Compassion Over Killing is proud to host the DC VegFest, founded by the Vegetarian Society of DC in 1997 as VegFest DC. This annual FREE vegetarian festival aims to highlight how easy and delicious it is to choose vegetarian foods in and around the nation’s capital.
Reasons to Attend
FREE food samples
The first 1,000 attendees receive a FREE tote bag full of samples and coupons!
More than 130 vendors
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
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
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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.
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.
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."
Wow! We’re blown away by the tremendously positive feedback that continues to pour in! Thank YOU for helping us make this year’s DC VegFest a smashing success. With a bigger location at Yard's Park, came a bigger crowd of about 15,000 people ranging from vegans and vegetarians to those just curious to see what all the fun is about.
Everyone loves free stuff, right? That’s why you should get to the DC VegFest on time (or early): The first 1,000 attendees will take home a free 2014 DC VegFest commemorative bag filled with lots of SWAG.
Our first-ever Barking Lot will offer a festive spot for your canine companions to lap up some water (and some love), make a new friends, and grab a quick snack before going back out to enjoy the rest of the festival. This shaded area will have kiddie pools, toys, some extra leashes, doggie bags, and food provided by our very special Barking Lot sponsor: V-Dog, a California-based all-vegan dog food company.