by Courtney Brown July 20, 2016 at 11:45 am 1 Comment

MidCity Dog Days

An annual sidewalk festival centered around dogs and local businesses will return to the 14th and U street corridors early next month.

More than 70 businesses, restaurants and organizations are expected to bring deals and freebies to parts of 14th and U streets as part of this year’s MidCity Dog Days festival on Aug. 6 and 7, said MidCity Exploration Manager Hallie Powell.

Founded in 2000, the yearly event has become a tradition where dozens of businesses in the area set up tents with giveaways and fun events for dog lovers and pups alike.

Before the sidewalk sale begins on Saturday, residents will have a chance to celebrate during the festival’s kick-off party at Miss Pixies (1626 14th St. NW) on Friday, Aug. 5. The party will include activities like balloon twisting, photo booths and music from classical jazz band Laissez Foure, Powell said.

by Jared Holt July 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Book Signing Photo via Facebook-OutwriteFest

Visitors to the 14th Street corridor will be steps away from reading and writing workshops hosted by members of the local LGBT writing community this weekend.

The fifth annual OutWrite Book Festival starts with a keynote speech from celebrated novelist James Earl Hardy tomorrow evening. Hardy will speak about his book series “B-Boy Blues” at the D.C. Center (2000 14th Street NW) from 6-9 p.m.

The festival will then host 37 vendors, workshops and authors from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following day.

David Mariner, Executive Director for the D.C. Center, says the festival’s exhibitors and speakers were selected by their interest or involvement within the LGBT community.

“While some LGBT voices are not kind of represented in mainstream media, those things are still few and far between and don’t necessarily reflect the diversity that’s within D.C.’s LGBT community,” Mariner says. “We have a wide variety of folks telling their stories. It’s a way to affirm and celebrate who we are.”

Outwrite will coincide with another popular 14th and U street festival,  MidCity Dog Days.

But Mariner says that’s purposeful. He adds that he hopes Dog Days attendees will visit the book festival and that visiting LGBT publishing companies and authors will visit the surrounding neighborhood.

The book festival is free and open to the public. Used books will also be sold on site; paperbacks will cost $1 and hardbacks will cost $2.

Image via Facebook.com/OutWriteDC

by Daniel Levitt July 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1,082 1 Comment

MidCity Dog Days

MidCity Dog Days is set to return to the Borderstan area this weekend.

The annual neighborhood sidewalk sale will take place this Saturday and Sunday on 14th Street NW from Thomas Circle to Florida Avenue NW and along U Street from 7th to 17th streets NW.

The sales will start at 9 a.m. and last until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Though the festival started in 2000 with six businesses, more than 70 business are expected to show up this year. Participating retailers include Home Rule, Lee’s Flower Shop, Crown Pawnbrokers and Urban Essentials.

MidCity Business Improvement District Formation Director Aaron DeNu says the event has become an area tradition.

“The Dog Days Sale and Festival has been a central unifying event that brings together otherwise disparate efforts,” DeNu said in an email.

“We’re excited to continue this tradition and expand upon its base in the future.”

MidCity BID is a nonprofit that aims to create and explore business opportunities in the area.

by Borderstan.com August 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

"Dog"

MidCity Dog Days 2012 in pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from MidCity Days 2012!

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos or email him at luis[AT]borderstan.com.

The MidCity Dog Days 2012 celebration took place Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5. Retailers and local organizations turned out in force on the  14th and U NW corridor to create a great shopping sale sidewalk party. There were sales, wonderful food and live entertainment for the thousands of local (and non-local) residents.

Pixie Windsor of Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and What not was the lead coordinator of 2012 Dog Days with retailers in the area. She said that several retail stores on 14th Street were reporting 100% increases in sales over last year’s Dog Days event.

“Plus, I think the the biggest boost was for the participating businesses on U Street. This year, Dog Days truly expanded from 14th Street to U Street as well,” said Windsor. She said the live music at sound stages was probably a contributing factor in the huge success of Dog Days 2012.

