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2018 Lotus and Water Lily Festival


Jul 20, 2018

SOURCE: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

WHAT: 2018 Lotus and Water Lily Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Jul 21 @ Sunday, Jul 22 @ 10 AM

WHERE: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1900 Anacostia Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC 20019

Join the National Park Service for the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on July 21-22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate the internationally loved Lotus and Water Lily during peak bloom. See traditional performances from global cultures.
Play fun games, enjoy arts and crafts and dance to music from around the world.

This FREE festival celebrates nature, culture and community at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a one-of-a-kind experience within Anacostia Park. Celebrate the centennial of Anacostia Park with us at D.C.’s hidden oasis during the Year of the Anacostia.

Visit go.nps.gov/lotus for more event information.

About the Festival
The annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival is presented by the National Park Service at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a one-of-a-kind destination within Anacostia Park. The aquatic gardens remain a hidden gem in Washington, D.C. and are the last remaining natural tidal wetlands in the city. The gardens is home to an original species of Lotus and Water Lily plants that were cultivated over 100 years ago by Civil War veteran W.B. Shaw and sold all over the world. Today, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is the only national park that cultivates and displays aquatic plants for thousands of visitors to enjoy throughout the year.

Saturday July 21, 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm
Explore the gardens and enjoy Latin drumming, Indian dancing, a multicultural fashion show, storytelling, painting classes and much more!

Lotus Stage

10:00 – Welcome from Superintendent Tara Morrison

10:05 – Latin Drumming – Luis Garay

10:40 – Cultural Dances of India – GW Raas

11:00 – Asian Dance Performances – International Buddhist Association of America

12:15 – Multicultural Fashion Show

12:45 – Cameroonian Cultural Dance

1:00 – Bangladeshi Dance and Music

1:30 – Global Dance Party – DJ Kweks

2:00 – South African Dance and Music – Lesole

2:45 – Mexican and Latin Dances – Maru Montero

3:30 – Old-timey Jazz – Ellis Dyson and the Shambles

Lily Stage

10:00 – Reptiles Alive!

Noon – “The Lotus in Buddhism” Talk – B.N. Hebbar, professor of Eastern Religions at GWU

1:00 – Sitar and Tabla Duet – Broto Roy

2:00 – Music and Storytelling – Acoustic Soul Storytellers


Purple Lily
Sunday July 22, 2018 from 10 am – 5 pm
Explore the gardens and enjoy yoga classes, Brazilian Jazz, gardening workshops, Japanese dancing, live mammals programs and much more!

Lily Stage

10:00 – Yoga – Bring your own mat and enjoy yoga with “Anacostia Yogi” Sariane Leigh in the gardens

10:00 – Ranger-led Garden Tours: start from Lily Stage every half hour

Lotus Stage

10:00 – Reptiles Alive!

11:00 – Wild World of Animals

12:00 – “Bharatanatyam” Dance Performance – Natananjali School of Dance

12:30 – African Disaspora Music Performance – Mahala

1:30 – Southern African Dance – Simunye

2:00 – Brazilian Jazz – Origem