See you at the Street Fest!

IMAGE: The 2014 Takoma Park Street Festival.

SEP 28—The Takoma Park Street Fest is this weekend. Takoma Voice booth will be near the corner of Carroll and Tulip Avenues Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello to Senior Editor Eric Bond, Managing Editor Bill Brown and any writers, contributors or photographers who happen to be around.

The Voice will be promoting its upgraded Business Directory, selling its popular “Viva la Republica” t-shirts and Citizen Bill framed prints and urging people to sign up for free weekly e-newsletter mailings.


Back by popular demand, the Voice will be selling the iconic t-shirts again this year.

The annual Takoma Park Street Festival features 200 vendor booths, children’s activities, food trucks and live music performances all day on three stages. Carroll Avenue is closed to automobile traffic for the event from Park Avenue to Carroll Street, NW in Takoma, DC.

Sponsor Main Street Takoma is selling Takoma mugs to receive discounted pours (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) during and after the festival inside participating businesses. The Crawl mugs can be purchased at the festival Info booth (in front of 7000 Carroll Ave) and mug holders from previous festivals will continue to receive discounts as well.


The 2014 Takoma Park Street Festival.

Historic Takoma, Inc. will host one of the many Street Fest tables.

HTI’s Diana Kohn says this Sunday’s festival has its roots in the Takoma Park Victorian Festival of 1981.

“The idea was to bring attention to the revitalization of the Laurel-Carroll Old Town proposed by the city (under then-mayor Sammie Abbott) and the local businesses. Local musicians regaled the crowds and vendors offered ethnic food.” says Kohn.

By 1985, she says, the event dropped its Victorian theme (and the “best moustache contest”) and morphed into the Old Takoma Street Festival. The tradition continues, much expanded beyond the original Laurel-Carroll location.

Ms Kohn will be at the HTI table to answer questions about Takoma in past decades.


Takoma Voice ad for the 1984 “Victorian Festival” which morphed into the Street Festival the following year (1985). Courtesy Historic Takoma, Inc.

The festival is going green this year. Attendees are urged to bring their own water bottle to the festival and fill it at their new bottle filling station. The festival waste stations will have disposal options for waste, recycling and composting. People can bring gently used clothing and household items to the festival for donation. Festival sponsor, Savers, Inc. and its partner National Children’s Center will host a truck on Westmoreland Ave.

There will be a new expanded children’s area this year on Carroll Ave near Park Avenue. The Boy Scouts will set up in Takoma Urban Park, behind the Gazebo stage.

The Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Open House will be held all day at the station at 7201 Carroll Ave on Sunday as well. And the weekly Farmers Market will be held as usual on Laurel Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The 2014 Takoma Park Street Festival.