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.

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H Street NE signCapitol Hill-area residents soon will have the opportunity to do some alfresco grocery shopping with a beer in hand on the H Street corridor.

The inaugural “Twilight Farmers Market” at the Starburst Plaza is scheduled to run tomorrow from 3 to 7 p.m, according to H Street Main Street, which is organizing the event. The plaza is located at the intersection of H Street, Maryland Avenue, Bladensburg Road and Benning Road NE.

The market will have 10 to 20 vendors selling seasonal produce, meat and other food. Beer and wine also will be sold.

After its first run this week, the market will return every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. until mid-September.

“Nighttime farmers markets are blurring the lines between grocery shopping and entertainment–a fun night out that speaks to urban citizens of every age,” H Street Main Street said in a Facebook post. “And with summer temperatures soaring across the country, these markets are catching on at just the right time.”


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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