Adams Morgan Day 2017

A Fall Street Festival in Washington, DC

Adams Morgan Day
••• © Moshe B. Zusman

The 2nd Sunday in September is Adams Morgan Day, an annual neighborhood festival with live music and international food from around the world. Adams Morgan Day has something for everyone! Enjoy sidewalk cafes, colorful vendors, cultural demonstrations and dances. The expanded Kid's Fair has games, interactive science exhibits (in English & Spanish) clowns, and the Chinese Lion Dancers. The Dance Plaza is a favorite feature with dance performances, live music, & workshops on rumba, Mexican folk, Bolivian & salsa!

Adams Morgan Day began as a mega-block party in the late 1970s and grew in the 90’s to a massive festival with up to 300,000 visitors. Long-time and new community-minded residents and business owners participate in the annual event, creating a local-grown festival that highlights the unique and historic neighborhood of Adams Morgan, its ethnic roots, its diverse community, and its variety of pubs, international restaurants and shops.  For the first time since 2014, part of 18th Street will be closed to motorized vehicles to make way for vendors, an interactive artists alley and live music.

Date and Time: Sunday, Sept 10, 2017, Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Location and Transportation

Adams Morgan, 18th St. NW, between Florida Ave. and Columbia Rd., Washington, DC. The Kids Fair and Dance Plaza are located at Marie Reed School at 18th St. at Wyoming. Two blocks along 18th Street NW (from Columbia Rd. NW to Kalorama Rd NW) will be closed to traffic.


The best way to get to Adams Morgan Day is to take Metro to the Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan station. Parking is very limited in this part of town. Read more about transportation and parking in Adams Morgan

Entertainment Lineup at the Columbia Road Stage

  • 12:00 p.m., NAH - DC female-fronted indie psych-rock
  • 1:00 p.m., Mayor Bowser 
  • 1:15 p.m., The Scotch Bonnets - Baltimore/DC ska/punk/reggae
  • 2:15 p.m. Names -DC psychedelic rock
  • 3:15 p.m. Batala -DC all-female percussion group
  • 4:00 p.m. BOOMscat  - DC soul/R&B
  • 5:00 p.m. Dupont Brass - DC brass band

The culturally diverse community is home to lots of restaurants, nightclubs, coffee houses, bars, bookstores, art galleries and unique specialty shops. The restaurants feature international cuisine from just about everywhere from Ethiopia and Vietnam to Latin America and the Caribbean. This eclectic neighborhood is the center of Washington, DC's liveliest nightlife and is popular with young professionals.

Looking for more fun events in the capital region? See a guide to the Top Fall Festivals in the Washington DC Area.