Once run by the MidCity Business Association (the organization is currently on hiatus) planning for this 13-year tradition was been taken over by the MidCity businesses themselves. This grassroots approach united local businesses and drew interest from new retailers as well as restaurants, community centers, and art and music venues. With street musicians, never-ending sidewalk sales, restaurant specials, and events up and down the corridor, the 2012 MidCity Dog Days just have been the most successful one yet. This year’s Dog Days had almost 50 local sponsors.

See you next year!

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by Borderstan.com August 4, 2012 at 9:58 am 0

Borderstan

Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

MOVA Lounge: Enjoy MOVA’s new rooftop terrace and bar and be sure to check MOVA’s list of daily specials as well as their live entertainment. At the northwest corner of 14th and W Streets NW on the 14th Street corridor.

MidCity Dog Days 13th Annual Sidewalk SaleCome out August 4th and 5th to the annual sidewalk sale and festivities on the 14th and U corridor, which are sponsored by the MidCity Business Association and businesses in the area.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

Jack Jacobson for State Board of Education: “I look forward to serving Ward 2 on the State Board of Education in January 2013! A main goal of mine will be to work with parents and the community at large to improve our neighborhood schools in Ward 2 and to ensure that parents have confidence in the ability of our public schools to provide their children a high-quality education”

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “At Hank’s Oyster Bar patrons enjoy coastal favorites and New England beach fare classics like lobster rolls, daily fish specials and meat ‘n’ two. Lightly fried items such as the popcorn shrimp and calamari and Ipswich clams balance Hank’s ice bar options which consist of a selection of raw oysters, tartar and ceviche.” At 1624 Q Street NW, just off the 17th Street corridor.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Clean Currents: “Take a stand for clean energy. Find out how to go solar at home.” Green Energy solutions with locally based Clean Currents.

The Bike Rack: The Bike Rack is a full service independent bicycle dealer at 1412 Q Street NW. “Our passion is cycling and our goal is to offer outstanding service to a wide variety of cyclists and athletes by creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in our shop.”

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

Aura Spa: “Aura Spa at VIDA Fitness is DC’s most unique urban boutique neighborhood oasis — a chic Washington, DC, neighborhood day spa for men & women.” At the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW and the Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com August 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,313 0

"Market"

The 14 & U Farmers’ Market joins MidCity Dog Days Celebration. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This weekend is all about MidCity Dogs Days. This Saturday the 14 & U Farmers’ Market joins the celebration with live entertainment, sales, free shopping bags (courtesy of Room & Board) and fans. (You can also get more info on the market’s Facebook page.) The market is open Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.

What to Expect?

Just like every Saturday, your favorite stands will be there with fresh produce, meats, baked goods and flowers.

  • There will be a cooking demonstration by Ibti Vincent and Think Local First DC — with great market recipes.
  • Whisked! will have a Pie Raffle with a Mixed Berry Pie, and Corn and Feta Quiche.
  • Dolcezza is having a big sale on all the flavors of their gelati and sorbeti.
  • Panorama will offer French breakfast pastries on sale.
  • Goat Cheese? Cherry Glen’s Goat Cheese is real French style Chevre… plus Ricotta and artisanal mounds of matured brie-like cheese soft rind cheeses
  • It’s tomato season (and there’s no better plan to get heirlooms.) Check out Truck Patch.
  • And don’t forget the meat. There is always a great selection of pork and beef from several vendors, straight from local farms.

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by Borderstan.com August 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

"Borderstan"

The weekend in Dupont-Logan-U Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

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 Borderstan August 4th and 5th.

MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival

The annual MidCity Dog Days celebration is finally here! On August 4th and 5th, join more than 70 local businesses and retailers for live music, discounted merchandise, food, drinks and an array of fun events. Here are some of the festival’s highlights:

  • Dog Days Sidewalk Sale: Always a favorite of the weekend, the Sidewalk Sale will feature chic clothes and accessories from community retailers at discounted prices.
  • The Best in Dog Show: Think that your four-legged best friend is the cutest pup in the community? Why not enter Fido into the Best in Dog Show? The friendly competition will take place Saturday, August 4 from 9 to 11 am at the African-American Civil War Memorial (U Street and Vermont Ave NW).
  • Zumbathon Demo: Don’t miss your chance to showoff your Zumba skills with VIDA‘s Zumba instructors. The booty-shaking demo will take place on Saturday, August 4 from 11 am to 12:30 pm at 15th and P Streets NW.
  • Listen Local First Street Music Showcase: Catch some of the neighborhood’s best local musicians at various pop-up street performances throughout the weekend.
  • City Dogs Rescue Adoption Event at CityPaws Animal Hospital: On Saturday, stop by CityPaws Animal Hospital (1823 14th Street NW) for a great community event featuring adoptable dogs from City Dogs Rescue. CityPaws will provide visitors with educational information, as well as a doggie treat bar for all the dogs out and about at the Dog Days Sidewalk Sale. Adoptable dogs will be onsite from  10 am until 4pm, weather permitting.
  • DC Flea Market: Come see what the Huffington Post considers a great place to find some of DC’s most unique things at the DC Flea Market at the Dog Days Festival. The N Street Village Community Craft Collective will be out selling their handmade items and DJ Jah-Sonic will be spinning the tunes. The Flea Market will take place on Sunday, August 5 from noon until 6 pm at Blackbyrd (2005 14th Street NW).

The Festival takes place on August 4 and 5 on 14th Street NW (between P Street and Florida Avenue) and U Street NW (between 9th Street and 17th Street). Times for the event are 9 am to 8 pm on Saturday, August 4 and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday, August 5.

Borderstan.com is a proud sponsor of the MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival. For more information on the event and participating businesses, visit the Dog Days website  or email [email protected]; and stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on specific Dog Days events.

Local Events and Exhibits

  • Rave by the Pool with Brightest Young Things: On Saturday, August 4, join Brightest Young Things for one of their notorious pool parties from 11 am until 7 pm at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I Street SW). Pack your suit and prepare for a day filled with bikinis, pool games, DJs, food and drinks! Tickets are $15 in advance and are available online.
  • “Beyond the Story” at National Geographic: The National Geographic Museum (1145 17th Street NW) is exhibiting some of its best photographs that have never been seen before. The free exhibit ends on Sunday, August 5 and is open from 10 am until 6 pm daily.
  • DC United vs Columbus Crew: Come cheer on the Black and Red as they enter the home stretch of the season for their first playoff berth since 2007. The game is Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 pm at RFK Stadium (2400 E Capitol Street SE).

Live Music and Performances

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, August 4: Red Light District – a disco-house music dance party, 10 pm.
  • Sunday, August 5: Broncho, Bad Weather California, 8 pm.

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Saturday, August 4: Total War, Tiger Bitter, RCRDS, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, August 5: Hurlebaus, Kairos House, Two Inch Astronaut, 7:30 pm.

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Saturday, August 4: Our Lady Peace, Mean Creek, 8 pm.
  • Sunday, August 5: Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, 7 pm.

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Saturday, August 4: Drop Electric, Conveyer, Southwork, Presto Bando, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, August 5: AU, Tu Fawning, 8 pm.

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by Borderstan.com August 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,334 0

"MidCity Dog Days"

MidCity Dog Days: Are you ready to shop? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Borderstan

It is time for MidCity Dog Days again: Come out and support our local businesses and enjoy our neighborhood. The 13th Annual MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Sale & Celebration this year has a lot to offer.

Featured Events

Dog Days Sidewalk Sale: This tradition continues to anchor the festival with most of the MidCity Retailers hitting the sidewalks and offering special promotions on their merchandise. Shop your favorite MidCity furniture, apparel and vintage retailers this weekend and you may just score the deal of the year!

