Future Benefits: Beerfest, Takoma Radio, Folk Festival, Street Festival

PHOTO: Jeffery Howard scored a discount Beerfest Ticket. Photo by Rebecca Gallery.


What’s that buzz in the air in Takoma Park?

While most folks are taking it easy in August’s dog days, others are making like busy bees, holding fundraisers or otherwise preparing for big fall events: the upcoming Beerfest VII, The Takoma Park Folk Festival and the Takoma Park Street Festival. Also Takoma Radio is holding a benefit this Friday, Aug. 14.

Beerfest VII

On September 26th 2015 the Takoma Foundation hosts the Nuclear-Free Beerfest VII at the Cady Lee house at 7064 Eastern Avenue.

To celebrate this much anticipated community event neighborhood pub the Olive Lounge on Carroll Ave. entertained the Beerfest Kick Off Party Wednesday August 12 in coordination with the non-profit Takoma Foundation.


Olive Lounge’s bartender Max and manager Chris at the Beerfest kickoff. Photo by Rebecca Gallery.

First chance advance tickets were sold at a reduced rate of only $35.00 with a free Beerfest souvenir t-shirt to accompany. The event packed the Olive Lounge with eager beer enthusiasts itching to get their hands on their tickets and swag.

Silas and Max, the Olive Lounge’s friendly neighborhood tapsters, pleased the enthusiastic crowd, quickly pouring pints with a smile.

The event resulted in 32 advance ticket sales and a crowd of adults clutching their golden tickets with childlike glee.


Practicing for the Beerfest while admiring their discount golden tickets. Photo by Rebecca Gallery.

Beerfest VII will feature local craft beers, local food, live music and fiery entertainment this September. Proceeds benefit the Takoma Foundation’s community grant-making. Last year Beerfest raised a record $20,000.

Advance pre-sale tickets are available on the Takoma Foundation’s website for $40.00 in advance. Tickets will be $45.00 at the door. The festival will be held Saturday, September 26th, 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Historic Cady-Lee House, 7064 Eastern Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

A Voice article and photo slide-show of last year’s Beerfest, which featured ten local breweries is here.

Takoma Radio

For a low-power FM radio station, Takoma Radio has had some high-power success. The non-commercial community station got an FCC license earlier this year; the group is building a studio in a donated space; they are training DJs, producers and volunteers to run the community station and their recent crowdfunding campaign exceeded their goals.


This Friday, August 14 they are holding a benefit concert at the Takoma Park Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave. from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The outdoor concert features DC-area bands Untold Secrets Band and Drop Electric.


Takoma Radio activist Marika Partridge at the Takoma Park Street Festival.

Takoma Park Folk Festival

This is THE iconic Takoma Park festival. Sammie Abbott himself started it. It remains free, but has expanded from one stage in 1978 to 6 stages today. The event boasts more than 50 musical performances, 25 artisan booths, 15 food vendors and 50 community organization booths. It happens Sunday, Sept. 20, 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM at the Takoma Park Middle School, 6711 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, MD.

The festival website is here. The Facebook page is here.

Takoma Park restaurant Mark’s Kitchen is hosting a folk festival fundraiser August 18. Mark’s Kitchen offers a menu including organic, vegan Korean food. It is located at 7006 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD.


The 2014 Takoma Park Folk Festival. See more photos.

The festival raises funds for local organizations including scout packs, Friends of Sligo Creek, and God Glorified Church. The folk festival website says these organizations have used the funds to produce a soap box derby, organize a girl scout camping trip, provide Blair High School with an alcohol-free after-prom party, and coordinate Sligo Creek cleanup projects.

The festival needs volunteers every year. They welcome people of all ages to take a 2-hour shift. Info here.

The Takoma Park Street Festival

This festival features 18 bands performing indie folk, rock, blues, country, reggae, jazz and more. It offers food, crafts and kids activities. On Sunday, Oct., 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM a mile-long stretch of Carroll Avenue from Eastern Avenue to Park Avenue is closed to traffic, and lined with booths, and food vendors buffering the three stages. Many of the Carroll Ave. businesses put booths in front of their stores and restaurants.


This will be the 34th annual Takoma Park Street Festival. The Old Takoma Business Association/Mainstreet Takoma hosts the festival, local businesses co-sponsor it. Last year 12,000-15,000 people attended. visitors.

There will be booths selling pottery, paintings, silk-screening, jewelry, textiles, kids’ items. Community, political and civic groups such as the Takoma Park Police Department, the Green Party, and the Takoma Horticultural Club will have booths as well. The popular beer crawl, which debuted last year, will be held again.


Last year’s Takoma Park Street Festival. More photos here.  The festival Facebook page is here.

Full disclosure

The Takoma Park Silver Spring Voice has a part in each of these events. We’ll have a booth at the folk festival and also at the street festival. Come by and say hello! We plan to collaborate with Takoma Radio to share news items and sound clips. And we will be imbibing at the Beerfest – purely to meet our community journalistic duty, of course.


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About the Author

Rebecca Gallery
Rebecca Gallery covers Art and Entertainment events in Takoma Park and Silver Spring MD. When she is not seeking out new music and events you can find her curled up with her cats and a cup of tea (wine).