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One of the oldest neighborhood festivals is not happening this year. WAMU reports:

“Beset by a crisis of leadership, tens of thousands of dollars worth of unpaid bills to the city and a possible federal investigation into financial irregularities linked to a former D.C. Council candidate, the organization that sponsors the festival — Adams Morgan Main Street — recently concluded that it wouldn’t be able to put on the festival in 2015.”

You can read the whole sordid tale here.

There’s been a lot of ups and downs with the day in recent years but this is very sad news. Hopefully they make it back in full force for 2016.

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2014 Kennedy Fest Street Scene

“EVENT: Second Annual Kennedy Street Festival
WHERE: Kennedy Street NW, between 3rd Street and Georgia Avenue
WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

DETAILS: The second annual Kennedy Street Festival returns this Saturday, June 20, along Kennedy Street NW from 3rd Street to Georgia Ave. This community-driven, crowd- funded event includes artist and artisan vendors, live music, activities for kids and adults, and information on what’s coming next to our long-overlooked corner of DC.

Highlights will include street performances by jazz, soul, classical, folk and root-rock musicians. You’ll be able to complete a neighborhood scavenger hunt or buy raffle tickets for a chance to win Washington Nationals tickets, donated by At-Large DC Council member Elissa Silverman. Look for specials and guests at local favorites Culture Coffee, Andrene’s Cafe, Tony’s Place and Taqueria D.F. Local arts vendors include our local master wood carver Boluwaji Omisore, our funky thrift purveyor Vintage Glam, new local screen-printers Aniton Ink, and many more. Food trucks including Street Cream, Timber Pizza, and Karat Cakery will be filling neighborhood niches.

This year we’re marking 100 years of Kennedy Street (more or less!), which was laid out across the farmland of what is now Manor Park, Brightwood Park, North Petworth, and 16th Street Heights between 1911 and 1918. Today, Kennedy is the commercial heart of these neighborhoods, with huge untapped potential to be a walkable, locally-serving main street. We’ll have several DC government agencies and neighborhood volunteers on hand to talk about what’s coming to Kennedy Street NW, including two streetscape improvement projects, a restaurant and apartment development, and more.”

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Thanks to HOLA CULTURA for sending an “Interview with Rosalina Ticas, top chef at this weekend’s Pupusafest:

Every spring, Washington’s largest Roman Catholic Hispanic parish holds a big celebration to mark the day the church is named for. But this Sunday’s Feast of the Sacred Heart will be especially tasty, as parishioners have turned it into Pupusafest, an official grand festival in honor of a signature dish from El Salvador.

While pupusas have been part of the the Shrine of the Sacred Heart’s annual fiesta for many years, this year will be a particularly scrumptious affair, according to chief cook Rosalina Ticas, who says this special “Day of the Pupusa” will have more types of this traditional meal, a dish that has been part of Central American cuisine since pre-Columbian times. Ticas ticks off a list of the pupusas on the menu: beans and cheese, shrimp and cheese, pork, loroco, among others.

“Many local residents are just interested in the food…that’s why it has to be delicious!” according to Ticas, who says the pupusas are usually all gone by the end of the day and “we thank God that there’s nothing left over no matter how many people plan for.”

Read the full interview here. And remember Pupusafest is this Sunday June 21st at 16th and Park Rd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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From a press release:

“WHAT: The 40th Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital with the annual Capital Pride Parade, Festival and Concert

WHEN: Parade – Saturday, June 13, 4:30 pm; Festival, and Concert – Sunday, June 14, opening at 12:00 noon.

WHERE: Parade – steps off at 22nd and P Streets, NW, and travels through the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods, ending at 14th and S Streets, NW; Festival and Concert, Pennsylvania Ave., NW, between 3rd and 7th Streets.

WHY: To celebrate the DC metropolitan area’s LGBTA community and to mark 40 years since the first celebration of Pride in DC.

SPECIAL: Maps of the parade route and festival are attached.”

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Another reader writes:

“There’s an AWESOME event coming to our local Columbia Heights/Petworth neighborhood this Saturday, June 13th at the Dance Loft on 14 (4618 14th St NW). It’s called #UndergroundThrowdown and it’s an underground dance party in celebration of Capital Pride’s 40th Anniversary! Proceeds are being donated to Capital Pride as well.”

