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This year's taste will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 1PM - 4PM.

Our Barracks Row restaurants will serve appetizer sized samples of their best-known or newest dishes. Watch over the coming weeks as we announce the participants in the 2017 Taste of 8th! This year's participants include Ambar, Banana Cafe, Betsy, The Brig, Capital Teas, Cava, Cafe Kimchi, Chat's Liquor, DCanter, District Donut, EatBar, Las Placitas, Lavagna, Matchbox, Medium Rare, Nooshi, Springmill Bread, Souk, The Sweet Lobby, The Ugly Mug, Trattoria Alberto, and Yes! Organic.

Each Taste is a small sample size, similar to a tapas portion. Most people purchase a pack of 5 tasting tickets so they can sample their favorite 8th Street restaurants. 


Buy now to purchase at our advance purchase price of $20 for 5 tasting tickets. Day-of tickets will be $25 for 5 tasting tickets.

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Hope to see you there!

Ticket sales benefit Barracks Row Main Street's year-round work to maintain a clean, safe and beautiful community for residents and businesses.

Tickets will not be mailed to you.

All advance-purchase tickets will be available for pickup at the Will Call desk on the southwest corner of 8th and G Streets, SE in front of Spring Mill Bread on Saturday, beginning at 1:00pm.

Tickets that are not picked up by 3:00pm will be released for re-sale.

Ticket purchases are non-refundable; the event will take place rain or shine.

Barracks Row Annual Report 2016

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Check out the Barracks Row Annual Report for 2016!

BRMS Fall Festival, Eastern Market Main Street launch, and more!

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News from Barracks Row
BRMS Fall Festival 9-23-2017 Application

Grooming on the Row:

Valarie Harrison moves to WagTime, Too; Floyd's 99

Barbershop - opening soon

Designation Ceremony - Eastern Market Main Street

Screech lands at Summit to Soul - 2016 Fall Festival

BRMS Fall Festival 9-23-2017


Hard to believe it but Barracks Row Fall Festival is just six months away. If you've ever been to a small town fair, this will put you right back there - but with a distinctly urban, new-century twist. There are acrobats and funnel cake, magicians and dog acts. But, there's also the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, a multitude of not-so-small-town stage acts, and, now and then, Washngton National's Mascot, Screech, flies in for a visit. Application at www.barracksrow.org.
Valarie with client at Wagtime, Too
Valarie Harrison now at Wagtime, Too

Floyd's 99 Barbershop opening soon

There's always something new on the Row: just this weekthe corporate office of Floyd's 99 Barbershop confirmed that a Floyd's will open soon at 427 8th St, SE, near the corner of 8th and E Street, next door to the 7-Eleven. Floyd's 99 Barbershops are all different but all feature excellent hair cuts for women and men and lots of alt rock!

                                           When it's time for excellent grooming for your best friend
you'll need to figure out where Valarie Harrison is. Formerly  owner of Valarie's Animal Den, today you can book a grooming appointment with Valerie Harrison at the pup-salon at Wagtime, Too, 900 M St, SE.

At left, iconic rock murals and posters are part of the vibe at Floyd's 99 Barbershops nationwide
Eastern Market Main Street?

It's official EMMS has arrivcd!

It was a cold and windy morning in front of Eastern Market's North Hall today, but enthusiasm ran high as Mayor Murial Bowser awarded a Main Street designation to Manuel Cortes, Chairman of the Board of Eastern Market Main Street, the newest Main Street in the District.  

Main Street programs are dedicated to addressing the needs of small businesses and aim at bringing economic vitality to historic neighborhood shopping districts nationwide.

Above from left,  Madeline Odendahl, Program Manager of EMMS; Alex Golding, Mary Quillian, Terry McDonald, EMMS Board Members; Murial Bowser, Mayor of Washington, DC; Manuel Cortez, Chairman, EMMS; Councilmember Charles Allen, Ward 6; Councilmember Kenyan McDuffy, Ward 5; and Ana Harvey, Director Small and Local Business Development.

2017 Fall Festival Announced!

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Saturday, September 23rd 2017 marks the return of our longest running event, the Barracks Row Fall Festival! At each Fall Festival our activities and booths blend urban diversity with the curiosities of small town fairs. There's no fair like this fair anywhere!

Vendors interested in applying should click here to submit an application. If you have any questions please contact us at (202) 544-3188 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




2017 Winter Culinary Education Crawl tickets on sale now!

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Barracks Row's Culinary Education Crawl 2017 - Valentine's Day Edition will be held from Thursday, Jan 26 through Thursday, February 2. Tickets are on sale NOW! Register for classes here.

This annual event works just like college registration. Take only the classes you want at the times convenient to you.  Classes are spread over seven days and nights. You can stack a series of classes all on one day or return multiple evenings for night school.

Tuition costs run from $25 for matchbox's one hour Pizza Making class to $100 for an intensive three hour doughnut baking class at District Doughnut. Class sizes range from 5-6 students to 25 students - average class size is 12 students. Most classes are taught at restaurants but some are held at Hill Center or a nearby business- tickets indicate the street address of each class.


This year we have restaurant participants not only from Barracks Row but also from the Eastern Market area and the Capitol Riverfront.  Several Eastern Market vendors are participating including Mel and Beverly Inman of Market Poultry who will present Poultry Deboning (held in EM North Hall) along with sure-fire recipes for preparing chicken. There are specialized international classes including Cuban Picadillo by Banana Cafe and Asian Dumplings 101 by Nooshi Sushi (vegetarian and meat varieties). Mexico is represented by Aqua301, Belgium by Chef Bart Vandaele's Belga Cafe and Italy by Acqua al 2!


Many classes are available on the event website now, and more will be added throughout the event, so if your favorite is not listed yet or is sold out, check back to see if additional sections have been added! Hill restaurants were swamped last weekend. The complete class roster will be on the website shortly.

And, don't worry... if you have your heart set on our traditional Oyster Shucking class- it's back this year!  Hanks Oyster Bar will teach shucking and even include an oyster comparative tasting!

So, call your friends now and sign up today for the best cooking classes in town!

District of Columbia Main Streets DC Department of Small and Local Business Development

Barracks Row Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets commercial district.  Barracks Row Main Street is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development.