and so much more.  It showcases a fascinating array of customs from around the globe,” said Cultural Tourism DC Executive Director Steve Shulman.

The National Cathedral Flower Mart

Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016

10 am to 5 pm

Each spring, gardening and flower aficionados throughout the mid-Atlantic flock to Flower Mart to see the Exhibit, which features floral creations from more than 20 embassies. This year Flower Mart will include numerous vendors of artisanal gifts, festival foods, international musical and dance performances, children’s rides, and Cathedral and garden tours.

Events DC presents Around the World Embassy Tour

Saturday, May 7, 2016

10 am to 4 pm (more…)


From the Funk Parade organizers:

“There will be some additions and small time changes over the next 10 days but all of those changes will be reflected on our website.


City First Bank presents the MA Winter Stage hosted by Capital Bop

1:00 – 1:50 Nag Champa

2:10 – 2:50 Jenna Camille

3:10 – 4:00 Aaron Ab Abernathy w/ Live Band Nat Turner

4:00 – 5:00Parade Break

5:10 – 6:00 Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra

6:15 – 7:00 Trae Crudup & The Cover-Up

DCRE Performance Area at the Reeves Center

1:00 – 1:45 Crush Funk Brass

2:00 – 2:45 Street Performances by Urban Artistry and Nubian Spin

3:00 – 3:45 Spread Love Band

4:00 – 5:00 Parade Break

5:00 – 5:30 Batala Washington

5:30 – 6:30 Brass Connection

The DC Public Library Harrison Rec Family Funk Pavilion hosted by Words Beats & Life (more…)

Blazed & Glazed Kelly Towles Artwork

From a press release:

“A higher power always intended pot, barbecue and doughnuts to be enjoyed together.

Indulge in this unholy trinity at Blazed & Glazed – the first ever food festival for pot enthusiasts – on Sunday, May 15th at Mess Hall (703 Edgewood St. NE, Washington, D.C., 20017) starting at 11 A.M.

Featuring Astro Doughnuts & Fried ChickenPornBurger, Tarver King, executive chef of the award-winning Restaurant at Patowmack FarmSloppy Mama’s BarbequeThe Fry Brothers  and Westray’s Finest Ice Cream.

Each ticket holder will receive a complimentary Astro Doughnut sandwich (a savory rosemary doughnut with pimento chicken salad and Gordy’s pickled jalapeños) made exclusively for the event, plus their first beer. Additional local food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Your ticket also includes three pot-tastic classes. Matthew Doherty, co-creator of East Coast Grow and authoritative consultant to marijuana cultivators, will teach attendees “How to Make Cannabutter” and “The Art of THC Tinctures.” A third class* will feature the event’s featured chefs as they take turns crafting their own perfect munchies in Mess Hall’s demonstration kitchen.

Too cool for school? (more…)

RIA porch fest

From an email:

RIA Porchfest

Local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression!

Through the years, Rhode Island Avenue NE has been home to a variety of live music venues, including what was once Mr. Y’s Jazz Club at 16th & Rhode Island Ave NE. On Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 2 to 6 pm, the front stoops and porches of several Rhode Island Avenue NE residents and businesses will be transformed into performance spaces where local musicians will play FREE mini concerts for the community!”

dc emancipation apr 16

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Emancipation Day honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1867 – which freed 3,185 slaves in Washington, DC.

Mayor Bowser has proclaimed the theme for this year’s Emancipation Day as Championing Full Democracy for the residents of Washington, DC.”

Emancipation Day Parade

WHEN: Saturday, April 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm
WHERE: Parade route starts at 800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and ends at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Emancipation Day Truck Touch

WHEN: Saturday, April 16 at 1:30 pm
WHERE: 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Emancipation Day Concert

WHEN: Saturday, April 16; Concert begins at 2:45 pm, Fireworks start approximately at 9 pm after the concert
WHERE: Freedom Plaza, 1355 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering


From a press release:

“The Chocolate House, DC’s premier chocolate boutique, is excited to host the first annual DC Chocolate Festival on April 9, 2016 from 10am-5pm. This will be the East Coast’s first meeting of artisanal chocolate makers and chocolate lovers from the DC metropolitan region, the US and beyond.

Taking place at the Westin DC Center (1400 M Street, NW, Washington, DC) chocoholics and chocolate lovers will be able to taste and purchase some of the best chocolate creations from more than 20 of the world’s premier chocolate makers. These makers include local favorites like DC’s Chocotenango, Harper Macaw and Undone Chocolate, Maryland’s Charm City Chocolates and Virginia’s Potomac Chocolate. (more…)

bloody mary
Courtesy Bloody Mary Fest

From an email:

“Event Details
Date: Saturday, May 7th
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Blind Whino (700 Delaware Avenue SW)

About the Event

The largest event of its type, The Bloody Mary Festival is a celebration of the most beloved brunch cocktail. Now in its second year in Washington DC, the Festival brings together the most innovative and crafty bloody mary mixes, curated by our team of Bloody Mary aficionados and made by local bars and restaurants. ~800 attendees have the opportunity to taste them all before voting for their favorite via the “People’s Choice Award.” A panel of industry judges will also select the “Best Bloody Mary in DC.” Tickets to the Festival include tastes of all participating Bloody Marys, bagel bar, cheese station and tastes of local food and beverage products.

We’ll be pouring Bloody Marys by: (more…)

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From a press release:

“Legendary go-go band Rare Essence will be headlining the Funk Parade 2016 Day Festival on Saturday, May 7th.

Rare Essence is gearing up to release their 15th album to coincide with the performance. The album can be pre-ordered through Funk Parade’s Indiegogo campaign, here.

Titled Turn It Up, the album marks not only the 40th anniversary of the band’s inception in 1976, but also a turning point in their career. Turn It Up is the first original studio album the band is releasing in over a decade. (more…)


From a press release:

“The National Cannabis Festival today announced De La Soul as the headlining performer for the inaugural event taking place on April 23, 2016, at the Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Lead-up performances by dancehall sensation Jesse Royal, Thievery Corporation’s Congo Sanchez, DC gogo favorites Backyard Band and local reggae group Nappy Riddem will set the tone for an afternoon of art, advocacy and education in celebration of progress on ending cannabis prohibition. (more…)


From a press release:

DC’s Funk Parade and Grammy-nominated local artist Kokayi put out a call for donations Tuesday to Washington residents: send us your sounds of the city.

The sounds are for a collaborative city-wide composition project, “Sounds of the City,” to create a song for DC, which Kokayi will compose with the donated sounds.

Washingtonians are asked to record sounds for the project and send them using their smartphones. Instructions are at (more…)