Hill Talk: H Street Fest Offers Food, Music, Art

Posted September 15, 2010 at 5:14pm

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Look no further than the H Street Festival.

The historic neighborhood may be under construction while a streetcar is installed, but that will not stop the free street festival from going on for the seventh consecutive year.

The festival’s Twitter page claims this year’s event will be 50 percent bigger and is expected to draw more than last year’s 15,000 attendees.

For music fans, there’s a two-stage setup, organized by the Rock N Roll Hotel, for bands and musicians. The local acts perform many styles of music, including electronic, rock, Brazilian tropicalia and gospel.

For the tattoo fanatic, British Ink is hosting a tattoo competition. Preregistered participants can submit their inked art as contenders in the “best overall,” “most unique” and “worst” categories. Best overall and most unique category winners win a trophy. Worst category winners — if you can call them that — are eligible for a “tattoo re-do.”

Other competitive spirits can register to participate in a pie-eating contest, but they should be ready to get messy: Contestants are not allowed to use their hands.

Parades, art gallery events, fashion shows and festival food will be available from noon to 6 p.m.