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

Grapevine: REI Coming to NoMa

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Future site of REI

Looks like REI, that fantastic but oh, so expensive purveyor of sporting goods based out of Seattle, is coming to DC in the current Uline Arena in NoMa.

‘The former Washington Coliseum, which has sat in disrepair and neglect for decades and has most recently served as parking lot and backdrop for a play about the old neighborhood, was acquired by Douglas Development in 2004. At last night’s ANC 6C Planning, Zoning and Environment committee meeting, the development company announced that REI will anchor the ground floor of the building.’
With a planned movie theater, a Whole Foods, the expansion of the Union Market area and more let the renaissance of NoMa begin.