Fall Festival

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Be a part of Barracks Row’s signature annual event, the Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill. With attendance estimated at over 8,000 people throughout the day, this is your chance to get your message out to Capitol Hill’s valuable demographic.The festival features the Annual Military Chefs Competition, tours of The Home of the Commandants, sword fights and readings from the Shakespeare Theatre, acrobatic performances from the Trapeze School of New York, and a kids area that includes a Petting Zoo. The midway is surrounded by our famous Barracks Row Restaurants. Pull up to patio table, order lunch and watch the scene unfold.


SIGNATURE SPONSOR: $10,000 (one available)

In addition to the benefits provided to Platinum Sponsors, the Signature Sponsor will have a prominent banner featuring them at the Center Stage at 8th and G Streets. Signature Sponsors also receive two all-day volunteers to assist with on-site promotion efforts.

PLATINUM SPONSOR: $5,000 (two still available)

In addition to what is provided for Event Sponsors, Platinum Sponsors also receive two additional hours of volunteer support and repeated mentions by the emcee at Center Stage throughout the day of their support of the event.

EVENT SPONSOR: $2,500 (three still available)

Event Sponsors receive a complimentary tent and booth space at the Festival, in addition to priority placement near the event stage. Event Sponsors also get a volunteer to help for two hours at the event passing out flyers or manning booth space. All sponsors receive logo placement in advertising, yard signs, the BRMS website, and extensive social media promotion


Funds raised through this event directly support Barracks Row Main Street, the group bringing you:

Clean, Beautiful, Safe Streets: Significant support of the "men in blue" for the Business Improvement District (BID) Litter Clean Team. In addition, improving and restoring historic facades, more trees and flowers, improved lighting and increased walk-through pedestrian traffic.

Building a Better Community with Convenience and Ease: Improving livability by balancing retail, development, and residential needs. Active economic development efforts to bring new restaurants and shops to the Row. Monitoring the neighborhood's "quality of life" issues such as parking and noise.

Historic Preservation: Of murals, facades, and other historic features found in and on 8th Street buildings.


Barracks Row Main Street is a non-profit organization focused on revitalizing 8th Street SE as a vibrant commercial corridor reconnecting Capitol Hill to the Anacostia River. Chartered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Program in 1999, the group changed 8th Street SE from an under-used road in disrepair to winning the 2005 "Great American Main Street" award for excellence.


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Photos from the Fall Festival

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We've uploaded 149 photos from the Barracks Row Fall Festival! View them all here! If you would like us to include yours, just send them to info AT barracksrow.org.

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Rain or Shine, Fall Festival begins in less than 24 hours!

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Just a reminder that the 2011 Fall Festival will be happening, rain or shine. Weather will not stop us!

Barracks Row Fall Festival Events Timeline

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Barracks Row Fall Festival  - Saturday, September 24, 2011

Events Timeline

All Times Are Approximate- Plan to Arrive 10 Minutes Early for These Events


  • 8th Street SE Closed to Traffic
  • Military Chef’s Cook Off Begins at Gates of Marine Barracks Washington


  • The West End Band


  • Barracks Row Fall Festival begins – All Vendors and Businesses Open


  • Marine Corps Brass Quintet Performs Patriotic Marches

12 noon

  • Welcome to Barracks Row Fall Festival.  Speakers: Colonel Paul Montanus,

Commander of Marine Barracks Washington and Jonathan Shartar, Chairman of
Barracks Row Promotions Committee

  • Tour of Home of the Commandants – line forms on G Street at the Home


  • The West End Band

12: 20

  • Swordfight Performed at stage by Shakespeare Theatre


  • Tour of Marine Barracks Washington
  • Zumba Dance demonstration near stage


  • Tour of the Home of the Commandants
  • Trapeze School New York Begins All Day Show ( near Belga Café)
  • Chesty, the Marine Corps Bulldog Mascot - First walk on Midway


  • Swordfight Performed at Stage by Shakespeare Theatre


  • Saint Marks Players Perform on Stage
  • Tour Marine Barracks Washington


  • Blue Sky Swing Band
  • Tour of The Home of the Commandants


  • Tour of Marine Barracks Washington
  • Lightening Round Begins in Military Chef’s Cook Off


  • Chesty the Marine Corps Bulldog Mascot -Second Walk on Midway


  • The Georgetown Chimes  Stroll 8th Street and Perform on Stage
  • Tour of the Home of the Commandants


  • Final tour of Marine Barracks Washington


  • The Silent Drill Platoon Performs at 8th and G Street, SE
  • Final tour of the Home of the Commandants


  • General Williams Announces the Winner of the Military Chef’s Cook Off


  • Barracks Row Fall Festival 2011 ends
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