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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NoMa Kicks off ZestFest, Family Field Day, Concerts, Tours & More!

Just a short ride down the Met Branch Trail!!

Join us for ZestFest, a zany two-week festival bringing arts, culture and music to the streets of NoMa from September 20 to 30! Events range from Zumba classes, Project Fitness demonstrations, lunch-time concerts, free chair massages, Rock Band 3 on a huge screen, and much more! Important: Tuesday’s Lunch event with Nishta Raj and Project Fitness was canceled due to weather. Join us Tuesday afternoon for a music-filled opening Wine Reception at Union Center Plaza, 4:30-6 p.m.

Dates to Remember:

Sept. 20: ZestFest Opening Party: Wine Reception & Music by Nila Kay, Union Center Plaza (810-840 First Street, NE) 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 21-23: Lunch Events, Multiple Locations, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 24: Family Field Day & Evening Concerts Curated by Bloombars, 4-9 p.m. Loree Grand Field
Sept. 27-30: Lunch Events, Multiple Locations, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: Closing Party with Rock Band 3/Screenprinted T-shirts from Albus Cavus, 6-10 p.m. Loree Grand Field (Screenprinted T-shirts cost $10. All other events are free.)

All events are free and open to the public. Find a detailed calendar at ZestFest is organized by the NoMa Business Improvement District and the Pink Line Project, and sponsored by Zipcar, Todd Gray’s Watershed, Bike & Roll, Project Fitness, Lunar Massage, Bloombars, ScoutMob, and the Story League. Special thanks to Courtyard by Marriott, Loree Grand, VEF-VN Capitol Plaza I LLC, Polinger Shannon & Luchs, Union Center Plaza Management Corp., G&R Management Co. LLC, Lincoln Property Company, DC First Street Corporation, 830 First Street LLC, and Akridge for allowing the use of their spaces.

Farmers Market: Fall Fare!

The market continues Wednesday, so don't forget your apples, cheese, cider, fall squashes and sausage! The market takes place in the plaza in front of 1200 First Street, NE (across from Harris Teeter) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Wednesday through October 26. Many thanks to Metro Green Markets for supporting ZestFest!
Vendor Update: KarenKay’s Cakes will be back soon! Date TBD. In the meantime, stop by the market for baked goods from the Breadery and Home Style Sweets and Treats. The Breadery, a Catonsville, Md.-based bakery, brings whole grain breads with no chemicals or preservatives, including hard and soft-crusted breads, cookies, focaccia, and rolls( cinnamon orange cranberry, pecan, plain) and more! Home Style Sweets and Treats offers oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies, peach bread pudding, peach turnovers and a variety of cakes, including Red Velvet, Coconut and Sweet Potato.

Mark your calendars for a community-oriented mini green festival at the NoMa Farmers Market on October 5. To participate, contact Rachel Davis. The market is organized by the NoMa BID and Metro Green Markets. For more information, visit

ZestFest: Family Field Day, Concerts

This Saturday, Sept 24, NoMa BID is hosting Family Field Day in collaboration with CHNNA, the Capitol Hill North Neighborhood Association. ZestFest is providing outdoor games, face painting, food trucks, $10 screen-printed t-shirts designed by Albus Cavus, and dance and musical performances. CHNNA is providing a picnic for all those in attendance, and will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, chips, plates, napkins, and drinks.

Neighbors may bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as yard games. The more people that participate and contribute to Family Field Day, the more fun this will be for everyone involved. The family friendly event will offer games for both adults and kids, and evening concerts as well! Food trucks will also be in attendance, including That Cheesecake Truck and the Big Cheese Truck.

Location: Loree Grand Field, Second and L Streets, NE

Time: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

Schedule: 4-7 p.m. - CHNNA will provide hot dogs and hamburgers

4:30 p.m. - dance performance by Joy of Motion Dance Center's youth hip hop company Groove Elements
5:15 p.m. - music by Cloud IX
6:30 p.m. - music by Tamika Love Jones (jazz/R&B)

Bring a neighbor, friend, dog, frisbee, cooler or blanket! For a full schedule of ZestFest events, visit Special thanks to the Loree Grand at Union Place for use of the field!

Three Chances to Take the NoMa Walking Tour!

Presented by Cultural Tourism DC, WalkingTown and BikingTown DC strive to shed light on the many jewels of DC, from the unknown to well-known attractions. You have three chances to take the NoMa tour this year during ZestFest! See where the Beatles played their first U.S. concert, hear the area’s rich history, and learn how the New York Avenue Metro station sparked the sleek new development underway now in DC’s most connected neighborhood.

NoMa: From the Beatles to NPR
Saturday 9/24 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday 9/29 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Thursday 9/29 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Registration is not required for the NoMa tour. All tours start at the Au Bon Pain near the New York Avenue Metro Station (Second and N Streets, NE) and end at Union Station. WalkingTown and BikingTown DC will hold more than 100 free walking and biking tours throughout all eight wards of DC from September 23 to October 2. Read more.

Rachel L. Davis, LEED APDirector of Marketing & Events
NoMa Business Improvement District
1200 First Street NE, Suite 310Washington, DC 20002
(P) 202-289-0111 x.3

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