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T-22 Days for REI Flagship Store Grand Opening and Block Party Oct. 21-23

by Prince Of Petworth — September 28, 2016 at 9:25 am 17 Comments

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From REI:

Join REI [1146 3rd Street, NE] for 3-day Block Party to celebrate the Grand Opening of our DC Flagship store! Friday we’ll open the doors at 10am with some big band fanfare (hint, hint) and DJs keep the party going all day.

Saturday and Sunday we’ll expand the block party to a main stage with live bands, Outdoor School classes, beer gardens, s’mores, screen printing, a climbing wall, and more. Saturday’s music starts with a family band at 10am and then goes on with live go-go, a Beatles cover band, and plenty of DJ sets (Biz Markie at 3pm!).

Sunday we’re teaming up with the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival to bring you a day of live bluegrass and Americana on the main stage. All 3 days the first 500 people in line receive a custom DC Camelbak bottle with a gift card inside. We’ll have free breakfast and coffee for all each morning. Everybody who attends all weekend can help REI decide how to split up $100,000 among 5 regionally focused outdoor non-profits!

TRANSPORTATION NOTE: there are several surface lots in the neighborhood, but we suggest you arrive by metro, bus, or bike. Our store entrance is adjacent to the NoMa/Gallaudet Metro station and the Metropolitan Branch Trail.”

Photo by Kristi Clough

  • pjl35

    Yay! And huh. I never noticed the Delaware Ave sign there before…

  • nancy

    Great, I can finally get 2nd street back!

    • pjl35

      lol…for what exactly?

      • SF

        For bike commuting to NOMA station. This has been a huge PITA over the last few months for those of us who approach from the south.

        • pjl35

          Ahh. I didn’t realize the street was closed to bicycle traffic considering regular/pedestrian traffic is open (unless that’s changed recently as well).

  • andy

    my dreams as a Washington migrant come true….

  • C G

    please take my $

  • So whoever was saying that it wasn’t going to be in Uline was clearly full of it. Can’t wait to watch beer garden + climbing wall.

    • Anon

      I sure was! (Though, I was quoting whom I believed to be a reliable source, so mea culpa there.)

  • EhDC

    I’m glad this REI will be opening! I’ve just seen this store in Arlington that does outdoor gear consignment: Second Ascent Consignment. Anybody been? I haven’t been yet but it seems promising!

  • joctag

    This opens the day I leave for trekking in Nepal. What luck 🙁

  • Just want to let everyone know that REI is partnering with TwoWheelValet.com to provide free bike valet parking at the event for Saturday and Sunday.

    No need to schlep your heavy lock all the way there. We’ll store your bike (and other belongings) in our secure lot so you can enjoy the festivities worry-free. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

  • NH Ave Hiker

    I’m kind of annoyed that this one is opening, it will always be packed. The College Park store was always so convenient and never overly busy.

    • Anon

      Uhm. Then keep going to the one in CP? Not sure why it will annoy you if you don’t have to go.

      • c

        i thought they were closing that one.

      • maxwell smart

        Isn’t the one in College Park closing now that this one opened?

  • D. Ata

    Does anyone know which food trucks are coming, and when?


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