capitol riverfront events

What’s Happening in the Riverfront

DC Duck Race
Saturday, April 30
Rubber ducky you’re the one! The DC Rotary Club is hosting an inaugural duck race to raise funds for the Rotary Club and community organizations. Sponsor a duck and you can race it on a closed course on the Anacostia river.  There will be prizes for the speediest ducks, music, food, artists and more. Get all the info at

Vinofest Wine & Music Festival
Saturday, May 7
VinoFest Wine and Music Festival is back for another great year of wine and tunes and this time they’re taking the action to Yards Park. The day features over 20 international and Virginia wineries plus a food pavilion curated by Emporiyum.  The lineup includes Jon Batiste and Stay Human, The Original Wailers and Rare Essences. www.vinofest.cofor tickets and details.

Tour de Fat
Saturday, May 21
Bikes meet beer in the traveling circus that is Tour de Fat.  Featuring a costumed bike parade, killer live music and of course, plenty of New Belgium brews. The festival is dedicated to promoting bikes as a more sustainable means of transportation and they take it seriously, so seriously in fact, there is a celebration of the car-for-bike swapper series, a program in which people swap their keys for a commitment to commute by bike. Get all the info at

Rockin’ the Block Concert Series
Wednesdays in June, July, August
Canal park presents a new take on the “front porch” concert. Concerts take place at the Canal Park middle block stage on a Wednesday of each summer month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature great bands, food and beverages from neighborhood restaurants, games, and more. Find details at

Canal Park Movies
Thursday at dusk June 2 to August 11
From perennial favorites to the latest Academy Award winners, the people spoke and the movies will be shown!  Join the Riverfront community for free movies at Canal Park on Thursday evenings.   The 2016 schedule is: June 2: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, June 9: Inside Out, June 16: Ocean’s 11, June 23: Hitch, June 30: Stars Wars the Force Awakens, July 7: Mean Girls, July 14: Jurassic World, July 21: Minions, July 28: Creed, August 4: Pitch Perfect 2, August 11: The Martian. Find details at

DC JazzFest
Friday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday June 18 and 19 2 to 10 p.m.
DC JazzFest returns to Yards Park for three days of amazing music. The lineup includes Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet; Cécile McLorin Salvant; The Chuck Brown Band, and more on one big stage.  There will be food, beer, wine and a marketplace village to add to the entertainment.  The Friday evening concert is free and open to the public, on Saturday and Sunday tickets are required.  For a complete lineup and ticket information, visit.

Red, White & Brew Festival
Saturday, June 25
Raise a toast to the red, white and brew at this annual all-you-care-to-taste beer and wine event.  For tickets and to learn more, visit

Saturday, September 17
This festival is a beast and sure to set the hearts racing of any craft beer lover.  Over 300 unique craft brews will be on-site, complemented by food from top restaurants and trucks as well as music, entertainment and games. Learn more

DC VegFest
Saturday, September 24
This event is free and open to the public.  Hosted by Compassion Over Killing, a DC-based animal protection charity, the DC VegFest celebrates the best of the vegetarian lifestyle in and around DC. Learn more at

Wiener 500 Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 24
Kick off Oktoberfest at DC’s silliest Oktoberfest celebration. Watch Germany’s canine ambassadors race for glory and enjoy cold beer from the Sam Adams biergarten. Plus food trucks, live music and a stein hoisting competition. This event is free. Race fees are donated to Washington Humane Society. Learn more at