Don’t Miss: Snallygaster 2017 @ The Yards, 9/23/17

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Hey folks, don’t look now but Snallygaster 2017, the DC area’s most exciting beer festival, is this Saturday, Sept. 23, at The Yards (1300 1st St. SE, DC). Tickets are on sale now for sampling 400 craft beers from around the country as well as entertainment from three fantastic bands.

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Don’t Miss: Snallygaster 2017 @ Yards Park, 9/23/17

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Snallygaster returns to Yards Park in DC on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Snallygaster is the most robust, diverse, and carefully curated beer festival in DC (and I daresay likely the entire eastern seaboard), and it is returning for its sixth edition at Yards Park (1300 First St. SE, DC) on Saturday, Sept. 23.

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Music Park: All Things Go Fall Classic @ Yards Park — 10/8/16

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Here they come to save the day! Sophie Hawley-Weld of Sofi Tukker has the world in her hand at All Things Go Fall Classic on Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Last week, I ruminated on how things seemed to be going swimmingly for the All Things Go Fall Classic, held in DC on Saturday: Hurricane Matthew wasn’t going to approach DC, Passion Pit had not canceled, top act Empire of the Sun released exciting new music.

Then, Saturday came with consistent and gloomy rain despite no hurricane, turning all of Yards Park into a giant mudpit. Everything got splashed with mud, and the Fall Classic was turning into a Tough Mudder for the dancehall set, whether you liked it or not.

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Around Town: All Things Go Fall Classic 2016 @ Yards Park, 10/8/16

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Empire of the Sun (Photo courtesy Astralwerks)

Things are shaping up quite nicely for the All Things Go Fall Classic, the one-day concert festival from All Things Go, scheduled for Yards Park (131 M St. SE, DC) this Saturday!

First, Hurricane Matthew will turn off and miss DC completely, according to the latest weather reports today. It had threatened to potentially dump a lot of rain on us this weekend.

Prior to that good news, All Things Go announced it sold out of its VIP tickets! But you can still buy general admission tickets for the concert this weekend, an extraordinary value still considering headliners Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit, Sylvan Esso, and Christine and the Queens are draws all on their own.

And we knew for sure that this edition of the All Things Go Fall Classic was blessed when earlier this month, Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit canceled most of his concert dates for the rest of the year but spared the Fall Classic! (He will indeed be there!)

And anchor band Empire Of The Sun recently released a video for new single “High and Low,” a track from their upcoming third studio album, Two Vines, set for release on Oct. 28. Watch it on YouTube:

Here is the confirmed schedule for All Things Go Fall Classic:

12pm — Ace Cosgrove
1pm — Sofi Tukker
2pm — POP ETC
3pm — Bishop Briggs
4pm — Christine and the Queens
5:15pm – Sylvan Esso
7pm — Passion Pit
8:45 – Empire of the Sun

Don’t miss out on this great line-up and an opportunity to see these acts all in one place! The $75 festival price may jump to $99 the day of the show, so don’t hesitate to buy now. Tickets are available online.

All Things Go Fall Classic 2016
Empire of the Sun, Passion Pitt, Sylvan Echo, Christine and the Queens
Yards Park @ The Capitol Riverfront
Saturday, Oct. 8
Show @12-10:30pm
$75
All ages

Stars and Bars: Snallygaster 2016 @ Yards Park — 9/17/16

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Dave Coleman of 3 Stars Brewing Co. enjoys a beer in front of his tent in the Mothra section of Snallygaster 2016.

For its fifth year, Snallygaster rocked the beer drinkers of DC for its 2016 edition, held in its scenic recurring location in Yards Park.

Early in the day, my fellow blogger Jeremy headed straight for the excellent local brewery 3 Stars Brewing Co. (6400 Chillum Pl. NW, DC). There, he drank up a collaboration beer from 3 Stars and Charm City Meadworks, the Two Headed Unicorn, a barrel-aged sour blond ale, clocking in at ABV 6.5%, as he said he would.

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Around Town: Wiener 500 Oktoberfest @ Yards Park, 9/24/16

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On Tap brings us the 5th annual wiener dog race (Wiener 500) down at Yards Park on September 24th!

Enter your long, little dog in the race or just come down to watch all the action.

The event is free to attend. It’s $25 to enter your pup in the race and the food and drink from local vendors and food trucks will cost. Enter your wiener dog here.

Last year almost 100 dogs raced. This year $500 in cash and prizes can be had for the fastest wieners! All race proceeds go to the Washington Humane Society.

Add in the Oktoberfest celebration, with contests (dress up you dog – even if it’s not a wiener dog) and live music (Lloyd Dobler Effect and DJ Chris Styles), and your Saturday dance card is full.

5th Annual Wiener 500 Oktoberfest Celebration
Yards Park (355 Water St SE)
Saturday, September 24, 2016
1-5pm
Free Admission (pay for food and beverages)
All ages (21+ to drink)

Don’t Miss: All Things Go Fall Classic 2016 @ Yards Park, 10/8/16

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All Things Go returns with its Fall Classic concert event on Saturday, Oct. 8, hosting headliners Empire of the Sun and Passion Pit in a new location at Yards Park at The Capitol Riverfront (131 M St. SE, DC).