The Best in Dog Show: Saturday August 4th from 9:00 to 11:00am at the African-American Civil War Memorial (Plaza at U Street and Vermont Avenue NW) Dog Days will be showcasing the best of the District’s four-legged stars. See what great prizes you could win in this fun competition with categories like: Best Vocalist, Best Puppy, Best Tricks, Best Costume, Best Look-a-Like, and more! Sponsored by Planet Pet, Bank of Georgetown, and the African-American Civil War Memorial. May the best pooch win!

Zumbathon Demo: Saturday, August 4th from 11:00am to 12:30pm. In the spirit of Martha and the Vandella’s, take part in “Dancin in the Street” with VIDA’s ZUMBA instructors. Taking place at 15th and P Streets NW. More information to follow.

Listen Local First Street Music Showcase: Listen Local First will organize pop up street music performances throughout the MidCity Corridor including the Mobile Music Venue–creating alternate exposure opportunities for talented local musicians.

Restaurant Specials: Beat the heat and stop in your favorite MidCity restaurants for drink and food specials this weekend.

Open Houses: Stop into local galleries, venues, banks, and shops for snacks, giveaways, and events throughout the day.

Once run by the MidCity Business Association, currently on hiatus, planning for this thirteen-year tradition has been taken over by the MidCity businesses themselves. This grassroots approach has united local businesses and drawn interest from new retailers as well as restaurants, community centers, and art and music venues. With street musicians, never-ending sidewalk sales, restaurant specials, and events up and down the corridor, the 2012 MidCity Dog Days will be the biggest one yet.

MidCity Dog Days: The Details

  • WHO: Over 70 local retailers, restaurants, galleries, and businesses
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 4 (9:00am to 8:00pm) and Sunday August 5 (10:00am to 7:00pm)
  • WHERE: MidCity Corridor, NW Washington DC: 14th Street (between P Street and Florida Avenue) and U Streets (between 9th Street and 17th Street)
  • THE DETAILS: On the weekend of August 4 and 5, over 70 local businesses will spill out into the streets along the MidCity Corridor to present the 13th Annual MidCity Dog Days event.

Mark your calendars and get ready for a weekend of local shopping, eating, sipping, listening, and people watching, filled with special offers and promotions at every corner. Dogs welcome!

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by Borderstan.com August 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1,671 0

"MidCity Dog Days Kick Off Party"

Click above to see the photos: MidCity Dog Days Kick-Off Party at Joan Hisaoka Gallery. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

The MidCity Dog Days celebration kicked-off Tuesday evening with a party at the Joan Hisaoka Art Gallery (1632 U Street NW).

Businesses and retailers participating in this weekend’s Dog Days Sidewalk Festival attended the bash and shared wine and appetizers provided by Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Cork Wine Bar and Cork Market, with the event’s organizers.

The MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival will take place Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th on 14th Street NW (between P Street and Florida Avenue) and U Street NW (between 9th Street and 17th Street). Times for the Festival are 9 am to 8 pm on Saturday, August 4 and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday, August 5. For a list of the Festival’s featured events, see our Dog Days preview and visit the Dog Days website.

Borderstan.com is a proud sponsor of the MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival. For more information on the event and participating businesses, visit the Dog Days website  or email [email protected]; and stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on specific Dog Days events.

We’ll see you this weekend!

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by Borderstan.com August 1, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,154 1 Comment

"Mid City"

Dog Days 2011: Click above for more pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

This year’s MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival is right around the corner, August 4-5, and the organizers of the neighborhood celebration are giving us something to sing about. For the first year, the weekend event will have live music stages and performances along the festival’s walking route.

Listen Local First, a local music initiative devoted to building awareness and creating opportunities for local musicians and venues, teamed up with Dog Days to bring more than 40 local bands, artists and DJs to eight different stages throughout the weekend. Details on the stage locations and the scheduled musicians are below.

The MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival started in 2000 with six business, and has since grown to a full-neighborhood celebration with more than 70 local participating businesses. It is organized by businesses along the 14th and U corridor.

