Calendar of Events

Volunteer with us and help the Gardens reach its vast potential as an recreational, educational, and scenic resource. Please register online here. Questions? Contact Tina at or 202-494-0456.

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July 15 Annual Water Lily & Lotus Festival

Join us for the park's signature summer event - The Water Lily & Lotus Festival! We'll have music, cultural arts and crafts, live animal exhibit for kids and more! The lotus will be in full bloom and we'll need volunteers to work 2-3 hour shifts throughout the day to help with set-up & take down, organize events, and orient visitors. Please register here:

Date Time
Saturday, July 15 10am – 4pm

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July 22 Lotus Jazz Night

Join us for our second annual Lotus Jazz Night! Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, National Capital Parks-East and the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative are hosting a Lotus Jazz Night featuring incredible live jazz at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to celebrate the end of this year's week-long Water Lily and Lotus Festival. Bring family, friends, and a blanket and picnic to enjoy this amazing show along with the jaw-dropping backdrop of the pink American lotus.

Date Time
Saturday, July 22 5:00pm – 7pm

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September 10 Volunteer Day - National Day of Service and Remembrance for 9/11

Join us as we partner with the Student Conservation Association to commemorate the 9/11 National Day of Service and Rememberance at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. At this special event we'll be cutting lotus for removal later in the month, removing invasive plants and prepping the gardens for the fall season. FREE lunch and t-shirts for all volunteers. Register to join us at to complete the online volunteer waiver. QUESTIONS: Contact Roland Richardson, SCA Events Coordinator, or 703-842-4234.

Date Time
Sunday, September 10 9:30 – 2pm

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Sept 23 National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event

Join us as we partner with the National Environmental Education Foundation to celebrate National Public Lands Day! For this premiere service event 200 plus volunteers will assist with the removal of cut lotus from the park's ponds as well as a variety of other park improvement projects including transplanting perennials, removing invasive species, and picking up litter from 9am-1pm, including lunch in the picnic grove. SSL credits can be earned. Please register here: Please contact Tina O'Connell at with questions.

Date Time
Saturday, September 23 9am – 1pm

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Oct 28 Saturday Volunteer Event

Now that fall has arrived, it is time to begin putting the gardens to bed for the winter. Volunteers will help the gardens' staff winterize the plants and grounds or take a last swipe at litter and invasives. SSL credits can be earned. To register, sign up here: Please contact Tina O'Connell at with questions.

Date Time
Saturday, October 28 9am – 12pm

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Nov 11 Veteran's Day of Service

Come celebrate Veteran's Day by giving back! We will spend the morning removing cut lotus lotus, invasive plants, picking up trash, planting native plants, and performing other park projects. Individuals and groups welcome! SSL credits can be earned. Please register here: Please contact Tina O'Connell at with questions.

Date Time
Saturday, November 11 10am – 12pm

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