Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is This Saturday – Everything You Need To Know


“The Sixth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is less than a week away.  This year’s festival features an amazing array of Bluegrass, Folk and Americana talent with co-headliners Cabinet and Larry Keel Experience and more.

The Festival will include eight hours of performances on six stages by local bluegrass, folk and americana artists, games and outdoor beverages, DC’s favorite food trucks, bike parking, free kayaking, sponsor activations, local vendors, giveaways and a number of activities for children of all ages including a family area with music, arts, & crafts.

“Over the past six years, the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival has grown from a small concert with a few hundred neighbors into one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the region. This event brings people to Kingman and Heritage Islands on the Anacostia River and provides them an opportunity to see the natural beauty that exists right here in our city. Enjoying a day of great music on the island is a fun and unique experience. I’m proud to support an event that draws people of all ages to outstanding performances of local music and provides them an opportunity to learn about the Anacostia River and the wildlife that it supports.” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen

When: Saturday April 25, 2015 from 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.

Tickets: $20 Strongly Suggested Donation

Tickets can be purchased at

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“As a strong advocate for the arts and the creative economy in the District, I am proud to support the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival.  The partnership between Listen Local First and Living Classrooms is a prime example of how the local arts and education communities come together to provide a festival for all residents of the District.  The festival is a celebration of music, art, youth education, and the beauty of the Anacostia River.” – Councilmember David Grosso.

Main Bluegrass Stage
12:30-1:10-Split String Soup
1:20-2:00-Big Chimney
2:10-2:50-By & By
3:00-3:40-Bud’s Collective
3:50-4:30-Furnace Mountain
4:40-5:20-Walker’s Run
5:40-6:40-Larry Keel
Tweener Artists:
Laura Tsaggaris
Jonny Grave

Americana Stage
1:00-1:35-Karen Jonas
1:50-2:25-Lauren Calve Band
2:40-3:15-Justin Trawick and the Common Good
4:20-4:55-Big Hoax
5:15-6:00-Kingsley Flood
Tweener Artists:
Annabeth McNamara

REI Stage hosted by The Hamilton
1:00-1:40-Delafield String Band
1:50-2:30-The Stick Mob
2:40-3:20-Griff’s Room Band
4:20-5:00-Notes from the Underground
5:10-5:50-The Plank Stompers
Tweener Artists:
Elena & Los Fulanos
Tom McBride

Island Stage hosted by Acre 121
12:00-12:50-Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
1:00-1:50-Tomas Pagan Motta
2:00-2:50-Sara Curtin
3:00-3:50-19th Street Band
4:00-4:50-The Hummingbyrds

WAMU Bluegrass Country Stage hosted by Mr. Henry’s
12:00-12:50-Near Northeast
1:00-1:50-Roof Beams
2:00-2:50-LuLu’s Fate
3:00-3:50-Sweet Yonder
4:00-4:50-Dead Professional
5:00-5:50-The Beanstalk Library

The Family Stage hosted by Steve & Kate’s Camp

1:00-3:00-Ukes on the Move (featuring Mary Amato, Alan MacEwen, and Rachael Sandri)

3:00-4:00-Mr. Skip

4:00-5:00-Marsha Goodman-Wood

5:00-6:00-Banjo Man Frank Cassel

For More Information on Family Stage Activities and Activation from Steve & Kate’s Camp, Ukes on the Move and DC Public Library Click HERE


We would like to thank our amazing Sponsors for their support in putting on this year’s festival. Sponsors and Partners Include: Pepco, Exelon, REI, Sierra Nevada, Events DC, Chuck Levin’s, PoPville, Listen Local First, Klean Kanteen, WAMU Bluegrass Country, BicycleSPACE, On Tap Magazine, App Champs, The Hamilton Live, Acre 121, Mr. Henry’s, Ethical Electric, GreenLine Real Estate, LLC, Goodshuffle, Ben & Jerry’s, Steve & Kate’s Camp, Charles Allen, David Grosso, and DDOE


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

Biking and metro are strongly encouraged. BicycleSPACE is sponsoring the Bike Valet with Two Wheel Valet. Riders from the BicycleSPACE ride are guaranteed a spot at the valet and priority access to the festival only if they have purchased a presale festival ticket. BicycleSPACE cannot guarantee priority access to those purchasing on-site.

This year there are only a very limited number of free parking spots.  Due to other events happening at the stadium that evening if you do not get one of the free spots parking will cost $15 per vehicle

Shuttle Service: FREE Shuttles will be running all day from 11:30am to 9:30pm and will be picking up Festival Goers on H St NE in front of the Argonaut and at the Stadium Armory Metro Stop.


“Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is a great way to celebrate the revitalization of the Anacostia River and our local musicians” Tommy Wells Director, District Department of the Environment

DDOE will be providing an interactive model of the watershed and information and education on our Riversmart Homes and solar programs.

