June 26, 2019: People, Places, & Participation! 


Diverse Markets Management (DMM), the D.C. company known primarily for its management of outdoor markets, is looking forward to a fun-filled long weekend of making spaces into great places full of creativity, food and fantastic finds!

The long weekend begins on Thursday, June 27th in Crystal City. From 11am - 2pm, the Crystal City Crafts Market  operates on a shaded plaza behind 220 20th St S., a short block away from the Crystal City Metro Station. This is the last market of the season in Crystal City! Each week has featured a nice gathering of local artisans and food trucks catering to a bustling lunch time crowd. Live musicians add a special touch this pop up market. 

On Friday night, June 28th, From 4 to 10 pm, MarketSW returns to the corner of 4th and M St SW. This edition, Capital Fringe Festival hosts a festival preview on the stage at 7pm. At least 20 of the festival's shows will offer "4 minute rapid-fire excerpts," with Julianne Brienza, Fringe Founding Director emceeing and Crown Vic's Weird World highlighting the many dynamic acts and programing involved with the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival running from July 9 - 28 in various venues throughout Southwest.

The night market will set the perfect backdrop for the evening. Along with a box office selling festival passes and tickets, visitors can shop from local artists and collectors, enjoy delicious food and drink options, and an always, a lively community atmosphere. Participants popping up this week can be found here.

On Saturdays, the LotSW turns in Farmers MarketSW from 9 am to 1 pm. The weekly farmers market is a proud Produce Plus distributor, helping hundreds in the SW community, and DC at-large, secure supplemental funds to purchase fresh produce.  Find a list of the mix of produce, prepared and specialty foods, community groups and others participating here.  The market continues every Saturday through November 17.

Also this Saturday, June 29th, the Beacon Market returns to 1200 East-West Highway in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. In addition to the gathering of mostly Silver Spring area artisans, Beacon Market will feature a Kids Yoga Corner hosted by PecaLove, with sessions at 11:00am and 1:30pm. Harpers Cycles will also be on hand offering tune-ups and ready-to-ride bikes for the public. Located directly on the plaza fronting the popular Bump n' Grind Cafe, enjoy a coffee or beer and be part of this community market!

And, of course, the weekend wouldn't be complete if it didn't conclude with The Flea Market at Eastern Market  every Sunday from 9:30am to 4:30 pm,  on 7th Street SE between Pennsylvania Ave and C Streets SE on Capitol Hill! The grandfather of DMM-managed markets is now in its 36th season and runs every Sunday year round. A valuable member of Eastern Market Main Street, the flea market strongly supports the commercial corridor surrounding the historic Eastern Market as a local destination within the unique mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment, enlivening the area with a broad mix of exhibitors, performers and throngs of shoppers.



DMM recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Downtown Holiday Market (DHM). The market, which will stretch 31 days over 5 weekends this year, is held in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood in Downtown DC with the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture as its backdrop behind the festival location on the wide sidewalk on the north side of F Street, stretching from 7th to 9th Streets NW. Opening on Friday, November 22, it will run continuously through Sunday, December 23 (closed Thanksgiving).  Hours will be from Noon to 8 p.m. each day.

Exhibitor information for 2019 is here. Application deadline for DHM is July 6.        

DMM also had announced the new Christmas event coming to Nationals Ballpark Stadium this year, Enchant Christmas! With over 300,000 expected guests Enchant Christmas will be an immersive Christmas experience that will take over Nationals Park in 2019.
In addition to the world's largest Christmas Light Maze, the ticketed event also features an ice skating trail, great dining and custom food offerings, live music, Santa and Mrs Claus, VIP suites and lounges for corporate events and the opportunity for 60 market vendors to participate.
Enchant will open from November 22 - December 29 (closed Nov 25-28, Dec 2 & 9) and operate from 4pm-10pm Sundays Thursdays and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from Dec 13 through the 29th.  
We are looking for local artisans and market vendors to partner with us to make this event a community driven success. Handcrafted and German products are preferred. There are limited spots available that are already filling up for this event so please get your application in! 
Contact dcvendors@enchantchristmas.com for any questions. Online registration is available here.  


We remember a long-time artist of the Flea Market. In the past days, our family of talented artists, dedicated collectors, and entrepreneurs lost Steven L. Miller

Steven chose to engage and offer his black and white photography directly to the public through our markets. Despite national accolades for his photography, including nine pieces in the Smithsonian collection, he was committed to sharing his work with our community in Washington, DC.
His family kindly asks those close to Steven, his market friends and fans, to remember his vivid take on life by offering gestures to these noble causes:    
The CJD Foundation, Arc of Chester County, or Blind Cat Rescue
Come celebrate his life and work with us down at the Flea Market.