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Catch the Fun of the June Festivals

Beat the heat with three amazing events coming to the neighborhoods around RFK this June. Music lovers can check out jazz and bluegrass, and foodies can spice things up with great Caribbean food.

Check out the following calendar for dates, times, and more info.

June 8 - 17: Chill out at DC JazzFest presented by Events DC

This multi-day music festival brings you the best of America’s singular original art form – and with its signature Jazz in the ‘Hoods series, we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump from some great performances. Tickets are on sale now at www.dcjazzfest.org. Jazz in the ‘Hoods locations in and around the RFK neighborhoods include:

We Act Radio (1918 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE)

  • Charmaine Michelle Quintet - June 8, 7:30 pm

 Yards Park (355 Water Street, SE)

  • Marvillous Beats - June 8, 7:00 pm

Mr. Henry's (601 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE)

  • Kevin Cordt Quartet - June 8, 8:00 pm
  • Batida Diferente - June 9, 8:00 pm
  • Capitol Hill Jazz Jam led by Herb Scott - June 13, 8:00 - 11:00 pm
  • Elijah Jamal Balbed - June 15, 8:00 pm
  • Julia Nixon - June 16, 8:00 pm

Seafarers Yacht Club (1950 M Street, SE)

  • Greg Hatza ORGANization - June 9, 6:00 pm

Anacostia Playhouse (2020 Shannon Place, SE)

  • Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Special Ensemble - June 12, 7:30 pm
  • Liberation Project - June 13, 7:30 pm

The Honfleur Gallery (241 Good Hope Road, SE)

  • Todd Marcus Quintet - June 15, 7:30 pm

June 9: Get down – and give back – at the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

Called “the perfect combination of entertainment and philanthropy,” the Festival benefits Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, Kingman Island, and educational programming in Washington, DC.  For tickets, visit www.mt.cm/kingman-island-bluegrass-folk-festival.

Located on the Anacostia River, near RFK Stadium, the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival has grown from a single-stage event designed to raise awareness of the island as a public park to one of the District’s most anticipated events. This year, nearly 30 well-known artists are expected to draw more than 10,000 fans. Unique, quality craft items will also be available, along with a variety of dining options from favorite food trucks.

 

June 10: Sample Caribbean culture (and food!) at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

The largest Caribbean food festival in the U.S. is held right here, on the Festival Lawn at RFK Stadium.

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival mixes the vibe of an old-time fair with the cultural performances by musicians, dancers, and storytellers. But the food takes center stage! Sample everything from jerk lobster to – yes, you’re reading it right – jerk ice cream. A special fun zone keeps the kids in their element, too. Tickets are on sale now at http://dcjerkfestival.com/tickets/