Past Event

June 22

Home Rule Music Festival

June 22, 12-9pm Add to Calendar

The Home Rule Music Festival is a family-friendly event focused on the music and culture of Washington, DC. On Saturday, June 22, Gary Bartz, Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids, Rare Essence, Black Alley, Vanessa Rubin, Dupont Brass Band, and the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers will perform at The Parks at Walter Reed from 12 pm to 9 pm. These legendary jazz artists and musicians will enliven the Great Lawn, with a plethora of fun activities including a record fair, local food trucks, craft beverages, and mural painting, and designated kids zone will make for a full afternoon as attendees enjoy electrifying live music from both legendary and emerging jazz and go-go artists.

General admission for the festival on June 22 is free. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available. The full schedule and lineup is available now at

Date: June 22, 12 pm to 9 pm
The Great Lawn at The Parks at Walter Reed – Map 1301 Main Drive NW to walk or bike into the site.

Road Closure: Main Drive will be closed on Saturday, June 22 from 10 am to 10 pmAbrams Hall and SOME residents and visitors will only have vehicular access from 16th Street during this time. Festival attendees should park in the Marketplace Garage or walk/bike into the site. No parking will be allowed on Main Drive. See the map below.

Parking: Parking is available at the Marketplace Garage near Whole Foods Market. Map 1155 Dahlia Street NW and follow the pink parking signs. The garage is accessible from entrances at Georgia Avenue and Dahlia Street NW, or Georgia Avenue and Elder Street NW. Park in the garage and walk one block down 12th Street to the Great Lawn (map 1301 Main Drive NW to walk there). ADA ramps are available on either side of the Great Lawn. See map below.

Performing Artists:
Gary Bartz
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
The New Doug Carn Sextet
Vanessa Rubin
Rare Essence
Black Alley
Bella Donna
The Experience Band and Show
JoGo Project
Malcolm X Drummers & Dancers
DuPont Brass Band
and more…

The Home Rule Music Festival is produced by the Home Rule Music and Film Preservation Foundation, a DC-based nonprofit 501(c)3 multi-media arts and education organization with a mission to promote, support and preserve DC music and film through performance, education, and advocacy. The event is supported by The Parks at Walter Reed Owner’s Association and others. 

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