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New Belgium’s Tour de Fat coming back to DC July 22nd

by Prince Of Petworth March 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm 17 Comments


From New Belgium Brewing:

“Grab your tickets and start planning for the Washington Tour de Fat on July 22, 2017. Expect to experience the unexpected. We’re bringing the party with Vintage Trouble and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory). Proceeds from the Washington Tour de Fat benefit Washington Area Bicycle Association, Black Women Bike DC, Phoenix Bikes, and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, so be sure to grab your tix today.

Jul 22, 2017, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
355 Water Street SE”

  • FridayGirl

    I still have so many questions about this. Why the $25 ticket this year? Does it include drink tokens? Why did they move it to night-time? I heard in some cities they’re getting rid of the bike parade because they couldn’t get the permits for later in the day (I’m not sure about DC, but wasn’t that always like, half the celebration)?

    • FridayGirl

      Also – not to go on and on – but I’m curious if this is now a ticketed event how they will still have it in Yards Park without non-ticketed people infiltrating the event somehow.

      • Anonymous

        You’ve been posting about this all day as if you have some stake in it and have been personally let down. Just a big fan?

        • FridayGirl

          I’m a huge fan! And I was really excited about volunteering this year! And now they changed everything :( :( :(
          Also I haven’t talked about it ~all~ day. I mentioned it on the RRRR but I posted it way late and assumed most people hadn’t noticed.

      • jes

        They have Jazzfest at Yards Park, which is ticketed. It involves a crazy creative amount of fencing, but it can be done.

  • kapitolhill

    TIcketed event now? No thanks. So much for going with friends, friends w/ kids, etc and just hanging, drinking a few beers, and enjoying ourselves. Ridiculous that they’re charging now.

    Couldn’t care less about the performances. We went for the friendly bike atmosphere, laid back daytime activities, and costume watching.

    • navyard

      As soon as you have a ticketed event, the barricades go up and you feel like a cow in the death corrals. No thanks. If I can’t come and go and walk up and down the riverfront, then I’m not interested. There are a lot of people who might want to pop in for one or two beers and the atmosphere. But $25 worth? I’d feel like I had to commit for the entire night. Nope. Not for me.

      • FridayGirl

        Especially if beers aren’t included in that $25, which I suspect they might not be. Numerous people have asked on New Belgium’s facebook page and they have not answered (despite answering other questions). Shame.

  • Kza Nomics

    Everyone should remember that this is a fundraising event that supports WABA, FAAB, Phoenix Bikes, and many other terrific organizations who do a ton around here. Presumably this raises a LOT more money for them.

    I thought it was essentially the perfect event before, but I’m gonna wait to until I attend to make any judgements.

    • RumRunner

      Not sure if that will be the case. They’re bringing in some bigger name music acts at the different cities so the ticket price will help pay for that. Maybe more funds will make it down to the organizations but I liked that it was pretty family friendly in the past.

      • MadMax

        Why would tickets make it less family friendly?

        • FridayGirl

          Because paying $25 for little kids to run around at night is kind of silly….

          • MadMax

            Families seem to handle tickets to movies, the circus, theater, ice skating, Disney, etc all just fine. I just don’t see the concept of tickets and families as being mutually exclusive.

      • Kza Nomics

        In some cities the acts might be bigger, but two years ago they had Charles Bradley and Reggie Watts. So I do think more money will be going towards organizations.

  • jenster8dc

    Hell yes! We missed this last year. Will happily pony up for tix — this event is a blast, and supports such good causes!

  • bje22201

    I’ve looked forward to it each year. Now, “You’re dead to me New Belgium!”. I knew things were off on a bad path with them after they made that horrible Ben and Jerry’s beer. So disappointed.

    First, it used to be in May if I remember correctly. Nobody goes outdoors on purpose in DC at the end of July. 95% of the time there is a thunderstorm that time of day.

    Secondly, was free, now it’s $25. If 100% of the proceeds went to the local charities, cool. But, bigger bands cost more money.

    Thirdly, who is Vintage Trouble? I’ve never heard of them, so they must be horrible. (watching a video on YouTube didn’t make me change my judgement).

    Fourthly, I don’t have kids. . . but I did enjoy that it was a family friendly event, with bikes being one of the primary draws. My girlfriend, dog, and I would go.

    Fifthly, just over it now.

    • MadMax

      Looks like Sean Spicer found the PoPville forums.


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