In 2010, the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival was born from an effort to raise awareness of the island and its availability to people as a public park. That first year consisted of only one stage, a handful of acts, and was attended by several dozen people. Word spread of this homegrown festival right in the District's backyard and each year the event grew exponentially, now attracting over 10,000 guests annually with dozens of bands spread across multiple stages for eight hours of performances and delicious food, drinks, and activities for adults and children of all ages. The festival has become one of DC's most anticipated annual events drawing attendees from 47 states across the country.
In 2018, the 9th annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival will join the District of Columbia in celebrating the "Year of the Anacostia." Nestled between the banks of the Anacostia River, Kingman Island has become a park dedicated to preserving natural resources and educating District youth about conservation and becoming better stewards of the natural world. This festival has introduced thousands of guests to the beauty that lies within our Nation's capital and this year we gather, once again, to support and celebrate the continued restoration and maintenance of the Anacostia and Kingman Island as vital community resources.
Proceeds from the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival benefit Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region and are allocated to the maintenance and restoration of the island and to educational programming in Washington, DC.
"Refreshingly different...the festival sounds about perfect" – Washington Post
"This is the most unexpectedly awesome festival in Washington" – Washingtonian
"The perfect combination of philanthropy and entertainment...a must-attend yearly event" – OnTap Magazine
"Other festivals might wax and wane, but it feels like this one is definitely here to stay" – Brightest Young Things