Welcome to the 2021 Virtual Lotus & Water Lily Festival
The Virtual 2021 Lotus and Water Lily Festival is being presented by the National Park Service and the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and will include a variety of events on-line that will air on this webpage and there will also be a few small programs and activities featured in the park. This virtual event kicks off on July 8th with the an on-line “Opening Ceremony” and continues throughout the month of July. A list of featured programs with their descriptions can be found in the calendar below.
Extended Hours on FridaysLooking for an outdoor place to do something in the evening with friends or for a date night? The park will be open until 8 p.m. on Fridays July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, to give everyone more time to see the lotus and lily flowers. The park has a picnic area where you can bring your own food. Most Fridays, we will have a food truck on site where you can buy dinner or a snack.
July 9 - 4:00-8:00 pm - Extended Hours
July 10 - 1:00 pm - Lotus Tea (Virtual)
July 13 - 10:00 am - 1pm - Lotus Craft
July 15 - 12:00 pm - Shaw Water Gardens history talk (Virtual)
July 16 - 4:00-8:00 pm - Extended Hours
July 17 - 1:00 pm - Origami
July 18 - 1:00 pm - Virtual Garden Tour en Español (Virtual)
July 19 - 12:00 - Opening Ceremony Replay (Virtual)
July 20 - 12:00 - Water Lily Family (Virtual)
July 22 - 12:00 - Hardy Water Lily (Virtual)
July 27 - 12:00 - Lotus or Lily? (Virtual)
July 28 - 1:00 - Lotus Craft
July 29 - 12:00 - The Manchurian Lotus (Virtual)
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There are three easy ways to get to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens! Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is located at 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE.
What to Bring
Please bring water! The park has a refillable water station outside the visitor center to fill reusable water bottles. The area around the ponds does not have much shade and it can be very hot during the summer so make sure you carry water with you to stay hydrated as you walk around the park.
You can bring a picnic or snacks to the park. Picnic tables are available in the picnic and a few other locations. There are no grills in the picnic area and visitors are not permitted to bring grills to the park. On some weekends in July, there will be food trucks in the park for the convenience of park visitor since there are no places nearby to purchase food and beverages.
Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Dogs on leash are allowed at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and owners are responsible for picking up waste.
Be prepared! July is a hot month in Washington, DC, so having a hat, staying hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion and wearing sunscreen are recommended. It is also a good idea to wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.
Last updated: June 10, 2021