Lotus and Water Lily Festival


The TWO-DAY festival features performances from cultures around the world, family fun games, arts and crafts and the amazingly beautiful lotuses and water lilies in full bloom! Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a one-of-a-kind experience within Anacostia Park.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019
10 am - 5 pm

Lotus Stage

10:00 a.m. — Samba dancing with Vava United School of Samba

10:15 a.m. — Welcome from Superintendent Tara Morrison

10:20 a.m. — Afro-Brazilian drumming with Batala Washington

11:00 a.m. — Cultural Dances of India with GW Raas

11:30 a.m. — Classical dances from India with the Natananjali School of Dance

Noon — Buddhist Chanting with International Buddhist Association of America

12:15 p.m. — International Fashion Show, designs of Africa and Asia

1:00 p.m. — R&B Music with BoomScat

2:00 p.m. — Lali Dance from Bandjoun Village in Cameroon by Bandjoun Foundation of the USA

3:00 p.m. — Global Dance Party with DJ Kweks

3:45 p.m. — "Summer in the Parks" talk with Noel Lopez

4:00 p.m. — Go-go and Jazz Music with JoGo Band

Lily Stage

10:00 a.m. — Yoga with Kristi Wass

11:00 a.m. — Jazz and Raga Music with Broto Roy Sitar & Tabla Duet

Noon — Wildlife Ambassadors

1:00 p.m. — Erik’s Reptile Adventures

2:00 p.m. — Jazz Music with the Bill Haymon Collective


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Purple Lily

Sunday, July 14, 2019
10 am - 5 pm

Lotus Stage

10:00 a.m. — Drumming for Wellness with Katy Gaughan

11:00 a.m. — Wild World of Animals

Noon — Wildlife Ambassadors

1:00 p.m. — Beats, Bows and Remixes with Christylez Bacon & Wytold

2:00 p.m. — Erik’s Reptile Adventures

3:00 p.m. — Mexican Dance with Maru Montero

4:00 p.m. — Americana Music with Ellis Dyson and the Shambles

Lily Stage

10:00 a.m. — Yoga with the "Anacostia Yogi," Sariane Leigh

11:00 a.m. — Mussel Resortation Presentation with the Anacostia Watershed Society

11:30 a.m. — "Upcycled Art: The Future of the Anacostia Envisioned" with Wendy Sittner

Noon — African Gourds and Shekeres with Thembi Douglas

1:00 p.m. — Water Gardening for Beginners Workshop with the International Water Lily and Water Gardening Society

2:00 p.m. — Book Talk by Krista Schlyer, Author of “River of Redemption: Almanac of Life on the Anacostia”


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Three ways to get to the Lotus and Water Lily Festival

There are three easy ways to get to the Lotus and Water Lily Festival this year! Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is located at 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. Please note that parking directly in front of the park will not be available on July 13 and 14.

  1. Metro: Deanwood Metro Station is about a 10-minute walk from Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Take a walk or hop on the FREE festival shuttle, which will run from the Deanwood Metro Station to the park from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on July 13 and 14. Accessible shuttles are available.
  2. Drive: FREE festival parking is located at Kenilworth Park (4047 Deane Ave. NE) on July 13 and 14. A FREE shuttle will take visitors from the Kenilworth Park parking lot to the festival from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Accessible shuttles are available. Parking is not available directly in front of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Accessible parking for visitors with disabilities is located on Anacostia Avenue between Polk St. and Ord St. NE near the park entrance.
  3. Bike: Enjoy a 20 minute bike ride along the scenic Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, starting from the Anacostia Skating Pavilion (1500 Anacostia Drive SE) to the festival site. You can also bike the Anacostia River Trail from Bladensburg, Md., to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens.

What to Bring

Water stations will be provided for visitors to fill reusable water bottles.

Food will be on sale from a variety of vendors, but feel free to bring a picnic or snacks.

Picnic tables will be provided in the viewing area for performances. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Dogs on leash are allowed at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and owners are responsible for picking up waste.

What Not to Bring

No alcohol is allowed at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Park Safety

Visitors are highly encouraged to text LILYFEST to 888777 to receive the latest updates about the Lotus and Water Lily Festival and emergency alerts. The service is free, but carrier message rates may apply.

If driving to the festival, don’t leave valuables in your car, and park only in the designated parking areas mentioned above.

If you see something say something! Call U.S. Park Police at 202-617-7500.


About the Festival

The annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival is presented by the National Park Service at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a one-of-a-kind destination within Anacostia Park. The aquatic gardens remain a hidden gem in Washington, D.C. and are the last remaining tidal wetlands in the city. The gardens is home to an original species of Lotus and Water Lily plants that were cultivated over 100 years ago by Civil War veteran W.B. Shaw and sold all over the world. Today, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is the only national park that cultivates and displays aquatic plants for thousands of visitors to enjoy throughout the year.


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Last updated: August 29, 2020

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