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

To receive event updates in your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media. In addition to Friends’ events, the National Park Service offers regular ranger-led programs and a Junior Ranger program.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
  1. 03 Sep

    Forest Bathing at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (through Oct)

    September 3 @ 10:00 am - November 27 @ 11:30 am
  2. 04 Sep

    Tai Chi at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (through Sept)

    September 4 @ 5:00 pm - October 23 @ 11:00 am
  3. 23 Oct

    October 23 Volunteer Event

    October 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Annual Events

Summer & Fall Concerts

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 line up!

For more information, please contact our Director, Tina, at

Lotus & Lily Festival

Celebrate nature, culture, and community at the annual Lotus & Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in mid-July. This year’s celebration has been cancelled due to COVID-19, but we hope to celebrate together next year!

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! For complete details visit

Photography Contest

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.