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by Courtney Brown — July 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Photo via NoMa BIDAn outdoor beer garden in NoMa is set to dust of its benches for a short amount of time this weekend, according to a newsletter from NoMa BID.

Wunder Garten announced it will host a “neighborhood sneak preview” at its new location at 1st and L streets NE this weekend from 4-10 p.m., the BID said.

Though it wasn’t immediately clear on what the “sneak preview” would entail, the BID promised patrons would be able to “drink great beers, enjoy the weather and experience Wunder Garten before they fully open for the season.”

by Courtney Brown — July 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm 0

Icebergs (Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum)

Capitol Hill-area residents are set to have the opportunity to chill out in a “fantastical glacial sea” with an undersea bridge and ice chute for free next week, according to the National Building Museum.

The Ward 6 day for the NBM’s “Icebergs” exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday from 9-11 a.m, according to the museum’s website. To get in without paying, Ward 6 residents must bring identification cards that show their zip codes.

The installation at 401 F St. NW will open to the general public at 10 a.m. But if they’re not members of the museum, they’ll have to pay between $13 and $16.

Firehook Bakery and Daikaya also will have snacks, including Japanese “kakigori” shaved ice.

The museum adds on it website:

ICEBERGS is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling, a material commonly used in building greenhouses. The 20′ high “water line” allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56′, reaches to the third story balcony of the Museum. ICEBERGS occupies a total area of 12,540 square feet.

Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum

by Courtney Brown — July 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Photo via DC DPRJuly is Parks and Recreation Month, and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) wants to celebrate the occasion with a day of sports, games and activities.

DPR plans to host its Second Annual Rec Day at Randall Recreation Center (South Capitol and I streets SW) on Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m.

The free event will have “fun activities, entertainment and food,” according to a press release.

DPR Director of Communications Gwendolyn Crump said she expects a larger turnout for this month’s rec day in comparison to last year. “We have more activities and more partners,” Crump added.

DPRSuperRecDay2016 backThis year’s activities include basketball, kickball, softball, tennis, a water slide and an obstacle course, according to an event flyer.

The event isn’t just limited to sports. Attendees can also play Playstation 4 games, participate in arts and crafts and watch fashion shows. For young children, the event will include face painting, storytelling and a tricycle relay.

by Alyse Mier — July 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm 0

DC Scoop, photo via MoKi MediaA spoon might come in handy for an ice cream social slated to return to Union Market this weekend.

Ice cream lovers can purchase ice cream, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and other frozen treats from local businesses in celebration of National Ice Cream Day during DC Scoop at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE) this Sunday at 1 p.m.

Businesses slated to attend the event include Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Carmen’s Italian Ice Dolci Gelati and Timber Pizza Co.

A panel of judges composed of ice cream aficionados from Dolcezza and Puddin’ will help crown the winner of the coveted “Best Ice Cream” title during the ice cream social. The event will also feature ice cream eating contests, raffles, samples and giveaways.

Photo courtesy of MoKi Media

by Courtney Brown — July 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Truckeroo (Photo via Georgetown Events)

A festival with live music, cold drinks, games and lots of food trucks is once again set to return to Navy Yard in a couple days.

Truckeroo, the self-described “biggest food truck gathering in D.C.,” is scheduled for the Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds (1299 Half St. SE) Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to a press release.

Admission is free, and more than 25 food trucks are slated to come to the event.

The food trucks slated to participate include:

  • BBQ Bus
  • Cajunators
  • Carmen’s Italian Ice
  • Crepe Love
  • DC Empanadas
  • DC Slices
  • Urban Poutine
  • Due South
  • Feelin’ Crabby
  • Fire & Rice
  • Halal Grill
  • Misco Honey
  • Pittsburgh Rick’s
  • Peruvian Brothers
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
  • South Meets East
  • Surfside
  • Swizzler
  • Tacos Matadores
  • That Cheesecake Truck
  • The Big Cheese
  • The Orange Cow
  • CarolinaQ
  • Korean BBQ Taco Box
  • NeatMeat DC
  • Rocksalt
  • Sloppy Mama’s

Photo via Georgetown Events

by Courtney Brown — July 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Woofstock, photo via Washington Human Society-Washington Animal Rescue LeagueA festival will bring dogs, beer, food trucks and live music to an event space near Union Market next month.

