Kickoff Celebration

calendar icon Oct. 12, 2017 – Oct. 15, 2017
Event Hours
Thursday: 11am - 9pm
Friday: 10am - 10pm
Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sunday: 9am - 6:30pm

Mark your calendar for four days of live music, fabulous food, and fun at the Southwest Waterfront as we celebrate the long-awaited opening of The Wharf. The District’s biggest neighborhood event will feature free live entertainment and headliner bands, restaurant openings from DC’s hottest chefs, debuts of iconic shops, and lots of waterside activities and games—concluding both Thursday and Sunday with sunset fireworks.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

11:00am – 12:00pm / Opening Ceremony
District Pier

12:00pm / Daytime Fireworks

12:00 – 9:00pm / Live Music & Entertainment
Stage Areas at District Pier, Transit Pier, Sutton Square, Pearl Street, Blair Alley Fountain, and 7th Street Park

5:00pm / Headliner Happy Hour Concert featuring The Bacon Brothers
District Pier

6:30pm / Sunset Fireworks

Join Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, DC officials, community leaders, and special guests as we officially open The Wharf to the public. Then explore our iconic new restaurants and neighborhood shops. Enjoy live music and entertainment. Participate in community activities throughout The Wharf neighborhood—and don’t miss the waterfront fireworks at sunset.

Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect:

Children’s Chorus of Washington / Duke Ellington School of the Arts / Eastern High School Second Line Band / Oh He Dead / Emma G / Fire Performers / Buskers / Art Wheels / Kevin Pedini / The String Queens / Paddle Board Excursions

Friday, October 13, 2017

10:00am – 10:00pm / Live Music & Entertainment
Stage Areas at District Pier, Transit Pier, Sutton Square, Pearl Street, Blair Alley Fountain, and 7th Street Park

6:00 – 7:30pm / Outdoor Headliner Concert by Go Go Gadjet
District Pier

Join us for a full day of celebrating as we commemorate the opening of The Wharf. Visit our many new restaurants and shops. And enjoy live music, entertainment, buskers, and games throughout this waterfront neighborhood.

Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect:

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC / Wil Gravatt Band / Tom Lagana / Austin Ellis / Batala╠ü Washington / Pebble to Pearl / Buskers / Silent Disco / Art Wheels / Bubble Artists / Yoga on the Pier / S’mores at The Wharf fire pit

Saturday, October 14, 2017

10:00am – 9:00pm / Live Music & Entertainment
Stage Areas at District Pier, Transit Pier, Sutton Square, Pearl Street, Blair Alley Fountain, and 7th Street Park

6:00 – 7:30pm / Outdoor Headliner Concert by White Ford Bronco
District Pier

Come celebrate The Wharf on its opening weekend. Saturday is filled with activities, live music, entertainment, buskers, and games all along the waterfront. Take some time to explore the neighborhood’s new shops, and sample The Wharf ’s new restaurants by DC’s best chefs.

Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect:

Yoga on the Pier / Jimi Smooth & HitTime / Aztec Sun Band / Wil Gravatt Band / Culture Shock DC Dancers / Cecily / Sticks + Bars Youth Marimba Ensemble / The Great Zucchini / Reptiles Alive / Dragon Boat Experience / Art Wheels / Michael Rossman

Sunday, October 15, 2017

10:00am / Morning Activities with Rocknoceros Kids’ Band

11:00am / Blessing of The Wharf
Ecumenical Service, District Pier

12:00pm – 6:30pm / Live Music & Entertainment
Stage Areas at District Pier, Transit Pier, Sutton Square, Pearl Street, Blair Alley Fountain, and 7th Street Park

5:00 – 6:30pm / Headliner Concert by Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University
District Pier

6:30pm / Sunset Fireworks

Join us for the final day of The Wharf ’s kickoff weekend celebration. Rock out to live music. Savor foods from our celebrity chefs at their exciting restaurants. Search for retail treasures at our new shops. And enjoy everything The Wharf has to offer—concluding with a fireworks finale at sunset.

Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect:

Yala Fitness Class with Laurent Amzallag / La Unica / Amy Andrews / Kayak Experience / The Wharf’s Kickoff Art Exhibition / Laissez Foure / Art Wheels / Buskers / Kites on Recreation Pier / S’mores at The Wharf fire pit

*Some events and times may change

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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