Around Town: Curbside Cookoff @ Storey Park, 10/15/16

Captain Cookie food truckCaptain Cookie will be at Curbside Cookoff 2016 (Photo Credit: majunznk)

This year’s Curbside Cookoff takes place at Storey Park in NoMa. A veritable feast of food truck options, Curbside Cookoff seeks to give you food and entertainment while supporting a good cause, No Kid Hungry.

Besides food trucks and drinks, come out for the live music, vendors, artists and more.

Get your tickets now. A general entry ticket gets you entry and four tastings and a drink.

Curbside Cookoff 2016
Storey Park (NoMa)
Saturday, October 15, 2016
11am-4pm
$0-55
All ages (21+ to drink)

Around Town: DC REI Flagship Grand Opening Block Party, 10/21-10/23/16

REI Block Party

If you don’t know by now that REI will finally open its first store in NoMa this October, I’ll happily fill you in.

But you know, so this is just a reminder to mark your calendars for the grand opening taking place over the weekend of October 21-23.

Starting on Friday, October 21st at 10am there will be activities and music and classes and free food and a beer garden and plenty more.

Music includes a Beatles cover band, DJs (including Biz Markie on Sat. at 3pm), live bluegrass and Americana.

The first 500 people who enter each day will win a DC Camelbak bottle with a gift certificate.

REI’s latest flagship store is transforming the former Uline Arena into a mecca of outdoor gear and goodness. There will also be a La Colombe inside, which will be the third location in DC for this coffee shop.

For you outdoor enthusiasts, REI has also been hosting 100 days of events called United Outside leading up to the opening. There are still a few left, though many are full, you can request to be put on the wait list. Find the remaining events here.

DC REI Flagship Grand Opening Block Party
Washington DC REI (201 M Street NE, Washington, DC 20002)
Fri-Sun, October 21-23, 2016
10:00am-6:00pm
Free
All ages

Around Town: DC State Fair @ Storey Park, 8/28/16

D.C. State Fair

Let’s get cheeky, we have our own ‘State’ Fair in DC!

It comes to Storey Park in NoMa on Sunday, August 28th.

You can find agriculture and artists and food and music and workshops and contests.

This will be the seventh annual DC State Fair, it started in 2010 at the Columbia Heights Day festival and has been held in different parts of the city since.

Check out the schedule of workshops and music/live performances here.

DC State Fair 2016
Storey Park @ NoMa (1005 First Street, NE)
Sunday, August 28, 2016
11am-8pm
Free Admission (pay for food and beverages)
All ages

Stars and Bars: Drink the District Beer Fest @ Storey Park — 7/30/16

Drink the District 04 Charm City Meadworks at Drink the District’s Beer Fest (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder, goes the famous T-shirt slogan, and it was a beautiful day indeed at Storey Park for the 5th Annual Beer Fest by Drink the District.

Hundreds upon hundreds of attendees enjoyed samples of more than 100 beers, ciders, meads, and more, as the overcast weather made it a simply fabulous time to be outdoors. If I have to stand without cover in Storey Park for an afternoon, I couldn’t have asked for better than the warm but cloudy day we experienced on Saturday.

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Around Town: United Outside by REI for 100 Days

Appalachian TrailHiking the Appalachian Trail

October is coming! In October, the flagship REI store in NoMa opens. The Grand Opening Block Party will be held from October 21-23.

Once you’ve returned from putting those dates on your calendar, let’s look at what you can do in the meantime.

Get excited, because REI, partnering with many local businesses, will be conducting 100 days of activities, which they call United Outside.

From REI Wrench Nights at breweries where you can work on your bike, to bike tours, to campfires at Wunder Garten making s’mores, to classes on any range of outdoor activity, to coordinated efforts to see movies in NoMa, and much more, there is almost anything you can dream of.

Find the full list of events here.

 

Here are a few I’m looking at:

Campfire Chat Series: Sneak Peak of the DC Flagship
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (First and L St. NE Washington, DC)
Monday, July 11
6:30-8:00pm
Free

Campfire Hangout With S’mores (repeating event)
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (First and L St. NE Washington, DC)
Friday, July 15
6:30-9:00pm
Free

NoMa Summer Screen: DC Adventure Film Festival Sneak Peek
NoMa Junction @ Storey Park
Tuesday, August 23
7:00-8:30pm
Free

Elevated Camping: Hammock Camping Basics
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (First and L St. NE Washington, DC)
Tuesday, September 20
6:30-8:00pm
Free

Around Town: NoMa Summer Screen @ Storey Park, Begins 6/1/16

NoMA Summer Screen

Every week, starting June 1st, and continuing for 13 weeks, feel free to head down to Storey Park in NoMa and catch an outdoor movie.

