Street festival offers beer crawl this year

BY JOEY TRULL

The upcoming 32nd annual Takoma Park Street Festival will feature 18 local bands performing on three stages, over 100 artist and vendor booths and—new this year—a beer brunch with drink discounts, said organizer Laura Barclay.

The free festival organized by the Old Takoma Business Association is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday, October 5th. The event is set up along Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland, from Eastern to Columbia Avenues, part of the Old Takoma business district.

The Takoma Park Street Festival, runner-up in Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. 2014 Reader’s Choice poll in Best Neighborhood Festival category, will have food, art for purchase, community group booths and live music in various genres including rock, country, folk and more.

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2013 Street Festival. Photo by Bill Brown.

This is Barclay’s fifth festival. The event draws 10,000 to 15,000, but she expects more this year due to the recent award and Sunday’s weather forecast.

The festival’s new Beer Crawl costs $15 in advance or $20 on Sunday to sign up. Registered attendees gain access to a 10 a.m. beer brunch at Republic and a Crawl Mug. Proceeds from the Beer Crawl go to the Old Takoma Business Association.

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2013 Street Festival.

Crawl Mugs are mason jars used as beer mugs. Businesses participating in the Beer Crawl are offering discounts on drafts and other beverages to those who purchase the Crawl Mugs, said Barclay.

Beer Crawl discounts are offered: Republic’s $5 draft beers, Olive Lounge and Grill’s draft beer for $3.75, Roscoe’s Neapolitan Pizzeria’s $3.75 Peronis and for non-alcoholic drinks, Capital City Cheesecake’s $3 iced lattes and La Mano Coffee Bar’s iced coffees for $2.75.

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2013 Street Festival. Photo by Eric Bond.

Eighteen local bands will perform on three stages at the street festival, including some popular bands new to this year such as The Walking Sticks and Black Masala, said Barclay.

People come from all over the region to attend the festival and some vendors come from as far as Ohio said Barclay. Food trucks, community groups and children’s activities will also be offered.

Over 100 of the 200 booths at the street event will feature artists promoting and selling their works.

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2011 Street Festival. Photo by Julie Wiatt.

With many items to choose from such as paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography and more, Barclay said, “It’s a good way to start your Christmas shopping.”

“We streamline the menu for the festival,” said Caitlin Murphy, co-owner of Capital City Cheesecake, who participated last year.

Murphy said they have modified the menu and hours as well for the festival popular with locals. Capital City Cheesecake will be open at 9 a.m. and until they run out of product.

Participants in the Beer Crawl can also continue to use their discount at Republic after the street festival as well as two other businesses starting at 5 p.m.: Evolve with $2 off draft beers and Takoma Station Tavern offering $4 draft beers. Barclay said the after-festival discounts were a way for the businesses not within festival grounds to participate while keeping the attendees in the designated area during the hours of the street event.