It may have been delayed by a little rain but the H Street Festival is back this Saturday. The outdoor festival will be 11 blocks long and have 14 staging areas with live music, dance performances, family-friendly activities, contest and of course food vendors.
Originally, started as a 500 participant block party more than 12 years ago, it now anticipates an attendance of 150,000. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 13 from 12 pm to 7 pm. One of the main purposes of the festival is to promote arts education and showcase DC based artist. It’s a way to celebrate the arts as an economic vehicle for growth in this vibrant Washington, D.C. Northeast community.
Along those lines, local designer Chris Cardi will be hosting an H Street Pop Up. H Street Eve will take place at neighborhood bistro, Smith Commons Public House the evening before H Street Festival.
This event came about in 2017 when D.C. based designer Chris Cardi decided to create and showcase a capsule collection of H Street N.E. centric apparel. As a resident of the neighborhood for the last 7 years Cardi wanted to fill the void and provide a product his fellow neighbors could wear to show their shared love of the place they call home. The event has evolved to serve as a night of camaraderie + creativity + culture + community gathering residents and friends from all over the city in a sublime celebration the night before the big H Street Festival.
The pop-up will feature an assortment of Chris Cardi Inc.’s H Street themed capsule collection including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, totes, accessories and much more. Along with tonight’s pop up the celebration will include a photo exhibit by featured photographer Lawrence Jackson along with vintage streetwear purveyor and stylist Shareef Mohammed. The pop up runs from 6 to 11 pm.