Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Adams Morgan Day: First of the Fall Festivals

Adams Morgan Day 2010
Here's to hoping the summer's wild weather doesn't extend into DC's fall street festival season. The first one is a blockbuster. The 32nd annual Adams Morgan Day will take place this Sunday, September 11. The hours are 12:00 noon until 7:00 PM

The mother of all DC neighborhood street fests, Adams Morgan Day is probably too big for its own good. It's always too hot, the people watching has gone considerably downhill --as in boring-- and the street food is predictable. However, it is still the place to be and I, for one, love this day and I haven't missed one in years. (Last year's fest got off to a terrible start when a DC MPD officer shot and killed a dog on 18th Street NW. None of that this time, please. POSI vibes in 2011.)

Naturally, AM Day takes place along 18th St NW; from Columbia Rd to Florida Avenue. Belmont St NW  will once again serve as the home to Arts on Belmont, where original artists (photos, clothing  paintings, jewelry, etc.) will exhibit and sell wares. Arts on Belmont actually opens two hours early, at 10:00 AM for those of you who want to see art during a quieter time away from the sweaty masses.

The upper grounds at Marie Reed will host the Green/Sustainable Living and Health Pavilions as well as a dance stage. On the lower grounds, the Kids Area returns with family friendly activities and games away from the maddening crowds on 18th. 

I'm bad with numbers, but I'm guessing well over 50,000 attend this thing yearly. The music (three stages, including a  jazz stage at Kalorama Park), street food (mostly fried nonsense, but some gems, if you look) and  hanging out with friends on a pedestrian-rules 18th Street make for a fun day and I'll be there eating handheld Indian food and high-fiving friends up and down the strip. 

Here are the other fall Street festivals I'm excited about: (I'll post details of each as the days approach)

H Street NE Festival: September 17
H Street County Club and other H St restaurants have outdoor seating on this day.

Fiesta DC: September 25
Fiesta DC still going strong in Mount Pleasant.

 Crafty Bastards: October 1 
The b-boy/b-girl dance off in the pit of Marie Reed is always a main attraction.