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Kara D
1800 Columbia Rd NW
(Adams Morgan )
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Volunteer Happy Hour

the project

Adams Morgan Day 2017 needs your participation and donations to celebrate our neighborhood’s eclectic culture, businesses and artistic impulses on Sunday, September 10, from noon to 6 p.m.!

From its humble beginnings in the 1970s, Adams Morgan Day grew into one of the nation’s largest street festivals. In 2015, a small group of Adams Morgan residents and small-business owners stepped in to take up where the previous organizers left off. We had to start from scratch with fundraising, and threw a smaller festival the past two years. This year, we're ready and determined to close the street again, bringing back vendors and more music.

To close the street, we'll need to raise about 5X the money we have over the past two years. Most of this will go to city services, emergency services, permits and the like, to keep everyone safe and happy. We also want to make the event FUN! We need funds to pay for sound equipment, bands, and kids’ art supplies to bring it all together. Donations and volunteer time are both very much needed! 

Our goal is to make Adams Morgan Day 2017 a day to celebrate the great things our neighborhood offers. The public is invited to every organizational meeting we hold, so join us! We’ve forged new community ties as we prepare to stage our “neighborhood showcase.” With everyone’s help, we hope to build Adams Morgan Day into a bigger festival again this year, but with a truly local focus and total transparency. 


the steps

We’ll use the money for:

  • Design and printing of flyers, banners and t-shirts
  • Domain registration and web-hosting
  • Advertising
  • Permits, insurance, and licensing
  • Sound equipment
  • DC emergency and law-enforcement presence

why we're doing it

The Adams Morgan neighborhood is proud of its ethnic diversity, multi-cultural small businesses, and artistic offerings. Like other desirable inner-city neighborhoods, Adams Morgan faces economic-development pressures that threaten to displace its diverse population, as well as its small-scale businesses. These economic pressures often sow controversy and division within the neighborhood.

Adams Morgan Day is a 39-year-old tradition that we don’t want to lose. We want to rebuild it as an event that brings the whole neighborhood together and builds relationships and trust between our new and long-term residents, and between the residential and business communities.

Vendor and Artist applications

If you are interested in being a vendor or artist, please fill out our interest form on

Sponsors Needed!

If you are interested in being an event sponsor, please contact us at



We only have high level estimates now, but will refine the budget as costs become clear.

City Services - $45,000
Because we are closing the block this year, we anticipate having to cover bus rerouting fees as well as higher MPD fees, crossing guards, trash removal, etc.

Rentals and Emergency Services - $15,000
This would be for water barriers, stages, equipment, port-o-potties, tents, tables, and required evergency medical services.

Entertainment - $20,000
We'll plan to have bands on two stages as well as other entertainment.

Marketing, Organizing Expenses - $10,000
This will cover advertising, posters, banners, fiscal sponsorship (if necessary), and decorations. 

Subtotal = $90,000

ioby Platform Fee - $35

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) - $4,500

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) - $2,700

Total to raise = $97,235



Volunteer Happy Hour

Join the Adams Morgan Day Festival planning committee and volunteers for a Happy Hour to learn more about how to get involved in this year's event!

Thursday, June 1st from 6 - 8 pm at Johnny Pistolas, 2333 18th St NW

Johnny Pistolas has been generous enough extend their 2nd floor event space and happy hour specials to our guests!

  • $2 Tacos
  • $3 Tecates / Pacifico's
  • $3 Drafts
  • $5 Margaritas / Red or White Sangria

Register Here


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