If you've walked F Street NW in front of the National Portrait Gallery lately, you've probably smelled the sweetness of the Churros! booth, welcoming you to the the Downtown Holiday Market. This is the seventh year of the event, partially produced by the Downtown BID. The market features a rotating cadre of artisans and craftpersons, offering everything from food to fedoras. Well, hats anyway. I didn't actually see any fedoras. But there were lots of hats.
The market is outside, on F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets. The last day is December 23, the final Friday before Christmas. The hours are 12:00PM-8:00PM daily. I've been walking over during the lunch hour to check out the varied musical acts. Musicians (Americana, jazz, blues, folk) typically play daily at noon, then again at 5:00PM. A rotating vendor schedule keeps it fresh week by week. For more information on which vendors are selling and musicians playing at this very moment, see the market website.
FYI -- the Capital Bikeshare station usually located at the northwest corner of 7th and F has been temporarily moved to the southeast corner of 8th and F to accommodate the market and will return at it end.