Nothing says summer like an outdoor concert. Unfortunately for me at last night's White Stripes show at Merriweather Post Pavillion, nothing says end-of-summer like goosebumps and a chilly nose.
But the outdoor season isn't gone completely. Weekend street festivals offer warmer daytime opportunities to check out local bands, food and artists. Most weekends in October are packed with these events, and this Saturday is no exception.
Walking down Mount Vernon Avenue during Alexandria's Art on the Avenue Festival is a difficult task. Like any good street fair, vendor booths spill out into the street and people dawdle slowly down what's left of the road. Smoke from barbecue grills fills the air. This fair is one of the louder ones I've been to. The festival only extends through six city blocks, but there are three different stages. This year, zydeco, jazz and Latin bands are all scheduled to perform.
Last year at the Columbia Heights Metro Station, the Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Festival was like a hipster flea market. Artists brought unique goodies like silk-screened T-shirts, art-house photography and funky jewelry. This fair is one of the best places in town to find accessories from creative, independent designers. Scheduled for this year's festival in Adams Morgan are vendors with everything from crocheted iPod cases to vegan soap.
But, this Saturday, one of the best of the bunch has got to be the Taste of Bethesda Festival. I could easily drop $20 at this festival on samples from Bethesda's amazing restaurants. Booths I'll look out for this year: Cafe Europa and Just Cakes.
You can check out other upcoming festivals here.
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