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The Wharf Boathouse

The temperatures are heating up, so cool off on the water this weekend. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board from The Wharf Boathouse on Recreation Pier and venture out onto the water with your family and friends. 

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Bloomaroo Rescheduled

Due to the National Weather Service Advisory for High Winds on Saturday, April 1, Bloomaroo has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 2, 2023.

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Cherry Blossom Season

The Wharf has an incredible front-row seat to the cherry blossom trees in East Potomac Park. This spring, admire the blooms as they reflect off the water while you enjoy blossom-inspired treats and gifts from our businesses.

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Water Taxi

The Water Taxi is back, with service to Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria & National Harbor! Check out the Water Taxi schedule and purchase a ticket with City Experiences. 

Water taxi schedule

Valentine's Day Offerings

Love is in the air! Celebrate Valentine's Day with a date-night on the waterfront. Many restaurants at The Wharf are celebrating with special prix fixe menus. Don't forget to pick up a gift at one of our shops. 

Valentine's Day


Camp Wharf has transformed into Camp WAFF, a partnership between The Wharf and Washington Gas to benefit WAFF—the Washington Area Fuel Fund. Enjoy a s'more at Camp WAFF and donate to help people in need heat their homes.

S'more Info

Capitals Winter at The Wharf

Fans and hockey newcomers alike can enjoy all the Capitals décor on display at The Wharf this winter including our Rock the Rink skate viewing parties on 1/11 and 2/11.

Rock the Rink

Operation Ride Home

The Wharf is honored to partner with Jack Daniel's for Operation Ride Home, a program that helps bring junior military members home for the holidays. 

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District's Holiday Boat Parade

Join us on December 3, 2022 for the 30th Anniversary of the District's Holiday Boat Parade presented by Washington Gas, a WGL company. 

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Gordon Ramsay at The Wharf

Chef Gordon Ramsay came to The Wharf to check out the newly-opened Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The Wharf and compete in a friendly cooking competition.

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Wharf It Up

Join us on October 12 for Wharf It Up, a free celebration of the five-year anniversary of The Wharf's grand-opening, and the completion of the waterfront neighborhood featuring live music, pop-up entertainment, & fireworks.


DC Burger Battle Giveaway

Head to The Wharf's Instragram (@thewharfdc) to learn how to win free tickets to the DC Burger Battle at The Wharf on August 4, 2022.

Official Rules

Sunset Cinema at The Wharf

Join us on Thursdays along the waterfront for Sunset Cinema at The Wharf—free outdoor movies on the Transit Pier big screen, presented by Pacifico Beer. 

2022 Movie Lineup

Fourth at The Wharf

Celebrate the Fourth of July at The Wharf with a free celebration on District Pier presented by Smirnoff Red White and Berry. The celebration includes a bar, music, and spectacular views of the National Park Service fireworks launched from the National Mall.

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Strong Dads DC

View our full photo album from Strong Dads DC at The Wharf, our Father's Day celebration on Sunday, June 19. 

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Queer Beer Festival

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the Queer Beer Festival at The Wharf presented by Hop Culture and New Belgium Brewing.

Giveaway Rules

Sip and Sail DC

Sip and Sail your way around the Potomac aboard Cru Classé, a 47 foot luxury sailing yacht. Enjoy monumental views with wine and light bites while docked at the Day Docks at The Wharf Marina, or set sail onto the Potomac. 

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Running of the Chihuahuas

DC's funniest Cinco de Mayo celebration returns to The Wharf for a day of fun and festivities. The highlight of the day is the 10th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas.

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Tall Ship Providence

Tall Ship Providence relocates to The Wharf for the 2022 cruise season due to construction on a new, permanent heritage center for Alexandria's tall ship. Visit the Providence at the Day Docks at The Wharf Marina through fall 2022. 

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The Wharf Boathouse

The Wharf Boathouse reopens for the season on March 19. Whether you want to rent a kayak to get away from it all or get all your friends onto paddleboards for the first time, we have ways for everyone to enjoy a day out on the water. 

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Ireland at The Wharf

We’re bringing the luck of the Irish to the waterfront with our Ireland at The Wharf festival! Enjoy all the fun of a true Irish festival with Guinness beer, whiskey, bands and bagpipers.

