H Street has returned to its roots as a thriving, commercial hub, and is home to a diverse, cohesive community. A revitalized visual and performing arts scene, hipster bars, music venues, and a boom of high-end condos and apartments are quickly reshaping the historic corridor, bringing new opportunities for residents, consumers and business owners.

Whether it’s pho, falafel, or fried fish; bluegrass, jazz, or rock, H Street’s scene offers something for everyone. The one-and-a-half mile commercial corridor boasts coffee shops, a farmer’s market, more than 100 retail stores, and a collection of international cuisines, including Italian, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, Japanese, Jamaican, British, Belgian and Southern, among many others.

Since its inception, the H Street Main Street organization has been a strong and effective advocate and principal leader of H Street redevelopment. A nonprofit entity, H Street Main Street represents the interests of the H Street community in presentations to DC Government officials, including testifying before the DC City Council and working for grant funding to support H Street business improvements.

H Street Main Street perhaps is best-known as the principal organizer of the H Street Festival. The event, held annually on a Saturday in September, draws more 50,000 festival-goers to enjoy great food, music, art, and camaraderie. All year long, H Street Main Street provides valuable commercial property improvement services and government relations assistance to the H Street business community.


  • USA Today named H Street as one of the 10 Great Urban Neighborhoods in 2011
  • 360 H Street will deliver a 41,200 sq. ft. Giant Food and 215 new apartments at 3rd & H Streets, NE in 2013
  • AvalonBay will deliver 138 new apartments at 3rd & I Streets, NE in 2013
  • By 2013, the new streetcar line will operate from Union Station to Benning Road and Oklahoma Avenue
  • The 6th annual H Street Festival drew over 50,000 visitors in 2011

There are performances to see and even participate in every night at H Street’s many venues, including the Atlas Performing Arts Center, a restored Art Deco landmark theater, H Street Playhouse, Red Palace, the Rock and Roll Hotel, and Twelve Restaurant and lounge. Dance to free bluegrass at SOVA Espresso and Wine; join or watch an open jam session at HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues, or sing karaoke at Sticky Rice.

Union Station anchors the western end of H Street and provides local, regional and interstate access via Metrorail, Metrobus, Circulator, Amtrack, VRE, MARC, Megabus, BoltBus, Capital Bikeshare and in 2013, the H Street streetcar line.

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