WASHINGTON -- The second year of the By the People Festival kicked off Saturday morning in Washington D.C.

Massive installations, pop-up performances, and a floating art barge will all be a part of the week long event across the D.C. metro.

The festival, which runs from June 15-23, follows the themes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and brings performing art and visual art to all quadrants of the city.

WUSA9 went out to Union Market to ask people enjoying the sunshine Saturday what they think of when they think of those words: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

"I think the pursuit of happiness is having a work life balance. I’m trying to do that but I think it takes some time," Luz Molinares, a mom to two young girls, said. "I think for me, I’ll be happy the day I see I’ve raised good kids to be good adults."

The whole festival is sponsored by the nonprofit Halcyon. Their mission is to catalyze civic-minded artists and social entrepreneurs for a better world.

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Last year’s inaugural festival saw 26,000 visitors and organizers are hoping to double that this year.

The free arts and dialogue festival -- open to the public -- includes nine days of programming that build bridges all over the community, galvanizing the public as interpreted by a new curator each year. Organizers said that visitors walk away inspired, reminded that more unites us than divides us.  

WUSA9 is a proud media sponsor of this event. It runs from June 15-23.

Check out more information about the event here.

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