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Mardi Gras Parade

We're bringing New Orleans to DC! Come celebrate Mardi Gras with a free community-wide extravaganza featuring a lively parade down Wharf Street, a dance party with live music on District Pier, and a special fireworks finale.

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"MI-E DOR DE TINE" Artwork

A large neon artwork showing the words “MI-E DOR DE TINE” (“I MISS YOU” in direct translation from Romanian) will be visible at The Wharf through March 21. The exhibition is dedicated to the Romanian diaspora living in the D.C. Area.

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Wharf Winter Games

Join us on February 12, 2022 for Wharf Winter Games. Compete in multiple disciplines, from pin the tail on the Husky to ice corn hole and curling, and sign up for the one-of-a-kind Wharfarod sled races. 

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Ice Skating Giveaway

Head to The Wharf's Instagram (@thewharfdc) to learn how to win a free pair of Ice Skating Passes at The Wharf Ice Rink.

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Date & Skate

Celebrate the month of love with Date & Skate at The Wharf. Throughout the month of February, guests who spend $25 or more at a restaurant at The Wharf can receive $2 off each regular priced adult admissions at The Wharf Ice Rink on the same day.

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New Businesses

Read more about the nine new businesses opening when Phase 2 of the neighborhood is completed in 2022.

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Curling & Cocktails

Looking for a fun way to spend some time outside this winter? Join us for a free, friendly game of curling! The Canadian game marries hockey and shuffleboard for a low-pressure evening on the ice.

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Operation Ride Home

The Wharf is honored to partner with Jack Daniel's for Operation Ride Home, a program that helps bring junior military members home for the holidays. 


Capitals at The Wharf

The Wharf and the Washington Capitals have teamed up to present Capitals at The Wharf. Through February, stop by the firepit in District Square and The Wharf Ice Rink to enjoy Capitals-themed décor and specials. 


District's Holiday Boat Parade

Celebrate the holidays at The District's Holiday Boat Parade on December 4th. Join The Wharf for live music, pictures with Santa, beer, wine and whiskey garden, and so much more. 


The Wharf Ice Rink Returns

Enjoy one of the coolest spots on the waterfront—The Wharf Ice Rink opens to the public on November 24th. Bring your own skates or rent some rink-side and glide on the District’s first over-water ice rink located on Transit Pier.


Oktoberfest at The Wharf

It’s that time of year—put on your dirndl or lederhosen, grab your Dachshund, and head to The Wharf to celebrate Oktoberfest—including the return of the Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash!


Where to Shuck Oysters

It's oyster season and The Wharf has the best seafood restaurants in DC. Check out our list of the best places to slurp oysters at The Wharf.

Oyster Roundup

Southwest Shuttle

The Wharf offers a SW Neighborhood Shuttle that is free and open to the public. With daily service and 10-minute headways, it’s easy and convenient to take the shuttle between The Wharf to the National Mall, with stops at L’Enfant Plaza Metro and the International Spy Museum.

Shuttle Hours

National Dog Day

If you’re planning a trip to The Wharf and would like to bring your pup along too, have no fear, there are plenty of dog-friendly places to visit and things to do while you are here.

Dog-friendly Things to Do

Summer Restaurant Week

Discover which restaurants at The Wharf are participating in the Summer 2021 Metropolitan Restaurant Week with to-go and dine-in options.

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Sunset Cinema

Join us every Thursday evening for Sunset Cinema at The Wharf—free outdoor movies on Transit Pier. 

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The Fish Market

Jessie Taylor Seafood at the Municipal Fish Market offers fresh or cooked seafood: heaping bushels of blue crab, shucked oysters, clams, shrimp, and freshly caught fish. 

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Weddings at The Wharf

Plan your dream wedding at The Wharf. The Wharf has everything you need on site–event spaces, hotels, restaurants, and even hair and makeup! Let us help you plan your special day. 

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Bike to Work Day

With many people working from home, we invite you to bike to The Wharf pit stop for your morning coffee and quick breakfast or meet some friends for an evening ride and visit our restaurants. 

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Mother's Day Giveaway

Mother, teacher, office manager—more than ever before, Moms have been doing it all and we want to give one lucky mom a break from the routine this Mother's Day! Share a picture of you and your mom and be entered to win her a getaway weekend at The Wharf.

