At a press conference Monday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that H Street Festival will be cancelled as part of the emergency preparedness for Hurricane Florence. H Street Festival, one of DC’s largest and most popular street festivals, was to take place Saturday September 15. A new date has not yet been determined, Bowser added.
Updated: H Street festival has been rescheduled for October 13th, according to Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6-D):
— Charles Allen (@charlesallen) September 11, 2018
The festival will take place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. from the 400 to the 1400 block of H Street NE.
“We know how excited the entire district gets to be for the annual H St., Festival and are disappointed to have to postpone this year’s festivities, said Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street, which organizes the annual festival.
“However, the danger posed by hurricane Florence to our area this week and cannot be discounted. The safety of the public and a festival participants is our utmost priority,” Saleem added.
“We hope that everyone will join us for the rescheduled eight street festival on October 13. This year’s festival is going to be the best one ever!” he said.
DC VegFest, scheduled for September 15 in Yards Park, has been canceled. Fiesta DC, scheduled for Sunday, September 16, will also be rescheduled. Capital Brewfest has been rescheduled for September 29th. As most outdoor weekend events are likely to be affected, if you have plans to attend such an event it is advisable to check with organizers.
The Mayor signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in the District effective Monday morning.
The storm is expected to reach land by Thursday evening, bringing winds in excess of 39 mph and torrential rains lasting up to four days by the time it hits DC. The rains could result in localized and surge flooding, particularly in low-lying areas, as well as downed trees and power outages.