Thursday, June 20, 2019

6th Annual Kennedy Street Festival is Saturday

It's not Columbia Heights, but if you want to go up to Petworth, the 6th Annual Kennedy Street Fest is happening on Saturday from noon to 4pm. The street has been bustling of late, with new bars and restaurants like the Anxo cidery and awesome neighborhood bars Jackie Lee's and Moreland's Tavern.

The fest sounds like a lot of fun, with arts and crafts, vendors and food, music and events for kids and adults, plus a big raffle and more. And a water balloon fight! The event is free and runs Kennedy Street from 3rd to 8th Streets NW. There is more information here, and you can also buy raffle tickets.

The Kennedy Street Festival is Back!

The 6th Annual Kennedy Street Festival is happening on June 22nd from 12-4pm in parking lots and in front of businesses along the the 300-800 blocks of Kennedy Street NW, with hubs of activity at 716, 608 & 308 Kennedy Street NW.

Started in 2014 by the Kennedy Street Development Corporation, this annual celebration brings recognition to vibrant small business community located on Kennedy Street.
This year's event will feature over 40 local makers, artisans and community-based organizations as well as four hours of performances by local musicians! Activities for children, including face painting, music and over-sized games will be available all day. We also look forward to hosting our annual raffle (tickets can be purchased in advance online), a pop up art gallery, a photo booth, and the annual water balloon fight!


Kennedy Street NW is well serviced by public transit (bus stops and offers plentiful bike parking. Free two hour street parking is available on Kennedy Street, as well as the all adjacent side-streets. Ride-sharing services also service our community and provide another option for guests.

We anticipate that parking will be limited the day of the festival. Festival attendees are encouraged to walk to the festival or take public transit if possible.

-Patrick’s Pet Care Community Stage- 
(608 Kennedy Street NW)

12:20 PM Sara Ghebrimichael
1:00 PM Remarks from Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Todd
& Uptown Main Street Chairman of the Board
1:30 PM DMV 910
2:30 PM Robert Ax & On the One Band
3:20 PM The JoGo Project
4:00 PM Raffle Announcement
4:10 PM Water Balloon Fight

-Vassar Broermann Group Community Stage-
(716 Kennedy Street NW)

12:00 PM New Sewell Music Conservatory
12:45 PM Fusion Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps
1:15 PM DJ Zach Pleasant
3:00 PM New Sewell Music Conservatory
3:35 PM Salvatore Gonzalez

-Andrene’s Soul Food & Caribbean Cafe-
(308 Kennedy Street NW)

12:00 - 4:00 PM Drummers, Dancers, Raffle & DJ


This year we’ve partnered with local businesses and artists to present special activities throughout our corridor. From photo booths to pop up art installations, we invite you to #WalkUptown and discover something new!

Pop Up Art Gallery (515 Kennedy Street NW)
(sponsored by Walmart Supercenter on Georgia Avenue)

Photo Booth (608 Kennedy Street NW Entrance)
(sponsored by Horton’s Funeral Home)

Raffle (608 Kennedy Street NW - Site #1)

Mobile T-Shirt Printing (608 Kennedy Street NW - Site #1)
(sponsored by Mayor Muriel Bowser)

Terrarium Making (703 Kennedy Street NW)

(504 Kennedy Street NW)

At our Kids Activity Area, we’ll have fun for all ages. Stop by to get your face painted, make a special craft or meet with our two vendors (National Center for Children & Families & Breathing Space DC).

12:00 - 4:00 PM
Facepainting, Crafts & Coloring Sheets
(sponsored by Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Palmer & Blandi’s CLC)

1:30 PM Kids Yoga Demo
(sponsored by Breathing Space DC)

3:00 - 4:00 PM Magic Show & Balloon Animals
(sponsored by the National Center for Children & Families)

Raffle tickets for unique business experiences and discounts at local restaurants can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite ( for our annual festival raffle. Tickets are 1 for $5; 3 for $10 or 7 for $20. All proceeds help support the work of Uptown Main Street and are directly reinvested into our programming.

- Yoga Heights 5-Class Pass ($85 value)
- Cheesemonster Studio gift card ($25 value)
- Andrene's Soul Food & Caribbean Cafe gift card ($25 value)
- HR Records gift card ($50 value)
- L'Enfant Flowers gift card ($30 value)
- BBQ Bus Smokehouse gift card ($25 value)
- Loyalty Books gift card ($25 value)
- Uptown Main Street Taste of Uptown Passes ($80 value)
- Kennedy Street Poster from Victory Dance Creative ($20 value)
- Jackie Lee's gift card ($20 value)
- Lost Sock Roasters Coffee + Mug ($20 value)
- Lighthouse Yoga Class Pass ($25 value)
- Moreland's Tavern gift card ($25 value)
- Kennedy Counseling Collective 50 minute self-care consultation ($80 value)
- Capitol Bikeshare 1 Year Membership ($85 value)
- Tranquil Treasures Styling Session ($75 value)
- Tranquil Treasurers Weekender Tote ($75 value)
- Lost and Found Bar gift card ($25 value)
- Free State Bar gift card ($25 value)
- Craft Beer Gift Basket ($25 value)
- ANXO Cider gift card ($50 value)
- 2 Tickets to a DC Sporting Event ($75 value)
- T-Shirt & 2 Pint Glasses from DC Brau ($30 value)
*Please note that attendees must visit the welcome tent at the 608 Kennedy Street lot to pick up your tickets but prizes may be claimed after the event! Be sure to add your contact information to your raffle ticket!

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