The Festival is taking its first steps this year to move towards a GREEN Festival.  Food trucks and food vendors are required to use compostable plates and cutlery, water will be available through water monster and there will be no plastic cups thanks to our sponsor and partner Klean Kanteen.  Festival goers are encouraged to use their own reusable water bottles for water and will be required to purchase or bring their own stainless steel 16oz cup for beer.

“Klean Kanteen is thrilled to partner with Living Classrooms and Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival.  Festivals are amazing temporary communities and, while wonderful experiences, tend to produce incredible amounts of waste in the form of single use plastics.  Through the full replacement of single use plastic cups with Klean Kanteen pints this event has removed all that plastic waste from not only their event space but from the waste management system.  There’s nothing like walking around an event space at the end of a festival where there were thousands of attendees and not seeing any single use plastic cups.  We are so honored to be a part of making that happen at Kingman Island this year!”


REI Village and Kayaks – Festival sponsor REI will be bringing the REI Village, a touring celebration of the outdoor lifestyle (with special gifts for REI members).  Live the outdoor life at the REI Village– a nationwide tour celebrating the amazing community of REI members and the good life outside. REI will be bringing free kayaking, an outdoor lounge, and giveaways for REI members.

BicycleSPACE Kingman Island Ride, Valet, Pop Up and Raffle – Bicycle Space will also be hosting a Bike Raffle and product display. On Saturday April 25th BicycleSPACE will be leading a ride starting from their new shop (440 K St., N.W.) at 10AM, that will go through the city, along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and up to Kingman Island.  Bikers on the ride will be granted early admission to the festival and guaranteed parking at the Two Wheel Valet bike parking corral. Any of the riders who have pre-purchased tickets will be able to get expedited entry into the Festival.  BicycleSPACE is also working on introducing a bike demo station on Heritage Island where folks can check out the latest offerings from several of their brands. BicycleSPACE will also have a tent & table in the vendors alley with info about the shop(s) and some products and community events.  Finally, BicycleSPACE will be sponsoring a raffle where attendees can sign up to win great prizes from the store- including a bicycle as the grand prize at the end of the day.



Food Truck

Boriquen Lunch Box, Big Cheese, Feelin Crabby, Halal Grill, DC Slices, Arepa Zone, DC Empanadas, Curbside Cupcakes, That Cheesecake Truck, Doug the Food Dude, Swizzler, Carolina Q, Captain Cookie, Healthy Fool, Takorean, Carmen’s Italian Ice, Popped Republic, Rito Lovo, Kafta Mania, Red Hook Lobster Pound


Sierra Nevada will feature two of their new year round offerings, Hop Hunter IPA & Nooner Pilsner, poured from their solar powered draft trailer, along with Pale Ale & Kellerweis Hefeweizen.  Beers from Back Forty Beer Co. and local brewers Atlas Brew Works will also be served at the Festival.

Water will be provided for free to festival goers through water tanks with refillable water spouts.  Please make sure to bring your own containers to refill.

Island Community Partners and Vendors

Tunisian Touch, Vigilante Coffee, Undone Chocolate, Chups, Thunder Beast LLC, Julie’s Datery, GROWL Cold Brew Coffee, DC Sail, Anacostia Watershed Society, Anacostia River Keeper, The Confexion Connexion, Eco Caters

Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park, Zivot Beverages, Tailgater Toby NOVA, Nextility, Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuit CO., Nextility, DDOE River Smart Homes, DDOE, DDOE Solar, Goodshuffle, Ben & Jerry’s, Ethical Electric, Klean Kanteen, GreenLine Real Estate, LLC, BicyleSpace, DC Public Library, Chuck Levins, Steve & Kate’s Camp


  1. Presale ticket holders are guaranteed entry. The festival sold out at 3pmlast year and we are expecting even larger numbers this year.
  2. Presale tickets will have their own designated line which will move much faster than the purchase line.
  3. Presale tickets come with one Klean Kanteen, they’ll be sold for $5 on site and you must have one in order to drink beer.


If you would like to volunteer in return for FREE admission please email Rebekah Meyer: [email protected]

7 Comment

  • Skipping it this year. With more antendees predicted than last year, it’s going to be an unenjoyable mad house.

    • The Festival number is actually capped this year and the number of attendees will be less than last year.

      • If you show up and are turned away due to the cap, try confidently strolling in as if you belong or own the place. I’m curious whether that will work again this year.

        Try also: the path less traveled.

  • My understanding is that you must buy a ticket in advance to get in. We tried to get day of tickets late in the day last year and they were not selling any. They also weren’t letting in people who did have tickets due to over crowding. We have a kid so not sure if its worth it.

  • Is it still cool to bring a cooler with our own food and beer?

  • So…Can I get in for free?

  • The “strongly suggested donation” thing is such a scam. I honestly didn’t know a lot about this festival, but my definition of strongly suggested donation is that they want you to put in that much, but you don’t have to. However, we went there and were refused entry without paying $25 (they had fees tacked on on top of the ticket price or something).

    I don’t understand why they don’t just be upfront about “we’re selling tickets for $25”? Why the bait and switch?

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