Anacostia River Festival

Join us on Sunday, April 9, 2017! 

The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. For a taste of local D.C., come 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 we are celebrating biking in the District with trail rides, safety classes, quick bike tune ups and special bike activities for all ages.


Be sure to use #DCRiverFest when using social media! Download the event postcard here.

Getting There



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!


Free parking at Anacostia Metro Station (1101 Howard Road SE). 

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.

Stage Schedule

Curated by Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative, generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.

1:00 pm              US Navy Band Ceremonial Band

1:30 pm              The National Hand Dance Association

2:00 pm              Washington Performing Arts’ Capital Arts Student Showcase

2:30 pm              East River Jazz Festival Presents: The Wes Biles Quintet featuring Ms. Janine Gilbert-Carter

3:00 pm              Washington Performing Arts’ Children of the Gospel Choir

3:30 pm              ENTATY Music & Friends

4:00 pm              The Story of TAMBU by Earl Rodriguez

Explore Historic Anacostia

In addition to vendors on the Festival grounds, we encourage you to visit these spots in Historic Anacostia!
1231 Good Hope Rd SE (Inside the Anacostia Arts Center)
10:30 am – 3 pm
Artisan-inspired, specializing in locally sourced and freshly prepared natural foods and beverages
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



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. Other supporters include The Kresge Foundation, DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, The Drew Company/Trade Center Management Associates, TD Bank, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., The Yards, City First Bank of DC, The JBG Companies, LISC DC, The Menkiti Group and MRP Realty.


“Capitol Hill residents will be enriched by our culture as we will be enriched by the cultures of the people who live west of the river.”

Bishop Hudson, Matthews Memorial Church