2018 Lotus and Water Lily Festival

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Celebrate nature, culture and community at the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The TWO-DAY festival features performances from cultures around the world, family fun games, arts and crafts and the amazingly beautiful lotuses and water liles in full bloom!
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a one-of-a-kind experience within Anacostia Park. Celebrate the Centennial of Anacostia Park at one of D.C.’s hidden gems during the Year of the Anacostia.

 
 
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Cultural Performance

Saturday July 21, 2018 from 10 am - 5 pm

Explore the gardens and enjoy activities and performances from around the world!


Full schedule coming soon!

 

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Purple Lily

Sunday July 22, 2018 from 10 am - 5 pm

Explore the gardens and enjoy activities and performances from around the world!


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Getting There

There will be FREE festival parking and shuttle at Kenilworth Park (4047 Deane Ave. NE) on July 21 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Public transportation and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail are also great ways to get to the Lotus and Water Lily Festival.

A FREE shuttle will run from Deanwood Metro Station to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on July 21 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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.

Accessible parking is available.

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

Text LILYFEST to 888777 to receive the latest updates about the Lotus and Water Lily Festival and emergency alerts. Carrier message rates may apply.

When using the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, be aware of your surroundings.

Visitors are encouraged to park in designated festival parking areas and take the shuttle to the festival site.

If you see something say something! Call U.S. Park Police at 202-610-7500.

 

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: June 6, 2018

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1900 Anacostia Ave SE
Washington , DC 20020

Phone:

(202) 692-6080

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