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From a press release:

“DC’s monstrous craft beer festival touches down on The Yards on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Now in its fourth year, Snallygaster, named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, has cemented itself as the largest, highly curated beer festival in the area. A benefit for Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, Snallygaster is once again setting new heights tapping no fewer than 300 unique craft beers, featuring more than 10 of DC’s finest food trucks & vendors, multiple musical acts, entertainment, games, family fun and more.

Beer Director Greg Engert, the man behind the beer programs at Bluejacket, Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, GBD, Rustico and more, will be curating the beer list. True to form, Greg will once again go above and beyond last year’s list with no fewer than 300 brews all handpicked from the finest brewers around the world. Guests can expect to find a number of DC debuts, beers rarely–if ever–available in the District; an array of autumnal releases; German-styled and German-inspired beers; a collection of cask ales, barrel-aged brews; Franconian gravity-poured/rubber-clad kegs; a slew of craft cans; brand-new Bluejacket small batch releases, and an artisanal cider garden.

On the food side, a collection of DC’s most popular food trucks and vendors will be dishing up delicious eats for festival attendees. Participants include Red Apron Butcher, GBD, Big Cheese, DC Empanadas, DC Slices, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Lemongrass Truck, Tasty Kabob, Cajunators, Pork Barrel BBQ, Mess Hall​, ​Rappahannock Oyster Co. and more. (more…)

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From a press release:

“The Our City Festival is a celebration of D.C. through film, music, art and literature. The weekend-long event, taking place Friday, June 5th to Sunday, June 7th will bring the diverse communities of Washington, D.C. together in effort to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the city and its people through the arts. The festival is presented in partnership by the DC Public Library and DC-based communications firm, KRPR, and is backed by an advisory committee that includes such luminaries as writer, George Pelecanos (The Wire, Treme), musician Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Esther Kim (Fantom Comics), progressive hip-hop artist Chrystylez Bacon and many others.

The Our City Festival will be comprised of four events, co-curated by some of the city’s most prominent artists and, in addition, will feature a 2-day film festival showcasing films by and about the people of Washington, D.C. The curators include Kristina Bilonick (Pleasant Plains Workshop), Seshat Walker (The General Store Inc.), Michael O. Snyder (photographer, filmmaker), Courtney Sexton (The Inner Loop), Chris Ousley (Bumper Jacksons), Jess Lawson (Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop), Jim Thomson (Electric Cowbell Records, Gwar), and Clare Bennet (Writer, Story-teller). (more…)

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Fear not, it’s Awesome Con.

From Events DC:

“Awesome Con, Washington DC’s premiere comic con and pop culture convention will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on May 29 – 31 with more than fifty movie and television celebrity guests making appearances throughout the weekend. Awesome Con expects to greet more than 50,000 pop culture fans across 230,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 10 rooms of programming.

More than one hundred exhibitors will be selling toys, video games, comics, apparel and other collectible memorabilia. A new addition for 2015 will include kid-centric activities with an area called Kid’s Zone where they can draw along with noted comic book artists, learn how to make their own Superhero symbol, see a wizard magic show, attend Superhero University led by top industry professionals and make their own superhero cape. A full list of Kid’s Zone activities and programming can be found here: http://www.awesome-con.com/kids-zone/.

A wide variety of celebrity guests from screen stars to voice actors will be part of the weekend; signing autographs, sitting on panels, and taking photos with attendees. Among them include the iconic William Shatner and George Takei of Star Trek; Grant Imahara of Discovery Network’s Mythbusters; Jason Mewes, known as Jay from Jay and Silent Bob; Good Charlotte lead guitarist and comic book artist Billy Martin; the original voice actors of all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings and The Goonies; plus cast members from Doctor Who; Once Upon a Time; Power Rangers and Walking Dead.

Single-day admission and three-day weekend packages are available. Kids age 10 and under get in for free. Three-day VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt, comic book and other paraphernalia, as well as early admission to the event. Ticket and event information can be found at: www.awesomecon.com.”