From a press release:

“WHAT: Cathedral Commons is gearing up to close down the Newark Street and welcome Washingtonians for an epic neighborhood experience – Spring Fest at Cathedral Commons curated by Art Soiree. Free and open to public, this spring themed street festival will offer attendees a chance to get a taste of the neighborhood through vibrant art, delicious food offerings and an all day live music & entertainment program.


“Spring in Bloom” themed art installation by Nena Depaz & Charlotte Hager

“Flower Couture” pieces by ManneqART

Delicious food tastings from local restaurants – the grande paella from Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, dumplings from Raku, & mini burgers from Cafe Deluxe to name a few

Over $3,000 in Free Raffle Giveaways – shopping gift cards to Core72, La Village Marche, gift baskets from Giant and The Cookery, restaurant gift certificates from Barcelona, Cactus Cantina, Cafe Deluxe, Raku, Grilled Oyster Company, work-out memberships & class packages to Pure Barre, [Solidcore], Zengo Cycle, tickets to Washington Ballet’s Bowie & Queen performance, and more.

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“Takoma Trukgarten: Food Trucks, Local Beer and Live Music in Takoma Park on Saturday, June 4th

Tickets available now for the Takoma Trukgarten on Saturday, June 4th from 12noon-5pm. Takoma Park’s newest event is back for a second year and is bigger and better!

Seven local breweries are participating: Denizen’s Brewing Co, 7 Locks Brewing, The Brewer’s Art, Port City Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch, Hellbender Brewing Company and Jailbreak Brewing Company. Plus food from local trucks including Hardy’s BBQ, Bao Banh Boys, Chix n Stix, La Strada and special oyster bar from Republic. A giant tent will provide sun and rain coverage.

DC area music favorites will take the stage all day including (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Miki J.

“Dear PoPville,

There’s some awesome stuff happening at the National Arboretum this weekend in celebration of World Bonsai Day. Many people might not know this, but the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the Arboretum has one of the best collections of bonsai anywhere in the world (outside of Japan).

There will be workshops, good food and vendors selling bonsai. Looks like the weather might start to clear up on Saturday and Sunday looks to be beautiful.

More info here.

I’ll be there as well – exhibiting photos from my new book, STEPHEN VOSS: CREATING PORTRAITS OF BONSAI, that I’ve been working on for the past year and a half. I’ll have copies of the book to sign as well, fresh from the printer.”

Chinese Elm, Training date unknown | Stephen Voss

Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

“5th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas
DC’s Funniest Cinco de Mayo Celebration is Back!


When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 1pm to 4 pm
Where: The Wharf 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Why: A benefit for local animal charities and a hilarious way to celebrate Cinco
What: Chihuahua races, food trucks, beer stands, live music, dog contests, a family friendly FREE event! (more…)

funk parade map
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Last week we looked at the agenda, now you can visualize it – and get there!

Also from MPD:

“On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the DC Funk Parade will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

Assembly Area

The parade will assemble in the 600 block of T Street, NW between Florida Avenue, NW & 7th Street, NW at 3:45 pm.

Parade Route

The parade will start at 4:00 pm in the 600 block of T Street, NW. The parade will travel along the following route:

West on T Street NW to Vermont Avenue, NW
Northeast on Vermont Avenue, NW to U Street, NW
West on U Street, NW to the 1200 block of U Street, NW where the parade will disband.

The parade route should be open to traffic by approximately 5:00 pm.”

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And this is cool as hell:

“The Funk Parade Boombox App

The What??? You mean a way that you can be a part of the parade and make a ton of noise even if you dont play an instrument?

Watch Kokayi and Torie from Cherry Blossom Creative demo the App Here

1) Download the App and get your friends to do the same
2) Get boombox or bluetooth speaker
3) Bring it to the Parade and Line Up by the Howard Theater at 3:30pm
4) Choose one of the Boomboxes in the App
5) Press Play
6) March and Dance

The details about the App Can be found in the release below.

Funk Parade Boombox Walk Press Release (PDF)

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

www.CulturalTourismDC.org (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.

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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