You can get a taste of Penn Quarter, not just of its food but of its cultural fare as well, during the 12th annual Arts on Foot festival Sept. 18 from 11 to 5. Musicians, dancers, artists, actors, artisans and the neighborhood's venues themselves will all be on display, while chefs Alison Swope of Andale, Frank Morales of Zola, Rita Garruba of Butterfield 9 and Roberto Santibanez of Rosa Mexicano are among those on the cooking-demonstration menu at F and Seventh streets. And more than 20 neighborhood restaurants will fill the block of F between Eighth and Ninth with sample-size portions of their specialties.

The National Building Museum, National Theatre, Bead Museum and outdoor vendors will offer children's activities; the Canadian Embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue will have a native Canadian storyteller on hand; and the Goethe-Institut will screen "Emil and the Detectives." Washington Improv Theater will be at Flashpoint and the Venus Theatre interactive troupe at Warehouse Theater. Galleries will hang their new fall exhibits, and a juried show of 50 artists will set up on F Street NW between Seventh and Ninth. Live jazz and tap dance will be featured on Center Stage at F and Eighth streets, and other musicians will stroll the streets.

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-- Eve Zibart