The FunkYard Festival

Saturday, October 21st

11am – 5pm

Bring your friends, your family, and your (friendly, leashed) pets to the Community Forklift warehouse for a celebration of all things reuse in the DC area!  We’re highlighting fun(ky)/artistic and practical reuse, while also celebrating the preservation of our local history.

Meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antique appraisal advice, and attend free workshops on DIY repair and creative reuse.  We’ll have artists who work with salvaged/reused materials, live funk music, kids’ activities, a local food truck, local craft beer and wine, and locally salvaged items for sale!


Workshops on DIY Repair & Creative Reuse

11am-12pm: Salvaged Pallet Wood Signs, presented by Angie Bell

1pm-2pm: Refinishing a Table, presented by Julie Jay Dawson

3pm-4pm: Create a Shelf from a Reclaimed Door, presented by Mark Wardlaw


Local Preservation & Historical Experts

Preservation Maryland

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center


Live Funk Music

11am-12:30pm: Ron Hicks Project
Viewed as one of the best blues /jazz bands in the metro area, the varied vocal talents from several members (Ron, Herbie and Glen) give the band its distinctive and aggressive flavor that is recognized over the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. The Ron Hicks Project Music is spiced in the south, cooked in Chicago and served in the DMV.

1:30-3pm: Vico Cycle
The Vico Cycle is a group of like-minded musicians based in the Washington, DC metro area who have come together to blend rock, funk, blues, soul, & hip-hop into a lively fusion of raw sound.

4pm-5pm: DJ Flava
DJ Flava is an International Radio Personality, DJ, Community Activist and Financial Coach based in Washington, DC. You can catch him on 93.9 WKYS FM Radio.


Ron Hicks


Picker’s Paradise

Hunt through crates of parts and pieces for all of your upcycling needs.


Locally Salvaged Architectural Pieces

Shop some never before seen rugs and locally salvaged stained glass windows.


Antiques Advice

Presented by Chris Melendez of Community Forklift.  Bring in your vintage items (or a picture!) to learn more about them!


Activities for all ages!

Help us recycle a house into hardware wind chimes,  play some tunes on instruments made from salvaged materials, and be dazzled by the tricks of strolling magician Matt Neufeld (from 2pm-5pm).


Pottery Demos

Join Forklifter Andrew Francis in the courtyard for live pottery demos. He’ll be creating with fresh clay and incorporating salvaged items from the warehouse for texture.


Local Artists

Browse the work of local artists who create using salvaged materials!

Delia Mychajluk
Lyndaker Inlay
MW Forge
Reenie’s Prints, Etc.


Local Food

“In 2009 we had an idea to leave our 9-5s (Che worked in politics and Tadd in tech) to open our own biz that served smoked meats, sandwiches, and fresh sides in a neighborhood store complete with a stocked deli case, just like the butcher shops we knew growing up. We loved cooking for friends and family, hosting special occasions, and having people over. We also wanted a spot where neighbors met and friends gathered.

That year was the height of the recession, when making that dream come true was out of reach. So we maxed out credit cards, cashed in a 401k, borrowed from friends, and in 2011 opened our BBQ Bus food truck…Six years and many curbside services later, and with a lot of love from all of you, we’ve been fortunate enough to open that shop, and we finally have that deli case.

Whether you’re catching us curbside, ordering delivery for just you or the whole crew, celebrating the most special of occasions, or having lunch with us at the new Smokehouse, our job remains the same as it did when we first hit the streets in 2011: To fill you up on the eats you love best surrounded by the ones you care for the most. Gather ’round now, it’s time for BBQ.”


And Local Craft Beer & Wine!

Our fabulous partners Town Center Market are back with their pop-up bar, this time featuring local brews.


Special Thanks to:

Riverdale Park Arts Council for the use of their sound system, and Behnke’s for their donation of hay bales.