Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is proud to partner with the National Park Service to host special events and celebrations throughout the year.

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Annual Events:

Celebrate nature, culture, and community at the annual Lotus & Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in mid-July. 

This amazing National Park Service festival features performances from cultures around the world, family fun games, arts and crafts, and the amazingly beautiful lotus and water lilies in full bloom! 

Explore the 2023 Lotus & Water Lily Festival here!

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is proud to offer our neighbors and the community at large the experience of outdoor wellness at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens – right in your backyard – with WELLderness: An Outdoor Wellness Series. Try for the first time or continue your practice at yoga, tai chi, forest bathing, painting, and enjoy live music June through October. Additional activities and events include West African and steel band drumming, bird watching, photography and dog pack walks. Check out all that WELLderness has to offer here!

Our urban oasis filled with artistic inspiration, draws photographers from all around the Washington, DC area each year. To view the winning photos and honorable mentions from previous years, please visit our photography page. If you are interested in participating in our future competitions, please review the official rules and instructions.


Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens sponsors summer and fall concerts, offering the opportunity to experience the park while enjoying unique local music. Check out our calendar of events to learn more about this year’s great lineup!

For more information, please contact our Executive Director at