‘Dog Days’ sidewalk sale returning to U Street area

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More than 60 businesses took part in the 2016 “Dog Days of August” festivities in the area around 14th and U streets NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/August 2016)

The Dog Days Sidewalk Festival returns to the U Street NW corridor for its 18th year the first weekend of August. With 100 businesses participating in interactive shopping and promotional experiences, this sidewalk sale is D.C.’s largest, according to a news release.

Founded in 2000 as a one-block festival, this year’s event will encompass 25 blocks — U Street from 7th to 17th streets, as well as the 14th Street corridor from Thomas Circle to Florida Avenue.

Activities will kick off Friday, Aug. 4, with a party at Miss Pixie’s furnishings & whatnot at 1626 14th St. NW. Events continuing over the weekend will include a pop-up food festival of Union Kitchen vendors at 1701 14th St. NW, a “Taste of Studio” open house at Studio Theatre, and an outdoor exhibit hosted by the African American Civil War Museum. Sales include 15 percent off all purchases at Frank & Oak, 30 percent off wine at Cork Market, and a $50-and-under sidewalk sale at Lettie Gooch.

Meanwhile, City Paws will host a photo booth and giveaways on Saturday and the Humane Rescue Alliance will be on site with its pet adoption van. A full listing of all sales and events is available at dogdaysdc.com.

The weekend festival is sponsored by the MidCity Business Improvement District Exploratory Committee. “The Dog Days festival shows the power we have when working together,” exploratory committee chair Diane Gross said in a release.