17th Street Festival Partners with Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets

by Borderstan.com August 31, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,253 0

17th Street Festival, Dupont Circle, Borderstan

This year’s 17th Street Festival is Saturday afternoon, September 24.

Check out photos and wrap up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. Borderstan.com is proud to be one of the Festival sponsors again this year. Check out the entire list of 2011 Festival sponsors at the bottom of this story.

The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival is a little more than three weeks away and the organizers are planning for a bigger festival with more sponsors. The Festival takes place Saturday, September 24 on the 17th Street NW corridor — along 17th Street between P and Riggs and on R Street between 17th and New Hampshire Avenue NW.

“We are very excited that the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program has come aboard as a partner and is helping us plan the Festival,” said Lee Granados. “They have been tremendously helpful with business outreach.” Granados is festival co-chair, co-founder and president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance, which organizes the event.

To date the Festival has 23 sponsors in the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. Two additional major sponsors have recently come on board: the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (Gold) is sponsoring the Art Show; and Dupont Circle ANC 2B has signed on as a Gold sponsor. Both organizations doubled their sponsorship levels from 2010.

Festival Events

Among the events at the 2011 Festival:

  • JR’s Bar & Grill will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by bringing back last year’s popular beer garden at 17th and Church Streets.
  • Ross Elementary PTA and the DC Jewish Community Center will sponsor the Kids’ Zone, which will be held in front of Ross School on the 1700 block of R Street NW.
  • The entertainment stage will be located in front of Safeway and the Red Bull MXT will play host to a DJ in between sets. The Rutstein Group, a realtor with Caldwell Banker, is sponsoring the stage while Level One/30 Degrees is sponsoring the DJs and entertainment.
  • The Pet Zone will be located between R Street NW and Riggs Place NW. In addition to other activities, MPD will be doing a K9 demonstration.

Artists, Vendor Apps Due September 9

Artist Applications. Any local artist, particularly from the Dupont neighborhood, wishing to participate in this year’s Festival should fill out an artist application at by Friday, September 9.

A limited number of slots will be available to artists, and applying artists will be juried to ensure the broadest range of artwork from the broadest network of artists is on display. Priority will be given to artists residing in and in proximity to Dupont Circle. Artists will be able to sell their artwork during the show.

Vendor Applications. Businesses and organizations wishing to participate in this year’s Festival are also encouraged to fill out a vendor application by Friday, September 9.

To ensure that the 17th Street Festival remains a locally-focused event benefiting residents in proximity to 17th Street, the Festival reserves the right to deny applications for vendors that would compete with existing businesses in the 17th Street NW business corridor.

Vendors can apply to participate in the Kids’ Zone, Pet Zone or General Vendor Area.

The cost for a tent is $100, a table and 2 chairs is $50, and a half table (to be shared with another organization or business) is $25. Additional chairs can be reserved at $2 each.


Platinum: Urban Neighborhood Alliance, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program, DC Department of Small & Local Business Development, Washington Blade.

Gold: JR’s Bar & Grill, Dupont Circle ANC 2B, Cobalt, Level One, The Rutstein Group, Coldwell Banker Dupont, Dupont Circle Citizens Association.

Silver: TB Bank, PEPCO, Carlyle Suites/Twist Restaurant, Victory Fund, DC Jewish Community Center, Ross Elementary PTA, BaseCamp.

Bronze: Borderstan.com, Whitman-Walker Health, Jack Evans, Salon Rouge, VIDA Fitness.


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