by Tim Regan November 15, 2016 at 4:50 pm 2 Comments

TamalFest flyerAn event billed as “part culinary fiesta, part cultural exchange” is slated to come back to Columbia Heights early next month.

Local organization Hola Cultura will bring tamales, music and dancing to the Bell Multicultural High School (3101 16th St. NW) during its second annual “TamalFest“on Sunday, Dec. 4.

During the festival, “a stellar group of local tamal makers” will dole out samples and compete to see who steams the best tamale.

Though last year’s event sold out quickly, this year’s party will be “an even bigger and better,” organizers said. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased online.

More information from Hola Cultura:


by Tim Regan September 14, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

Crowds braved the wet weather and flocked to the annual 17th Street Festival this Saturday. And although some left with soaked shirts and soggy socks, it’s safe to assume all had a good time.

From Drag City Divas to dozens of vendors, here’s what went down at this year’s 17th Street Festival.

Crowd and band photos courtesy of Luis Gomez

by Sean Meehan August 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm 0

Columbia Heights Day 2014 (Photo via Facebook/ Columbia Heights Initiative)

The Columbia Heights Initiative plans to make its 10th Columbia Heights Day festival the biggest street celebration yet.

The festival will take place on 11th Street NW between Park Road and Kenyon Street from noon to 6 p.m. on September 12. Organizers at Columbia Heights Initiative, a local business group that plans and hosts events around the neighborhood, are planning for nearly 12,000 people throughout the course of the festival. In addition to the usual food and music, this year’s festival will feature a beer garden sponsored by Meridian Pint, a carnival area for kids and an adult-sized obstacle course.

“This year is our 10 year anniversary, which is awesome, so we’re really trying to blow it out,” said Brianne Dornbush, a community representative for Columbia Heights Initiative.

For the first time this year, vendors at the fair will be divided into four themed areas: health and wellness, community organizations, art and transportation.

“In previous years we just kind of put vendors at tables and didn’t think much about the placement,” Dornbush said. “This year we took a different approach so that if someone is looking to better their health, for example, they’ll have 14 or so organizations in one place to help them do that.”

A carnival for kids will also be set up on the field of Harriet Tubman Elementary School, which will include games and bounce houses.

But adults won’t be left out of the inflatable fun. Columbia Heights Initiative plans to set up an inflatable obstacle course for adults along 11th Street. Teams can also sign up to compete in a Zorb soccer tournament, in which the top half of players bodies are inside giant, clear inflatable balls. The tournament will also be held at Harriet Tubman Elementary, and teams can register online.

The Columbia Heights Initiative is also planning other future events at the Harriet Tubman field, including Friday night movie screenings throughout the Fall and a Halloween party. The first movie screening will be Ghostbusters on Sept. 4.

Photo via Facebook/ Columbia Heights Initiative 

by Tim Regan August 17, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

Adams Morgan Day organizers, photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Day

Adams Morgan Day is alive after all.

A humbler version of the popular street festival will take place on Sept. 13, community organizers announced last week.

The block party was cancelled in June after reportedly suffering “years-long turbulence” related to its management.

A group of Adams Morgan residents met in July to discuss bringing the festival back from the dead.

“It was just a matter of a number of people expressing concern and then deciding that we wanted to do something about it,” says co-coordinator A.Tianna Scozzaro. “There was an initial meeting about a month ago and it’s grown from there. We’re going door-to-door to let businesses know that this is happening.”

“It’s probably going to be quite scaled back from what people normally think of,” Scozzaro adds.

Though the festival won’t close off any roads, Scozzaro says close to 50 businesses including Black Squirrel, Town Tavern, and Grand Central will host events inside and on the sidewalk.

But there are no guarantees the festival will return next year, says Scozzaro.

“What the festival needs to revive itself fully is a nonprofit that can actually put it on in the years to come,” she says. “That could be either an existing nonprofit or the development of a new nonprofit. Ideally, there are enough community nonprofits that exist.”

Residents can donate to the upcoming festival here, and volunteer their time by e-mailing Scozzaro.

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Columbia Heights on 14th Street NW. Saturday’s festival is t 11th and Kenyon Streets NW.(Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Columbia Heights will celebrate its neighborhood this Saturday, October 6, with the Columbia Heights Day Festival from 10 am until 6 pm at Harriet Tubman Elementary Field (11th and Kenyon Streets NW).

