The Southwest DC Arts Festival celebrates the best in arts and culture in DC all behind the gorgeous backdrop of the Southwest Waterfront (690 Water Street, SW). The festival takes place from October 3-5 at the South West Waterfront. The festival events include film screenings, walking tours, musical and dance events.
Several of the festival’s signature events are taking place at the Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW). The National Hand Dance Association (a.k.a a D.C. version of swing dancing) is hosting demonstrations on Saturday October 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. where instructors will be present to teach lessons in basic hand dancing, so bring a partner and come ready to hit the dance floor.
Explore 3D art at the G40 Art Summit (700 Delaware Ave. SW). Local artists will showcase three dimensional installations at this 5th annual event. Looking to purchase some art? Check out the Blind Whino: Outdoor Arts Festival at 700 Delaware Avenue on Saturday October 4 from 11 a.m – 4:00 p.m. for unique goods from local artists.
The best way to get to know a neighborhood is to explore it by foot. Washington Walks is hosting free walking tours of D.C. for the duration of the festival so be sure to take advantage! For tour times please visit swdcartsfest.org.
The South West used to be known primarily as the home of D.C.’s newest baseball stadium, Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol Street SE), home to DC’s MLB Team . Thanks to a number of major real estate developments, the South West is now an up and coming neighborhood, sure to become the hot new ‘hood. South West is also home to the Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW) which is a major theater in the D.C. area. It’s really easy to get to South West from Capitol Hill Hotel as well (via the Metro). The closest metro stop to the Southwest D.C. Arts Festival is the Waterfront Metro station on the Green Line.
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