By Troy Price

For those seeking something new and exciting to do this weekend, not to mention free, look no further than the H Street Festival this coming Saturday in Washington, D.C from 12-7 p.m. With the festival’s staggering array of live music, restaurants, visual art, fashion, and dance, it’s no wonder 50,000 people attended last year.

The H Street Festival will feature art cars, a tattoo competition and more than 20 individual artists. If conventional art isn’t enough, the festival also provides a Paintagon, a construct of five simple black walls that some of D.C.’s finest graffiti artists will transform into a sensational monument to the city’s dynamic talents in front of your eyes.

Entertainment isn’t restricted to just the street level. There’s a stage dedicated to bluegrass music, another to gospel. There will be various dance groups, some even providing lessons. Fashion shows, hair shows and half a dozen DJs will further enrich the artistic explosion.

No party would be complete without food and the H Street Festival is no exception. H Street offers no less than 50 different restaurant options. That’s right, on the same street in D.C., you can find authentic German food and beer at Biergarten Haus, then engorge at TruOrleans, with a pretty self-explanatory food selection. Many restaurants are coordinating with the festival, so finding good eats couldn’t be simpler. For those brave enough, there’s even a blueberry pie eating contest and one for hoagies.

Located just a few blocks from Union Station, H Street can be easily accessed by any College Park resident by hopping on the Green Line going toward Branch Ave, transfer at Fort Totten to the Red Line and get off at Union Station.

Be sure to check back in with The Writers’ Bloc in a couple of days for a full report on the festival.

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