Barkly, a professional dog-walking service, and The Big Bad Woof, a pet supplies company, will host the second annual Woofstock at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE) on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 3-7 p.m.

The event will have craft beer from Raven Brewery, local food trucks, giveaways and a special animal adoption event.

“People in D.C. are hungry for dog-friendly events,”  Barkly co-founder Dave Comiskey said.

Around 350 people attended last year’s Woofstock event despite dismal rainy conditions, Comiskey said. This time around he’s expecting “well over 1,000 guests” to attend, weather permitting.

Locals can snag a free ticket online to attend the event.

Photo via Washington Human Society-Washington Animal Rescue League

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

La Vie rendering, photo courtesy of The WharfA French eatery, a bike and hardware shop, a wine store and a CVS are slated to open at a development on the Southwest waterfront next year.

A representative for the development shared the news in a press release this morning.

La Vie, a French and Mediterranean restaurant “that includes an extensive moules-frites menu, a wide selection of sweet and savory tartines and a variety of coastal-inspired beverages,” will open along “The Wharf’s most expansive and stunning vistas,” according to the release.

Foggy Bottom-based District Hardware and Bike is also coming to the Southwest development. The 50-year-old hardware store will open a new 6,300-square-foot shop next year, according to The Wharf. Likewise, Union Market’s Cordial Craft Wine, Beer and Spirits will occupy a 525-square-foot space in the development.

Pharmacy retailer CVS will also open a 9,000-square-foot store in the development, the press release reads.

Read the full press release below:

The following is an updated list of restaurant and retail offerings coming to The Wharf in 2017, as part of the development’s Phase I grand opening:

Social Restaurant Group’s 9,800-square-foot concept La Vie, their largest venture to-date, will feature French-Mediterranean cuisine that includes an extensive moules-frites menu, a wide selection of sweet and savory tartines and a variety of coastal-inspired beverages. Situated along The Wharf’s most expansive and stunning vistas, their space boasts a 1,100-square-foot waterfront terrace, and serves the resident pool deck above. La Vie also includes private access to a 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, poised to be Washington’s premier events space.

District Hardware and Bike, the nearly 50-year old family-owned hardware store, full-service bike shop and now café and water sport retailer, is expanding from its current location in Foggy Bottom. Their new 6,300-square-foot location will be designed by Natalie Park Design Studio and is the latest in a series of expansions for the store, which has been owned and run by the Conway family for three generations. To strengthen the concept, District Hardware and Bike has teamed up with local coffee roaster, Vigilante Coffee, to help design and launch the new café and coffee bar.

Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits by Eric Rohleder is expanding from its current operation in Union Market. His 525-square-foot location at The Wharf will feature a water view and products from independent importers and boutique distributors across the globe.

America’s largest pharmacy retailer CVS will occupy a 9,000-square-foot space at The Wharf.

Rendering of La Vie courtesy of The Wharf

by Courtney Brown — June 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm 0

Photo via Midnite BBQFood trucks will sling food late into the night during a special event near Union Market this weekend.

The “Midnite BBQ” will return for its third year at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE) this Sunday, according to its website.

Instead of hamburgers and hot dogs (which are apparently banned from the event) the barbecue’s food trucks will sling alternative fare like vegan food and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tickets are $30 before fees. A portion of the proceeds  go toward a charity that focuses on nutritional education, as its website noted.

More info on the Midnite BBQ from its website:

America is a melting pot of cultures, but the words “BARBECUE” or “cookout ” connote imagery of an “All-American” event, w/ a menu devoid of food that truly reflects our diverse American cultural make-up. To add, most BBQs and cookouts focus on grilling pork, beef and chicken. While people across many cultures enjoy these options, there is a thriving community of health enthusiasts / religious practices with diet restrictions. The MidniteBBQ was inspired by a team member growing up in a Muslim household, having to ask, ” is there pork in this?” at every cookout, potluck and BBQ attended. We decided to flip the script, while catering to everyone…weeding out the ordinary w/ “No Burgers. No Hotdogs”, adding late night hours, a variety of options for restricted diets, and exotic options for the most discerning tastes.

Photo via Midnite BBQ

by Tim Regan — June 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Photo via Facebook : H Street RunnersAmateur athletes are set to run from H Street to a local craft brewery later this week.

