Local Springtime Events: Volume Three

I want to issue an apology to anyone who took my advice from last week’s article and went to the Georgetown French Market. As someone who made the trek out to Georgetown to check out the festivities, I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed. I genuinely expected Georgetown to be transformed into a Parisian paradise; I envisioned women wearing neckties smoking cigarettes, people carrying bread and saying bonjour in French accents, and street performers juggling for tips.  Instead it was just a more crowded Georgetown with a bunch of local businesses promoting themselves at pop-up tents, with a little French music in the background. I mean, c’mon! You guys.

There was a mime on the flyer and there were no mimes to be found!

I’m claiming false advertising on this one.

With that sad news out of the way, I’d like to celebrate the fact that I have some more awesome local events for you to check out that seem even better than last week’s roster. Have I lost your trust? You don’t believe me?

Four Words: Running Of The Chihuahuas. I also have something for music lovers, bicycle enthusiasts, and anyone who loves street art and graffiti style.

That perked you up? I knew it would. Keep reading…

 Attention DC-area musicians, managers, sound persons, media professionals and other music-related Washingtonians: head down to Union Stage on Thursday May 3, to network over drinks, food and local music. Come talk with owners and management, bring your event ideas!

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY FREE, and is a rare chance to get some face-time with your peers and venue representatives. Union Stage will also be hosting a local music showcase for you to enjoy.

Networking starts at 6:00

Music starts at 8:00

Find out more here

Yes, that’s right! Your eyes have not deceived you. The Pop Up Bar is at it again, this time with a very royal experience. Read this Washingtonian article for the full scoop.

LOCAL’d Insider Tip: Definitely anticipate waiting in line for this experience. Try to go outside of the hours of 6:30-9:30pm when trying to avoid the worst of the crowds.  

Location: 1839 to 1843 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

This pop up runs from May 4th through May 20th.

Visit the royal wedding popup bar website here

Celebrate the 7th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas with us! 1pm – 5pm on Saturday, May 5 on District Pier at the Wharf – DC’s amazing new destination taking shape on the southwest waterfront. The Running of the Chihuahuas is part of DC’s best Cinco de Mayo celebration in The District. There will be cold coronas, live music, family fun, and of course, the races!

The highlight of the afternoon, the races feature 96 Chihuahuas racing in groups of eight on a sixty foot “race track.” All the action is captured on a huge video wall and the winners take home pet-friendly gifts, prizes, and more! ALL race proceeds benefit Rural Dog Rescue – a non-profit organization dedicated to pulling dogs from high-kill rural shelters: http://bit.ly/ruraldog

Don’t have a Chihuahua? You can still take part in the excitement with the all breed contest for best dressed dog! There will also be giveaways from DC’s pet friendly businesses.

Deadline to register dogs online is Friday, May 4th, walk-ups on race day accepted until all spots are full. $30 per dog to race. This is a family and dog-friendly, admission-free event, but you must be 21+ to drink beer. To enter and for more information, visit www.cincodc.com.

Rain Date: Saturday, May 12th

The time has come: POW! WOW! DC 2018 is back and we couldn’t be more excited!!!

POW! WOW! brings artists together from the far corners of the country and throughout the world to create larger than life works of art. Murals from artists, who may only visit Washington, DC this one time, live on long after they've left.  

Led by D.C.’s own Kelly Towles, the goal of POW! WOW! DC is to make the city a brighter and more vibrant place, while sharing art and creativity from around the world.

The event kicks off 10 days of art and creativity in NoMa on Saturday, May 5th with a party and community art event at both Wunder Garten at NoMa and the lot at 1st and Pierce NE. Live Artists for Opening Day include Frida Larios, Marly McFly, and Spectrum Studio.

Stay tuned to powwowdc.com and the POW! WOW! DC Facebook page for updates on walking tours of the new murals, dance parties, and more!

Join District Hardware and Bike Shop at 10am on Sunday, May 6th for a fun, scenic ride along the Anacostia River Trail with our friends Vigilante Coffee Co.

The group will be leaving from the Velo Cafe within District Hardware and Bike at 730 Maine Ave, riding to Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville, and end with beers while you explore the shop’s new space. 22 miles round trip

...Yes, there will be a rest break halfway! The group will be meeting up another group of riders at 11:30 am at the Vigilante Roastery. Vigilante is only 11 easy miles to the Wharf. 

Pro Tip: Please wear a helmet, water bottle, and bring a well tuned bike.

This is primarily an "on trail" ride with a two block jaunt on road.

Also, if you plan on joining it is STRONGLY recommended you bring a lock so you don’t get your bike stolen!...DC is gentrifying, but it’s still DC, ya’ll.

Sun, May 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
District Hardware and Bike
730 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

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