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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.
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.
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.
Last updated: May 7, 2021