Tour de Fat

Tour de Fat is the biggest, craziest and most fabulous party in the DC region celebrating bicycling and good times. Tour de Fat is a free bicycle festival that raises support for WABA and other bicycle advocacy focused non-profits in the region. The festival is hosted and sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company.

New Belgium Logo

The 2015 Tour de Fat will be held on Saturday, May 30th at Yards Park. Yipppeeeee! Each year, the festival kicks off with a big bicycle parade-style ride around the festival grounds and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, returning to Yards Park for the tapping of the kegs. Crazy, funky, stupendous costumes and dress are highly recommended. And don’t forget to bring your ID if you plan on enjoying New Belgium brews.


Schedule:

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
10:00am – Tour de Fat Bike Ride registration
11:00am – Tour de Fat Bike Ride begins!
11:40am – Fashion/Consume contest
12:00pm-5:00pm – Bicycles, Beers and Bemusement
(The Bike Ride will return to Yards Park by 12:00pm for the official tapping of the kegs!)
12:00pm: Lips Lounge Tapping: La Folie, Oatmeal IPA, and Cocoa Mole
12:10pm: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds on Main Stage
1:00pm: Lips Lounge Tapping: Pear Ginger
1:10pm: The Slow Ride Races
2:00pm: Lips Lounge Tapping: Carnie Whiskey Barrel Love
2:10pm: 1,000 Person Dance Contest
2:40pm: Car for Bike Trade
3:00pm:. Lips Lounge Tapping: TRANSATLANTIQUE KRIEK
4:00pm: Charles Bradley on Main Stage
5:00pm: The Grand Finale

Yards Park is located at 355 Water St SE in Washington, DC. The Navy Yard Metro Station is just across the street. The Main Entrance will be at the corner of Fourth and Water Streets SE. See Yards Park on a map.

Food: This year, the Tour de Fat will feature four of DC’s BEST food trucks with grub to purchase: the Mellow Mushrooms Bake Bus, DC Slices, Red Apron and Golden Brown Delicious! Plus, two local Yards Park restaurants, Osteria Morini and Aqua 301, are right within the venue and are a perfect spot to grab a bite to eat.

RSVP:

RSVP for the event on Facebook here and share it with all your friends, family, co-workers, and your neighbors cat.

Check out more information about DC’s event on the official New Belgium’s Tour de Fat site. And if you are excited about joining in for the parade-style bike ride, you can donate to pre-register for the ride!

This year’s show will include performances by Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds. We’re pretty stoked. Here’s Charles Bradley performing in a bike shop!

Admission to Tour de Fat and high-fives are always free! New Belgium brews are for sale during the event to raise funds for the benefiting bicycle non-profits. Each year, the Tour de Fat features free entertainment and an awesome headliner, wacky bicycle games and activities, bike themed contests, and of course tons of beer.

The majority of stage acts and performances will be interpreted into sign language in order to provide access for our fellow cyclists who are deaf.  If there are other interpreters willing to volunteer their professional services, please email events@waba.org and we’ll take care of you in a special way.

Check out our recap of the fun and festivities from last year’s Tour de Fat in 2014 and check out photos from past Tour de Fat festivals below.