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.


Please sponsor today by calling us at 202.544.3188 or emailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Information for Vendors: Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill – Saturday Sept 26, 2015

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Barracks Row Fall Festival: Load In & Load Out - Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Check-in opens at 8:00AM and closes at 10:00AM.  If you arrive later than 10AM please plan to walk your booth materials to your booth location.  Festival officially opens at 11AM.

Load-out begins at 5:00PM; booths must be off the street by 6:00PM.

We will send individual booth numbers to each of you by Sept. 23.

Load In Details for DRIVERS:

  • Drive your vehicle to the corner of 8th and I Street, SE. There will be a line of vendor vehicles forming along 8th Street, SE, facing north, under the I 695 freeway. The line moves fast.

  • DC police at the barricade at 8th and I Street, SE will allow in festival vendors one at a time. The Vendor Check-In Tent is just beyond the police barricade. You will see our Barracks Row volunteers in Barracks Row t-shirts waiting to greet you.

  • At the Check-In tent, you will be given your vendor packet and a volunteer will show you to your booth space.

  • If you have ordered a table & chairs you will find them waiting at your booth space when you arrive. After the festival is over leave the table and chairs at your booth site and we will pick them up.

  • All vendor vehicles must be off the midway (8th Street) by 10AM. If you run late we ask you to WALK your gear in to the festival site. After 10AM there are too many pedestrians on the street to move cars safely.

  • There is public parking at a private lot at 8th and Virginia Avenue, SE, about one block south of midway. There is street parking in the neighborhood and there is a DC parking lot under Interstate I 695 at 8th Street. However there are time limits at the DC lot so you will have to return during the day to feed the meter. There is also a 4:05PM Nationals game that day which could affect all parking rates.

Load In Details for WALKERS:

  • If you plan to walk in your booth materials please stop a Barracks Row Volunteer Coordinator wearing an orange T Shirt and announce your arrival. Even if you know your booth space number a festival Check-In Volunteer will show you exactly where to set up. You can walk onto the midway using alleys and cross streets as entry points.

Load-In Warning For DRIVERS and WALKERS:

We must maintain a 22 foot open midway space at all times (DC Fire Department). As you set up your booth, you may use the sidewalk for staging. Keep the center of the midway free and clear- even during set up. Please move materials off the center of midway as quickly as possible.

Load-out for DRIVERS and WALKERS:

Barracks Row will be cleaned after the festival this year by DDOT then reopened to traffic at 6:00PM. Please begin tear down at 5:00PM sharp. You may enter the midway by car from the intersection of 8th & I St, SE (where you entered). Proceed north, load up, then exit off of the midway at the intersection of 8th & E St, SE. DO NOT PERFORM A U-TURN!

If you find you need more time to load your gear, put your materials on the sidewalk off the street. It is ONLY the street that must be clear by 6PM.

The flow of regular two-way vehicular traffic will resume on 8th street at 6PM.

Ground Rules:

1. In exchange for the booth fee Barracks Row Main Street provides a 10x10 foot space on the midway. The booth fee covers the space only; no electricity or wi-fi is provided. If you need either let us know in advance and we'll try to help you. Barracks Row does not rent or provide tents.

2. Booths are grouped at the discretion of the Barracks Row Promotions Committee and/or Festival Director to create maximum pedestrian flow, promote vendor exposure, and maintain visibility as well as access to the businesses on 8th Street. Vendor displays must be arranged inside the 10x10 booth site foot print and not block neighboring booths.

3. Generators:  Generators must be quiet so as not to distract from other vendors, restaurants or retailers. The Festival Director will determine if a generator is too noisy and may order its removal from the festival area.

4. No loudspeakers, boom boxes, portable bullhorns are allowed - this includes any kind of amplified sounds from any source.  If you have questions or your display includes sound, please check with us!

5. Booth rentals are not transferable. BRMS’ acceptance of your booth at the Barracks Row Fall Festival covers only the use described. To amend approved booth use, submit a written description to Sharon Bosworth- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sept. 24, 2015. If you applied to sell art and now decide to sell ice cream, we need to know!

Cancellation Policy: Barracks Row Main Street reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel the festival due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen situation which may occur at any time prior to or during the festival.

Under no circumstances shall there be booth refunds made due to vendor cancellation for any reason after Sept. 14, 2015.

Any cancellation or adjustments due to weather will be made by 6:00AM on Sept. 26 and posted on our website. www.barracksrow.org

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.

Thank you!

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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!

District of Columbia Main Streets DC Department of Small and Local Business Development

Barracks Row Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets commercial district.  Barracks Row Main Street is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development.