SW ArtsFest has big plans for 2013.

SW ArtsFest 2012 saw a huge attendance increase over 2011. Highlights this past year included the first-ever SW ArtsFest Central Art Market, a parade of decorated bicycles, hand dancing at Arena Stage, sock puppets on the Waterfront, an end-of-summer fair, neighborhood walking tours, a film series, the 11th Annual DC Jazz Preservation Festival and an opera simulcast at Nationals Park. Admission, as always, was free.

At its December 2012 meeting, the SW ArtsFest board scheduled SW ArtsFest 2013 for Saturday, September 28, with the option of additional activities both Friday and Sunday. Many 2012 participants will return. Look for an even bigger Central Art Market, an even more spectacular bicycle parade, more from Arena Stage and more jazz.

On Wednesday, January 16, at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW, the SW ArtsFest board will meet to plan SW ArtsFest 2013. The board invites the community to attend its planning meeting. A successful SW ArtsFest 2013 will require participation from many Southwest residents, not just members of the board. For more information, call 202-320-0286 or email swartsfest@gmail.com.

By David Sobelsohn, an ANC Commissioner from 2005-11 and one of the organizers of SW ArtsFest.

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