Georgetown Transforms into a Parisian Market

8th Annual Open-Air Georgetown French Market Returns to Hip & Historic
Georgetown, DC on Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Georgetown BID-hosted signature open-air European market brings a bit of Paris to DC with superb shopping deals at over 30 Georgetown merchants, authentic French fare, and strolling entertainment

April signals the return of warm weather, spring fashions and of course, one of DC’s most charming outdoor shopping events of the year. Georgetown’s signature 8th annual open-air French Market returns to the Book Hill neighborhood on April 29-30, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., bringing a bit of Paris to DC. Hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), this annual event takes place in the Book Hill area of Georgetown, located on upper Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road and offers Washingtonians a chance to welcome spring with superb shopping, French cuisine and exciting entertainment along the neighborhood’s quaint cobblestone streets.

A trip to Paris without the airfare, this unique European-like market will feature two days of incredible deals on the latest trends, the scents of fresh bread and coffee, and the sounds of charming accordion music. Shoppers can score savings of up to 70 percent off designer goods and art and antique home furnishings at over 30 participating boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries. The streets will come alive with strolling musicians and mimes, while families can enjoy children’s activities including a caricature artist, balloon sculptor and more with Dumbarton House and Tudor Place. Completing the European experience, several of Georgetown’s best restaurants and cafés will serve authentic French fare street-side including crepes, grilled merguez sausages, fresh breads, cheeses and more.

Participating merchants include: A MANO, Addison/Ripley Fine Arts, Bacchus Wine Cellar, Café Bonaparte, Darrell Dean Antiques, Dolcezza Gelato, For Your Home, Ilo, Ipsa, Jaryam Couture Lingerie, Leonidas Chocolates, Metro Interiors, Patisserie Poupon, Piccolo Piggies of Georgetown, Puro Café, Rooms With A View, Sassanova, Sherman Pickey, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, The Bean Counter, The Dog Shop, The French Apartment, The Magic Wardrobe, The Phoenix and Urban Chic. A complete list of participating merchants will be continuously updated online at Georgetown Life.

For those interested in catching the Royal Wedding on April 29, Puro Café will feature the Royal Wedding and serve tea and English treats throughout the day. Following the Royal Wedding, guests are invited to stop by Patisserie Poupon for freshly baked scones and English tea. Urban Chic and Ilo Salon will help shoppers “Get Kate’s Look” with exclusive styling tips and products.

Raising money for The Friends of Book Hill Library, stylish reusable Georgetown French Market tote bags will be available for purchase at $2 each with 100% of proceeds benefiting the organization. The bags will be sold at the Georgetown French Market event as well as at participating Georgetown stores two weeks prior to the event.

Visitors can further enjoy the beautiful spring day and tour some of the most gorgeous, exquisite homes in the nation’s capitol at the famed Georgetown House Tour on April 30, 2011. A 90-year tradition, the annual Georgetown House Tour offers Washingtonians and visitors a glimpse into eight to 12 of the most impressive homes and gardens in Georgetown, home to some of the country’s most impactful, powerful leaders. Homes will open for tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a hosted tea from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase online from March 1 – April 28 at Georgetown House Tour and can also be purchased at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. For more information please visit Georgetown House Tour or call 202-338-1796.

Attendees of the Georgetown French Market can avoid parking and traffic by taking the Circulator from Downtown D.C. or from the Rosslyn and Dupont Circle Metro Stations. The Circulator’s Georgetown-Union Station line takes visitors up Wisconsin to the Book Hill neighborhood.

About the Georgetown Business Improvement District

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the accessibility, attractiveness and overall appeal of Georgetown. Established in 1999 by its property owners and merchants, the Georgetown BID has more than 1,000 members. The organization is located in the heart of Georgetown in Washington, D.C and sets a standard of excellence in preserving historic charm while meeting contemporary needs. From marketing and special events, to transportation and streetscape, the Georgetown BID contributes to the vitality and quality of life in Georgetown. For more information please visit Follow Georgetown on Twitter: