Anacostia River Festival in SE Washington DC

An Official Event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

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The Anacostia River Festival is a signature event that will close the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC! The event will feature family-friendly activities including free kayaking and canoeing, musical performances, fishing and water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more. The free event will bring people from across the region to celebrate the history, ecology, and communities along the banks of the Anacostia River.

 This year’s festival celebrates “connecting people to parks” in recognition of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration. The Anacostia River Festival is presented by the National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Date and Time: Early April

Location:  Anacostia Park. Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE Washington DC.  Free shuttles are available from the Anacostia Metro Station (at the Howard Rd exit), Eastern Market Metro Station, and the free parking lot at Maritime Plaza (1201 M Street SE). They will drop-off and pick-up along Good Hope Rd.

Parking: Free parking is available courtesy of Corporate Office Properties Trust at Maritime Plaza (1201 M St SE) and paid parking is available at Anacostia Metro Station (1101 Howard Road SE). 

Entertainment Highlights

  • Performances featuring acts like the National Hand Dance Association, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band, and Go-Go Symphony
  • Live performances, art exhibitions, studio tours and grab delicious food at the Anacostia Arts Center, Honfleur Galler,y and Kraft Studio in historic Anacostia (1231-1241 Good Hope Road SE)
  • Visit the Cold War Museum at the U.S. Navy Yard from 10 am to 3 pm (Enter from the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Access from 11th Street SE) and take a free boat cruise from 1 to 4 pm (Eastern Power Boat Club - 1301 Water Street SE).

    About Anacostia Park

    Anacostia Park is an urban park in SE Washington DC that offers a wide range of recreational and educational opportunities.  The National Park Service is working to make Anacostia Park a signature urban park that improves people’s lives and protects the quality and resiliency of the Anacostia River ecosystem. Major sites and facilities within the park include Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, and Langston Golf Course. Read more about Anacostia Park.

    About the 11th Street Bridge Park

    As the old 11th Street traffic bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods have aged, the bridge will soon be transformed into the city’s first elevated park providing a new venue for outdoor recreation, environmental education and the arts. The design team of OMA+OLIN was selected in October 2014 to construct this new civic space. The DC government has committed $14.5 million to the project. 

    About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The National Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington’s springtime celebration. The festival features a wide range of events promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. See a Calendar of Events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.