U Street Corridor will welcome ‘District Flea’ this fall
While Georgetown itself may not be breeding grounds for artists and art aficionados, there are plenty of opportunities in D.C. for the artistically-inclined to surround themselves with local art and culture.
In fact, this September, D.C. will present a new avenue for such immersion: District Flea.
Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby, founders of highly successful outdoor market of local food and art in New York City, Brooklyn Flea, decided to open a similar market in D.C.’s U Street Corridor this fall.
District Flea will open on Sept. 14, and play host to about 150 independent vendors selling food, jewelry, antiques, repurposed furniture, various crafts, vintage clothing, and records from in and around D.C., New York, Baltimore, and Philly.
Earlier this summer, Brooklyn Flea’s founders expanded the market into Philadelphia. But before that, Butler and Demby had their hands full with the sole market in New York. From the get-go, Brooklyn Flea was popular in New York, even before the city became notorious for being a “hipster hotbed“.
Vox hopes that District Flea takes off in Washington upon its opening this fall, though without hurting business at the other major flea markets in D.C. The city is currently home to the popular flea market at Eastern Market and the Georgetown Flea Market, which are both held on Sundays, as well as the monthly DCMEETMarket in Logan Circle.
Fortunately for other D.C. markets, District Flea will take place on Saturdays. It plans to launch on a vacant lot of about 37,000 square feet at 945 Florida Ave., just up the street from 9:30 Club. Demby said they have begun signing local vendors but are still on the hunt for more. So if you or anyone you know has held a life-long dream of opening a peanut-butter-and-jelly food truck, you’re in luck! Interested vendors can apply for a space on District Flea’s website.
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