Art & Culture Along the Anacostia – Festivals & Concerts

Festivals are wonderful ways to bring people together in celebration and recreation. While great strides had been made in cleaning up the Potomac River, then-Mayor Marion Barry saw the Anacostia River as the great social divide in Washington. In 1984 he inaugurated an annual river festival to get people from all walks of life to come down to the water and see the potential of the Washington riverfronts along the Potomac and the Anacostia.

Since that time, the river fest idea has evolved into the development of a park-like venue near the baseball stadium, “The Yards Park,” and a schedule that includes river clean-up celebrations, the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival, and the Anacostia River Jazz Festival sponsored by the National Park Service. During the course of the year the Anacostia waterfront at the “Yards” plays host to numerous ethnic festivals such as the Global Nepal Fest and art shows and contests along the riverfront. All of these activities help the District celebrate in many ways the revitalization of the Anacostia River.

 

LUMEN8 Festival Photo Collage Photographs Corianne Setzer, Anacostia Community Museum, 2013

LUMEN8 Festival Photo Collage
Photographs Corianne Setzer, Anacostia Community Museum, 2013

Fat de Tour Bike Tour at Yards Park Photograph Corianne Setzer, Anacostia Community Museum, 2012

Fat de Tour Bike Tour at Yards Park
Photograph Corianne Setzer, Anacostia Community Museum, 2012

Poster for The Bluegrass & Folk Festival which takes place on Kingman Island

Poster for the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival