Anacostia River Festival 2017

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Date: February 13, 2017
Contact: Emily Linroth (NPS), 202-619-7156
Contact: Shahara Anderson-Davis (Bridge Park), 202-889-5901 x207
Contact: Nora Strumpf (NCBF), 202-638-8374

The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year’s program will have a special focus on biking in the District and will celebrate the new extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Bladensburg, MD. Held in Anacostia Park, this FREE event will encourage District residents and visitors alike to explore communities and parks east of the river. In 2016, the Anacostia River Festival attracted nearly 8,000 participants to Anacostia Park.
Anacostia River Festival
When: Sunday, April 9, 2017; 1 pm – 5 pm
Where: National Park Service’s Anacostia Park. Good Hope Road & Anacostia Drive SE
Who: FREE and open to the public.
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“As we enter our third year, the festival has become a much anticipated community celebration. Residents from both sides of the river and across the D.C. region can discover the Anacostia - an amazing natural treasure that can be explored this year by both bike and boat,” said Scott Kratz, 11th Street Bridge Park Director.
The festival will feature art exhibitions, live music performances, hands-on activities and special biking activities. Visitors can participate in recycled art projects, fishing workshops, the annual fish bicycle parade, trail rides, bike tune-up stations, safety stations, urban gardening, lawn games, boating and other family-friendly activities re-engaging residents and visitors alike with the Anacostia River and historic Anacostia neighborhood.
"The Anacostia River Festival is a great way for residents and visitors of the D.C. area to celebrate the beauty in their backyard," said Tara D. Morrison, Anacostia Park Superintendent. "This year we are excited to showcase the extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail—a path that is connecting more communities with this signature urban park. We hope to see you in the park, on the river and on the trail."
Held in Anacostia Park, one of America’s national parks and steps away from the future 11th Street Bridge Park, the event is FREE of charge and a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
”The Anacostia River Festival extends the National Cherry Blossom Festival beyond the blossoms at the Tidal Basin and into our city’s incredible neighborhoods,” said Diana Mayhew, National Cherry Blossom Festival President. “This family-friendly outdoor event is a great way to celebrate the beauty of nature right in our own backyards at the Anacostia River.”

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 The Kresge Foundation, 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, LISC DC, The Menkiti Group and MRP Realty.


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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. The park provides inspirational natural spaces easily accessible to area residents and visitors and offers a wide range of recreational and educational opportunities. To learn more about Anacostia Park visit


About the 11th Street Bridge Park
The 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Ward 8 based nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River, will be Washington, D.C.’s first elevated public park located on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River: a new venue for healthy recreation; environmental education and the arts. After a seven-month design competition, the design team of OMA+OLIN was selected in October 2014. With the ongoing capital campaign securing more than $15 million to date, the Bridge Park draws on an extensive community outreach and consultative process, anchored by more than 700 stakeholder meetings for design development and impact. Pre-construction began in 2016 and the park is expected to open by late 2019.


About the National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2017 Festival, March 20 – April 16, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit for more information, and find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Last updated: February 15, 2017

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