Friday, September 17, 2010

H Street Festival 2010 - Bigger and better than ever & everything you need to know

This year's H Street Festival is going to be like this year on H Street -- better than ever. 

All your favorites restaurants, bars, pie shops, performing arts venues, art galleries and more are bringing their A game.  Many of the spots you have heard are coming and are excited to see open on H Street in the coming months will be there to give you a preview of great things to come. 

Thanks to the Rock and Roll Hotel, the two stages of live music will be back with shows all day long at 10th and 14th St.  The tattoo competition is on again thank to Gallery OonH and British Ink at 4:15 p.m. (register here).  The amazing Art Cars are coming back, thanks again to Gallery OonH.  So is the boxing ring, fashion show, and other urban sports.  There'll also be a Dangerously Delicious Pie eating competition at 2 p.m. (register here) and DC Roller Girls. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Joy of Motion, DC Greenworks, Community Forklift will have events and booths going all day long.  Biergarten Haus has been popular since it opened and will be the place to be for tomorrow's Oktoberfest kickoff.  City Gallery (804 H St) will be open all day with their latest exhibit from Ellen Cornett up.  This year's Festival will be bigger than ever -- running from 8th Street all the way to 14th. 

Excited for the Festival, but not lucky to live close enough to walk?  Thanks to Councilmember Tommy Wells, there will be a bike valet available at the 8th and H St.  The H Street Shuttle from Chinatown (7th & H NW) will begin running early Saturday in time for the start of the Festival and there will also be a shuttle running back and forth from Eastern Market for folks who live closer to the South side of the Hill and for those for whom the blue and orange lines of the metro are more convenient. 

The Festival is officially at noon, but the party keeps going on H Street with the new "DC8 Totems" Pole exhibit on the 300 block of H, an Art Exhibit opening right after at Studio H (408 H St), music at Gallery OonH (1358 H St), Oktoberfest at Biergarten Haus, and dinner, shows, drinks, and more at all your favorite venues up and down the corridor. 

In recent weeks, the H Street Corridor has hosted Lady Gaga and former Governor/prowrestler Jesse "the Body" Ventura.  If you don't already know and love H Street, this is the time to come and see all that it has to offer.

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