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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.