WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 31, 2016) – Downtown D.C. will come alive with holiday cheer once again on Black Friday (Nov. 25) when the 12th Annual DowntownDC Holiday Market(#DowntownHolidayMarket) opens for business, bringing unique gifts, music, entertainment and So Much More to Downtown in a unique, outdoor festival setting.
At this year’s outdoor marketplace, located on F Street between 7th & 9th streets NW outside the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, shoppers will find more than 150 curated, unique exhibitors and artisans offering fine art, crafts, glass, jewelry, pottery, photography clothing and more. The market is produced annually by Diverse Markets Management (DMM) in partnership with the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID). Today, the Downtown Holiday Market is consistently ranked among the 10 Best Holiday Markets in the nation, including by USA Today in 2015.
“The DowntownDC Holiday Market enlivens Downtown each season, bringing the Downtown community, regional residents and tourists together for a unique, outdoor shopping experience that is recognized worldwide,” said Neil O. Albert, executive director of the DowntownDC BID.
“More than 300 vendors apply each year for this market as its status and popularity continue to grow,” said Mike Berman, president of DMM and manager of the DowntownDC Holiday Market. “We are pleased to offer new vendors and old favorites alike this season and to once again bring unique gifts to DowntownDC.” The DowntownDC Holiday Market draws an estimated 25,000 customers daily from the city, region and world.
Local fashion trendsetters, regional artisans, and small businesses together will satisfy every shopper’s gift-giving needs at this year’s market. Customers can find stylish, handmade watches from Mistura, trendy locally-crafted leather goods from Stitch and Rivet, artisan glass home décor from EnglerGlass, paintings from Thomas Bucci, global crafts from Vida Dulce Imports, gift foods from Undone Chocolate, and much more. Vendors rotate daily. A complete schedule of vendors can be found online at: Downtown Holiday Market.Com.
The market’s festive atmosphere will be complemented by decorative accents and lighting, tasty treats, hot beverages and live musical entertainment including Brazilian flavor from Trio Caliente, acoustic rock from Billy Coulter, jazz from The Lovejoy Group, vintage country and rockabilly from the Rock-A-Sonics, upbeat holiday tunes from Seth Kibel & Sean Lane and many more.
The 12th Annual DowntownDC Holiday Market will run from Nov. 25- Dec. 23 from noon to 8:00 p.m. daily. Downtown Holiday Market Dollars (gift certificates) are also available. For more information on the market, visit www.downtownholidaymarket.com or follow the market on Twitter,Facebook and Instagram.
The 12th Annual DowntownDC Holiday Market is supported by 97.1 WASH-FM and the Washington City Paper. Discover a special Downtown Holiday Market insert in the Nov. 24 edition of the Washington City Paper.
About Diverse Markets Management
Diverse Markets Management (DMM), LLC is a DC-based firm specializing in the development and management of outdoor public exhibitor markets. Principals in the firm are experienced leaders in specialty vending and in managing relations with this unique group of small business entrepreneurs. Members of the DMM team have an experienced and successful history of working together on markets, especially at historic Eastern Market. Because DMM has actual investments and livelihoods based on vending and deep roots in the city, there is a particularly personal commitment to a market's success. DMM is strongly dedicated to developing and maintaining a financially sustainable market while enhancing the ongoing integration of a market into the community. www.diversemarkets.net @DMMEvents
About the DowntownDC BID
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research to help diversify the economy and enhance the Downtown experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 buildings from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. As a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader, the DowntownDC BID promotes public/private partnerships to create an environment that is So Much More for all residents, workers and guests. For more information, visit www.DowntownDC.org or follow us on Twitter @downtowndcbid.