H Street Festival boosts local business, brings out DC locals

The annual H Street Festival closed 11 blocks along H Street Saturday, hosting music of different genres, dance, youth-based performance, fashion, poetry and more.

From funk to smooth rock, music filled the air at this year’s block party. It’s an event that started more than 12 years ago, according to the festival’s website.

WTOP's Heather Gustafson reports on the sounds of funk and smooth rock from H Street Festival.

“I come every year,” said Eddie Brown, who lives in the area and was able to walk to the event.

He brought out his folding chair to sit down and watch the bands.

“When they play, I’ll get up and do my little dancing,” Brown said.

Other people walked the 11 blocks of the festival to visit different food trucks and vendors.

“It’s really nice to be out here,” Cyril Hamilton said. “The weather is just perfect, like a little bit of breeze, but not too much.”

The purpose of the festival is to help local businesses.

Jason Martin, the owner of Sticky Buns on H Street, said this event is the busiest day of the year for his restaurant.

“If we could have a festival once a month, we would love it,” Martin said.

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Heather Gustafson

Heather Gustafson is a Freelance Anchor/Reporter for WTOP, a DMV native and an Emmy award-winning journalist lauded for her 2020 Black Lives Matter protests coverage.

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