Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival 2017

May 13, 2017

Living Classrooms Announces Date of 2017 Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival Benefiting Disadvantaged Youth

Media Release

Thursday, November 3, 2017


Contact: Lee Cain -

Chris Naoum–

Daniel Buchner -


Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is excited to announce that the highly anticipated 8th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival will take place on Saturday May 13, 2017 and will support Living Classrooms’ ongoing maintenance/restoration of the islands, environmental education and job training programs. Nestled between the banks of the historic Anacostia River, DC’s largest all-local music festival will be returning to the beautiful Kingman and Heritage Islands Park to celebrate the community, local music, food, and culture with crowds expected to exceed 13,000.


The Festival is a benefit for Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region who has worked to inspire and educate disadvantaged youth and young adults in the DC region for 15 years through hands-on education and job training using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.”


“We are very excited about how the Festival and awareness of the islands has grown over the past several years and we hope that with all of the recent restoration projects on the islands, the 2017 festival will be the best one yet,” said Lee Cain, Director of Kingman and Heritage Islands Park, Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region.


The Festival will maintain its multiple stage layout and expand upon its zero-waste mission created last year in partnership with the DOEE. It will also feature fun for all ages, including various outdoor activities, educational tents, a kids’ corner, and more.

“The Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival is one of my favorite events every year,” noted Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen. “While it has grown from a small concert with a few hundred neighbors into one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the region, it’s still a fun and unique way to enjoy a great day of music surrounded by the natural beauty of Kingman and Heritage Islands right here in DC. 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.”


“I'm thrilled the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival has become one of the region's largest showcases of local talent,” said Director of DC's Department of Energy and Environment, Tommy Wells, who founded the Festival in 2009 as a member of the DC Council. “Now in its 8th year, the Festival offers an exciting opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate DC's bluegrass roots, while exploring local habitats and wildlife, as the District restores the Anacostia River.”


“Kingman Island is one of the few remaining green spaces within the District and it is important for us to spread awareness of this valuable resource and promote its maintenance as an educational and recreational space,” said James Piper Bond, President and CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation. "Kingman Island is an incredible living classroom, particularly for those living in high risk environments who have limited access to local resources in which they can learn and grow."


For the second year in row the Festival will be releasing a limited number of “Trust Me Tickets.” If you love the Festival, trust that we will secure an impressive lineup of talent, appreciate the work of Living Classrooms, and support the local music community, why not save your spot at the festival today?!



* Trust Me Tickets: $15.00 - ON SALE NOW - We will be releasing a limited number of “Trust Me Tickets” on Thursday, November 3, 2016 before the musical lineup is announced, for those who trust that this is a can’t miss event.

* Advanced Tickets: $20-$30 - Advanced tickets will be released on an incremental scale with prices increasing on a set schedule in the months leading up to the festival, and will cap at $30.

* Door Tickets: $35 (pending availability) - We are expecting sell-out crowds this year and encourage everyone to purchase their tickets early as there is no guarantee that tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the festival.


Learn More about the Festival: Website:


Twitter & Instagram: @KIBluegrassfest

Living Classrooms Foundation:


Artist Submissions: We will be taking artist submissions though our website until Friday Dec 16th. If you are interested in playing, please visit our website and fill out the form.


Vendor Submission: If you are a local vendor and would like to sell your food or goods at the 2017 festival, please visit our website and fill out an application.


Sponsorship: Sponsors enjoy exclusive benefits and inclusion in festival promotion and advertising both leading up to and during the festival. Interested in being a sponsor at one of DC’s largest music festivals? Please email Bridgit Fried –



If you or your company would like to volunteer in return for FREE admission please visit our volunteer sign up page at



About Kingman Island:

Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is located between the banks of Anacostia River, which runs through the eastern half of Washington, DC. The islands provide recreational space, sanctuary for local animal and plant life, and a unique opportunity for people of all ages to explore DC’s natural environment. It is also host to Living Classrooms’ ESTEM (Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming that provides inner-city youth with an unparalleled hands-on educational experience.

More information about Kingman Island:


About Living Classrooms:

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Living Classrooms Foundation is a Washington, DC-Baltimore based nonprofit organization with a distinctive competency in experiential learning—literally learning by direct experience, or what we call “learning by doing.”

More information about Living Classrooms:


Special Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors:


guitar sponsors

Fiddle Sponsors


HARMONICA sponsors

Volunteer Sponsors