The H Street Runners will host a “fun run” from the Capital Bikeshare station at 11th and H streets NE to Atlas Brew Works at 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE Thursday at 7 p.m.

The route to the brewery will span about three miles, according to the event’s organizers. “This run will include a preview of Gallaudet’s outdoor track facility, which is to open to members of the surrounding community,” a Facebook post about the event reads. “We’ll do a lap or two around the track and have a little bit of fun with it (trust me!) before continuing on to the brewery.”

Attendees must bring a legal ID along with their running shoes, organizers said.

More information from the H Street Runners Facebook page:

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by Tim Regan — June 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Meals for the Homeless During Ramadan, photo via Third PillarD.C. Central Kitchen and a local charity are on the hunt for volunteers willing to help “prepare a meal for our less fortunate neighbors” during Ramadan later this week.

The kitchen has put out the call for locals who want to help cook hot meals for the homeless at its main kitchen located at 2nd and E Streets NW on Wednesday.

The event is an effort between D.C. charity American Third Pillar and D.C. Central Kitchen:

Ramadam Kareem! During this holy month, we hope you’ll join us to prepare a meal for our less fortunate neighbors. Third Pillar is partnering with DC Central Kitchen to make hot meals for the homeless in DC. The fun is contagious, and the shift is over in time to break our fast and move on to an evening of activities.

Prospective volunteers are asked to wear long pants, closed-toed shoes and arrive no later than 4:45 p.m. Volunteers must also be at least 12 years old.

Photo via Facebook / American Third Pillar Charities

by Tim Regan — June 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Trivia Under the Stars, photo via Facebook : Union MarketThe first installment of a three-part outdoor trivia series is scheduled to occur at Union Market Wednesday.

“Trivia Under the Stars,” an event hosted by Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, will return to the market at 1309 5th St. NE Wednesday at 7 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.

“Fuel your brainpower with fresh air at our thought-provoking summer series,” the event post reads. “Enjoy the same trivia format you know and love outdoors at one of the nation’s best food halls.”

Tickets cost $12 for one trivia night or $30 to attend all three.

Photo via Facebook / Union Market

by Tim Regan — June 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm 1 Comment

An annual race will bring screeching tires and revving engine to the RFK Stadium grounds next month.

The Red Bull Global Rallycross is slated to come back for its second annual race at RFK Stadium (2400 E Capitol St. SE) July 29 and 30.

More information on the race from its organizers:

Created to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars driven by star drivers against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact.

The race usually features cars tearing down and drifting on a partially paved track. Race fans can purchase tickets online.

Image and video via YouTube/Red Bull Global Rallycross

by Courtney Brown — June 23, 2016 at 12:35 pm 1 Comment

Cyclists will ride from NoMa to the Atlantic Ocean to promote autism awareness next month.

Nonprofit organization Bike to the Beach is slated to host its 10th annual charity bike ride on July 29. Locals can sign up for the 100-mile bicycle ride, which begins at Storey Park in NoMa, or the 60-mile ride, which begins at Wye Mills, Md.

Regardless of where cyclists start, they’ll finish the ride at Dewey Beach in Delaware.

More information about the event from Bike to the Beach:

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by Courtney Brown — June 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Union Market outdoor movies, photo via Union Market

An outdoor film series is returning to Union Market next Friday, July 1.

“Top Gun,” “Ratatouille” and two other films are scheduled to be projected outside during the Union Market Drive-in, according to event organizers.

The market is scheduled to screen a film on the first Friday of each month until October. Films start at sunset or around 8 p.m., organizers said.

The full list of films are below:

  • “Top Gun” on July 1
  • “Ratatouille” on Aug. 5
  • “Grease” on Sept. 2
  • “Ghostbusters” on Oct. 7

Tickets are $11.50 after fees.

Photo via Union Market

by Tim Regan — June 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Friday Night Fishing (Image via YouTube/Anacostia Riverkeeper)Locals will be able to cast a line for free this week along the Anacostia River in Navy Yard.

Anacostia Riverkeeper will host its first fishing event of the year Friday at the dock of Diamond Teague Park, which is immediately south of Nationals Park.

During the event, kids and adults alike can make use of free gear, bait and basic instructions while they fish from 5 to 8 p.m.

The catch-and-release fishing event is slated to occur every Friday night until August. The program is in its fourth year.

Image via YouTube/Anacostia Riverkeeper

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