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“The High Heel Race is one of Washington, DC most unique events with a rich history of “Crossing The Line Since 1986″. On the Tuesday before Halloween, thousands of spectators pack the Dupont Circle Neighborhood to watch hundreds of costumed drag queens show off their extravagant outfits and race down Historic 17th Street, NW.

Location: 17th Street, between P and S Streets NW near Dupont Circle

Race Time: Begins at 9 p.m. Participants gather as early as 6 p.m.”

The HIGH HEEL RACE from Ben Carver on Vimeo.

From MPD:

“On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the 17th Street High Heel Race will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking for the event from approximately 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic for the event from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: Read More

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See all the neighborhoods participating here.

From a press release:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents Art All Night, the District’s only free all-night arts festival, which will return Saturday, September 14. The event will feature local artists highlighting the area’s best visual and performing arts exhibits, workshops, and performances.

Between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., more than 90,000 art lovers are expected to visit eight D.C. neighborhoods and experience painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, silent discos, film, and poetry in a variety of unique indoor and outdoor spaces located throughout the city. Read More

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800 block of Upshur Street, NW

From Celebrate Petworth:

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11am-5pm on the 800 block of Upshur Street NW

9:00am-11:00am: Pre-Festival Petworth “Stop the Violence” Youth Basketball Clinic at Petworth Recreation Center
Celebrate Petworth is a free neighborhood festival organized by and for the residents of Petworth and surrounding neighborhoods, celebrating the creativity, diversity, culture, people and quality of life of our wonderful neighborhood.” Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

From an email:

“Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets presents the 10th Annual 17th Street Festival, featuring a wide variety of vendors, including artists, makers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, politicians, and kids activities. The community event is free and will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. in the 1500-1600 blocks of 17th Street, NW. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

It’s that time of year!

H Street Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12 PM – 7 PM

Hands down the BEST. FESTIVAL. EVER. in Washington D.C.!

Washington City Paper’s Best of DC & Washingtonian Magazine agrees – H Street Festival is the best festival in town! Spanning 11 blocks of H Street NE and featuring 15 staging areas and more than 250 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and vendors. Come down to enjoy great food, drinks, music, contests, kids’ activities and more!”

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Thanks to Ramsey for sending around 8am: “It looks like they are making a left on 11th St SE. Probably heading to the new Fragers for some air fresheners?”

And like that… they are gone.

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Blue Angels courtesy National Park Service

From a press release:

“The U.S. Department of the Interior announced new details about Salute to America including a flight demonstration by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and a generous donation of additional fireworks. Salute to America, a part of this year’s annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall, will feature remarks by President Donald J. Trump to honor America’s armed forces.

“This is going to be a fantastic Fourth of July with increased access across the National Mall for the public to enjoy music, flyovers, a spectacular fireworks display, and an address by our Commander-in-Chief,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “We received an extraordinary donation for a phenomenal fireworks display, and our colleagues from the Department of Defense will be providing a one-of-a-kind music and air power experience including a flight demonstration from the Blue Angels.”

Salute to America will honor each of the nation’s five service branches with music, military demonstrations, multiple flyovers including a flight demonstration by the Blue Angels and much more. Participants include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), the Armed Forces Chorus, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, and many others.

This year’s fireworks will run approximately 35 minutes thanks to a donation from Phantom Fireworks and Fireworks by Grucci to light up the night sky and celebrate America. The donation to the National Park Service is valued at $750,000.

Additionally, this year for the first time in recent memory, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the World War II Memorial and Constitution Gardens will each be accessible and available as a location from which to view the fireworks. These prime viewing areas are now outside of the fireworks safety zone due to the fireworks launch site being moved from the Reflecting Pool to West Potomac Park and behind the Lincoln Memorial. The change of locations also means that the Signers of the Declaration of Independence Memorial will be accessible to the public on Independence Day. These had been closed due to the previous fireworks safety zone. Read More

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