• Festivals

    It’s County Fair Time!

    Two fairs are open this week -the Montgomery County Fair through Saturday, and the Arlington County Fair through Sunday. And if you miss these, there's the D.C. State Fair on September 24th. The views of the fair are magical at night, but interesting during the day too.

  • Arts,  Festivals

    Art All Night x 7

    Last Saturday’s Art All Night wasn’t just one celebration — it was, in fact, seven-in-one. Seven neighborhoods hosted events, and a group of DC Focused photographers tag teamed to better chronicle the evening. We saw art and artists, of course, along with musicians, dancers, hula hoopers, and selfie-taking revelers, all bathed in the shimmering light of DC at night. Feature image © 2016 Victoria Pickering   First Things First: The Art More than anything, Art All Night is about the art. I mean, it’s right their in its first name. The festival gave local artists a chance to display their work before huge crowds, educate people and, perhaps, sell some…

  • Events,  Festivals,  Free Music

    Dancing in the Streets at the 17th Street Festival

    The seventh annual 17th Street Festival was just the place for dancing (and singing, plucking, and fiddling…) in the streets. Unlike the 2015 festival, which offered a main stage for performers, this year’s event featured roving troupes of musicians and dancers who did their things among the crowds on 17th Street. Feature image © Victoria Pickering   One of the day’s highlights was a group of dancers performing to Spanish guitar.     The high point of the show came when a diminutive performer joined the grown up dancers.   Also wending its way through the crowds was a mariachi band.     Perhaps banjo is more your thing…  …

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  • Events,  Festivals

    Up, up and away at the Flying Circus Airshow

    The weekend weather wasn’t the greatest for hot air ballooning or aerial acrobatics in vintage aircraft but the DC Focused meetup group made the most of its outing to the Flying Circus Airshow and Hot Air Balloon Festival in Bealeton, Virginia. Luckily, we made it out on Saturday morning, as Sunday’s show was canceled because of  low clouds, wind and rain. See more photos here.

  • Festivals,  Macro Photography

    To Do: Aquatic Flower Photography

    The Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens hosts the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival on Saturday July 16, from 10 am until 4 pm.  The event is free to the public.  Located in Kenilworth along the banks of the Anacostia River, the park and gardens provide an excellent opportunity for photographing wonderfully beautiful flowers and birding opportunities. If you’re heading to the festival, make sure to bring the basics – water, sunscreen, bug spray, and a camera.  And if you have a telephoto lens, make sure to bring that, too.  Because the lotuses and water lilies are aquatic, getting close to some of them can be difficult.  But if you…

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  • Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals

    20+ Cultures in the Spotlight at Fiesta Asia

    Between 2000 and 2010, the DC region’s Asian population grew by 60 percent. “Chinese are most prevalent in the District and Montgomery County, particularly in Rockville and Potomac,” reported The Washington Post in 2011. “Filipinos are the largest group in Prince George’s and Charles counties. Indians are flocking to Loudoun and Fairfax counties and have become the largest and fastest-growing group of Asians in the area. Koreans are the largest group in Centreville, where 26 percent of the population is Asian.” Cultures from these countries and many more — 20-plus in all — were celebrated at the 11th annual Fiesta Asia Street Festival, which took place on Pennsylvania Avenue on…

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  • Celebrations,  Festivals,  Music

    Let the beat funk you up — music festival is big part of parade’s fun

    The Funk Parade is sort of a misnomer. While a raucous parade down U Street is certainly the eponymous moment of the day, the day-long event is as much free music festival as it is parade. The bands played at 12 stages and performance areas during the day and 15 venues into the night — and DC Focused photographers were at most of them. Be sure to check out our Music Project for bonus coverage. Featured image © 2016 Jeffrey Morris. Chelsey Green © Clif Burns The Ron Holloway Band © Zack Lewkowicz Reesa Renee © Sean Kennedy Lucky So & Sos © Rob Cannon Nappy Riddem © Joe Newman Funk Ark © Zack…

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  • Arts,  Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals,  Music,  Parades

    On this day, it was the District of Funk

    U Street was all about the funk on Saturday — music, dancing in the street, drum lines and tens of thousands of people turning out for the all-day party and music fest known as the Funk Parade. The festival of funk took over the U Street corridor, as old and new DC came together to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. The Mayor of Funk Town was even there throwing beads to cheering constituents, walking just a few hundred yards ahead of parade participants carrying a gigantic, inflatable joint. The parade slogan, after all, was “roll your funk.” Spread along the corridor from the Howard Theater to 14th Street, the festival included…

  • Celebrations,  Festivals,  Parades

    Are you ready for the funk? Annual U Street parade and festival returns

    Although the Funk Parade is just in its third year, it has already become one the District’s marquee cultural events. The all-day celebration pays homage to the U Street corridor’s rich musical and cultural heritage. This year, the DC Focused community is proud to be part of the event as the official photographers of the parade and musical acts. So, it’s fitting that we look at some of our favorite images from last year’s Funk Parade and talk about things to consider if you’re planning to photograph this  year’s event. All images are part of the DC Focused flickr pool. 1. Jeffrey Morris | Work the angles   Jeffrey got low on this photo, which produces…

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  • Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals,  Portraits

    Picturing Japanese Culture at Sakura Matsuri

      Each year, at the end of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washingtonians get a chance to celebrate Japanese Culture at Sakura Matsuri. Now in its 56th year, the Sakura Matsuri Festival offers up a mix of martial arts demonstrations, dance and musical performances, saki and sushi stands, and, of course, hundreds of cosplayers taking on the personas of their favorite characters. A gathering like this is a “target-rich” environment for a photographer. Everyone is dressed in fabulous fashion and is eager to pose for you. “I’ll let you in on a little secret,” one reveler told me. “Cosplayers actually want to have their photos taken. They just like to be…

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  • Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals

    Light City in Charm City

    Last week, Charm City was transformed into Light City, an international light festival spread out on multiple piers along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The crowds, which numbered nearly 400,000 people, experienced interactive light shows, musical performances, faeries on stilts, a neon peacock, glowing paper boats, and other attractions, all reflected in the harbor waters. A more somber display was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. Light City ended on Sunday night, but if you missed it, we have you covered. Victoria and I were on hand for all of the festivities and here is some of what we saw.                      …