On Saturday, Oct. 4, Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray was open to pedestrian traffic only for the 13th annual “Art On The Avenue,” a regional multicultural arts and music festival that took place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While the nation is definitely feeling economic woes, that did not impact the overall success of this year’s festival, as people came out by the 10s of thousands to enjoy a feast for eyes, ears, and stomachs. There was a wide variety of contemporary arts and crafts, music performances all day on four different stages, visual and performing arts demonstrations, and the 4th annual homemade pie-baking contest.
There were tons of children’s activities, including the
ever-popular ‘Make a Scarecrow’, Bike Rodeo for Safe Bicycling sponsored by Bike Walk Alexandria, fingerprinting sponsored by the Sheriff’s office, a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo presented by T. C. Williams High School Orchestra, moon bounce, face painting, paper lotus flowers by Potomac
Zen Sangha, and pumpkin painting. Vendors came from near and far, and while a few did say that it was a bit slow for them this year,
plenty of artists and craftsmen were doing quite well, including some who were almost sold out by around 2 p.m.
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