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Family-Friendly Arts on Foot Festival Is Saturday

As the deciduous trees shed their leaves, the days begin to get shorter and cooler and the nights start to get longer, the feeling sets in that summer is now over and the fall season is ready to begin. To kickoff the start of the fall arts season, Arts on Foot, will take place Saturday.

Now in its 15th year, Arts on Foot, which will take place in D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, is an interactive celebration that incorporates visual art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative cuisine for all ages.

“We began this event because it seemed like an appropriate event for a Saturday that would include events that are family friendly. There are many events that have both children and adults in mind,” said Jo-Ann Neuhaus, co-producer of Arts on Foot and executive director of the Pennsylvania Quarter Neighborhood Association.

The festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., not only allows the public to enjoy the early signs of fall, but the lively outdoor street festival also serves as a centerpiece for exploring the neighborhood’s museums, theaters, galleries, cultural organizations and shops.

Seventy local artisans will offer their wares in the juried art market at Eighth and F streets Northwest. Both children and adults can participate in creative hands-on arts and crafts activities and hear live local entertainment on the music stage.

More than 45 of Penn Quarter’s neighborhood venues, performing companies and neighborhood businesses and organizations will host free activities and exhibits, including preview events and a tour of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new Sidney Harman Hall.

“I hope everyone comes down whether rain or shine since we have over 40 venues that are inside,” Neuhaus added.

— Brandace Simmons

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