H St Festival 2014 (Photo via Facebook/ H Street Festival)

The H Street Festival is set to kick off its 10th year tomorrow with a 10-block celebration of the H Street corridor’s restaurants, shops and residents.

The festival, which will take place on H Street NE between 4th and 14th streets NE from noon to 7 p.m., will have nine performance stages, more than 175 food and drink options, and almost an entire block of art on display.

Here is some of what to expect:


  • Restaurants all along the H Street will have specials and open their dining rooms and patios to festivalgoers. Guests can check the H St. Main St. app for food and drink specials on the day of the festival.
  • Smith Department of Food and Beverage will set up a pop-up eatery and concert venue in the parking lot of the Autozone at 1207 H St. NE. The area will feature tacos, barbecue and burgers, as well as 10 musical performers, throughout the day.


  • Biergarten Haus will serve eight different Oktoberfest beers in its outdoor beer garden starting at 11 a.m.
  • Shiner Brewery will take over Kitty’s Saloon with drink specials on the Texas beer all day.
  • For those who aren’t beer fans, a margarita garden will pop up at Chupacabra on 8th Street NE.


  • The Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE) will hold its annual “Brodown Throwdown,” with different local bands taking the stage at the top of every hour.
  • Musical acts and DJs will play throughout the day at the 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th and 14th street stages. Highlights include Malian troubadour Cheick Hamala Diabate and local jazz-go-go band Jogo Project, both of which will play on the 8th Street stage.
  • Schedules for all the performance stages are available on the festival’s Facebook page.


  • The festival once again will feature a fleet of ornately decorated “art cars,” and this year there will even be an “art bus.”
  • Gallery O on H will set up an art and culture tent with work from local high school, college and professional artists between 13th and 14th streets NE.
  • The House of Sweetbottom will put on a variety show at the 7th Street stage at 5 p.m. featuring burlesque and magic.
  • For those who enjoy regrettable decisions, there will be a bad tattoo contest on the 10th Street stage at 1 p.m.
  • The 10th Street stage also will host three different eating contests: a Ben’s Chili Bowl eating competition at 2 p.m., a Chupacabra Latin American food eating contest at 4 p.m. and a Dangerously Pies eating competition at 5 p.m.
  • For fans of fashion or odd culture clashes, there will be a fashion show on the 10th street stage at 3 p.m., after the chili dog eating contest and before the taco eating contest.


  • There will be kid-friendly entertainment and games all day at the intersection of H and 9th streets NE.
  • A teacup ride sponsored by CBS’s “Two Broke Girls” will also go up a the intersection. Cupcakes and tea will be available at the ride.


  • The 9th Street stage will feature yoga and fitness sessions throughout the day.

Photo via Facebook/H Street Festival


Morning Rundown

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Marine’s New Housing May Open Barracks Row Space for Development — The Marines are planning to build a new Bachelor Enlisted Quarters complex across Southeast Freeway from their current location on Barracks Row, possibly opening that area for private development. [Washington Business Journal]

Po Boy Jim to Bring Eating Contest Back to H Street Festival — H Street NE restaurant Po Boy Jim (709 H St. NE) will host its second annual po’ boy sandwich eating contest this weekend at the H Street Festival. [District Cuisine]

NoMa Residents Seek Help from Councilman Allen to Build Permanent Dog Park — Dog owners in NoMa are looking for Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen’s help in bringing a permanent dog park to the neighborhood as an empty lot currently serving as an unofficial space for unleashed dogs nears development. [Hill Now]


H St Festival 2014 (Photo via Facebook/H Street Festival)

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Events DC Meeting on Future of RFK Stadium

St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Ave. SE)

Time: 6 p.m.

RFK Stadium property manager Events DC will gather with Capitol Hill residents for the first of two meetings to discuss the redevelopment of the area. The meeting will be informational with an opportunity for community members to share what they would like to see in the future.


#CapHillCreative BYO Happy Hour

East Side Yoga (518 10th St. NE)

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Display your art, share your food or drink and connect with your creative community at the first #CapHillCreative BYO Happy Hour. It is a free, 21 and older event open to the general public. Please RSVP in advance, especially if you want to display something or bring something to share.

Nation’s Football Classic

RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St. NE)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Howard and Hampton universities face off in an annual football game, and this year is the “battle for the real HU.” Tickets start at $25.


10th Annual H Street Festival

H Street NE (from 4th to 14th streets)

Time: 12-7 p.m.

The H Street Festival is taking over 10 blocks, featuring food, live music, local art, a fashion show, fitness classes, a burlesque performance, a “bad tattoo” competition and more.

Photo via Facebook/H Street Festival


Morning Rundown

Hill Center

New Private High School Coming to Hill Center Blyth-Templeton Academy, a Canadian international private high school, will open its first U.S. school at Hill Center on Sept. 8. [Hill Rag]

H Street Festival Selects Winner of Logo Contest — Capitol Hill resident Sarah D. Coleman won the contest to design the logo for the upcoming H Street Festival. [The Hill Is Home]

District Seeks Community Input on Empty Lot Near Waterfront Metro Station — Southwest residents can weigh in on future developments along 4th Street SW near the Waterfront Metro station at a community meeting Sept. 10. [STLQTC]

Rose’s Luxury Named Among Top Restaurants in the South — Southern Living Magazine included Capitol Hill eatery Rose’s Luxury in its list of the best restaurants in the South. [Southern Living]


Chupacabra Eating Contest 2014 (Photo via Facebook/ Chupacabra)

A Latin American restaurant on the H Street corridor will be giving out free food at this year’s H Street Festival. The only catch is festivalgoers have to eat it fast. Really fast.

