Timeline Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill

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Timeline Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill



  • Military Chefs Cook-OffAll Day Long! Chefs from US armed forces, including the White House, compete for Top Chef Trophy to be awarded by Commandant of the Marine Corps.
  • DC State Fair - All Day Long! Winners include Funkiest-looking Vegetable Grown in DC, Best Home Brew, Best Bike Accessory, Best Pie, etc.
  • Petting Zoo, Art & Crafts, Contests at Kids Zone - All Day Long!

  • 10:30- 11:30 Mercedes Mill Group – Guitar/Vocalists- On Stage

  • 11:45- Marine Corps Brass Quintet- On Stage
  • Noon- Official Opening Ceremony of Barracks Row Fall Festival - Presentation of Colors

  • Noon- The Trapeze School New York- Aerialists Perform until 4:30 p.m.

  • Noon-  Home of the Commandants – Tours On the Hour; Noon - 4:00 p.m.

  • 12:30-  Marine Barracks Washington - Tours on the Half Hour 12:30 -3:30 p.m.

  • 12:45-  St. Marks Players Vocal Group- On Stage
  • 1:30- Historic Marines from the PastOn Stage -A dozen Marines dressed in uniforms from Revolutionary War to today’s desert camo.
  • 2:00- Batala -8th and G Street at stage area -African-Caribbean Female Drum Band
  • 2:30- 5:00 Washington Redskins Cheerleaders- meet for autographs and photo-op at their tent
  • 2:30- Blue Sky Swing Band – On Stage; sounds of Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey Free Dance Lessons, too.
  • 3:30- The Georgetown Chimes- On Stage acapella concert.
  • 4:45- Awards Ceremony for Military Chefs Cook Off- On Stage


Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill 2012

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If you love DC’s famously diverse spirit then put Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill on your must-do list Saturday, September 22, 2012; festival opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. The midway includes the oldest post in the Marine Corps, hundreds of historic buildings plus forty international restaurants. To add to the adventure, llamas, goats and hedgehogs are waiting to meet you at the petting zoo; ladies from nearby Trapeze School New York will be performing at treetop height on “silks” all day long, and Swing Band, Blue Sky, begins at 2:30 p.m. and includes free dance lessons!

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.  Near the corner of 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, including the White House, compete for the trophy as Top Chef in the US Military. This year, four Wounded Warriors will be competing consecutively, too.  Culinary creations are developed right out on 8th Street then whisked off to sequestered judges.  Announcers give the play-by- play as you cheer for your favorite chef teams.

DC State Fair joins Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill 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 130 booths, including those of DC State Fair.

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 at midway booths: Capitol Hill Yoga, Biker Barre and the amazing Marine Corps Pull-Up Challenge. Thinking about your outfit for an Inaugural Ball? Let the stylist at the Tracey & Co give you a Cinderella up-do. Grab a massage at Skin DC’s booth. Holiday shopping? Start at our booths and finish at our shops!

During the festival, the Home of the Commandants and Marine Barracks Washington are both open for docent led tours! From your photo op with the glamorous Red Skins Cheerleaders to nostalgic harmonies from the Georgetown Chimes… it’s all about DC, Capitol Hill and a gem of a neighborhood revival called Barracks Row Main Street.



Next Virginia Avenue Tunnel Meeting Announced

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Public Meeting Capitol Skyline Hotel 10 I st SW, Washington, DC 20024 Room:Hall of States September 27 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The next public meeting for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project will be on Thursday, September 27th at the Capitol Skyline Hotel at 10 I Street, SW, in the "Hall of States" room. Keep an eye on their website, www.virginiaavenuetunnel.com , for any changes to the date or location.

Volunteer with the Fall Festival

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Volunteer with the Barracks Row Fall Festival!

Barracks Row Main Street can't put on this event without the help of the community! Tackle a bigger role and build your resume or show your civic pride with a smaller project beforehand or a shift the day of the event.

Positions are also open for Day of Event Volunteers - all zones /areas for 2 hour shifts from 8:00am -5:00pm

So come out and help Barracks Row Main Street with this wonderful event! Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on becoming a volunteer. And bring a friend!

More Photos for Our 4th of July Parade 2012 Album

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Barracks Row Main Street's photographer took shots of almost every group marching in the 4th of July 2012 parade. Call us at 202-544-3188 and we'll send you the images we have of your group. Here are more photos from the parade: Sports on the Hill; DC Access; Princess Patrol.

The next photos are: Capitol Hill Village; Capitol Hill Restoration Society; and Congressional Cemetery Canine Corps.






















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