Around Town: Anacostia River Festival @ Anacostia Park, 4/12/15

11th Street Bridges - Washington DC - 2014-05-08

11th Street Bridge and Anacostia Park

This Sunday, April 12th, after you’ve seen the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin, come out to the first Anacostia River Festival from 12:00-4:00pm.

From the press release:

‘The first-ever Anacostia River Festival will celebrate the history, ecology and communities along the banks of the Anacostia River.

The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the event, which will offer free kayaking and canoeing, musical performances, fishing and water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a photography exhibition and a bike parade. The Anacostia River Festival is the official closing of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

“We are so excited to be a part of this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival and look forward to the positive exposure it will bring to East of the River neighborhoods as well as the 11th Street Bridge Park,” said Scott Kratz, director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, a collaborative project of the D.C. City Government and non-profit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC transforming an old freeway into a new civic space scheduled to open in 2018.

The event will offer hands-on art workshops, dragon boat rides, a community sing along, urban archaeology, community bicycle rides, boating and other fun activities to connect families with the natural world. “The Anacostia is poised for a renaissance,” National Park Service Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said.

“The National Park Service is committed to helping people discover the beauty, fun and possibilities in Anacostia Park, and I hope that events like the River Festival inspire people – especially young people – to visit and get involved.”

Held in Anacostia Park, one of America’s national parks, and steps away from the future 11th Street Bridge Park, the event is free of charge.’

Anacostia River Festival
Anacostia Park (Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE)
Sunday, April 12, 2015
12:00-4:00pm
Free
All ages

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