Two festivals are coming to RFK Campus

Today is the first day of the National Cannabis Festival, which has grown into a two-day event. The festival celebrates progress in cannabis legalization in the District and across the country with concert performances, exhibitions and vendors.

On Friday, April 19, Thundercat will headline the show, with gates opening at 3 p.m. The show ends at 10 p.m. 12,000 visitors are expected on day one. On Saturday, April 20, Wu-Tang Clan with Redman will headline the final night. The event time for day two is from 11am to 10pm and 20,000 visitors are expected.

But there’s more: next week, Project GLOW returns for a third year, on Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28. The event features some of EDM’s biggest headliners. On both days, doors open at 1:00 PM and end at 11:00 PM, with an expected number of visitors of 20,000 for both days.

In the past, these events have been the subject of intense community concern; in 2022, the DMV heard a lot about Project Glow because of an inversion: an increase in air temperature with altitude. That pocket of warm air acted as a ceiling against which the sound bounced; it meant the EDM festival could be heard more than three miles away.

Direct telephone line

This year, Events DC has set up a direct phone line for the community to call about their concerns, from traffic to trash: call 202-249-3400. (Events DC reminds people to call 911 for emergencies).

Events DC says the direct line will be staffed and there will be an outdoor festival every day an hour before the gates open and an hour after they close.

Due to the two festivals, The Fields at RFK will be closed to the public on Friday April 19, Saturday April 20, Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28. The entrance to the festival is located at the pavilion.

Fencing has been installed around the Anacostia River Trail, Independence Avenue and C Street. During event days, there will be temporary access closures around Lots 5, 7 (near Field 3) and 8. However, access points to the course will remain open from The Fields (between Fields 1, 2 and 3) and Benning Rd.

You can expect high volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic around RFK Campus during event times and until at least 11 p.m. on both days. Events DC says MPD Special Operations Division and DDOT Traffic Control Officers will be stationed around campus to manage traffic and crosswalks.

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