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.

Frame of Mine finds new home on 8th Street!

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Frame of Mine to move in October
New location: 545 8th St. SE

Frame of Mine owner Cissy Webb announced today that the thirty three year old DIY and custom frame shop will remain on Barracks Row but will move across the street to a new location at 545 8th Street, SE (right) after the lease at her current 522 8th Street, SE location (below left) expires later this year. The business is expected to move in early October however the existing shop will remain open for business during the transition.

After months of negotiations the lease was signed for the lower level of the building formerly occupied by Playseum. Frame of Mine will join DCanter as a neighbor in the historic building. Another Barracks Row business is currently deep in negotiations to take the remaining first floor space. All businesses share the 545 8th Street address.

When Barracks Row Main Street learned that Playseum planned to leave the corridor, Executive Director Martin Smith immediately reached out to the owners of both Homebody and Frame of Mine. Both long time Row retailers announced they had lost their leases earlier this year. "The idea of combining Homebody and Frame of Mine into the former Playseum space seemed ideal, as it was large enough to house both businesses - and the broker for the space loved the idea from the start", said Smith.

Ultimately, Homebody owner Henriette Fourcade decided on a different location, and is currently in the process of moving four blocks away to 218 7th Street, the lower level of women's fashion boutique, the Forecast. Frame of Mine, however, decided to move ahead with the deal.

Barracks Row Main Street has been involved with the Frame of Mine team for the last year to assist in the store's relocation to another property on Barracks Row. "Martin Smith (Executive Director) found the property and has been extremely supportive and helpful throughout the entire process," noted Webb.

Cissy Webb had been on the Board of Directors of Barracks Row Main Street in the early year's of its existence. "The idea of leaving 8th Street would have been heartbreaking," Webb remarked. "It is wonderful to discover a building owner who is not interested in a restaurant tenant - someone who wants to maintain the spirit of the old retail tradition on 8th Street."

"Barracks Row Main Street is thrilled to have been able to help this beloved, longtime tenant find a new home right here on 8th Street" said Martin Smith. "That's one of the key things we do here as a Main Street program - we work behind the scenes for months on business recruitment and retention efforts just like this one. It's always so rewarding when one of them works out so well."

2015 Fall Festival

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Save the Date!

This Fall on Saturday September 26 will be our annual Fall Festival!

We are now sold out for the Fall Festival. 

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be put on the wait list.

Pay with Paypal below or make all checks out to:

Barracks Row Main Street 731 8th Street SE, Suite 201 Washington, DC 20003

Please note, spots for food vendors have been sold out.

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**Note, we do not rent tents. If you would like a tent, please call or visit Frager's Just Ask Rental **

2015 Garden Party Photos

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Our photos from Wednesday's event are uploaded! Check them out by clicking below.

2015 Garden Party Photos

Garden Party 2016

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Wednesday, June 8th   6:00pm-8:00pm

Located at "The Amway House" 419 New Jersey Ave. SE

Your support directly improves the neighborhood!
Funds directly support Barracks Row Main Street, a nonprofit organization bringing to the community:

• New restaurants and shops – Economic development efforts to bring new businesses to Barracks Row, and monitoring “quality of life” issues such as parking and noise.
• A better community – Working to retain property values and improve “livability” by balancing retail, development, and
residential needs.
• Clean streets – Significant support of the “men in blue” or the Business Improvement District (BID) Clean Litter Team.
• Beautiful streets – Planting trees, bulbs, improving or restoring facades and creating murals.
• Safe streets – Improving lighting, increasing walk-through traffic resulting from added restaurants, retail and other businesses.
• Historic preservation – Murals, facades and other historic treasures in 8th Street buildings.

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