Georgetown French Market Returns This Weekend


Transport to the streets of Paris for the 19th annual Georgetown French Market popping up this weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. Sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, the event showcases over 30 small boutiques and cafés which will transform their storefronts to an open air market for joie de vivre along the Book Hill section of Wisconsin Avenue.

“Participants can enjoy a selection of French cuisines, deals on apparel and home goods, sidewalk sales and specials from more than 30 locally-owned boutiques, cafés, and galleries plus a caricature artist, music, stilt-walkers, and more. Neighborhood restaurants will also offer food and drink specials featuring French cuisine and beyond — from pastries, croissants, and macarons, to lunch items grilled outside, and wine discounts,” the BID website announced.

The Georgetown French Market was started years ago as a way to bring merchants along Wisconsin Avenue NW together for a community event inspired by the lively outdoor Parisian markets. From O Street NW to Reservoir Road, local shops and restaurants offer their goods and grub outside to partake in the festivities. The event welcomes families, residents, and visitors to come together and enjoy the start of the spring season while delighting in French fare and browsing for steals and deals.  

Shop a unique selection of home goods, linens, and apparel at the Georgetown French Market. Photo by Sam Kittner, Georgetown BID.

This year’s French Market will be taking on an international flavor as well. If you’re a returning market-goer, be sure to check out some of the new participants. Jaco Juice and Taco Bar will be serving specialty rock shrimp and chicken tinga tacos, Mexican street corn, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Spicez will be offering free henna tattoos along with spices, herbs, and a variety of Indian and Eastern foods to try. The African Union Mission will also be joining the market, hosting crafts along with art and jewelry vendors.  

This year’s French Market takes on an international flavor. Jaco Juice and Taco Bar will be one of several new participants. Photo courtesy Jaco.

Also, for the first time this year, artist and owner of StudioLab RD, Robin Davisson, will be hosting a community painting where individuals can add their own personal touch to the canvas to serve as a relic of the Georgetown French Market weekend. Visit the TD Bank lot at 1611 Wisconsin Ave. NW to contribute your brushwork. Digital prints of the painting will be available for purchase, and all proceeds will go to Georgetown Ministry Center’s homelessness programs and services.  

The French Market caters to kids and families with a variety of entertainment and activities. While munching on a chocolate croissant, stop by the Caricature artist for a free drawing. There’ll also be hand and face painting for Les Bouts d’ Choux. Keep an eye out for strolling performers – unicyclists, stilt walkers, and a Penny-Farthing bike rider! 

Be sure to get a taste of pastries and other French delicacies from the many participating food vendors. Patisserie Poupon will serve a selection of desserts, salads, and a special merguez sausage from the grill. Stop by Bacchus Wine Cellar for their six bottles of wine for $60 deal.  

Debbie Young, Events Director for the Georgetown BID, told The Georgetowner, “The French Market is the perfect opportunity to kick off the spring season with the Georgetown community. There is something for everybody, from shopping and family fun, to live music, and great food.”

Visit www.georgetownfrenchmarketdc.com for the full schedule of events and list of participating merchants.

This is not one to miss! À bientôt!

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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One comment on “Georgetown French Market Returns This Weekend”

  • Tony A says:

    The Georgetown French market is the worst event in the DC area. A disappointment on every levrl.

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