The first film will be the epic tale, Raiders of the Lost Ark. If only I was free that day.

Prince Tribute Alert! There will be a special summer screening of Purple Rain on June 7th (the only screening held on a Tuesday).

Movies start as sunset, but get there early with chairs or blankets, because it gets very busy! Doors at 7:00pm.

What movies can you see?

  • June 1: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)
  • June 7: Special Screening of Purple Rain – Tuesday
  • June 8: Princess Bride (PG)
  • June 15: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
  • June 22: Jumanji (PG)
  • June 29: Fast Five (PG-13)
  • July 6: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (PG)
  • July 13: Life of Pi (PG)
  • July 20: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (PG-13)
  • July 27: E.T. (PG)
  • August 3: Apollo 13 (PG)
  • August 10: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)
  • August 17: Jurassic Park PG-13

NoMa Summer Screen Film Series
Storey Park (1005 First Street, NE)
Begins June 1 (through August 17) (Wednesdays)
7:00pm doors (Movie at sunset – around 8:30pm)
Free Admission (pay for food trucks)
All ages

Around Town: Final Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series, 4/19/16

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Next Tuesday, Apri 19th, come out for the fourth and final session of the Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series.

The topic is ‘Climate Change’, a look at how DC is addressing issues related to climate change, all while having some free beer, wine and popcorn.

It will be moderated by Tommy Wells, Director of Department of Energy & Enviroment

With the following panelists:

  • Harriet Tregoning, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Angela Fritz, Deputy Weather Editor, Capital Weather Gang
  • Dave Good, Manager, Energy and Sustainability, Gallaudet University

 

Register for the free event here.

 

Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series
Session 4 (of 4): Climate Change
The Lobby Project (1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002)
Tuesday, April 19
6:00-8:00pm
Free
All ages

I went to the session on March 15th, on “Urban Adventures”. Here is what I learned:

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Around Town: Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series, 3/15/16

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Next Tuesday, March 15th, come out for the third session of the Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series.

The topic is ‘Urban Adventure’, a look at how to find an adventure in the city that is right for you.

It will be moderated by Matt Liddle of REI. (You know I love REI!)

With the following panelists:

I went to the session on February 16th, on “Who’s Art”, and heard some lively debate and interesting tidbits on social art in DC, with updates on current and future projects, all while snacking from a bag of popcorn and sipping a cold beer. There was a decent crowd on hand to listen to the panelists share their experiences and opinions. With a little more word of mouth and a topic of greater interest (to me), it might just be full this time.

 

Register for the free event here.

They still have free beer and popcorn!

Future sessions

4/19 – Capital Climate Change

Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series
Session 3 (of 4): Urban Adventure
The Lobby Project (1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002)
Tuesday, March 15
6:00-8:00pm
Free
All ages

Around Town: Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series, 2/16/16

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Next Tuesday, February 16th, come out for the next session of the Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series.

The topic is “Who’s Art?”, a look at the process of making public art and making art public.

The session will be moderated by Jen DeMayo of Hill Rag. With the following panelists:

* Kriston Capps, CityLab
* Emily Arden Eakland, ReCreative Spaces
* Robin-Eve Jasper, NoMa BID
* Mazi Mutafa, Words, Beats & Life

They have free beer and popcorn!

Register for the free event here.

Future sessions
3/15 – Urban Adventure
4/19 – Capital Climate Change

 

Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series
Session 2 (of 4): Who’s Art?
The Lobby Project (1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002)
Tuesday, February 16
6:00-8:00pm
Free
All ages

Around Town: REI Thingamajig @ Wunder Garten, 10/17/15

REI Community Space NoMa Washington DC USA 08270 The REI Community Space at Wunder Garten

 

This Saturday REI is hosting a community gear swap! Bring your used outdoor gear and buy/sell/barter/trade with other outdoor enthusiasts. Check out the details.

It will be held at the Wunder Garten beer garden in NoMa from 12-5pm, with live music, produced by Living Classrooms (they are behind the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival). $2 of your $7 entrance fee goes to support Living Classrooms.

 

Music Lineup:
Hollertown (12pm)
Big Chimey (1:45pm)
Jonny Grave (3:30pm)

 

REI Thingamajig (Used Gear Swap and Beergarden Bluegrass)
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (NoMa)
October 17, 2015
12:00-5:00pm
$7 entrance fee
All ages