Category Archives: Programs

New Program! Catalonia on Stage – Celebrating the Origins of the “Day of the Book”

In partnership with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage we invite you to celebrate the Catalan origins of the “Day of the Book”. Stay tuned for program schedules soon! The La Rambla Stage is located at the corner of Howard Ave and Armory Ave. The Catalonia Stage is located on Fawcett St at Howard Ave. The Book-to-Plate Stage

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Live Music Rocks the Town! With Special Guests and featured bands on 5 stages!

Special Guest In partnership with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage: Joan Garriga & the Galàctic Mariatxis on the Catalonia Stage. Also Featuring… The Rock-A-Sonics and The Nighthawks on the KTown Rocks! Stage. Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings on the La Rambla Stage. Sisters Uke & Friends and Matthew Dayton on the Sweat Shop Stage. Roman Kostovski

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Free Rare Book Evaluations

Do you have a treasured rare or even not-so-rare book? Bring it to Dr Sorenson for a free evaluation. Or just stop by to discuss your book collection! Dr Sorenson’s tent is located on Howard Ave between Fawcett St and the train station. Performed by Dale A. Sorenson, Ph.D. Dr. Sorenson founded Waverly Auctions in 1978 and served as its

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New Program! Veteran Writers – Writing Our Way Home

Join us to honor Veteran authors, poets, and songwriters! Hosted by Veterans Writing Project and The Memorial Day Writers’ Project Veterans Writing Project is a non-profit organization that helps veterans, service members, and military family members gain the skills and confidence they need to tell their stories. We provide no cost creative writing and songwriting workshops and seminars around the

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La Rambla Stage Special Guest Speakers – with Steve Piacente and music by Eli August

2020 Special Guest speakers – Michael Dirda, Verlyn Flieger, Ethelbert Miller, Daniel Glavin, Wendy Swallow, Marti Gironell, and Dr Cynthia Jacobs Carter … with music by Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings Master of Ceremonies Steve Piacente Please scroll down for more information on each presentation Special Guests – Michael Dirda & Verlyn Flieger – J.R.R. Tolkien and the Roots

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All the Imagination Can Hold…with Nancy Naomi Carlson, Reuben Jackson & Special Guest Poets

The title of the late poet/critic Kenneth Koch’s essay on the work of Frank O’Hara — “All the Imagination Can Hold” — is also a perfect description of the poetry to be featured at this year’s annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival.  Free verse, metered ruminations, youthful and seasoned voices… bring your imagination…your family…your friends… They will thank you! Masters

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Magic, Music, Art, and Dragons!

Children’s entertainers and activities 2020 More to come soon! Schedules tba Location  & Time: Children’s Stage, 11:15 to 12:00 The Great Zucchini has been Washington DC’s #1 children’s entertainer for over 15 years. He has performed at the White House, Vice President’s House, 11 embassies, and is the only children’s entertainer to grace the stage of The World Famous DC Improv.

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Chess Challenge!

Challenge the Chess Master! All ages and levels welcome! International Chess Master Allan Savage will simultaneously play six to eight games of chess at once! Prizes will be awarded to anyone who wins or draws. Allan is an International Master, Life Master in the United States Chess Federation, and chess author. He is a full-time chess coach for tournament players.

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Food Trucks & Food Venues

“A Moveable Feast” Food Court With Food Trucks to satisfy tummies of all sizes! Located at the train station at the east end of the festival. More food trucks and food vendors coming soon! Chix N Stix West End food vendors – located near Howard Ave and Armory Ave Restaurants & food venues within or near the festival area: KTown

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From Book to Plate: Food Talk with Jonathan Bardzik and Friends

Join Jonathan Bardzik and other cookbook and culinary authors for an afternoon of “food talk” and cooking demonstrations. “With each book there was a guiding idea – simple, summer entertaining or fresh, seasonal cooking – and the stories and recipes grew from it… there are times when good stories suggest recipes and other times when a story follows a favorite

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