After more than a decade of planning and building, the Wharf is set to open next month.

The neighborhood’s developer, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW), has scheduled a full weekend of events to celebrate The Wharf’s Kickoff Celebration, starting Thursday, October 12. At the venue performing a free concert will be none other than Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael (aka The Bacon Brothers) at 5 p.m. on October 12 on the Wharf development’s District Pier. The $2.5 billion world-class waterfront neighborhood will welcome more than 50 bands and performers to help the city celebrate the milestone over the next several months, through spring 2018. While the brand new Southwest D.C. neighborhood promises dozens of restaurants and shops, it’s been unclear until now how many of them will be up and running in time for the October 12 grand opening. However, the following is a list of new businesses expected to be open within the month:


Hank’s Oyster Bar Kirwan’s Irish Pub

[caption id="attachment_4024" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Kirwan’s on the Wharf is expected to open in October.[/caption]

Kith/Kin by Kwame Onwuachi Requin by Mike Isabella Shake Shack Taylor Gourmet Velo Café at District Hardware Whiskey Charlie       The Brighton Cantina Bambina Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi

Retail Shops & Services

A Beautiful Closet Anchor on board with West Marine Pro Blink Optical CVS Health d/Eleven DC Row District Hardware and Bike

[caption id="attachment_4025" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The District Hardware and Bike Shop has been in Washington, D.C., since 1971[/caption]

Harper Macaw Ligne Roset L’occitane Spa Martha Spak Gallery Patrick’s Fine Linens & Home Décor Politics and Prose Bookstore The Press Yoga Factory

Music & Entertainment Venues

The Anthem Pearl Street Warehouse

Visitors will also be among the first to benefit from the various new methods of transportation options surrounding The Wharf.  There is a free Southwest Shuttle with stops at The Wharf, National Mall, and L’Enfant Plaza. The free Wharf Jitney will ferry people from The Wharf to East Potomac Park and back. Also, a regional water taxi operated by the Potomac Riverboat Company will be available. The Wharf is creating a District Wharf app that will contain a live news feed, updates, and information on events, real-time transportation updates, and more. The app will be available on all app platforms in early October.

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