H Street Festival is one of the most anticipated and highly attended single day festivals in Washington D.C. The festival is 11 blocks long and has 14 staging areas that are diversely themed and programmed to target the different segments of audiences. The staging areas feature music of different genres, dance, youth based performances, interactive children’s program, fashion, heritage arts, poetry and many more.
The festival started as a 500 participant bloc party more than 12 years ago, it has now grown into a 150,000 participant event. The change is immense and the impact is lasting. By using the arts as a principle motivator of the festival, it has proven the arts can be a valuable agent in impacting economic growth. The festival also has a direct impact on reducing commercial building vacancy rate on H Street Corridor from 75% to under 5%. H Street Festival has successfully utilized arts as an engine for the growth for the historic neighborhood. We have activity stations that focus on participatory artwork, informational stations that promote arts education, and exhibitor stations that showcase D.C. based artists. The depth and range of arts presentations are incomparable to any other festivals.