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Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival Plans Complete; Set for September 8

Accompanying images can be viewed in the August 2013 issue PDF

By Jackson Carnes*

Right around the corner is the 35th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival. It’s on Sunday, September 8, from 10am-7pm. Locals and visitors will have a plethora of diverse offerings to choose from: six stages with live music, performances, and dance acts along with artwork, food, services, craft and gift vendors. Unique this year, will be a greater emphasis on involving more of the local business establishments in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Adams Morgan Main Street Group, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, organizes this annual festival known for celebrating international cultures, cuisine, arts, music, and bringing visitors to local and indie business storefronts. Longtime favorites, the Florida Avenue and Columbia Road live music stages at each end of 18th Street will again be offering diverse performances throughout the day. Indie Adams Morgan is organizing all of the entertainment this year. Anders Thueson of Indie Adams Morgan says, “This will easily be the biggest one-day Indie Fest in recent history.” There will be over 50 performances and 200 artists throughout day.

“Arts on Belmont,” sponsored by Harris Teeter, opens the festival at 10 a.m. with diverse works of 100 artisans and with explanation by the artists. The shady residential side street will be hosting original works in a variety of media. Visitors can meet collectors and artists and browse high quality items from contemporary to traditional, including fine art and sculpture, crafts, jewelry, and photography.

Retail stores in Adams Morgan will, as customary every year, be open for business, as will the restaurants and sidewalk cafés. Several local businesses will take part showcasing their offerings along with the vendors. Always a popular collector’s item, the commemorative Festival T-shirt will be available throughout the festival area.

Some of the major festival sponsors include Harris Teeter, Pepco, DC Lottery, Washington Gas, and Vida Fitness. According to Marc Morgan, president of the Adams Morgan Main Street Group, “We are looking forward to another exciting festival. This will be the 35th Year for Adams Morgan Day, and with a new planning committee of Adams Morgan residents and business owners, we’re focused on making this the best festival yet!”

Adams Morgan Main Street has devised a festival layout which leaves the business storefronts accessible and welcoming, and shows off the local small-scale architecture. For more information, call (202) 232-1960. Visitors are encouraged to use Metrorail, Metrobus and the Circulator bus. Limited parking will be available at The Park at Adams Morgan, the former Security Storage and now a five-level parking garage at 1711 Florida Avenue.

Volunteer opportunities include working at stages, pre-festival activities, and “day of” and breakdown. To volunteer, email the volunteer coordinator, John Zottoli, at john.zottoli@gmail.com. Also visit www.AMMainstreet.org for general information about the neighborhood.

*Jackson Carnes, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, has been a DC resident for two years and is the festival coordinator for Adams Morgan Day; he is also an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Foggy Bottom & West End.