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Blagden Alley festival will offer food, art, and retail September 14

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Design firm Streetsense is organizing the free event in the historic district

A brick home along an alley with an old blue paint sign.
Blagden Alley
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One of the city’s most well-known alleys will be the site of a free festival featuring food and more next month. On September 14, Bethesda-based design firm Streetsense will host the six-hour event in Shaw’s historic Blagden Alley, where the firm has an office. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and have small businesses as well as a custom mural installation.

D.C.-based artist Marcella Kriebel will put up the mural, according to Streetsense. Blagden Alley establishments such as Tiger Fork, Calico, and La Colombe will also provide specials. Located across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and close to the Mount Vernon Square Metro stop, the alley is known for its murals and converted carriage houses.

The festival will have kid-friendly activities, per Streetsense. Blagden Alley’s affluent origins in the 1800s and its working-class roots in the 1900s contributed to its historic designation.