Kickoff Festival (featuring a live concert with R&B artist and eight-time Grammy nominee Tank) for Gateway DC this Saturday

2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE via Gateway DC

“Grab your family and friends and celebrate the kickoff of Gateway DC, a new green multi-purpose space in Ward 8 that will offer the DC community a fun and innovative place to gather, eat and socialize. The festival, taking place from 12-4pm on November 16, will feature a live concert with R&B artist and eight-time Grammy nominee Tank; live music by the Red Carpet Affair Band; Ginuwine’s and TGT’s DJ, DJ Young Music; games for all ages, prizes, and a variety of food and drink from local vendors

Gateway DC, located just minutes away from the Congress Heights METRO station, is a versatile pavilion that will offer dynamic programing and events, delicious food options and a flexible meeting space. Gateway DC will serve as a central events and entertainment destination for both Ward 8 residents and the DC community at large. It fills a vital need for a dynamic, affordable and accessible space where people can gather, eat, connect and create.

The Kickoff Festival will welcome community members and all DC residents to the park to introduce the space and give them a taste of what’s to come. The Festival will also feature a canned food drive benefiting Ward 8’s Bread for the City SE Center. Guests will receive a welcome bag upon entering the festival, which includes a drink ticket. In return for donating two cans of food from the approved list on, attendees will receive a free food ticket that can be used at any of the food vendors during the festival.”

What: Fall for Gateway DC, A Fall Festival and Kickoff Concert – A fun event to introduce the DC community to Gateway DC – an urban city park with experiential and retail opportunities

Food and drink will be for sale and provided by local vendors, including: Arcadia Farms, Big Poppa’s Kettlecorn, Soom Foods and more. Peapod will be on hand to conduct special giveaways throughout the afternoon.

There will be entertainment for all ages, including a free performance by R&B artist and Grammy winner, Tank, the Red Carpet Affair Band, as well as a set by DJ Young Music along with games, a moon bounce and more.

Additionally, Gateway DC will be holding a canned food drive onsite benefiting Bread for the City.

When: November 16, 2013, 12pm – 4pm

R&B Artist Tank
Red Carpet Affair Band
DJ Young Music
Local Food and Craft Vendors

Where: 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20032
(Gate 4 of the St Elizabeths East Campus)
By METRO: Congress Heights
By Bus: A2, A4, A6, A8, A42, A47, A48, W2, W3
Bikeshare: Congress Heights Metro

Admission: Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. One ticket towards a free drink item will be provided upon arrival and one free food ticket will be given in exchange for two cans of pre-approved, unexpired foods. A list of acceptable items can be found at