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Columbia Heights and Shaw to have dueling neighborhood parties this Saturday.


Columbia Heights and Shaw to have dueling neighborhood parties this Saturday.

I’m sure it wasn’t planned this way, but both neighborhoods have celebrations this Saturday. Go to both, go to whichever is closest. Shaw is wonderful as is Columbia Heights and they’re close to each other so party hopping is an option. More info on each below.


Shaw Open House Returns June 17th with Family Friendly Fun and Freebies From Dozens of Neighborhood Businesses

Dozens of Shaw businesses  will open their doors and offer free gifts, free samples, and free services to visitors to the neighborhood holding a Shaw Passport

Washington, DC (June 7, 2017)  Everyone from arts enthusiasts and the health conscious to  foodies, and families are invited to come to Shaw Main Streets Open House  for tastes from some of DC’s best bars and restaurants and fun family-friendly experiences at distinctive retail and art establishments in central Shaw. Shaw Open House takes place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. As part of ShawMain Streets’ ongoing #LoveShaw promotion, Shaw Open House lets visitors experience some of what has made Shaw one of DC’s ‘it’ neighborhoods.  Printed ‘passports’ usher visitors from merchant to merchant for a #shawesome afternoon.

Attendees can pick up their free Shaw Open House Passports at two designated locations, then use the passports to receive free tastes, swag, and experiences at over 20 locations.  At every business visited, attendees will receive a validation sticker that allows the bearer to enter drawings for prizes, such as gift certificates, gift baskets and more from Shaw businesses, to be raffled at the Shaw Open House close-out party.  The close-out party will be hosted by the newly opened French Quarter Brasserie & Oyster Bar, located at 1544 9th Street NW.  Shaw Open House  is a FREE event and open to all.  Attendees can look forward to an afternoon full of discounts, fun and freebies, including fun prizes for the kids, cocktail samples, lots of free bites and an array of specially curated experiences.

Some participating businesses include bars and restaurants such as Ivy and Coney, Beau Thai, Dacha Beer Garden, Espita Mezcaleria, Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant, and the upcoming Seylou Bakery & Mill; retailers such as Wagtime and Modern Liquors; fitness and wellness centers like Urban Athletic Cluband District Cryo; and other establishments, such as Old City Farm and Guild and Beyond Collective. Passport pick-up locations and a full list of participants can be found at

This event has been held since 2005, covering the entire Shaw Main Streets service area.  However, now that over 300 businesses have opened in the area, Shaw Open House has been expanded to two annual events covering southern Shaw in June and northern Shaw in October.  The June event includes businesses located between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue and 7th and 9th Streets, NW.

Visit for more information on Shaw Open House, including a complete list of participating businesses and follow @ShawMainStreets on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates ,along with the hashtag #LoveShaw.

Come celebrate the diversity and unity of Columbia Heights!

The best local DC street party is back and you’re invited!! Join us in celebration of diversity and community with the neighborhood’s finest food, drink, and entertainment

Discover artisans, entrepreneurs, and area businesses in the heart of Columbia Heights. The fun is everywhere and for everyone! We have three stages of live music, dance, and free fitness classes. Kids can play at the carnival on the Harriet Tubman field while adults make their own fun at the Meridian Pint beer garden. See you on Saturday, June 17th!

Where: 11th Street between Park Road and Irving Street.
When: Saturday, June 17th 11am-6pm

Cost: FREE (Donations welcome!)


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