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Have a safe and fun long weekend! If you get any good fireworks photos (neighborhood or National Mall) please upload to the PoPville flickr pool, email to [email protected] or tweet to @PoPville. Thanks!

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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.”

From a press release:

“The producers of the highly successful and popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festivals in Florida and New York have announced plans to stage the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival – DC to be presented in association with VP Records. The event is set to take place on Sunday June 19, Downtown, Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between 12th and 14th streets from noon to 9:00 p.m. Thousands are expected to flock to the festival for a taste of jerk cuisine, cultural offerings and a variety of activities making for an enjoyable fun-filled family day.

June is celebrated as Caribbean-American Heritage Month and the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival DC will highlight the food, music and culture of the Caribbean for all to enjoy as part of the month-long celebrations. Food vendors at the festival will offer a variety of Jerk dishes such as chicken, pork, fish, lobster as well as the unusual jerk ice cream and jerk popcorn. Celebrity chefs will demonstrate tasty dishes and compete in a jerk cook-off for bragging rights and the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy.

Entertainment will feature veteran reggae star Freddie McGregor, young hit maker Christopher Martin, female sensation Ikaya, Barbados’ soca star Edwin Yearwood, the talented No-Maddz band and DC’s popular Image Band along with DJ G-Nice. (more…)


From an email:

“The National Science Foundation will be one of a few groups and a lot of amateur astronomers who gather by the Washington Monument for the 7th annual Astronomy Festival on the Mall. At the NSF booth alone, we plan to have some great resource materials and a few different kinds of telescopes. It is always a good time, and folks love the evening-centric affair, where they get the opportunity to explore the skies with a plethora of telescopes and experts (6-11 p.m. although it often starts as people see us setting up around 4:30 p.m.!).”

• Day/night close-up views of the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars with optical and radio telescopes

• Planetarium shows under a 25-foot dome

• Interactive hands-on activities presented by NASA and other science and educational organizations

• Astronomical image exhibits

Admission is free.

Organized by Dr. Donald Lubowich Coordinator of Astronomy Outreach Hofstra University

For more information, visit hofstra.edu/dcstars

Friday, June 10, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Washington – National Mall 15th Street NW and Constitution Ave, Washington, DC

Photo by PoPville flickr user Elvert Barnes

From MPD:

“On Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Capital Pride Alliance will be hosting the Capital Pride Parade in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration.

Street Closures and Assembly Area

The Capital Pride Parade will stage at the following locations. The roads mentioned will be closed from 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

23rd St NW between N St and Q St,
22nd St NW between N St and Q St,
N St NW between 21st St and 23rd St,
Newport St between 21st St and 22nd St,
St NW between 21st St and 22nd St,
Q St NW between 23rd St and Massachusetts Ave NW

Parade Route (more…)