The Festival takes place on August 4 and 5 on 14th Street NW (between P Street and Florida Avenue) and U Street NW (between 9th Street and 17th Street). Times for the event are 9 am to 8 pm on Saturday, August 4 and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday, August 5. For a list of the Festival’s featured events, see our Dog Days preview and visit the Dog Days website.

Borderstan.com is a proud sponsor of the MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Festival. For more information on the event and participating businesses, visit the Dog Days website  or email [email protected]; and stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on specific Dog Days events.

Stage Locations and Scheduled Musicians

The Fashion District Stage (U Street between 16th and 15th St NW)
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm Saturday and Sunday
Artists Performing: Sara Davenport, Rachel Levetin, Karen Jonas, Linsay Demig, Margot MacDonald, Victoria Vox, By & By Bluegrass Band, Deb Felz, Maryjo Mattea, Dance for the Dying and Sweet Interference

Dog Days Stage at the African Civil War Memorial (Corner of U and 10th Streets NW)
Time: Saturday 9 am – 7 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 7 pm
Artists Performing: Jason Mendelson, Jim Shirey, Riverbreaks, Brian Franke, Kyle Crosby, Nathaniel Davis, 50 Machines, Fire and the Wheel, Jason Brunner, Charlie Harrison, Lunatic, Immobilaire, Javier Sparks, Dom-O, Grey Area, Harmonic Blue, Don Kim

14th and U St Farmers Market (Corner of 14th and U Streets NW)
Time: Saturday 10 am – 1 pm
Artists: TBA

Batala Performance – Sunday (more details on the way)
Place: 14th and U Streets NW

Whole Foods (P Street between 14th and 15th Streets NW)
Time: Saturday 11 am – 3  pm
Artists: Jon Blashford, Don Kim, Jim Shirey and more

Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Stage (Corner of 14th and Corcoran Streets NW)
Time: Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm
Artists: TBA more info at http://sweetteapumpkinpie.com/

Current Boutique Stage (1809 14th Street NW)
Time: Saturday  2 pm – 6 pm, Sunday 4 pm – 6 pm
Artists: Gordon Daniels, Stepbrothers w/ Frank Mitchell, holychild

Som Records  DJ Stage (1843 14th Street NW)
Time: Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm
Artists: DJ Naruka, DJ’s Uschi Obermaier and Rick Moranis, NiteKrawler, Justin Jouvenal, Jeyone and Frank Mitchell, DJ Neville C, DJ Provoke, DJ Retrospect, Moose, DJ D Mac, The Secret Chimp

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by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,027 0

"Local 16 Pork Roast"

Local 16’s “Pig Roast V” on July 26. Click above to see the pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Last Thursday Local 16 held “Pig Roast V” to benefit MidCity Dog Days (August 4-5) and Think Local First DC last Thursday, July 26.

It was a great event… a hot, traditional summer event in the neighborhood. True summer is about block parties and fun, and what could be better than an all-you-can eat pig roast? This year, complimentary Peronis were given out while blues artist Jonny Grave played to the crowd.

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by Borderstan.com July 25, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

"Local 16"

Don’t miss the pig roast at Local 16, Thursday, July 26. Above: Photos from Eat Local First’s Saturday Farm-to-Street party. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This Thursday, July 26, from 5 pm to 8 pm, Local 16 (1602 U Street NW) will hold “Pig Roast V” to benefit the MidCity Dog Days (August 4-5) and Think Local First DC.

For neighbors this is already a traditional summer event. True summer is about block parties and fun and what could be better than an all-you-can eat pig roast? This year Blues artist Jonny Grave will be on hand and there will be complimentary Peronis, too.

You can purchase tickets online through the Capitol Deal. Hint: They’re a bargain! Get them while you can.

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by Borderstan.com July 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,085 0

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

Does your dog have what it takes to win the title at the Dog Days Best in Dog Show on August 4? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Calling all dogs that bark, look great in costumes and are just all-around adorable: You may not have a spot in the region’s competitive dog shows, but you sure have one (and a doggone good chance of winning) in the Best in Dog Show on Saturday, August 4.

