What is the festival date and hours?
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Noon till 8:00PM
What can I bring into the festival?
- - Kids
- - Dogs (must be leashed)
- - Small, soft-sided coolers
- - Food - Only if food is stored in reusable containers, Tupperware
- - Empty reusable drinking bottles etc. (we will empty them)
- - No outside alcohol
- - Chairs, blankets
- - Don't bring tents, or outside alcohol. Seriously.
Can I Purchase Food?
The Festival always features some of DC's best Food Trucks. Check back closer to the event for the complete lineup of participating trucks.
Will there be vegetarian options?
Yes, we will have a wide variety of options for our veggie, vegan, and gluten-free friends. All menus will notate which items accommodate dietary restrictions.
Can I Bring in Outside Drinks?
This is a Zero-Waste festival, which means no glass or one-time use plastic bottles, containers, Styrofoam, etc. will be permitted through the front gate. You may bring a reusable water bottle but it must be empty. No outside alcohol may be brought onto the island. Bottles containing liquids, including factory-sealed water bottles, will be emptied at the front gate. All coolers, backpacks, and bags are subject to search. Thank you for helping us achieve our zero-waste mission!
Can I purchase beer and alcohol?
Your ticket to the festival will include one reusable cup that can be saved as a festival souvenir. Beer will be poured by Sierra Nevada and Atlas Brew Works. A Tito's Vodka mixed drink will also be available. Individual drink tickets can be purchased in advance at www.missiontix.com/kingmanisland or at the festival itself. You must be 21 to purchase alcohol. All attendees will be asked to provide valid photo ID at the front gate and again upon purchase of drink tickets inside the festival grounds.
Will there be activities for kids?
Kingman Island is a place for families to enjoy so we encourage you to bring your children to enjoy the beauty of the island and the fun that awaits you at the festival. All attendees must have a ticket. No charge for children under 10.
Will there be ATMs Available?
Yes, if you need cash ATMs can be found at the entrance and in the main meadow.
If you would like to make any purchases at the festival, we encourage you to bring cash with you, as credit card lines tend to be longer. There will be a select number of ATMs on the island for your use if needed (fees apply). To avoid having to use cash, purchase your food and drink tickets in advance when you purchase your tickets!
Exit & Reentry
Forgot something in your car? No problem. You may exit and re-enter the festival, but keep in mind you will have to enter through the security check point just as if you were entering for the first time. Hold onto your cup, you will not be reissued another one, so keep it safe!
Although Kingman is its own little estuary, we have neighbors. With your cooperation, we can make sure they welcome us back every year. If you are walking outside of the festival grounds, please follow all pedestrian rules and be respectful of our neighbors and their property. Show them some Kingman Island Love!!
Lost & Found
Lose Something? Head to the information tent to see if the item has been recovered. Feel free to leave your contact information with one of our staff and we will get back to you if your item turns up.
Is the Festival Rain or Shine?
Yes! If you've been to the event in the past, you know a little rain won't spoil the day! However, it is important to be prepared in the event of rain and/or cool weather so we've put together a list of tips for you:
- - Wear Layers so you can put on or take off clothes if/when necessary.
- - Wear boots/shoes that will keep your feet warm and dry in the event of rain-- it's on an island, there could be mud!
- - Bring a poncho or rain jacket with a hood, hats and umbrellas will just block someone's awesome view of the stage.
- - Bring a backpack to store your extra layers.
- - Make sure you have a water-resistant spot to keep your phone and camera.
- - Bring chairs or a tarp instead of a blanket. Please, no tents.
- - In the event of sunshine bring sunblock and bug spray!
How do I get there?
The main entrance for Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is found on the west bank of the
Anacostia River. This entrance is located at the back of RFK Stadium Parking Lot 6,
approximately 0.1 miles south of Benning Rd. NE.
575 Oklahoma Avenue NE, Washington DC, 20002
* Note: This is an approximate address, entrance to the park is located off RFK Lot 6, directly across from address given above.
Help us in our effort to make this a 100% green festival by leaving your car at home and walk, bike, or take public transit instead!
Board an eastbound DC Streetcar. (Eastbound vehicles travel from Union Station toward Oklahoma Avenue along H Street NE and Benning Road NE)
To get to Kingman Island, passengers can board at any of the following stops (also shown on the transit map)
- - Union Station (located past the bus deck and on the median of the Hopscotch Bridge)
- - 3rd & H St NE (across the street from the Giant)
- - 5th & H St NE
- - 8th & H St NE
- - 13th & H St NE
- - 15th & H St NE (near Starburst Plaza)
- - 19th & Benning Road NE
Ride to the Oklahoma & Benning Road stop, which is the last stop on the eastbound run
Exit onto the median and wait for the pedestrian street signal to cross Benning Road (toward the 7-11 and RFK parking lots)
Walk along Oklahoma Avenue to RFK parking lot entrance
Look for a large white sign and black gates to find the festival entrance
The closest metro to the park is the Stadium-Armory station. There will be a free shuttle running to and from this station from 9:30am - 9:30pm.
To walk from the Metro: Take the Blue or Orange line to the Stadium-Armory Station. Exit the station in the direction of RFK Stadium. Follow 19th St. NE north toward the stadium and continue on past the stadium to C St. NE. Turn right onto C St. and head east until 21st NE. Turn Left on 21st St. and cross to the sidewalk on the east side of the street. As 21st St. divides into Oklahoma you will find yourself walking along the east side of Oklahoma Avenue. Look for entrance to Kingman Island Boardwalk sign along sidewalk and then enter RFK Parking Lot 6. Once in RFK Parking Lot 6 continue straight back toward the Anacostia River, traveling under the Metro. Look for our large white sign, black gates, and a path leading back toward the Anacostia River. (Distance from Stadium-Armory Station is approximately 1.0 mile.)
Kingman Island is conveniently located along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and is readily accessible from all points of the city by bike. A free bike valet will be available at the festival (no locks required)
As an environmentally-friendly festival, we encourage guests to walk, bike or take public transportation. Parking will be available all day in RFK Lot 7 for $10. If you're going to drive, plan to carpool with some friends!