Keep your 4th of July celebration going with July’s First Friday

Join us on July 6th! 

On the first Friday of each month (May-September), we stay open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live music, family fun, local art, delicious local food, craft beer & wine – and this month, the chance to get designer fabrics at a Forklift price!

When:  Friday, July 6th, 6pm-8pm
Community Forklift – 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781
(5 min. outside NE DC in the Port Towns neighborhood, near Hyattsville)
Who: YOU! And your friends, family, kids, neighbors, coworkers, and (friendly, leashed) dogs.
Cost: Free to attend – But you can support your local artists and businesses by purchasing their wares and tipping the band.


Live music from Bellwether Bayou and Slim Rosa

Bellwether Bayou is the solo folk project of Laura Schwartz, a classically trained violinist who has been moving steadily in a more folksy direction since living in New Orleans, Ithaca, and Xi’an, China. Based in Washington, D.C., Bellwether Bayou brings looping violin and soulful vocals together to create a modern take on classic folk sensibilities. The sound of Bellwether Bayou mixes original tunes with unexpected covers and new spins on old traditionals.

Slim Rosa is a side project collaboration of Laura and Matthew, her co-founding member of The Iris Bell. For this new project, Matthew and Laura wanted to explore a more plaintive side to their songwriting. Slim Rosa blends acoustic guitars and analog organs with vocal harmonies, evoking the duo’s connection to their Tennessee/North Carolina/Georgia roots.


A Pop-up fabric shop

 For one night only, visit our pop-up showroom full of designer fabric leftover from high-end projects. To kick off the evening, we’ll be unveiling a large selection of hand-blocked silks, embroidered linens, velvets, wool, and more! We’ll announce the details online a few hours before the party begins.


Family Fun

FREE face painting from Signs, Wonders & Gifts!

Bubble Painting: Join Artist & Craftsman Supply to make some unique art!

Chalk the Courtyard:  Forklift Fans of all ages can go nuts decorating the pavement and warehouse walls.


Dinner from Urban Bumpkin BBQ 

The DMV’s only Native American frybread food truck, featuring smoked meats and charcoal chicken, with Asian-inspired bbq sauce in place of ketchup and mustard-based bbq sauces.


A Pop-Up Bar

Town Center Market is back again, bringing an exciting selection of craft beers and wine to
the ‘Lift each month!


Local Artist Market

Delia Mychajluk considers her art “an expression of thoughts and feelings about what I consider the ‘essentials’ of things, i.e., life/death, growth, and the boundaries between the physical/spiritual worlds. Connections between people and animals and people and the world of nature are also explored. Some of my images come directly from dreams. I do not confine myself to a single medium and I create both two and three-dimensional pieces of art.” She’ll be selling oil paintings, polymer clay earrings, mixed media art pieces, and notecards.


Michelle Bailey is a realist painter living in Takoma Park, Maryland, a lovably quirky small town just northeast of Washington, D.C. which prides itself in keeping a small town feel, supporting local businesses and artists and celebrating its free-spirited nature by naming a rooster who once roamed the streets as its town icon. Many of her paintings capture scenes from the town.


Rasp and File Designs creates simple and beautiful wood designs such as coffee tables, dining tables, benches, bookshelves, coffee pour overs, and other home décor and kitchen items to fit your lifestyle, space, and personality. All pieces are one of a kind and unique to the individual client.


Tracy, of TV’s Bees, has been a beekeeper in Mount Rainier for four years. Her colonies are in backyards around town. While Tracy primarily produces honey for family and friends, in years of abundance she sells her excess to pay for her beekeeping habit. Tracy thinks Mount Rainier honey is special, and thinks you will, too.


 Can’t make it?

Don’t worry! There are 2 more you can catch. For more information, check out our events schedule or subscribe to our blog for regular event updates. You can also shop with us any time on Ebay, Etsy, and Chairish!