• Celebrations,  Festivals

    Jousting through Summer

    Looking for a family friendly event that’s only an hour away from Washington? From August to October, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is probably the easiest way to spend an entire day without a dull moment. From the moment you walk up to the gate, there are people dressed up in elaborate “period” pieces from the most authentic to the most outlandish. There are hundreds of activities for kids and adults. Shops adorn the paths between activities with intricately designed costumes, swords, and jewelry. Multiple stages throughout the festival showcase performances of all types, from the deathtifying to singing and dancing. While styled around medieval and renaissance themes, the festival never takes itself too seriously and ends up being…

  • Celebrations,  Festivals,  Parades

    Say it loud and proud DC: Scenes from Capital Pride

    We love the Capital Pride Parade and Festival because it’s one of those weekends where this ladder-climbing, suit-wearing, self-important city lets its hair down. And because you get such wonderful photo opportunities. Featured image, Freedom – Pride 2015  by Pablo Raw, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] Freedom – Pride 2015 by Pablo Raw [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]   [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]

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  • Celebrations,  Festivals,  Music

    DC Jazz Festival brings bands — big and small — to all corners of the city

      If you’re a jazz aficionado, this is the week when DC becomes your playground. The DC Jazz Festival is in full swing at more than 40 venues across the Distric. The main attractions, however, will be taking the stage at The Yards on Friday and Saturday, and at The Hamilton Live every night through June 16. Kicking things off Wednesday night at The Hamilton Live was John Scofield and his Uberband Jam, featuring Andy Hess (formerly of Gov’t Mule and the Black Crows), guitarist Avi Bortnick, and drummer Tony Mason. To see the full schedule visit the DC Jazz Festival website. All images © Rob Cannon.

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  • Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals,  Parades,  Street Portraits

    Capital Pride – June 13 and 14

    Capital Pride is a week-long event, with the major public activities being the parade (June 13 starting at 4:30) and the festival (June 14 from 12-7). Here is my game plan for enjoying the event and taking photographs. At the parade, I like to start near the beginning of the parade, watching the participants as they get ready before the parade starts. Then I watch the parade near its beginning on P Street, enjoying both the parade and the spectators (and if you are lucky, you can catch the beads!) The parade has a long winding route, so there is still plenty to see after the parade has passed by…

  • Events,  Festivals,  Weekend Focus

    The Friday Rewind

    A lot great photo opportunities this weekend, though you better pack your rain gear. There’s Columbia Heights Day on Saturday with all the usual festival fun — food, music, adult tricycle races and, um, zumba classes. Closer to downtown, there’s Taste of DC on Pennsylvania Avenue, with its food, beer, bands and chili eating contest. And if you want to get your schnitzel on, there’s Oktoberfest Reston at the Reston Town Center. Unlike previous years, the new Silver Line will get you … almost to the town center but not quite. Of course, if you’re running in Sunday’s 30th annual Army Ten Miler, you’ll probably be skipping all the beer and festival food. Good…

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  • Celebrations,  Festivals,  Street Photography

    H Street Festival portraits

    The weather for this year’s H Street Festival certainly made up for last year’s downpour. In the photo above, Patrick Wright got an interesting late afternoon golden glow on his subject. In the photo below, number7cloud captured a young festival goer captivated by the fashion show. Featured image by Patrick Wright is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. You can see more of his work on his website. Image by number7cloud is part of the DC Focused flickr pool.

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  • Celebrations,  Festivals

    Celebrating Adams Morgan Day

    Sunday was a great day for festival-ing. Thousands of people turned out for the 36th annual Adams Morgan Day to check out the art, watch the dance performances and jam to live music. Featured image by alsacienne is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. Image by Victoria Pickering is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. Image by Miki J. is part of the DC Focused flickr pool.

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  • Arts,  Celebrations,  Festivals,  Music,  Street Performers

    Maryland Renaissance Festival

    Where else can you find jousting, turkey legs, and elephants all in the same place? The Maryland Renaissance Festival a great way to end the summer. Based around a fictional 16th-century English town, there are a hundreds of performers, artisans, and attendees dressed in period garb and just about anything else. Below are photos from some of the activities on Labor Day weekend. All images by Rob Cannon. They are used here with permission.

  • Celebrations,  Festivals

    ‘Montgomery County Fair’ by John Sonderman

    What’s that old saying about shearing sheep? I’m sure this the sheep would wholeheartedly endorse that sentiment. John captured this image at the Montgomery County Fair, which opened this weekend and runs through Aug. 16. Image by John Sonderman. It is part of the DC Focused flickr pool.

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  • Celebrations,  Festivals

    Save the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    If you’ve ever gone to the National Mall during the Fourth of July weekend, you’ve probably wandered through the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which each year focuses on different cultures and regions of the World. This year, the festival, which wrapped up on Sunday, featured China and Kenya. Now, apparently there’s a possibility the festival may end because of new regulations by the National Park Service. You can click here to learn about an effort to save the festival. Meanwhile here are some photos from this year’s festival. Featured image by Caroline Angelo. It is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. [Updated 5:10 p.m., July 7]

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  • Celebrations,  Festivals

    The Capital Fringe Festival is coming

    Are you ready for this year’s Capital Fringe Festival? If you love the performing arts and want to support up and coming artists, be sure to check out the shows that will be held at various venues from July 10 – 27. Read more about this year’s festival here. Featured image by Joe Flood. It is part of the DC Focused flickr pool.

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  • Celebrations,  Festivals

    Kicking off summer at the Safeway Barbecue Battle

      Is there a better way to mark the start of summer than with barbecue, music and entertainment along Pennsylvania Avenue? The Safeway Barbecue Battle was back for its 22nd year this past weekend. Forty teams competed in various contests, including a military chefs cook-off and awards for the best chicken, ribs , beef and sauce. All images by Rob Cannon. They are used here with permission.

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