What’s New in NoMa

Our Neighborhood

We are heading into a very exciting time at 2M Street as we put the finishing touches on the building and begin welcoming our first residents!  Along with the excitement at 2M Street, NoMa also has some fun activities and events in the coming weeks.  So what’s new in NoMa?  Here’s an update on the latest happenings in our favorite neighborhood:

NoMa Summer Screen

Our neighborhood outdoor movie theatre returns tonight, May 28, at the Loree Grand Field!  The theme this year is “Unlikely Friendships”, and kicks off tonight with the crowd-pleasing Back to the Future.  In addition to a picnic style screening, some of our favorite food trucks will be on hand providing snacks for sale.  Tonight you can expect to see Popped Republic, The Big Cheese Truck, TaKorean, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Dangerously Delicious Pies serving up some deliciousness.

Details:
-Admission is free
-Children, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome
-Show up around 7 to secure a seat, enjoy some music, play some games and have a bite to eat
-Movies start when the sky goes dark
-All movies are subtitled

[box] Full Lineup via NoMaBID.org:

• May 28: Back to the Future (1985, PG)
• June 4: Silver Linings Playbook (2012, R)
• June 11: Midnight in Paris (2011, PG)
• June 18: Up (2009, PG)
• June 25: When Harry Met Sally (1989, R)
• July 2: Clueless (1995, PG-13)
• July 9: The Muppets (2011, PG)
• July 16: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012, PG-13)
• July 23: The Dark Knight (2008, PG-13)
• July 30: Pitch Perfect (2012, PG-13)
• August 6: Top Gun (1986, PG)
• August 13: The Sandlot (1993, PG)
• August 20: Rain Date, movie TBD[/box]

 

First Street Party

The construction that has long been a part of First Street NE is now complete, and that is something worth celebrating!  This Friday afternoon, May 30, NoMa BID and some local dignitaries will host a celebration to thank the DDOT workers and contractors for their hard work.  Over the past 12 months, they have created a distinct bike lane, spruced up tree boxes, and installed new street lights, adding to the charm of our bustling neighborhood.  The party kicks off at 11:30 AM at the field on the corner of First and Pierce Streets, and you can expect there to be free treats and goodies on hand.

 

NoMa Concert Series

NoMa is rapidly becoming a cultural center for the arts and this free concert series only confirms that trend.  Each Thursday from June 5 to July 17, the Union Center plaza will be home to a lunchtime music break for NoMa residents and workers.  Concerts will be held from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM with the following musicians taking the stage:

[box] Concert List via NoMaBID.org:

June 5: Johnny Artis (R&B)
June 12: Levi Stephens (Funk/Blues)
June 19: Annie Sidley (R&B)
June 26: The Pantones (Steel Drums)
July 10: Liz Biones (Jazz)
July 17: Sam’O (Reggae) [/box]

 

Farm Fresh Markets at Union Market

With warmer weather ahead, it’s time to take the party outdoors at Union Market.  Every Sunday from May 4 to October 26, local vendors and farmers file in with their goodies for sale between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  Vendors this year will include:

[box] Via UnionMarket.com:

Capitol Kettle Corn
Full Cellar Farm
Kuhn Orchards
McCauley Peppers
Mock’s Greenhouse
Postmodern Foods
Pucked Biscuits
Ritchfield Farm and more![/box]

 

Green Festival

This traveling festival, founded in 2002, is focused on green, sustainable living and is coming to town May 31-June 1.  Attendees will learn all about making healthier choices in everything from food and fashion to construction and design, and enjoy some demos and samples along the way.  Live music, panels of inspiring speaker, shopping and cooking demos are amongst the activities you can expect to enjoy.  This year, the Green Festival is teaming up with the Washington Humane Society, so Adopt Force One will be on hand matching pets with their forever homes.  Adopters will receive discounted admission the the event and gain a new BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever).  The festival will be held just outside of NoMa at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.