Free street festival brings live music and art to Washington Avenue

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ST. LOUIS — The first-ever City Social on Washington Avenue is running right now until 9 p.m. Friday.

The street festival takes place between Tucker Boulevard and 14th Street, and it’s a free event open to everyone.

There are three main areas. A so-called music line is the central point of the event, where the musicians will perform. There is also a “chill out corner” for those who just want to hang out and catch up with friends. Then there is Art Alley where they have live art exhibits. They have musicians, artists, stilt walkers and magicians.

“Everyone should be here because we’re having a party for the whole town,” said St. Louis resident Hosea King.

Organizers are excited to hold a street festival on Washington Avenue this year. The streets are blocked off to cars, so everyone can hit the streets and have fun.

This festival will certainly support local businesses in the area, but both organizers and residents are excited about this event.

“They support residents who live downtown and want to be part of a vibrant community,” said Sarah Arnosky Ko, vice president of Greater St. Louis Inc. “It also helps bring energy and a different story in downtown, what I think is really important. Especially, you know, coming out of the pandemic, downtowns across the country kind of slowed down. So that’s another way of invite people to come back downtown.

The event runs until 9 p.m. tonight, and after that they’ll have after-parties at indoor venues including Rosalita’s Cantina and Whiskey on Washington.

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