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Posted at 6:13 PM ET, 09/28/2005

Festival Season

By Julia Beizer

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.

--Julia

By Julia Beizer  | September 28, 2005; 6:13 PM ET
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I'm on the Germantown Oktoberfest committee so don't forget to add that this Saturday, Oct 1, Germantown Maryland will host its 23rd annual Germantown Oktoberfest.

The all day event starts at 11:00 AM and ends with fireworks at 8:00 PM. Admission is free and there are sights, sounds, and tastes for all ages. Please consider coming out and having a great day with us!

In an article published yesterday in the local Gazette newspaper, the event is described as; Bratwurst, strudel and other traditional American and German fare, all washed down with a cold beer will tempt the taste buds of the 20,000 guests expected to attend the 23rd annual Germantown Oktoberfest on Saturday.

The event, which is the upcounty's longest running community festival, will raise money for Stepping Stones, a homeless shelter that serves Montgomery County. Go to www.germantownoktoberfest.org for more information.

Posted by: AJ | September 30, 2005 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Any suggestions for how to get to Art on the Avenue without a car? Unfortunatley metro will have 38 minute delays on the blue and yellow line this weekend (it is was unclear but it may actually be longer than 38 min. bc only every other train will go past pentagon city). I'd really like to check it out again this year but not if it's going to take well over an hour each way. I'm coming from Dupont. I was wondering if their might be a bus from rosslyn? Oh, and I did try wmata web site but it couldn't recongnize the address for the exact location and then when I tried it with Braddock rd. as the destination is gave me directions involving switching buses 3 times.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2005 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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