On September 13 don’t miss out on 5th annual 17th street festival, a favorite amongst the locals, which takes place from Riggs Place to 17th street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s events include an art show featuring over 50 local artists, entertainment stage, kids zone, pets zone and a host of local vendors. This year’s vendors are still being determined so stay posted for the latest on participating entertainment acts, local vendors and food trucks. One of the signature events of the festival is the High Heel Drag Queen Race which features over 100 drag queens donning their heels and racing for charity. To get to the festival from Capitol Hill Hotel take the Red line metro to the Dupont Circle Metro Station.
The 17th Street Festival celebrates the Dupont Circle neighborhood which is a historic area in the heart of N.W. Washington D.C. Planned out by famed city planner Pierre Charles L’Enfant whose influence can be seen throughout the region, Dupont Circle is home to many embassies, restaurants, bars and cafes.
Post-festival and looking for a bite to eat? Check out Pizzeria Paradiso (2003 P St. NW), which is a local favorite among a wide variety of wood fire oven pizza options. Looking for more of a bistro vibe? We love Bistrot du Coin (1738 Connecticut Avenue) for its fun food and convivial ambiance.
If you just want to relax, pop into popular indie bookstore Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW), grab a copy of the Washington Post and head to Dupont Circle for some ideal people watching D.C. style.