Washington, DC’s H Street festival revives the neighborhood (includes video story)

The H Street festival began 12 years ago as a 500-participant block party, but has grown over the years to have an expected attendance of nearly 150,000.

The festival, which was held this past Saturday in the nation’s capital, closes off 11 blocks of the historic H street corridor near Capitol Hill to create a large, pedestrian-only zone that includes 14 stage areas, music of different genres, dancing, arts, small vendors and much more.

Margie Dorsey, a small business owner, told SFMN the festival offers major support for struggling small businesses after the pandemic.

“I’m just amazed at the unity, how folks are coming together to support small businesses,” she said. “So to come back out here means a lot, just to see folks out here … means a lot to us, business owners.”

The Street festival has helped the historic neighborhood by lowering building vacancy rates and bringing life into the area after years of neglect.

Victoria Duran is an FIU student majoring in Marketing and Interactive+Digital Media at Florida International University. She is passionate, creative, and hopes to pursue a career in the marketing industry.