If you can come up with a better way to spend your Saturday than joining the East Coast’s largest and most fanciful bike parade, music and arts fest, and beer celebration, then you’re probably a complete bore.  For the rest of us, Tour de Fat is making its way back to D.C. this Saturday, June 1st.

The event starts with a bicycle parade at 11 a.m. that ends at Yards Park, right next to National’s Park.  Get your weird on, because costumes are highly encouraged, and feel free to dress up your bike.  There really are only so many times a year a grownup living in D.C. can dress like a fairy and ride a bicycle without being committed to an asylum.

After the parade there will be a party at Yards Park from 12 – 5 pm with tons of beer from New Belgium Brewery, who sponsor the event.  New Belgium Brewery is the maker of the summer perfection that is Fat Tire beer, as well as a whole bunch of other types of delicious bubbly awesomeness.  The party will feature performances and entertainment from Beats Antique, Scot Nery, Honeymoon Cabaret, John Higby and Batala. New York City’s hit storytelling troupe The Moth will be coming down to dish out some of their generally pretty hilarious stories. There will also be a pre-party-party at Church Key on Thursday, May 30th, featuring a bike giveaway and lots of good beer. Don’t miss it.


The festival itself is free, though for a $10 donation you’ll get a guaranteed spot in the parade and some good karma. If you’re really hardcore you can trade in your car for a bike. Details about that can be found here.  All proceeds from the festival go directly to local bicycle advocacy groups like Black Women Bike DCFairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, and Phoenix Bikes.  So if you want better bike lanes, go drink some beer, dress like a fairy and hang out in Yards Park this Saturday.

Tour De Fat DC 2012 from Shenandoah Bicycle on Vimeo.