Friday, September 28, 2012

PAST: FESTIVAL: The SW ArtsFest is this SAT, Sept 28th from 9:00am - 6:00pm + 9th Annual Jazz Preservation Festival at Westiminster Church til 8:00pm + G40 Art Summit at Blind Whino til 11:00pm, by the Waterfront Metro, all Free

The 3rd Annual SW ArtsFest!
Saturday, September 28th
9:00am -  6:00pm*
Note:* The 9th Annual Jazz Preservation Festival goes til 8:00pm and the 2013 G40 Art Summit at the new space in a converted church Blind Whino is open til 11:00pm.

This Saturday is the 3rd Annual SW ArtsFest. Founded in 2011, SW ArtsFest brought together 10 different organizations and included hand dancing at Arena Stage, the (e)merge art fair, a jazz festival, a film festival, a church musical showcase, walking tours, folk concerts, flea markets, food, and, on the Southwest Waterfront, an art market and a sock-monkey art studio.

Each year this free festival brings new artists, more child-friendly activities, and a broader array of interactive events for all ages.  Events will include the return of the popular sock puppet studio, hand dancing instruction and performances and neighborhood walking tours. There will also be Virginia wine tasting, artist performances, and art exhibits as well as performances by poets and hip hop artists, including POEM-CEES, R&B artist EVG and singer/musician Kendall Isadore. Special activities for kids include Blues and Blowfish, painting at the SW Duck Pond, and the Annual End of Summer Fair. For the latest schedule of events, visit SW ArtsFest website. You can also find them on twitter @swdcartsfest.

The 9th Annual Jazz Preservation Festival will take place at Westminster Church from 12:00pm - 8:00pm and is also free. D.C.'s so-called "Jazz Church" is teaming up with WPFW to host the 9th Annual DC Jazz Preservation Festival. Expect great food, an assortment of vendors and righteous jazz all afternoon long. See the schedule of performers here. The event will close with an open jam session, all authentic jazz musicians welcome.

While there you can also check out the 2013 G40 Art Summit at the brand new space, pictured left, Blind Whino, which opened on September 6th. Read more about Blind Whino in the express article. See more than 300 works by 250-plus artists at the G40 exhibit, on view through Sunday, October 6th. 700 Delaware Ave SW. They are open from 12pm - 11pm on Saturdays. 

Outdoor Festival by Westminster Church
400 M St SW
Metro: Waterfront

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