The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the ninth annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Join us at this FREE family-friendly event as we celebrate Breaking New Ground: 100 Years of Innovation at the Anacostia Park on May 20, 2023.




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Festival Activities

This FREE family-friendly event will reconnect you to the river and the outdoors as you celebrate 100 Years of Innovation with us and our friends.

In Anacostia Park

All activities are FREE. Reservations and water safety waivers must be completed before participating in either activity. Both can be obtained from the River Activities tent located on the festival grounds.

Free Fishing Workshop

Let’s reel it in at the Anacostia Park! Friends of Anacostia Park (FOAP) will be hosting free fishing workshops. All gear, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle, will be provided by and staff will be on hand to instruct and help anglers new and old.

*minors must be accompanied by an adult.

River fun doesn’t end at fishing…

Free Canoe Ride

Join the Anacostia Watershed Society for a canoe ride of the river! You will have the opportunity to witness some of the river’s wildlife and learn how the river has rebounded over the past decade. This is a family-friendly activity open to all ages with no prerequisite skills required.

DC River Fest Stage

Presented by 


Performance by Tamika Love Jones

1:00 PM US Navy Band

1:10 PM Eastern Band & Unity Thunder Vintage Car Parade

1:30 PM New Impressionz Band

2:20 PM Spoken Word to Go Go Semi-Finals

sounds provided by The Experience Band

2:50 PM Anacostia Park Oral History Project

3:00 PM Sirius Company Ft. Scooby & Ms. Kim Band Performance

On Good Hope RD

11th Street Bridge Park

East of the River Market

Presented by

1:00 – 4:00pm EST 

Verbal Gymnastics

Hunny Bunny Boutique

Nubian Hueman

The Popcorn Bag DC

EAT Clothing


Capital One Café

& Food Trucks!

11th Street Bridge Park will host an East of the River Market powered by Capital One Bank

The market will include local businesses, food vendors and the special unveiling of the 11th Street Bridge Park’s small business kiosk, The Bridge Spot, featuring its first business, Plum Good!

Enjoy the Flower Power Lounge at the East of the River Market! Dining specials, activities, live music and amazing local businesses to celebrate the #DCRiverFest with:

  • Anacostia Organics
  • Vintage & Charmed Classic Clothing
  • Positive Chalk DC
  • Attorney General Schwalb
  • PorchFest – 4 live artists (in lounges) and two live musician’s (in corridor)
  • Star Vending Ice Cream Cart
  • Photo Op
  • Art to GoGo Tents and Games

Plan your Visit

*Facemasks are strongly encouraged but not required


Getting There!

What to Bring


 We are seeking event day volunteers to assist in shifts with setup, welcoming, ushering, and more! Thank you for helping us as we celebrate Breaking New Ground: 100 Years of Innovation at the Anacostia River Festival!











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