Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tour de Fat is Saturday. Yep. Tour de Fat.

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the awesomeness of the party/carnival/revival/circus/parade that is Tour de Fat. There will be bikes. There will be music. There will be beer. And it's free.

Tour de Fat is hitting DC for the second year, happening this Saturday, June 1. Colorado's New Belgium Brewing is throwing this party in a dozen cities and we're the second stop on the 2013 circuit. Bikes have always been a big part of New Belgium, being both the inspiration for the company's founding and the most popular beer, Fat Tire; hence the name, Tour de Fat.

This looks so cool! The location is Yards Park in Southeast DC. This is adjacent to Nationals Park, and a stone's throw from the Navy Yard Metro station. Of course, they'll have a bike valet for those taking two wheel transport. 

The bike parade starts at 11:00 AM, the party continues at 12:00 and everything ends at 5:00 PM. Bands/Acts include: Beats Antique, The Moth (storytelling), DC's own BATALA, the Honeymoon Cabaret, do-it-all Scott Nery, AND MANY OTHERS.

There will be something called the Car for Bike Trade, which sounds awesome. One lucky person who pledges to give up their car, and go totally car free for one year, gets a $2,000+ stipend to purchase a commuter bike and accessories. Applicants must post a two minute video on the Tour de Fat FB page, explaining why they should be picked. Seriously, get on this people!

There will be food and a beer tasting tent, too (for those 21 years of age and older). Otherwise, the parade and festival are open to all ages. It's free, but you need to register before hand to ride in the parade. Several organizations stand to benefit, including Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Black Women Bike. SEE YOU THERE.