Things to Do

Beyond amazing restaurants and shops, The Wharf offers countless things to do and see—on and off the water. Take a stroll along the piers, rent a kayak to paddle past some of DC’s most famous attractions, or catch a concert at The Anthem. And don’t forget to check out our upcoming events to plan your visit.

Events at The Wharf

From national festivals to regional favorites to local gatherings, The Wharf is host to a fantastic lineup of events in Washington, DC.

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Music & Nightlife

Check out a music and bar scene unlike any other in the District, from our concert halls to a wide variety of live music at many of our restaurants to outdoor gigs.

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Parks & Piers

Explore our ten acres of parks, open green spaces, a stunning village green, and four distinct public piers along our waterfront.

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Water Activities

At The Wharf, you can enjoy the waterfront any way you like, from sailing and kayaking to cruises up and down the Potomac.

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Fitness & Recreation

The Wharf offers myriad ways to continue your active lifestyle, from onsite gyms to water activities to nearby parks and trails.

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Activities for Kids

Discover games, piers, parks, and lots of other places to explore for (safe) waterfront adventures.

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Water Taxi & Jitney

Introducing one of the most convenient ways to view the city and get to destinations on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers: our new water taxi and jitney.

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Marinas & Market Docks

Whether you want to find a slip for your yacht, dock for the day, or just admire the boats, our scenic marinas are worth the visit.

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The Fish Market

Explore the nation’s oldest continuously operating open-air fish market for some fresh seafood or to pick up the catch of the day to cook at home.

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Shopping

Enjoy the District’s most scenic shopping venue and browse the stores and boutiques for one-of-a-kind finds and more.

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Dining

Sample Washington, DC’s most exciting collection of restaurants, featuring nationally renowned chefs and local favorites.

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Nearby Attractions

The Wharf is centrally located to the monuments and museums along the National Mall, as well as countless other cultural points of interest in DC.

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Featured Event

The District's Holiday Boat Parade

calendar icon Dec. 1, 2018
clock icon 6pm – 9pm
map marker icon Entire Site

Join us as we celebrate the holidays and see the beautifully decorated boats pass by. Get into the spirit as you decorate cookies and craft your own boat. Warm up by our fire pit and visit our lighted Christmas Tree. Go ice skating and sample winter drinks at our Waterfront Wine & Beer Garden. And bring the whole family to meet Santa and make memories during this annual DC tradition.