The friendly competition is part of this year’s MidCity Dog Days of Summer and will take place from 9 to 11 am at the African-American Civil War Memorial (1925 Vermont Avenue NW).

Prizes will be awarded for several different categories, including Best Vocalist, Best Puppy, Best Tricks, Best Costume, Best Look-a-Like, Best Couple, Best Small Breed, Best Large Breed, Best Mixed Breed, Best Sense of Humor and Best in Show.

For more information on the four-legged event, visit the MidCity Dog Days website or email midcitydogdays[AT]gmail.com; and stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on specific Dog Days events.

May the best pups win!

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by Borderstan.com July 19, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,410 0

MidCity Business Association, 2011 Dog Days Sidewalk Sale, Luis Gomez Photos

The 2011 MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Sale and Celebration. This year’s event is August 4th and 5th on 14th and U 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]borderstan.com.

Those who stick around the city during August might agree that it is the most peaceful time of year in the District. Chances are, you can actually snag a seat on the metro, the beltway looks more like a road and less like a clogged pipe and you just might score a reservation at one of 14th Street’s newest restaurants.

To help celebrate these so-called “dog days” of summer, the MidCity Business Association and local businesses will host the 13th Annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale and Celebration. (Find Dog Days on Facebook, too.)

On August 4th and 5th, join more than 70 local retailers, restaurants, galleries and businesses for sidewalk sales, music, food and drinks. The celebration will take place on 14th Street NW (between P Street and Florida Avenue) and U Street NW (between 9th Street and 17th Street).

Times for the event are 9 am to 8 pm on Saturday, August 4 and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday, August 5.

Featured Events

Dog Days Sidewalk Sale: Always a favorite of the weekend, the Sidewalk Sale will feature chic clothes and accessories from community retailers at discounted prices.

The Best in Dog ShowThink that your four-legged best friend is the cutest pup in the community? Why not enter Fido into the Best in Dog Show? The friendly competition will take place Saturday, August 4 from 9 to 11 am at the African-American Civil War Memorial (U Street and Vermont Ave NW). Careful, we all know that Lupe is the cutest.

Zumbathon Demo: Don’t miss your chance to showoff your Zumba skills with VIDA‘s Zumba instructors. The booty-shaking demo will take place on Saturday, August 4 from 11 am to 12:30 pm at 15th and P Streets NW.

Listen Local First Street Music Showcase: Catch some of the neighborhood’s best local musicians at various pop-up street performances throughout the weekend.

MidCity Dog Days will also feature a variety of restaurant specials and open houses. Stop in your favorite restaurants and retailers for deals on food and drinks and for special promotions and giveaways.

For more information on the event and participating businesses, visit the MCBA website  or email [email protected]; and stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on specific Dog Days events.

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by Borderstan.com December 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm 0

MidCity Holly Days Miss Pixie's 14th Street NW Logan Circle

Miss Pixie has her pink Christmas Tree up in her store window at 1626 14th Street NW. Santa Claus will pay a visit to Miss Pixie’s on Saturday, 4 to 6 pm, as part of the MidCity Business Association’s weekend Holly Days event. No, the tree is not for sale. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email.

The MidCity Business Association will rekindle the spirit of their always popular summer Dog Days event this holiday season with Holly Days, set to take place this Saturday and Sunday, December 11-12. More than 100 merchants along 14th Street NW from Belmont St. to Thomas Circle and U St. NW from 9th to 17th Street will participate in the event.

For the young, and young at heart, Santa will be at Miss Pixie’s Furnishing and Whatnot on Saturday from 4 to 6 pm handing out candy and listening to Christmas wishes.

Holly Days will feature special discounts, events, food, music and even a visit from Santa. Participating businesses include shops, galleries and restaurants. So, whether your weekend plans include gift buying or just relaxing, there is something for everyone.

Borderstan is a member of the MidCity Business Association.

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