project leader
Kara D
1800 Columbia Rd. NW
(Adams Morgan)
latest update rss
No updates yet.

the project

Adams Morgan Day 2016 needs your participation and donations to celebrate our neighborhood’s eclectic culture, businesses and artistic impulses on Sunday, September 11, from noon to 6 p.m.!

From its humble beginnings in the 1970s, Adams Morgan Day grew into one of the nation’s largest street festivals. It also grew increasingly out of touch with the community’s needs and desires. In 2015, a gritty group of Adams Morgan residents and small-business owners stepped forward to take back our neighborhood festival, quickly mounting a new kind of Adams Morgan Day:  all-volunteer, community driven, grassroots and locally grown.

Adams Morgan Day 2016 will give neighborhood residents and visitors a chance to explore our unique, ethnically diverse community, with street artists, live music, games, exhibition basketball, small businesses, and, of course, restaurant offerings from around the world.

Financially, we’re starting from scratch on Adams Morgan Day 2016. We need to raise funds to make sure we can pay for emergency services, permits and the like, to keep everyone safe and happy. We also want to make the event FUN! We need funds to pay for sound equipment, bands, and kids’ art supplies to bring it all together. Donations and volunteer time are both very much needed! Mary's Center, a neighborhood nonprofit, has agreed to be our fiscal sponsor this year and will process and report on all funds for us.

Our goal is to make Adams Morgan Day 2016 a day to celebrate the great things our neighborhood offers. The public is invited to every organizational meeting we hold, so join us! We’ve forged new community ties as we prepare to stage our “neighborhood showcase.” With everyone’s help, we hope to lay the groundwork to build Adams Morgan Day into a bigger festival again, but with a truly local focus and total transparency. 

For the most current program updates, please visit our Facebook page or our website. To volunteer or with further inquiries, email Please note that we are not accepting any vendor applications from outside the neighborhood for this year’s festival.

the steps

We’ll use the money for:

  • Registration of a new nonprofit
  • Design and printing of flyers, banners and t-shirts
  • Domain registration and web-hosting
  • Advertising
  • Permits, insurance, and licensing
  • Sound equipment
  • DC emergency and law-enforcement presence

why we're doing it

The Adams Morgan neighborhood is proud of its ethnic diversity, multi-cultural small businesses, and artistic offerings. Like other desirable inner-city neighborhoods, Adams Morgan faces economic-development pressures that threaten to displace its diverse population, as well as its small-scale businesses. These economic pressures often sow controversy and division within the neighborhood.

Adams Morgan Day is a 38-year-old tradition that we don’t want to lose. We want to rebuild it as an event that brings the whole neighborhood together and builds relationships and trust between our new and long-term residents, and between the residential and business communities.


DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 8/30/16):

RAISED = $2,671.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
 Payment Processing Fee (3%) $76.78

- Insurance - $916
- Police Presence - $9,200
- Emergency Health Services - $990
- Waste Services - $464
- Entertainment - $3,000
- Tents, Tables, and Chairs - $600
- Port-a-potties - $300
- Banner and Posters - $600



  • Nonprofit Registration, Fiscal Sponsorship, and Related Fees - $2,000
  • Insurance - $1,000
  • Permits and Licenses - $1,000
  • Web Hosting - $100
  • Equipment - $2,000
  • Promotional Materials (including Tshirts) and Advertising - $3,000
  • Entertainment - $3,000
  • MPD presence - $5,000
  • Emergency Health Services - $3,000

We are also soliciting grants and sponsorships to cover some of these expenses. Our goal for this effort is $10,000 at present. If we can raise that through this platform, we’ll be in great shape! Anything extra we raise this year will be held by our new nonprofit to give us a head start on planning for next year. Our budget from 2015 is included below for comparison.

Adams Morgan Day 2015 Budget


Money from sponsors - $8,825.00

Money from t-shirt sales  - $105.00

Money from general donations - $425.00

TOTAL INCOME - $9,355.00


Promotional (Flyers, t-shirts, maps) - $3,077.45

Administrative costs* - $935.50

Equipment (tables, port-a-potties, etc.) - $1,639.91

Music-related equipment  - $817.92

Talent - $1,850.00

Miscellaneous (audio mixing, photography, thank you event) - $1,030.30

TOTAL EXPENSES - $9,351.08

*Paid to nonprofit fiscal sponsor Mary’s Center Balance: $3.92

Total raised offline: $1,620

SUBTOTAL = $8,380
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $251



Sorry, but this project doesn't have any updates yet.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Ashanti Murrain - The Diner
  • Grand Central
  • Adam R.
  • Brian Hart
  • Pop's Sea Bar
  • meze restaurant
  • Fur-Get Me Not
  • Tryst, Inc
  • Middle East Books and More
  • Nicolas M.
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • El Tamarindo
  • Shenanigan's Irish Pub
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Carol Miller at Five Heads Strategic Communications Group
  • BicycleSPACE
  • Adams Morgan Partnership BID
  • John Z.
  • Joe Lapan
  • Kara