Columbia Heights Day Initiative,  an independent grassroots nonprofit that organizes the Columbia Heights Day Festival, expects more than 12,000 people at the sixth annual event.

The day-long celebration includes everything from yoga workshops to live music, a cupcake eating contest, a KidZone, a petting zoo, local vendors and an entire row of delicious food trucks.

For more information on Columbia Heights Day and for a schedule of events, visit the festival websiste.

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Spend the weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan October 5, 6 and 7.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Columbia Heights Day Festival: Saturday, October 6 from 10 am until 6 pm at Harriet Tubman Elementary Field (11th and Kenyon Streets NW). Expect yoga workshops, live music, a cupcake eating contest, a KidZone, a petting zoo, local vendors and an entire row of delicious food trucks. For more information, visit
  • (e)merge Art Fair: A four-day-long event that celebrates international and underrepresented art from more than 152 artists hailing from 24 countries. The 2012 fair will take place October 4 through 7 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I Street SW). The fair is open to the public on Friday, October 5 from noon until 7 pm; on Saturday, October 6 from noon until 7 pm; and on Sunday, October 7 from noon until 5 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.
  • Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival: A homegrown music event that showcases more than 200 bands at 13 venues throughout the city. The festival is technically free, but purchasing wristbands for the weekend (prices range from $1 to $10) helps to support local and out-of-town musicians. More information on participating musicians, venues and the weekend schedule is available on the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival website.
  • The Fourth Annual North Capitol Main Street Festival: Sunday, October 7 from 11 am until 9 pm on T Street, between 1st Street and North Capitol. Expect a pig roast and buffet provided by Rustik Tavern and Boundary Stone, a beer and wine pavilion, local vendors, live music and a scavenger hunt with some promising prizes. For more information, contact Jordan Culberson at [email protected].
  • Story League Tournament at Black Cat: Story League returns to the Black Cat this weekend for its 9 pm show on Friday where winners from previous contests will compete for a chance to win $250. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.
  • Pleasant Pops Sidewalk Party: Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café will host a Sidewalk Party this Sunday, October 7,  from 2 to 5 pm in honor of its official grand opening at 1781 Florida Avenue NW. The pop shop will have free samples of its own Opal Basil Lemonade pop, plus goods from local vendors its store now carries, including Route 11 Chips, Gordy’s Pickles and Langdon Wood Whiskey Aged Maple Syrup. The party will also have music, cornhole and other games, prizes and the shop’s full menu of café drinks and eats for sale.
  • N Street Village Help the Homeless Walk and SoulFeast: N Street Village, a Logan Circle-based nonprofit that provides services to homeless women, will host a Help the Homeless Community Walk and a SoulFeast Block Party this Saturday, October 6. The walk starts at 9 am and the SoulFeast will begin after the walk. If N Street Village registers 4,000 in-person or virtual walkers, Fannie Mae will donate an additional $50,000 to the nonprofit’s programs. Registration is available online.
  • Sherry Vine Cabaret at Level One: In the mood for cabaret this weekend? Call Level One for an 8 or 8:30 pm seating on Friday, October 4, and you’ll be treated to the sweet voice of Sherry Vine.
  • Curtain Call Sundays (with show tunes!) at MOVA Lounge: Need to unwind from the weekend? MOVA Lounge (2204 14th Street NW) plays show tunes from 5 until 9 pm.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Sunday, October 7: Family of the Year, White Arrows, New Cassettes, 8 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, October 5: Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival (various artists), 9 pm
  • Saturday, October 6: Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival (various artists), 4:30 pm

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, October 5: The Walkmen, The War on Drugs, 8 pm
  • Saturday, October 6: Leftover Salmon, 8 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Saturday, October 6: The Ravonettes, 9 pm
  • Sunday, October 7: Frightened Rabbit, 8 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Saturday, October 6: Mint Condition, 8 pm
  • Sunday, October 7: Sunday Gospel Brunch, Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm

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Artomatic 2009 is May 29 to July 5 at the Capitol Riverfront, 55 M Street SE. (Image: Artomatic Web site.)

Artomatic 2009 is May 29 to July 5 in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood at 55 M Street SE. (Image: Artomatic Web site.)

This year’s Artomatic is May 29 to July 5 at 55 M Street SE in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood… on the Metro Green Line at Navy Yard. Registration is now open for artists who want to participate in Artomatic. Details below and at the Artomatic Web site.



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