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Community Water Cleanup

The Wharf re-established DC as a waterfront city. In partnership with our boating community, we are celebrating Earth Day with our Washington Channel water cleanup on April 25, 2021.

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Market Docks & Day Docks

Our docks are open! Cruise along the Washington Channel to view the cherry blossom trees in East Potomac Park by boat. Then, steer over to our Day Docks for a few hours, or to our Market Docks for an overnight stay.

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Bloomaroo at The Wharf

Celebrate spring at the Home of the Cherry Blossoms! Join The Wharf for Bloomaroo—three weeks of cherry blossom-themed activations and specials.

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International Women's Day Mural

In partnership with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) and the Italian-inspired culinary collective Officina, The Wharf unveiled a large-scale, outdoor crochet art installation of US Vice President Kamala Harris in celebration of International Women’s Day. 

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Black History Month Murals

In honor of Black History Month, The Wharf has unveiled new window murals featuring portraits of important African American figures who have made an impact on our neighborhood and on our nation.

Learn the history

The Wharf Torch

“Branch Twist Fire Sculpture” (2017), located at the end of Recreation Pier, is a custom 14-foot high flaming sculpture. Take your photo at the torch and tag @thewharfdc.

See The Wharf Map

Holiday Shopping

It's too late to ship, but not too late to shop! 🎁 Pick up last-minute gifts from the local businesses at The Wharf!

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Holiday Movies at The Wharf

Celebrate the season with Holiday Movies at The Wharf presented by T-Mobile benefiting USO-Metro. Gather around your own personal fire pit to watch your favorite holiday movies on the big screen.

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The Chopsmith Breakfast

The Chopsmith breakfast sandwich is loaded with bacon, eggs, spinach, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes. 

Check out Chopsmith’s newly revamped breakfast menu, now featuring omelets, at 11 District Square SW.

Check out the Menu

New: Surfside at The Wharf

Much-beloved DC restaurant Surfside has opened its newest location at The Wharf. View the menu and order now!

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Moon Rabbit

Chef Kevin Tien's heralded new modern Vietnamese restaurant just opened at The Wharf and reservations are going fast. Book your table now!

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Where to Watch Football

Football season is in full force! Check out which restaurants at The Wharf are playing the games on their television screens this season. 

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Oktoberfest at The Wharf

Visit the restaurants and shops at The Wharf on Saturday, October 3rd for a day of German inspired food, festivities, and fun at our restaurants and shops. 

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Hustle at The Wharf

Sign up for Sunny Mae's Hustle at The Wharf, a series of outdoor spin and fitness classes on the pier.

Hustle at The Wharf

Affordable Eats

Check out our full list of restaurants and eateries at The Wharf that offer affordable meals and light bites for under $10. 

Affordable Meals

Happy Hour

Take a look at which restaurants at The Wharf are offering happy hour and summer specials. 

Happy Hour & Summer Specials

Summer Restaurant Week

Check out which restaurants at The Wharf are participating in this summer's Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week!

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Sunset Cinema

Sign up now for a private cabana at the outdoor movie.

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Truly Tuesday Yoga

Sign up now for evening yoga on the waterfront.

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District's Holiday Boat Parade

Celebrate the holidays at The District's Holiday Boat Parade on December 4th. Join The Wharf for live music, pictures with Santa, beer, wine and whiskey garden, and so much more. 


Furry Friends

Spend the day at The Wharf with your furry 4-legged friend. Play fetch in Waterfront Park, then head over to Recreation Pier to watch the boats come in. When the pup gets hungry, stop by Shake Shack for a Pooch-ini treat, then District Doughnut to get yourself something sweet.⁣

Try the Pooch-ini at Shake Shack

Rosé All Day

Shop for wine, craft beer, and local spirits at Cordial at The Wharf.

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If you want to get away this summer, but don’t want to travel far, book a staycation at The Wharf! Our three hotels, Canopy by Hilton, Hyatt House, and InterContinental, are open and awaiting your arrival. ⁣⁣⁣

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A Beautiful Closet

Pamela Sofola, owner of A Beautiful Closet, is ready to welcome you back in-store to shop—along with many other businesses at The Wharf. ⁣

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