Chupacabra Latin Kitchen and Taqueria will host its third annual competitive eating contest at the H Street Festival Sept. 19. Eight contestants will have the chance to eat as many tacos, arepas and cubanos as they can in eight minutes. Whoever eats the most will emerge victorious.

Contestants will receive one cubano, one arepa and six tacos. The contest will be one of several eating contests at the annual fair.

Kevin Bombardier, a co-owner of Chupacabra, said the contest is a good way for the eatery to get involved in the festival. He’s also said he’s been a fan of competitive eating himself since before he hosted his first contest in 2013.

“I love competitive eating and I’ve done a couple amateur contests myself,” he said. “I think it’s one of those interesting things that’s not as easy as everyone thinks.”

People who are interested in competing can email Bombardier. He said all are welcome to apply. But he warned that the arepa and cubano are challenging to eat quickly.

“Everybody knows a friend who says they can eat anything,” Bombardier said. “Once I started going to eating contests, I realized that a lot of training and work go into it.”

The official rules for the contest say that the eaters are allowed 30 seconds of “chipmunking” after time is through and that contestants are “not allowed to vomit.”

Photo via Facebook/Chupacabra

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H St Festival 2014 (Photo via Facebook/ H Street Festival)

Eating contests, fitness classes, high fashion and ugly tattoos are set to all come together at next month’s H Street Festival.

The 10th annual H Street Festival will take over 10 blocks of H Street NE from noon to 7 p.m. on Sept. 19. In addition to the usual street fair attractions — food, live music and local art — the festival also will have some not-so typical attractions, including a fashion show, yoga and fitness classes, a burlesque performance and a “bad tattoo” competition, H Street Main Street, the festival’s organizer, announced today.

More than 175 restaurants, vendors and food trucks and several beer gardens will set up on H Street between 4th and 14th streets NE. Festival goers who want to add a little competition to their meals can sign up to participate in pie, chili and burrito eating competitions. On the other end of the caloric spectrum, attendees can participate in free yoga and fitness sessions.

The festival’s live music lineup also covers a broad spectrum of musicians, from Malian troubadour Cheick Hamala Diabate to local jazz-go-go band Jogo Project.

The CBS show “Two Broke Girls” also will sponsor a teacup ride near the children and family zone, which will include kid-friendly entertainers and games.

Several local fashion designers will use the festival to kick off “District Fashion Week” with fashion shows and a couture fashion store, too.

Photo via Facebook/ H Street Festival


H Street Festival (Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan)The organizer of the H Street Festival is looking to create a new logo for the annual celebration, with the help of locals.

H Street Main Street, which is holding the festival next month, is asking residents to send it logos that show the “vibrancy and uniqueness” of the H Street corridor, according to a notice for submissions. The designs must feature “H Street Festival” prominently and indicate that the celebration is in its 10th year, among other requirements.

Interested participants can submit their logos online until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 29. The winning artist will receive $300, a $75 dinner for two people at Smith Commons on H Street NE and two tickets to the festival’s Sept. 1 launch party.

“The H Street Festival has always been about celebrating the H Street NE corridor and the District,” H Street Main Street executive director Anwar Saleem said in a statement. “Holding a contest to celebrate and honor the work of local designers seems like a fitting way to ring in our 10th anniversary. There is so much talent in the D.C. area, and we look forward to receiving artists’ amazing creations.”

The festival, which includes local food and music, will close down H Street between 4th and 14th streets NE from noon to 7 p.m. on Sept. 19.

Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan

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H Street Festival (Photo via Facebook/H Street Festival)Organizers of the H Street Festival are seeking volunteers to assist with their annual neighborhood fest.

The H Street Festival typically draws large crowds to sample local art and food along H Street NE. This year’s festival is Sept. 19.

Volunteer forms are available online. Festival directors also are seeking donors and sponsors for this year’s fest.

Image via Facebook.com/HStreetFestival


H Street Festival (Photo via Flickr/Walid) The organizers of the H Street Festival are gauging interest in an outdoor New Year’s Eve party, following record attendance of the street fair last month.

New Year’s on H Street Northeast would take place with live music and food from local restaurants in the parking lot of the H Street Connection shopping plaza between 8th and 10th streets, H Street Main Street Executive Director Anwar Saleem said Thursday.

“We want to be creative and bring people together,” he said, adding that the group is evaluating the costs of holding the event and seeking to finalize plans soon.

Saleem says he hopes special events like the H Street Festival — which drew more than 125,000 people this year — and Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC will boost local businesses, reduce crime and raise property values.

“These do something to really highlight our neighborhood and show it as a destination,” he said.

Saleem spoke about plans for New Year’s after locals griped at an ANC 6C meeting Wednesday night about late-night noise at the H Street Festival. He reassured residents that revelers would keep it down in the future.

“I try to listen to the community and what they want,” he said. “If they complain, I shut it down immediately.”

H Street Connection management did not immediately respond to an inquiry.


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