Anacostia River Festival

Sunday, April 15, 2018; 1 pm - 5 pm 

The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the fourth annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event and the official closing of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival. For a taste of local D.C., celebrate the Anacostia River and take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family and experience Southeast D.C.’s local arts scene at this special FREE event. This year’s festival will celebrate the100th Anniversary of Anacostia Park and the Year of the Anacostia—a year-long invitation to honor history. Celebrate progress and enjoy the Anacostia River and its surroundings as we ENVISION an inspiring future.
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Getting There

Heads Up! It's a game day for our Washington Nationals. GO NATS! We encourage you to take public transportation or bring your bike down to the Festival. If you plan to drive, give yourself some extra time, and maybe try our new parking area at the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion!

Anacostia Park (Anacostia Drive & Good Hope Road SE)

Anacostia Station (green line). Exit toward the parking garage to walk to the Festival site (approx. 7 min).

A FREE shuttle provided by DC Circulator will run from both Anacostia Metro (at the Howard Rd exit) and Eastern Market Metro (orange/blue/silver lines) to the Festival site.

Bike Access
Free bike valet available!

Capital Bikeshare Corral Service available on Good Hope Road SE - across from the Anacostia Arts Center!

Free parking at Anacostia Metro Station (1101 Howard Road SE) & Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion (1500 Anacostia Drive SE).  Paid parking lots available in Anacostia and Navy Yard.

If you park at the Anacostia Metro parking garage, please consider the short walk to the Festival site (approx. 7 min) OR a free shuttle provided by DC Circulator is available from the Anacostia Metro Station near the Howard Road exit. A shuttle will also run between the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion and Anacostia Rec Center - getting you close to the Festival site.

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Explore Historic Anacostia

In addition to vendors on the Festival grounds, we encourage you to visit the other exciting events happening in Historic Anacostia!
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd SE
1 - 5 pm
Featuring: Flower Power - Live music, flower arranging, crafts and more. - FREE
Capitol Hill Crab Cakes
1231 Good Hope Rd SE
11 am - 8pm
Crab cakes, fried chicken and other American favorites
Check It Enterprises
1920 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Clothing boutique
Featuring: Live music in the Secret Garden - $$
Cheers @ The Big Chair
2122 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
12 - 4 pm
Soul food
Featuering: East River Collective - FREE Live Jazz in the Garden
Caribbean Citations Restaurant
1208 Maple View Place SE (intersection of MLK Jr. Ave)
11 am - 9 pm
Caribbean cuisine
Featuring: Live musical performances - FREE
Mama's Pizza Kitchen
2028 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
11 am - 10 pm
Pizza, Italian specialties, and sandwiches
Featuring: Historic Anacostia Arts Education - Art workshops for Kids - FREE
Turning Natural Juice Bar
2025 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
9 am - 3 pm
Fresh juices and smoothies
Featuring: Live art by Zsudayka Nzinga Designs - FREE
The Madison House
1611 U Street SE
1 - 3 pm
Life coaching and wellness center
Featuring: Hug therapy, mantras, affirmations & meditation, collective breath circle - FREE
Uniontown Bar and Grille
2200 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
1 pm - 12 am
American tavern fare
We Act Radio
1918 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Featuring: Live musical performances - FREE

Press Information

Media Contacts: 

Jessica G. Smith

11th Street Bridge Park

202.889.5901 x207


Pya Langley

National Park Service

202.619.7158 or 202.450.0226


Nora Strumpf

National Cherry Blossom Festival



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To learn more about sponsoring the 2018 Anacostia River Festival please download our Sponsorship Package: PDF icon ARF 2018 Sponsorship.pdf


Bloomberg Philantropies

Linder Global Events

DC Events  TD Bank The Kresge Foundation The Educational Foundation of America

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The Anacostia River Festival is presented by the 11th Street Bridge park and the National Park Service in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Funds for the Anacostia River Festival are provided in part by Bloomberg and Linder Global Events. Other supporters include EventsDC, TD Bank, The Kresge Foundation, Educational Foundation of America, DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, PepsiCo. Recycling, The Yards, WC Smith, City First Bank of DC, JBG SMITH, LISC DC, Mil & Doreen Parekh, TCMA for Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Western Development, Enlightened, Inc., The Menkiti Group, MRP Realty and RMA.