Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Fest is this Saturday – Check Out a Map and the Full Line Up


My favorite of the year!

“When: Saturday April 26th
12:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River-
575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).

Biking and metro are encouraged. A free shuttle will run from Stadium/Armory Metro Station. Free parking is available in RFK Lot 6.

Who: The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market is a collaboration between Living Classrooms, Councilman Tommy Wells’ Office, REI, Boogie Babes, BicycleSPACE, Listen Local First, Events DC, Kleen Kanteen, programming partners Gypsy Sallys and Acre 121 and media partner WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. All are welcome to attend.

Cost: $10 suggested donations to support Living Classrooms’ environmental education programming for DC youth on Kingman Island.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at or at area Whole Foods Market stores. Last Live Whole Foods Market show is at the P Street Store on Thursday April 24th from 6pm – 8pm. The Stick Mob will be performing.




1:00pm – 1:35pm Delafield String Band
1:45pm – 2:20pm King Street Bluegrass
2:30pm – 3:05pm Only Lonesome
3:15pm – 3:50pm 19th Street Band
4:00pm – 4:35pm Second String Band
4:45pm – 5:20pm By & By
5:30pm – 6:05pm Sligo Creek Stompers
6:15pm – 7:45pm Hackensaw Boys

Side Stage Artists: Performing in between mainstage acts.

Linsay Deming
Jonny Grave
Lea Morris


1:00pm – 1:35pm Ballad’ve
1:50pm – 2:25pm South Rail
2:40pm – 3:15pm Justin Trawick and the Common Good
3:30pm – 4:05pm Junior League Band
4:20pm – 5:00pm Vandaveer
5:15pm – 6:00pm Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray


Acre 121 Island Stage – Located at Kingman Island Park Entrance

1:00-2:00pm – Gramophonic
2:00-3:00pm – Nathan Robinson of Roof Beams
3:00-4:00pm – Don Kim
4:00-5:00pm – Pet Parade
5:00-6:00pm -Wes Tucker

Gypsy Sallys Island Stage – Located on the Kingman Island Dock

1:00-2:00pm – Sunrise Review
2:00-3:00pm – The Beanstalk Library (Acoustic)
3:00-4:00pm – Karen Jonas
4:00-5:00pm – Victoria Vox
5:00-6:00pm – Hollertown

Boogie Babes Children & Family Stage

1:00pm – The Banjo Man
2:00pm – Bridgette & Dawn
2:45pm – Mr. Skip
3:30pm – Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres
4:15pm Marsha Goodman-Wood
4:45pm Nick Bayard


Two Main Stages of Live Music All Day presented by Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market Activations:

Classic midway-style games of chance
“From Around Here” local food and beverage
Contests and children’s activities
Organic Barefoot Bucha kombucha on tap
Bike Tour from select area stores in collaboration with BicycleSPACE
Live pre-festival bluegrass music in select stores during April

REI Activations:

Free kayaking,
Climbing Wall
Member Perks
Outdoor School skill instruction

BicycleSPACE Activations

BicycleSPACE is leading a ride from their shop in Mt Vernon Square, at 12pm, to get a jump on the fun. Their “music bike,” a bicycle with a powerful stereo system, will kick off the day’s music along the way.

At the entrance to Kingman Island, BicycleSPACE will provide bike parking. Bring a lock to secure your bike to the racks.

On the Island, BicycleSPACE will be offering prize giveaways including a Linus bicycle, a $700 value. As well, they will operate a stunt course in which participants can try out demo mountain bikes over various obstacles.

Boogie Babes Children’s Stage

Live music all day with crafts, face-painting, yoga and other kid friendly activities
Boogie Babes’ mission is to foster a love for community and the performing arts by engaging children of all ages in urban, family-friendly musical experiences.
Two Folk Island Stages sponsored by Gypsy Sallys and Acre 121
DCBU Bluegrass Jam taking place at 3:00pm right next to Living Classroom 1


Some of the areas most popular Food Trucks will be returning again this year. Participating Trucks Include: DC Slices, Popped Republic, Red Hook Lobster Pound, That Cheesecake Truck, Doug the Food Dude, Halal Grill, Cajunators, Goodies, Feelin Crabby, Big Cheese, Carolina Q. Kafta Mania, Sinplicity

Beer Vendors include Sierra Nevada along with a number of local and regional brewers


We Need Volunteers!!! If you would like to volunteer in return for FREE admission please email, Matt Babbit, [email protected]

About Kingman Island:

Kingman and Heritage Islands are located in the middle of Anacostia River, which runs through the eastern half of Washington, DC. The islands provide a beautiful area in Washington, DC for people of all ages to learn about the natural environment.

Directions to the island:
Bike Tour Info:
More info on the island at

About Living Classrooms:

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Living Classrooms Foundation is a Washington, DC-Baltimore based nonprofit educational organization with a distinctive competency in experiential learning—literally learning by direct experience, or what we call “learning by doing.”

16 Comment

  • I don’t know why, but I have zero interest in this. I really, really wish I liked blue grass, but it reminds me of Appalachia, and Southern Gothic movies. I am tempted to ride my bike over there just to enter the raffle for the Linus bike and get try out that cheesecake truck., but I also have the slight paranoia that I would get there and be the only black person. .. maybe i will go early.

  • leftcoastsouthpaw

    I’m not much of a Bluegrass fan either, but I’m looking forward to the people watching and the outdoor drinking.

  • Whoa…do you actually kayak to the other stages? There’s other ways to get there right?

    This seems really neat, how are the crowds usually?

  • How dog friendly is this event? Do people bring them? Yes, leashed and with plenty of baggies in tow.

  • How toddler friendly is the event?

    • I’m in the band Hollertown (shameless plug – and we’re playing again this year. I’m also the father of an 18-month old that my wife and I will bring on Saturday. I’d suggest coming early. The crowd really picks up towards the end of the day. We play 5-6 on the bridge btw.

      Toddlers are our biggest fans. When we play farmers markets, they come right to the front and stay there the whole time. They don’t look at us much, they just do their busy toddler thing, but they’re entirely engaged. Once, when we had finished and were packing up, a toddler’s mother told him “the band is finished, no more music,” and the kid burst into tears. We have never been so honored.

  • To answer the toddler friendly question, we went either last year or two years ago with our daughter, who depending on which year we attended was either 3 or 4. We were not there long, as it started to rain quite significantly, but she loved the music. And I notice there is a kid stage this year. It seems there is a lot more to do then whichever year we attended. We did get there late in the day, so the next comment has to be taken with that in mind, but there were a lot of young folks who were pretty drunk. The beer was cheap, they had run out of some brands, it didnt bother us at all, but it could bother some. All in all a good experience, we may end up going back!

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