H Street Festival 2018 in Washington, D.C.

H Street Festival
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The H Street Festival is an annual fair designed to showcase the unique qualities of this vibrant Washington, D.C. community. The event is a part of the revitalization strategy to bring attention to the developing arts and entertainment district spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE. The festival, which will be held on October 13, 2018, features more than 500 artists and performances on 14 stages plus an array of local, regional, and international cuisine, shopping, art exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs and community organizations. 

H Street Festival Highlights

This celebration isn't your average street festival. Beyond the food stands and live entertainment, there's a host of out-of-the-box events. Those who are brave enough to become one of the festival’s performers themselves are encouraged to hit the Karaoke Stage or take a dance lesson at Dance Around the World Stage, where performers specialize in Flamenco, Hawaiian, African, and other cultural and traditional dance styles. Some of the District’s best marching bands will treat visitors to a parade down the festival route at 2 p.m. Families will appreciate the Kids Zone. There will also be arts and crafts, face-painting, and other family-friendly activities. If you want to get all dressed up, go to the Fashion Stage and walk the runway, or head to the Cosplay Costume Contest from 2-3 p.m. to see all the wacky and creative costumes. Getaway builds tiny houses in the woods just outside the city where visitors can recharge in nature. They will be bringing one of their houses for attendees to explore and have some free giveaways.

How to Get There

The H Street area is located between 4th and 14th streets in Washington, DC. It's north of Capitol Hill and just a 15-minute walk east of Union Station. The closest Metro stations are Union Station and New York Avenue. Expanded service will be available on the H Street Shuttle from Chinatown and Eastern Market. Bike Valet will be provided by WABA. You can also take the DC Streetcar from Union Station to H Street.

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