I had only been to the H Street Festival twice before, and the last visit was 2009. As a new resident to Carver, I was excited to return not as a visitor, but as someone who is that much closer to connecting with neighborhood traditions in a meaningful way. I spent almost all day there, from about 12:30 PM to some time after 7 PM.
Some personal highlights were: Meeting friends in the crowd -- planned & unplanned, eating both lunch and dinner at the festival, enjoying drinks on two different patios (Imm on H and Ben's Chili Bowl), hearing live music from blog friends Atoms Apart and DC legends Rare Essence, walking something like 5 miles over the course of being at the festival, seeing everyone's awesome clothes (I was in regular t-shirt and shorts), and generally reveling in what now seems like DC's best neighborhood street festival.
|The festival seemed to go well after the 7PM endtime!|
|Atoms Apart. Good Stuff!|
|Ten01 restaurant is now Ben's Upstairs! Great rooftop views here.|
|New iteration of "party bus."|
|Chess at a party? Yeah!|
|Car2Go gave out free minutes and showed off their new-styled Smart cars.|
|Even as early as 12:30 PM, there were thousands of people at the festival.|
|Patios everywhere! This is the best part of the fest: expanded seating.|
|Attempting to show the sheer size of the crowd. The festival stretched 10 blocks along H St NE.|
|One artists' set-up: before.|