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Laura’s Weekend Picks: Irene Edition (Festivals Postponed, Cancelled)

by Borderstan.com August 26, 2011 at 10:20 am 5 Comments

DC State Fair, foodnewsie.com, Columbia Heights Day

Organizers of the DC State Fair and Columbia Heights Day were forced to postpone or cancel Saturday’s events. (Photo from Bryan at foodnewsie.com)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at [email protected]

It seems like we all have two options this weekend:

  1. Give in to earthquaccaneapocalypse and plan to wait out the storm (Come on, Irene) with lots of bottled water, candles and movies, or
  2. Brave the storm, get up and go this weekend, because there are still a ton of things going on.

Of course please be safe if Hurricane Irene lives up to all the hype, but I’d encourage you to grab your slicker and get on this weekend lineup:

Friday, August 26

  • Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration for the ages Celebrate MJ at 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW) presented by DJ Dredd. Doors at 9, tickets $15. Go prepared to dance.your.face.off.
  • You could also go check out weekly Friday Night Frights at Black Cat (1811 14 Street NW) and stick around for the Modern Man show at 9 pm, with openers Harper Blynn (really good) and The Dustys.

Saturday, August 27

  • UPDATE: Organizers were forced to cancel Columbia Heights Day. The good news is that the DC State Fair has only been postponed and entries for DC State Fair have been reopened. Columbia Heights Day and the DC State Fair are on todayrain or shine. Head uphill to C-Heights to celebrate the neighborhood festival featuring live music, vendors, a petting zoo (if that’s your thing?), and lots and lots of food trucks. Last year, my friend was crowned “King of Columbia Heights” and we stole his scepter later in the night. Good times, good times. Follow @ColHeightsDay for more info. Location for both events is 11th and Kenyon Streets NW on the Harriet Tubman Elementary School Field.
  • At night , it’s a pretty fair toss up between two reliably awesome dance parties: Bliss at U Street Music Hall (1115A U Street NW), or On and On at Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW).

Sunday, August 28

  • Artjamz also wraps up its summer residency at the Corcoran this weekend, so stop by and check it out. Plus, museums are always a good rainy day activity.

There you have it. What are YOU doing this weekend, Borderstan? Let us know what we missed, and stay dry out there.

Comments (5)

  1. “It saddens us to say, due to circumstances beyond our control, the 5th Annual Columbia Heights Day Festival is cancelled. Many of the companies and services that we rely on to present the festival are unable to perform their contracted duties for us, due to the potential of extreme weather. We sincerely apologize for the last minute notification, but our decision to cancel the festival is based on information provided to us this morning.

    We are in the process of reaching out to all festival participants to make them aware of the event cancellation. Over the coming days, we will be answering specific questions from individual people and organizations regarding this situation. Until then, we thank you in advance for your patience as we sort through the logistics; please stayed tuned to our Facebook and Webpage for updates.”

  2. Yo! You should update your post. Columbia Heights Day was canceled this morning.

  3. Thanks for the updates on the cancellation, everyone. Still lots of things to do! Stay dry…

  4. Laura, thank you for letting everyone know that DC State Fair is working to reschedule our contests! Unfortunately, Columbia Heights Day (to my knowledge) will not be rescheduling, so we’re looking at getting vendor space elsewhere.

    Look for the details of our new date and location–hopefully we’ll hammer something down soon!

  5. Great! Thanks for the update.

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