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Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is April 26th

by Prince Of Petworth — March 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm 8 Comments

Photo from last year’s festival via Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival

From a press release:

“The Fifth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market, features two main stages of bluegrass and Americana music with returning headliners The Hackensaw Boys and more. The festival will celebrate local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River, while supporting hands-on education programming provided by Living Classrooms on Kingman Island.

The Festival will include seven hours of performances by local bluegrass, folk and Americana artists, games and outdoor beverages provided by Whole Foods Market, REI Outdoor Activations, DC’s favorite food trucks, Sierra Nevada beer, outdoor bike course and giveaways from BicycleSPACE, local music Island Stages presented by Gypsy Sally’s and Acre 121, and a children’s stage with arts & crafts hosted by Boogie Babes.

When: Saturday April 26th
1:00pm – 8:00pm; gates open at 12:30pm

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.

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 http://kingmanislandbluegrass.eventbrite.com or at area Whole Foods Market stores.”

  • KellyKapowski

    How is this event? Anyone here who has been? I’d love to check it out but my parents are visiting that weekend. I generally try to make sure that any place I take them is vetted and approved in advance, because the slightest bad experience sets them off on how terrible it is that I live in this city/pay a high mortgage/live near so much crime/etc. etc.

    • meerswan

      I enjoyed it despite the fact that whoever produced the event decided to fill 1/2 of the entire open space (and the only part that was in the shade on this 90+degree day) with bike racks. Places to sit were at a premium and hundreds of bikes had the best spots—really dumb. Music was good, venue could be pretty if the organizers made better decisions.

    • Phoebe

      Yes, was so crowded last year, masses of people were sitting up on the hill, which was obviously not really intended as a seating area. So if you go, go early. Bring your own snacks due to long lines at the food trucks.

    • JessieSpano

      If it’s a sunny day, having a sun shelter/tent thing will be key (if you have one). Luckily we were able to sit under one that some people weren’t using. Or at least bring some chairs. Agree with Phoebe–check it out early, and bring your own cooler with snacks and drinks!

  • Nolo

    Last year there was a big, big, big problem with the beer supply. Apparently there was a decision to limit the number of kegs so that people wouldn’t drink too much, but all it did was lead to hour+ lines to get a beer. Not enjoyable.

  • Danny

    I know a bunch of the folks who organize this event, and they said that the size of last year’s crowd caught them by surprise since it was about 3 times bigger than the previous year. But my understanding is that they’re making sure that the beer trucks are stocked, the traffic flow is more thought out and that the facilities are more in line with expected attendance. The festival is definitely expanding this year with a second stage and all kinds of events, so expect it to be packed (especially if it’s a really nice day like last year).

  • Anonymous

    Were people tailgating? That seems like the prudent thing to do, as long as it’s allowed. Hopefully they’ve learned from their past mistakes.

  • what are you allowed to bring in? Chairs and blankets seem ok, what about coolers with food and water/soda? for that matter, can I bring in beer?


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