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 Adventure Film Festival @ Burke Theater, 9/9-9/11/16

DC Adventure Film Festival

On Friday and Saturday (September 9-10) the 2nd Annual DC Adventure Film Festival returns to DC at the Navy Heritage Center’s Burke Theater. The film festival is presented by REI.

There are 29 films being screened in total, ranging from 3 minutes to 54 minutes. Each film highlights people experiencing nature (whether mountains or the sea) and man-made landscapes.

You can buy tickets for each of the six program blocks. (Each day from 5:30-6:30pm, 7:30-9:30pm and 10:00-11:00pm)

Plan out which films to watch with the full schedule and descriptions here.

A few films that look especially interesting include; Flashes of the Altai (three friends traverse remote Mongolia via mountain bike and packraft), The Lost Valley of the Merced (the Merced River in Yosemite NP is one of the forbidden fruits of kayakers), Offseason (Daniel Norris, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, lives in his van in the offseason, exploring the West), Paddle for the North (six friends paddle remote northern rivers, bringing light to its value) and ZION (see Zion National Park in all its glory).

Additional activities (including on Sunday, September 11) will be available during the day, including speakers, workshops, a free IMAX viewing of 3D Adventure in the Parks, REI Outdoor School and races. See the details here.

DC Adventure Film Festival
Navy Heritage Center’s Burke Theater (701 Pennsylvania Ave NW)
Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10
Sessions: 5:30-11:00pm (both days)
$5, $8 or $20 (depending on session; $56 for all programs)
All ages

Around Town: REI Classes @ Wunder Garten

REI Classes at Wunder Garten

As you’ve no doubt heard many times before, REI is building a flagship store at the former Uline Arena in NoMa. That remains exciting news.

Less exciting is, the store is not set to open until the Fall of 2016. Well, drat.

Fear not, because REI has been partnering with the Wunder Garten beer garden to offer up classes on a range of topics.

For the remainder of August, REI will host (mostly) free classes at the REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (NoMa).

The topics are as diverse as your interests. From running to bike repairs to backpacking to yoga to camping, they basically run the gamut on outdoor activities. They even have a Pub Trivia night scheduled for August 20th.

The REI Community Space is mere steps away from the beer garden itself, so you can grab a pint, pick up something from the daily food truck option and enjoy the class.

I have attended one class (Backpacking in the Appalachians on August 5th), which was informative, with lots of practical tips. I found it helpful as it sparked ideas on what gear I needed and what tasks were needed when planning your own backpacking trip. Thumbs up.

 

Have a look at the offerings for the rest of August and sign-up!

REI Classes
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten Beer Garden
Select August Dates
Evenings (Times vary)
Free (mostly)
All ages

Don’t Miss: The Second Mappy Hour @ Meridan Pint, 3/2/15

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This is the outdoors

The second Mappy Hour is happening this Monday, March 2nd at Meridian Pint.

From the email ‘After a huge launch event (over 120 people) at Penn Social we’re bringing back Mappy Hour to a more intimate location in a private room at Meridian Pint. Join us to hear from OutdoorFest Founder Sarah Knapp on the long-term vision of this outdoor community in D.C. Join this new outdoor enthusiast community with maps, adventure planning and beer.’

Having attended the first Mappy Hour in late January, it proved to be a good opportunity to chat with fellow hikers and meet other outdoor enthusiasts. People shared their expertise and asked others about topics they were interested in, but there was no specific structure.

Moving to Meridian Pint means the event will be a bit smaller in size. Future events will include guest speakers.

 

Register for the second Mappy Hour here.

Mappy Hour in DC
Meridian Pint
Monday, March 2
7-9pm
Free (bring maps and an adventurous spirit)

Don’t Miss: The First Mappy Hour in DC for Outdoor Enthusiasts @ Penn Social, 1/29/15

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Do you wish you were hiking at this very moment?

Do you like to pour over maps and plan hikes and adventures?

Would to you like to find others in DC with the same passion for the outdoors?

Come check out the first ‘Mappy Hour’, hosted by OutdoorFest, on Thursday, January 29th at Penn Social.

OutdoorFest is a community of outdoor enthusiasts formed in New York City.

Since early 2014, OutdoorFest has hosted monthly Mappy Hours in New York for ‘outdoor enthusiasts to come together and share their passion for adventure, offer insider info on trip locations, trade books/maps, and be inspired’.

Now they are expanding Mappy Hour to DC.

 

Sarah Knapp, founder of OutdoorFest, explains:

ParkLife DC: Do you envision this being a monthly event like New York?

Sarah: “Absolutely, one of the most important factors to the success of Mappy Hour in NYC is it’s consistency. We’re not looking to just educate or entertain but also create a long term outdoor enthusiast community.”

ParkLife DC: Is someone from your team coming to DC to host this or is someone volunteering from DC?

Sarah: “While I will be traveling to DC for the first Mappy Hour – the real organization is coming from Jesi and Lauren – both DC area based. They both reached out to me because they heard about Mappy Hour NYC and were interested in bringing it to DC. Without either of them this wouldn’t be happening.”

 

Register for the first Mappy Hour here.

Mappy Hour in DC
Penn Social
Thursday, January 29
6pm
Free (bring maps and an adventurous spirit)
21+