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4th Annual 17th Street Festival Big Success

Characterized by the organizers as a community-building event celebrating the shops, restaurants, schools, residents, pets, arts, and fun of the 17th Street corridor, the festival was held along 17th between P and R Streets on Saturday afternoon, September 14th.

The festival again featured an entertainment stage, including drag performances throughout the day. These proved to be exceptionally popular with  approximately 10,000 festival-goers, bringing together what seemed like the entire neighborhood for lip-syncing fun.

There were more than 40 artists and artisans displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Also represented were area nonprofit organizations, neighborhood businesses — many of which were offering specials — and the restaurant and café patios were packed. Also manning their own booths and greeting voters were two current city council members running for the Democratic Party mayoral nomination — Jack Evans of Ward 2 and Muriel Bowser of Ward 4.

The children’s zone, held around the corner on R Street at Ross Elementary School, featured activities for children of all ages, including a moon bounce, ball crawl, face painting, and games throughout the day.

The pet zone, sponsored by City Dogs Rescue, brought together pooches, and other four legged creatures, from around the neighborhood to peruse vendors that sell dog treats and grooming products, give demonstrations, and pass out giveaways.