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

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).

FREE shuttles 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 at Anacostia Metro Station!

Free parking at Anacostia Metro Station (1101 Howard Road SE) & Skating Pavillion (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 is available from the Anacostia Metro Station near the Howard Road exit.

Explore Historic Anacostia

In addition to vendors on the Festival grounds, we encourage you to visit other spots in Historic Anacostia!
Capitol Hill Crab Cakes
1243 Good Hope Rd SE
11 am - 8pm
Crab cakes, fried chicken and other American favorites
Cheers @ The Big Chair
2122 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
12 - 4 pm (opening especially for the event)
Soul food
Mammas Kitchen
2028 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
11 am - 10 pm
Pizza, Italian specialties, and sandwiches
Turning Natural
2025 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
9 am - 3 pm
Fresh juices and smoothies
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

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 iconARF 2018 Sponsorship.pdf


Bloomberg Philantropies

Linder Global Events

DC Events  TD Bank The Kresge Foundation

OFCTME 202 Creates


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, DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, 202 Creates, The Yards, City First Bank of DC, JBG SMITH, LISC DC, Enlightened, Inc., The Menkiti Group, and MRP Realty.