Inaugural SW ArtsFest: September 23-25, 2011

 Inaugural SW ArtsFest
September 23-25, 2011

This September, DC’s smallest quadrant will hold its first annual SW ArtsFest.  SW ArtsFest 2011 will bring together ten different organizations to present a cross-section of Southwest’s cultural community through a three-day festival with the theme “Discover Southwest.”  As part of SW ArtsFest 2011, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its move to Southwest with free performances and children’s theater activities.  SW ArtsFest 2011 will also include the (e)merge art fair and the Marcātus Creative Art Market, the 10th Annual DC Jazz Preservation Festival, the Human Rights Film Festival, an outdoor art studio for children, and much more.

SW ArtsFest 2011 starts with a press conference with City Councilmember Tommy Wells and other dignitaries Friday September 23 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St., SW, shortly before Friday Jazz Night in Southwest.  Jazz Night begins at 6 p.m.  The press conference will start between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

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(e)merge art fair

Friday–Sunday The (e)merge art fair ( will take place at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St., SW. (e)merge starts with a private preview on Thursday. The Fair will feature vetted exhibitions of art by DC-Baltimore area and international emerging galleries, nonprofits, and unrepresented artists, as well as panel discussions and performances, all for a public admission fee of $15.  September 23 & 24 12 noon-7 p.m., September 25 12 noon-5 p.m.


Marcātus Creative Art Market

Saturday At 600 Water St., SW, Art Whino’s Marcātus will return for a special Southwest edition, with art from nationwide New Brow galleries, artists’ tents, arts and crafts vendors, and food for sale.  Admission to Marcātus will be free.  September 24 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Hand Dance Performances, Facility Tours, Theater for Kids

Saturday In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its move to the Southwest neighborhood, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St., SW, will offer guided tours of its new campus, improvisation workshops and theater games for kids 8-15, and featured performances by the National Hand Dance Association.  Admission to Arena Stage events will be free.  September 24 12 noon-6 p.m.


Friday Jazz Night, DC Jazz Preservation Festival, Film Festival

Friday Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St., SW, will host its weekly Jazz Night.  Admission $5.  Saturday Westminster will host its 10th annual DC Jazz Preservation Festival, a free outdoor event (weather permitting) featuring DC’s finest “straight ahead” jazz musicians and vocalists.  Vendors will sell handmade crafts, from leatherwork to jewelry, and fresh festival food, from fried fish to bread pudding.  Sunday Westminster will host the Human Rights Film Festival.  Admission will be free.  September 23 6-9 p.m., September 24 12 noon-8 p.m., September 25 1-8 p.m.


Open House & Film Festival

Saturday Christ United Methodist Church, 900 4th St., SW, will present a yard sale, a concert by folk-music legend Donal Leace, dance classes from Jordin’s Paradise ($15 per class), dramatic readings about Southwest history, and art from Art Enables, a studio and gallery for emerging artists with mental or developmental disabilities.  Sunday At Westminster Presbyterian Church, Christ UMC will co-present the Human Rights Film Festival, including (among other films) Michael Mack’s “The Drum Major,” about Martin Luther King, Jr., and two films by at-risk Southwest youth, followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers.  Except for the dance classes, admission to all Christ UMC events will be free.  September 24 10 a.m.-5 p.m., September 25 1-8 p.m.


End-of-Summer Fair

Saturday St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St., SW, will hold its annual family-friendly End-of-Summer fair, with tented seating. The fair will feature raffle prizes from local businesses; vendors selling arts and crafts, household items and second-hand clothes; local musicians; and numerous children’s activities. The fair will also offer a variety of fresh festival food, from hot dogs, barbecue, and St. Augustine’s famous fried-fish sandwiches to home-baked pies, cakes, and cookies. Admission will be free.  September 24 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Neighborhood Walking Tours

Saturday and Sunday Washington Walks founder and professional tour guide Carolyn Crouch will conduct free 90-minute walking tours of Southwest, one of DC’s oldest and newest neighborhoods. Tours will leave from the Waterfront Metrorail station at 4th & M Streets, SW.  September 24 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., September 25 2 p.m.

Sock-Monkey Art Studio, Music and Food on Southwest Waterfront

Friday-Sunday At The Wharf on Southwest Waterfront, 700 Water St., SW, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront will offer musical entertainment, host a sock-money art studio (bring your own socks!), and have food for sale.  Admission will be free.  September 23 6-8 p.m., September 24 12 noon-6 p.m., September 12 noon-4 p.m.


Southwest Church Musical Showcase

Second Baptist Saturday Second Baptist Church Southwest, 1200 Canal St., SW,

Church Southwest   will host outdoor performances by Southwest church choirs, dancers, and bands.  Admission will be free.  September 24 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Find the Art in the Flea Market at Second Union Baptist

Saturday Second Union Baptist Church, 1107 Delaware Ave., SW, will host a flea market, featuring community art for sale.  Admission will be free.  September 24 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

All SW ArtsFest programming is subject to change.


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