2015 Culinary Crawl

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Our annual weekend of cooking classes is back: Barracks Row Culinary Education Crawl 2015 - November 14, 15 and 16

Sign up for classes here.

Who: Chefs and restaurant owners on Capitol Hill

What: 2015 Culinary Education Crawl on Capitol Hill; twenty five cooking classes will take place at Capitol Hill restaurants!

When: For three days, November 14, 15 and 16 the neighborhood becomes a cooking school campus. Build a schedule just like you did in college and sign up for classes here.

Where: The central campus is on Barracks Row. This year there is also a North Campus near Eastern Market and a South Campus at the Capitol Riverfront.  Classes are easy to get to by foot, bike, Metro (Eastern Market or Navy Yard Metro) or car. If you drive, use Lot L for Capitol Riverfront restaurants. On Barracks Row there is a metered DC parking lot under Interstate 695 at 8th Street. If you are headed to Eastern Market area classes, Colonial Parking is at 600 Pennsylvania Ave, SE.

Why: With the holidays ahead there will be sit down dinners, pot-luck socials and snacks in front of the TV during ballgames. Learn new, chef-taught recipes – whether you are staying in town as host or traveling back home as a guest. You’ll also discover the backstory behind the restaurants of Capital Hill. With chefs and cuisines from all over the world, holiday visitors will be fascinated with an area restaurant tour!

The 2015 Fall Festival Events Schedule is here!

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2015 Fall Festival Center Stage Timeline:

10:15-  CMI Kidz Hip Hop Group

10:35 - Orange Theory – Rowing!

11: 00- Capitol Hill Aikikai – Martial Arts

11: 30 - Marine Corps Brass Quintet

Noon – Opening Ceremony

12: 35 - Music on the Hill

12:55 - Donkey Procession to Center Stage

1:00 – 1st Set Max Major- Illusionist/ Mentalist

1:20 – Chesty, Marine Corps Bulldog Mascot introduced on Stage

1:25 – Georgetown Chimes

1:40 – 2nd Set Max Major – Illusionist / Mentalist

2:00 – Georgetown Chimes

2:15 – Donkey Procession to Center Stage

2:20 – Batala

3:00 – Silent Drill Platoon

3:30 – Glenn Donnellan Electric Bat- Learn to Play

4:00  - Momentum Dance

4: 20 – Military Chefs’ Awards

Other Events at Fall Festival:

12:30; 1:30; 2:30 and 4:00PM: Docent Led tours of Marine Barracks Washington: Tours throughout the festival every hour on the half hour except for final tour at 4:00PM. Meet-Up at gates at 8th and I St.

Events and Times Subject to Change

Seeking Volunteers!

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We are seeking volunteers for our upcoming Fall Festival on Saturday, September 26, 2015! For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

All volunteers will receive a free T-Shirt and will get to the fun and joy of running and exploring our Fall Festival!

Barracks Row Main Street proposes new public art project for the Eastern Market Metro Plaza

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Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) is proud to present a new proposed public art project for the Eastern Market Metro Plaza! Inspired by the famous IAmsterdam sculpture in the Netherlands, the new 3-D "Toronto" sculpture installed this summer for the Pan Am Games, and Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture in Philadelphia, BRMS has been working for the past several months with District-based artist Charles Bergen of Charles Bergen Studios to create word-art pieces to be displayed on the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, sharing the same parcel as the Metro entrance. BRMS has applied for funding from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities to help cover the cost of this project, and is soliciting feedback from the local community on the proposed designs shown below.


Barracks Row Fall Festival – September 26 – 11AM to 5PM

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This year the 15th annual Barracks Row Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 26 from 11AM to 5PM. Our location is 8th St, SE, between E St, SE, and I St, SE, near the Eastern Market Metro. Closed to vehicular traffic the bustling historic corridor is transformed into what first appears to be a quaint small town fair … until fair goers catch onto the many urban curiosities in their midst!

There are continuous performances of Trapeze School DC as aerialists fly in the treetops above historic brownstones. The Georgetown Chimes, the well known a capella group will make several stage appearances. This year the DC Area Drone User Group will showcase do-it-yourself and consumer drone technology while, nearby, the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild demonstrate their skills at looms of all sizes in a triple tent on the midway.

All day long a black box cook off is held right out on 8th Street as chefs from our armed forces – including the White House – compete in front of the crowd (beginning at 7:30AM) for the trophy of Top Chef in the US Military.  This year the mind reading, escape artist, Max Major, Mentalist & Illusionist will perform on stage at 1:00PM.

A group of Barracks Row restaurants including Belga and matchbox will be hosting a Beer-B-Cue in the parking lot across the street from matchbox while an accordion player and magicians stroll the many sidewalk cafes along the row. At 2:00PM the all-female Afro-Brazilian band will rock the intersection of 8th and G Street. At 3PM all is quiet as the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs before a hushed crowd then everyone breaks into cheers as the last synchronized sequence is flawlessly completed. Afterwards, meet your heroes at the President’s Own booth for photo ops.

Fashion trucks join food trucks, artists, craftsmen, restaurants, schools, and local Capitol Hill organizations to create the midway. Eight river-oriented organizations will be grouped together under the banner We Love the Anacostia River. Meanwhile, at the corner of 8th and E Street, piglets, llamas, and lambs are waiting for you at the petting zoo all day long to meet kids and their parents.

The Kennedy Center and the Washington Nationals come together in one person: Glenn Donnellen. The Kennedy Center violinist has put strings on his favorite baseball bat transforming it into a violin- his interactive performance (yes, you, too can play the bat) begins at 3:30PM – just in time for fair goers with Nationals tickets to make the ten minute walk west on M Street to the second-to-last home game of the season. Finally at 4:30PM the judges of the Military Chef’s Cook Off take the stage to announce this year’s Top Chef.

An updated schedule of acts and festival events, including the times for trainer-led walks of Chesty the Marine Corps bulldog mascot will be posted on the Barracks Row website by September 20.

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