Other acts joining the All Things Go Fall Classic daylong festival lineup include Sylvan Esso, Christine and the Queens, Bishop Briggs, POP ETC, Sofi Tukker, and Ace Cosgrove.

Here at Parklife DC, we’re big admirers of all of the bands, particularly Empire of the Sun and Christine and the Queens. We photographed and reviewed Christine and the Queens at the 9:30 Club at a sold-out show on May 31! This is a great opportunity to see what you missed.

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The third annual All Things Go Fall Classic also will feature meals and snacks from some of DC’s most popular culinary vendors!

If you’re feeling flush, you can buy a VIP ticket to the festival, which will provide you with perks like access to a VIP lounge, VIP cash bar and bathrooms, cell phone charging stations, designated shade areas, and more.

By moving to Yards Park, the Fall Classic finds itself in a convenient and popular location on the block between M St., First St., N St., and New Jersey Ave. NE, only a few steps from the Navy Yard Metro Station.

Last year’s All Things Go Fall Classic sold out, so don’t let this cool concert bill pass you by. Tickets are available online! Although early bird tickets are sold out, regular admission and VIP admission are available.

All Things Go Fall Classic 2016
Empire of the Sun, Passion Pitt, Sylvan Echo, Christine and the Queens
Yards Park @ The Capitol Riverfront
Saturday, Oct. 8
Show @12-10:30pm
$75-$150
All ages

Music Park: VinoFest Wine and Music Festival 2016 @ Yards Park — 5/7/16

Vinofest 21 Jon Batiste leads Stay Human in a march across Yards Park during VinoFest on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Jon Batiste saw an opportunity, and he took it.

The natural-born band leader leapt from the stage and onto the field at VinoFest 2016, after he and his band Stay Human performed a full set of originals and classics. And they began to jam out in a spot first at stage right, but then they took advantage of the layout of the space around them.

Winding around the stage and between pavilions serving wine tastings, Jon Batiste and Stay Human led a merry parade across the field and back again, playing music all along.

For those who know Jon and Stay Human, this comes as no surprise as the band are famous for their “love riots” where they take their show to the streets or even the subways. All the same, the audience at VinoFest were delighted and enthusiastic at the prospect of interacting with Jon as he played his famous melodica and the band kept pace, playing right alongside him, in a little whirlwind of zippy musical activity.

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Ticket Giveaway: VinoFest @ Yards Park, 5/7/16

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Jon Batiste and Stay Human (Photo courtesy VinoFest)

VinoFest, the DC metro’s top festival for bringing together music and wine, returns for a third year this Saturday, May 7, from 3-10pm at Yards Park. And you have a chance to win a pair of tickets to go with Parklife DC!

VinoFest DC Wine and Music Festival has been at a different location each year so far, first at Union Market, then at Storey Park, but its new home in the attractive and well-maintained Yards Park is the best location for the festival yet! Yards Park is big, clean, and easily accessible by public transportation.

The 2016 edition of VinoFest also features its most ambitious music lineup to date, with the likes of The Original Wailers, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, and Trouble Funk, among others, providing the festival’s entertainment! And of course, guests enjoy eight 2-ounce wine tastings from a selection of 20+ vineyards with their admission.

Here is the full VinoFest music lineup:

  • Jon Batiste and Stay Human
  • The Original Wailers
  • Trouble Funk
  • Paperhaus
  • Tigers are Bad for Horses
  • Anastasia Antoinette

You can buy tickets online, but Parklife DC is giving you a chance to win a pair of general admission tickets right now!

For your chance to win these tickets, simply leave a comment on this post using a valid email address between now and 5pm on Wednesday, May 4. Feel free to leave any comment, but perhaps share your favorite song from the festival musicians! One entry per email address, please. Tickets for VinoFest are also available online.

For the rules of this giveaway…

Comments will close on Wednesday, May 4, at 5pm, and we will randomly select a winner. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours, or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner.

Tickets will be available to the winner at the check-in desk at VinoFest 2016. The tickets must be claimed with a valid ID. The winner must be old enough to drink (21+ years of age as of Friday, May 6). You can see the full list of wine offerings on the VinoFest Eventbrite page.

Good luck!

VinoFest
Yards Park
Saturday, May 7
3-10pm
General admission $55
VIP $99
21+

Around Town: Parktoberfest @ Yards Park, 9/26/15

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Race your Dachshund! (Photo by Peter Jackson)

Oktoberfest — or rather Parktoberfest — comes to DC this Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1-5pm at Yards Park (355 Water St. SE, DC). (In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27.)

Listen to live music by Sly 45, drink cold Sam Adams beer, grab food from DC’s best food trucks including DC Ballers, Federal City Brothers and DC Slices, compete in an official Sam Adams Stein Hoisting competition, and cheer on the Dachshunds as they race for glory and prizes in the 4th Annual Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash!

This is a family-friendly, free event — and all dogs are welcome! There will be best dressed and best trick contests at 2:30pm.

Want to race your Dachshund? Entry fees are just $25, all proceeds donated to Washington Humane Society. You must be 21+ to drink beer. No outside alcohol allowed.

Visit http://www.ontaponline.com for more info.

Parktoberfest
Yards Park
Saturday, Sept. 26
1-5pm
Free admission
All ages
21+ to drink