View Photo Gallery: In a grand experiment, the Kennedy Center is taking free performances to the people, with dancers scaling the Old Post Office Building and circus performers in parks and concerts across the District from May 6-12. For a full list of performances visit the Going Out Guide.

Don’t be surprised if, while strolling around the city in the next week, you find yourself smack in the middle of a circus: It’s just the Kennedy Center’s newest festival, “Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America,” an exciting experiment that brings street performers, buskers, acrobats and, yes, acrobatic dogs, to street corners near you.

Things kick off Sunday at Eastern Market and Fairgrounds with stiltwalkers and circus-punk marching bands, but you definitely don’t want to miss Project Bandaloop perform a modern ballet on the side of the Old Post Office Pavilion, at around 300 feet in the air.

Check out all of the highlights of the free festival here.

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