Anacostia River Festival

Join us on Sunday, April 9, 2016! 

The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the second annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event and official closing program of the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year’s Anacostia River Festival celebrates “connecting people to parks” in recognition of the National Park Service’s 2016 Centennial celebration. Activities include: kayaking, boating, fishing workshops, hands-on art projects, musical performances, bike parades, and other unique programs engaging families with the river, its history and ecology. Held in Anacostia Park, this FREE event will encourage District residents and tourists alike to explore communities and parks east of the river.


Be sure to use #DCRiverFest when using social media!

Getting There



Anacostia Station (green line). Exit toward the parking garage to walk to the Festival site (approx. 16 min / 0.8 mi).

A free shuttle is available 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, courtesy of COPT, is available at Maritime Plaza (1201 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003) and Anacostia Metro Station (1101 Howard Road SE Washington, DC 20020). Approximately a 15 min walk across the river from Maritime Plaza to the Festival site.

Zipping your way to the festival? Take advantage of 20 premium spaces available at Maritime Plaza (1201 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003), courtesy of Zipcar. Parking available on first come-first served basis  

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.

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Click here to download the Festival program!

Explore Historic Anacostia

In addition to vendors on the Festival grounds, we encourage you to visit these hot 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‚Äč
1 pm - 12 am
American tavern fare


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. Funds for the Anacostia River Festival are provided in part by Bloomberg. Other supporters include Zipcar, Forest City Washington, Pendragwn, City First Bank of DC, LISC DC, MRP Realty, The JBG Companies, Western Development Corporation and National Capital Bank.



Press Information

Media Contacts: 

Shahara Anderson-Davis

11th Street Bridge Park

[email protected]

202.889.5901 x207


Emily Linroth

National Park Service

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Nora Strumpf

National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Plan Your Visit

“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