MidCity is in the heart of Washington, DC and includes the vibrant 14th and U Street corridors. It’s filled with independent arts and music venues, fantastic places to dine, and cutting edge shops and boutiques. Every year on the first weekend of August (the hottest of the hot here in DC, hence the name), MidCity businesses come together to hold a neighborhood wide event called the Dog Days Sidewalk Festival. Founded in 2000 by Home Rule, this event has grown from a sidewalk festival including just 6 businesses to now over 70! It truly is the best time to come explore this amazing neighborhood’s history, culture, food, shops, services, and people.

On August 4th and 5th the Mid City Dog Days Festival walking route will have live music stages and performances for the first time. Listen Local First has been working with the Dog Days team to create busking “stages” throughout the MidCity Corridor all day on Saturday and Sunday. In order to promote a more vibrant local cultural community, Listen Local First aims to create alternate avenues for local music performances and has organized over 40 local bands, artists and DJs to perform at 8 different stages throughout the weekend. Read on after the jump for dates and times.

(Lineups for all stages are subject to change)

The Fashion District Stage (U St btw 16th and 15th St NW)
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Artists Performing: Sara Davenport, Rachel Levitin, Karen Jonas, Linsay Deming, Margot MacDonald, Victoria Vox, By & By Bluegrass Band, Deb Felz, Maryjo Mattea, Dance for the Dying and Sweet Interference

Dog Days Stage at the African Civil War Memorial (Corner of U St and 10th St NW)
Time: Saturday 9:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Artists Performing: Jason Mendelson, Jim Shirey, Riverbreaks, Brian Franke, Nathaniel Davis, 50 Man Machine, Fire and the Wheel, Jason Brunner, Charlie Harrison, Lunatic, Immobilaire, Javier Starks, Dom-O, The Grey Area, Harmonic Blue, Don Kim

14th and U St Farmers Market (Corner of 14th and U St NW)
Time: Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm
Artists: TBA

Whole Foods (P St between 14th and 15th St NW)
Time: Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Artists: Jon Blashford, Don Kim, Jim Shirey and more

Current Boutique Stage (1809 14th St NW)
Time: Saturday 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Artists: Gordon Daniels, Stepbrothers w/ Frank Mitchell, holychild
Special Event*** – Batala Performance – Sunday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Som Records DJ Stage (1843 14th St NW)
Time: Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Artists: DJ Naruka, DJ’s Uschi Obermaier and Rick Moranis, NiteKrawler, Justin Jouvenal, Jeyone and Frank Mitchell, DJ Neville C, DJ Provoke, DJ Retrospect, Moose, DJ D Mac, The Secret Chimp

For Updates and More Information Please Visit:

LLF Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ListenLocalFirst
LLF Twitter – @ListenLocalDC
Dog Days Website – http://www.midcitydogdays.com/
MCDD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/midcitylife and https://www.facebook.com/MidCityDogDays
MCDD Twitter: @DogDaysDC