By The People is coming up June 21-24! This new arts and dialogue festival is bringing large art installations, free pop-up performances, curated conversations, augmented reality, and family-friendly activities to five festival hubs in all four quadrants of the District. The inaugural festival is focused on the founding themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Register now for a four-day pass that gets you into all the free events at our festival hubs:
- Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building
- Washington National Cathedral
- The Parks at Walter Reed
- Union Market
In addition to those events, we’ll have a handful of moderately priced ticketed events that include everything from contemporary ballet to punk and go-go concerts, all listed in our online schedule. The festival hubs will be open each day from 10am-6pm, except for special evening hours at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, open Saturday until midnight! The Parks at Walter Reed are sure to be By The People’s most colorful festival hub. A brightly painted fountain, large “yarn-bomb” covering 14 trees, painted sidewalks, and more will be among the art installations at The Parks. And while they’re open each day from 10am-6pm, we’ll have a special concentration of pop-up performances and events at this location Friday afternoon, June 22. While you’re at Walter Reed, make sure to check out Nekisha Durrett’s sidewalk art!