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For the past decade, Barracks Row Main Street has worked tirelessly to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill’s historic 8th Street, SE, commercial corridor and to revitalize its business community. The group’s focus is the five blocks of 8th Street that stretch south from Pennsylvania Ave S.E. to the Washington Navy Yard along M Street, S.E.

Barracks Row Main Street was chartered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program in 1999, thanks to a group of Capitol Hill residents and business leaders who were concerned about the state of disrepair on the oldest commercial corridor in the nation’s capitol. Crumbling sidewalks were replaced with brick pavers, American Elms were planted, and historic black-iron “Washington Globe” street lights installed. In 2006 Barracks Row Main Street won the prestigious “Great American Main Street” award.

Barracks Row Main Street, with the help of generous sponsors, produces a number of events each year to promote the corridor and the Main Street program’s supporters to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and the rest of the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. Read more about each of our events on the following pages.


2013 Fall Culinary Crawl

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On Saturday, November 16 and Sunday,  November 17  Barracks Row / 8th Street SE becomes a cooking school campus - first class begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16 and the last class begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 17.  There are 21 classes (and counting!) during the two day cooking school.  Take one class or schedule a whole day or entire weekend of classes - its totally a-la-carte.

To buy your tickets, click here

Most classes will be held at our restaurants, however some will be held at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE.  Finding Hill Center is easy: from Eastern Market Metro plaza walk one block east, crossing 8th Street, SE and continue past Dunkin Donuts and the BP gas station to 9th Street, SE. Hill Center is at the corner of 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, a one block walk from Metro.

You must purchase tickets on-line at this link by 6:00 p.m. Nov. 15  for the Saturday, Nov. 16 classes and by 6:00 pm Nov. 16 for the Sunday, November 17 classes.  You will be sent purchase confirmation by email.

Once a class is full it will be closed to further registrants. We sell out of every class every year, so buy your tickets early! 

You must be 12 years of age to participate, or 21 years of age if class includes alcohol.


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The Barracks Row Advantage

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Read about our efforts to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill's historic 8th street, SE, commercial corridor.

Memorial Service for Tip Tipton on Monday, October 21st

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It is with great sadness that we must report that our friend and Board Chairman, Tip Tipton, passed away on Saturday, October 12th after a long illness.Tip was a wonderful individual, a longtime Hill resident who gave generously of this time and assets to Hill community needs and especially to Barracks Row Main Street. He will be deeply missed.

There will be a service for friends and family on Monday, October 21st at 2:00 p.m.

St  Mark's on Capitol Hill
301 A St SE  
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-0053

Followed by a reception at Deer House (712 East Capitol Street, NE) until 7 pm.

Barracks Row Fall Festival 9-28-2013

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Barracks Row Fall Festival - September 28, 2013

If you love DC’s famously diverse spirit then put Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill on your must-do list Saturday, September 28, 2013; festival opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. The midway includes the oldest post in the Marine Corps, dozens of historic buildings plus forty international restaurants -- most with sidewalk cafés for perfect festival viewing. Matchbox Food Group (Ted’s Bulletin, DC 3 and Matchbox) will be partnering with Belga Cafe and Cava for the first ever outdoor beer garden.

Llamas, goats and hedgehogs are waiting to meet you at the petting zoo; acrobats from nearby Trapeze School New York will be sailing through the air at treetop height and at 2:30 p.m. there is a performance by the world renowned Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.  DC State Fair joins Barracks Row Fall Festival again this year showcasing unique categories: Funkiest-Looking Vegetable Grown in DC, Best Home Brew, Best Bike Accessory, Best Pie, etc.  There are dozens not-to-be-missed DC State Fair contests all day long. This year Barracks Row Fall Festival features over 100 booths.

Take Eastern Market Metro then turn down 8th Street, S.E.  There, under the elms, urban adventure hooks up with an All-American small town fair.  At 8th and I Streets, SE, a black-box cook-off starts at 7:00 a.m.  Chefs from all branches of the United States armed forces compete to be named Top Chef in the US Military. As the audience looks on culinary creations are developed in cook tents right on Barracks Row then whisked off to sequestered judges.  Announcers give the play-by-play as you cheer for your favorite chef teams.

Bringing the kids? The freshly renovated Meader Theater, circa 1910, now the National Community Church will play free cartoons so little ones can catch their breaths. Along with the petting zoo there are loads of kid’s activities. Playseum, partnering with the National Community Church, is devising a spectacular Kids Zone.  Older kids can compete in corn hole, shuffleboard and bocce or take in the Labyrinth tent where board game drama unfolds throughout the day.

Watch Chesty, the Marine Corps mascot bulldog out walking; learn the right strokes on an ERG machine from Capitol Hill Rowing Club. Demonstrations take place throughout the day at midway booths: Capitol Hill Yoga, Roller Girls and the amazing Marine Corps Pull-Up booth.

As you enter the festival sign up at Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Hall to be a contestant in the festival PhotoChallenge, part of Cultural Tourism’s Art4All citywide arts event. Dozens of Barracks Row businesses are participating in PhotoChallenge during the festival where contestants will be sent to businesses with the assignment to use a mystery prop provided by each business to create a photo essay with their camera phone. Photos must then be sent to the contest’s email address and from there the entries will be forwarded by Instagram to thousands of members of Arts on the Hill, a group of Capitol Hill art organizations, to vote for winners. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded.

During the festival the Home of the Commandants and Marine Barracks Washington are both open for docent led tours! Meet celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme and hum along with the nostalgic harmonies from the Georgetown Chimes… it’s all about DC, Capitol Hill and a gem of a neighborhood revival named Barracks Row.

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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.