Your Guide to Celebrating Record Store Day in D.C.


This Saturday, expect to see long lines and big crowds at music shops across town for Record Store Day. It’s become a semi-annual tradition where local vinyl lovers can get their hands on rare, exclusive releases while also supporting their neighborhood record stores. Most of the D.C.-area shops are planning to participate in this year’s celebration, which also marks the 10-year anniversary of Record Store Day. Here’s a look at what some of the local stores around town are doing this Saturday:

Blue Groove Soundz
5852 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA
Doors 9 p.m.

Arlington’s Blue Groove Soundz typically throws one of the largest local Record Store Day parties. They’ll open doors bright and early at 9 a.m. on Saturday, promising to have most of the big Record Store Day titles in stock. While you’re shopping, you can enjoy musical performances from Kromanauts, Jey One and more.

CD Cellar
105 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA
Doors 8 a.m.

CD Cellar will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. No need to make a detour for breakfast–Cafe Kindred will sell pastries and coffee onsite starting at 6 a.m. For a sneak peek at what titles will be in stock on Saturday, check out CD Cellar’s Facebook page.

Crooked Beat Records
802 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA
Doors 8 a.m.

In its new location, Crooked Beat will pull out all the stops for its Record Store Day celebration this Saturday. The store will hand out free swag bags and a Crooked Beat tote to the first 75 paying customers. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for its frequent customers and 9 a.m. to the general public. While waiting in line, you can watch live performances outside from Inner Ear Studios’ owner Don Zientara along with Nick White and Adam Ortiz. The master list of titles in stock will be posted to Crooked Beat’s Facebook page on Friday, so be on the lookout.

Hill and Dale
1054 31st Street NW, D.C.
Doors 10 a.m.

Hill and Dale plans to keep things low key on Saturday, but they’ve got a pretty comprehensive list of records in stock for the big day. Doors will open two hours earlier than usual at 10 a.m.

Joe’s Record Paradise
8700 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Doors 11 a.m.

On Saturday, stop by Joe’s new store in Silver Spring starting at 11 a.m. They’ll have a couple special guests at this year’s Record Store Day party–producer Zev Feldman and Thelonious Monk IV (grandson of the acclaimed jazz musician)–with discounted records on sale in addition to the new Record Store Day exclusives that’ll be there.

Joint Custody
1530 U St NW, D.C.
Doors 10 a.m.
Outside of selling some of the exclusive Record Store Day releases, Joint Custody plans on keeping their celebration simple on Saturday. The store will have a few giveaways throughout the day and plans to open at 10 a.m.

Mobius Records
10409 Main Street D, Fairfax, VA
Doors 9 a.m.

If you end up going to Mobius Records on Saturday, make sure to bring a little extra cash for a good cause. Starting at 2 p.m., the store will host a benefit show for long-running D.C. concert series Fort Reno, featuring performances from experimental rock duo Super! Silver! Haze! and folk group FuzzQueen. Like most stores, Mobius hasn’t released their full list of titles for Saturday just yet–keep an eye out on Facebook for more details.

Red Onion Records
1628 U St NW, D.C.
Doors 11 a.m.

If you still haven’t been to Red Onion Records’ new spot on U Street, make some time this Saturday to check it out. Doors will open a little earlier than usual on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Record and Tape Exchange
Pickett Shopping Center, 9448 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Doors 8 a.m.
Besides offering exclusive Record Store Day releases, Record and Tape Exchange will have a 50 percent discount on all used records under five bucks, and 20 percent discount on all DVDs and CDs.

Som Records
1843 14th St NW, D.C.
Doors 12 p.m.
For all the late risers out there, Som will still open at their regular time of noon. They’ll also do a few giveaways at the store while supplies last.

2477 18th St NW, D.C.
Doors 8 a.m.

Our favorite record spot, and local spot in general, is making an all-day celebration out of Record Store Day this year. Doors open at 8 a.m. for early-morning shopping, followed by a soul-themed brunch and several live music performances starting at 11 a.m. In the evening, folk group Handsome Hound will play a set at 6 p.m. leading into the Vintage Vinyl Latin Dance Party at 10 p.m. with Rimos Raros. The full list of titles Songbyrd will have in stock can be found here.

Smash Records
2314 18th St NW, D.C.
Doors 10 a.m.

Smash Records plans to opens doors at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, and will release the full list of titles in stock on Friday. Check their Facebook page for more details.

The Record Exchange
8642 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD and 151 N Market St, Frederick, MD
Doors 10 a.m.

Both stores in Silver Spring and Fredrick will open early on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Record Exchange has been teasing some of their exclusive Record Store Day releases all week on Facebook and plan to release an official list of everything in stock by Friday.