Over the past decade, Washington D.C.'s Capital Riverfront neighborhood has undergone a remarkable transformation highlighted not only by the Nationals Ballpark, but also by the 42-acre Yards Park. Since opening in 2010, the site of the former Navy Yard Annex has become a world-class green space to enjoy the outdoors and the city's festivals and events. It showcases a boardwalk, fountains, a pedestrian bridge, large grassy spaces, an elevated overlook, a terraced performance venue, as well as a waterfall and canal-like feature.
Every Friday evening during the summer, the Yards hold their Friday Night Concert Series from 6:30-8:30pm featuring live bands performing genres that include pop hits, folk, indie, Reggae, R&B, Brit Pop, Salsa, and Celtic. I stopped by there after work one Friday to listen and watch while at the same time devouringSpanish flauta sandwiches from world-renowned chef José Andres' DC food truck, Pepe, which is parked the on grounds during that time. Feel free to bring your own food and drink, as well as your friends, family, children, and dogs!
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Named for the mythical dragon-like beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, Snallygaster is DC's largest beer festival. It features a beastly display of over 250 unique craft beers, sourced from the best local, domestic, and international craft breweries along with food trucks, live music, entertainment, and games. As you walk around, choose and taste from a overwhelming array of autumn seasonals, German and Belgian-style beers, pumpkin ales, cask ales, barrel-aged brews, craft cans, new releases from the nearby local brewery Bluejacket, as well as artisanal ciders.