FREE FESTIVAL: Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11 am to 6 pm – Rain or shine!


Compassion Over Killing is proud to host the annual DC VegFest in the nation’s capital (founded by the Vegetarian Society of DC in 1997). This FREE festival highlights the many benefits and joys of choosing plant-based foods. Join the fun!

The DC VegFest is FREE and open to everyone – as a nonprofit organization, we very much encourage and appreciate donations! Become a supporter today!

Reasons to Attend

  • FREE admission
  • FREE food samples
  • The first 1,000 attendees receive a FREE tote bag full of samples and coupons!
  • More than 130 vendors
  • Beer garden
  • Live music
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Presentations from renowned authors and celebrities
  • More than 15,000 attendees
  • Kids’ activity area
  • Since this is an outdoor event, leashed dogs are welcome! We have a Barking Lot so dogs can have shade and a drink

Attendees Are

  • Curious about veg-eating
  • Shoppers interested in new companies and products
  • Foodies who want to taste what’s fresh and new
  • DC locals looking for a fun and free thing to do
  • Health-conscious and fit
  • Committed to helping animals and the environment
  • Kids, parents, seniors, and students from across the DC Metro area and beyond!


Intersection of N St. SE and First St. SE Washington, DC
Outdoors at Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Lot H/I, across from Nationals Park


Previous Event Images

By Metro: Navy Yard Station (Green line, Half and M St. Exit)

DC VegFest is located one block from the Navy Yard Metro station on the green line. 

Board or transfer to the green line and get off at the Navy Yard station, exiting via the Half and M St. exit. Proceed along Half St. SE until you reach N St SE. Turn left onto N St. and proceed to First St. SE. The venue is located at the corner of First St. and N St. SE, directly across First St. from Nationals Park.

View the walking directions on Google Maps

By Bicycle

Yards Park has bike racks clustered throughout the park, located along Water St SE. Capital Bikeshare is also conveniently located at the corner of First St. and N St. SE and the corner of M St. and New Jersey Ave. SE.

By Car

DC VegFest is a three-minute drive from I-395/Southeast Freeway. 

There is a surface parking lot on 4th St. SE south of Tingey St., and limited metered parking available within a three-block radius of the venue.

Due to limited parking availability, we recommend that people take public transit when possible.

Departing from most points south and west of DC

Take I-395 N across the Francis Case Memorial Bridge and ignore signs to exit on the right to continue along I-395. Instead, proceed forward and get off at the South Capitol St. exit. Merge onto South Capitol St. southbound and proceed three blocks before turning left onto M St. SE. Continue along M St. SE for 4 blocks, then turn right at First St. SE, continuing to the entrance of the festival at First St. SE and N St. SE.

Departing from most points north and east of DC

Take The Baltimore-Washington Parkway South, and continue south as the road becomes DC-295/Anacostia Freeway. Take exit 3-B onto South Capitol St. northbound, and proceed across the Frederick Douglass bridge. Turn right at N St. SE and proceed until you reach First St. SE.

"Since attending DC VegFest, my boyfriend, who is neither vegan nor vegetarian, asks to visit some of the restaurants who were there."

"I am currently vegetarian, working on going vegan. DC VegFest opened me up to a few vegan options that will make it easier."

"I'd been on the fence about going vegan for a while. The community and information I saw at DC VegFest made me decide to finally make the jump from vegetarian to vegan." - Kristen

"I will no longer eat fish after visiting the Fish Feel exhibit at DC VegFest, and I will gradually incorporate more vegan choices into my diet."

"I was really enlightened by all of the vegan options available regarding both restaurants and foods at the grocery store. I had no idea there was so much selection out there, and the DC VegFest really highlighted an area that I don't know much about."

"My mother has since decided to adopt a vegetarian diet after attending DC VegFest. This is mainly based on how informative the event was and because she was exposed to all the different ways you can eat well, while being meat free."


Main Stage

Gene Baur

Author, Co-founder of Farm Sanctaury

Rich Roll

Ultra-Athlete, Author

Jane Velez-Mitchell

Journalist, Editor of

Kids' Area

Elena Johnson

Chef, President of Nourrie Cuisine

Jessica Dimuzio


Brian Ottens

Ask A Vegan Parent Panel


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