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Where and When is the Event?

DC VegFest will be held on Lot H/I at Yards Park on Saturday, October 3. Find more event information and directions.

What Time is the Event & What is the Schedule?

The event starts at 11:00 a.m. with the first speaker going on stage at 11:20 a.m. The event ends at 6:00 p.m.

Check out the full day’s schedule. We’ll also have free programs available at the Info Booth and schedules posted throughout the event.

NOTE: We will be giving out free bags at the Info Booth (under the Yards Park canopy), starting at 11:00 a.m., to the first 1,000 people in line. Bags will not be given out before 11:00 a.m.

If you don’t want to wait in line for a bag, you’re welcome to walk right into the festival at 11 a.m. – it’s a free event and there is no need to check in at the Info Booth.

How Do I Get There? By Car, Metro, or Bus?

This year’s event will be held at the intersections of N St. and First St. SE directly across First St. from Nationals Stadium. Use of public transportation is highly recommended. The Navy Yard station on the Green Line is the closest Metro stop.

Please see our directions page for a map, driving directions, parking, and Metro information.

For more on getting to Yards Park, check the park website.

Where Can I Park My Car or Bike?

Cars: Use of public transportation is highly recommended. The DC VegFest does not provide any parking space. You can look for available street parking or garages in the area. For more on getting to Yards Park, check the park website.

Bikes: The 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.

How Much Does the Event Cost?

It’s free!

Everyone is welcome at the DC VegFest, and we strongly encourage you to bring along your meat-eating (a.k.a. vegetarian-to-be) friends.

Can I Bring My Dog?

Yup! Four-legged friends are allowed, though they should be kept on a leash at all time.

At the event, you’ll find a designated Barking Lot offering water, treats, and clean-up bags.

Will There Be Activities for Kids?

Absolutely! We’ll have a special kids’ area tent featuring yoga, games, crafts, Ask-A-Vegan Family, kid-friendly cooking demonstration, and more. Bring along the whole family!

Will there be DC VegFest Commemorative Merchandise for Sale?

We will be selling our custom DC VegFest green tees at the Info Booth for $20 each. To learn more about the tees, see our pre-order sales page. We will also be selling empty DC VegFest commemorative tote bags for $5 each.

Is There an ATM Nearby? Will Vendors Take Cash Only?

There will be ATMs on site, and there is a USAA ATM inside the CVS located at 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE two blocks away from the festival.  Some vendors will also accept credit cards, though it’s up to each vendor –  we suggest bringing cash just in case.

What Happens If It Rains?

The DC VegFest is an outdoor event — rain or shine! The event will continue as planned unless weather poses a threat to the safety of our guests.

What Food Will Be Vegan (meat-, egg-, dairy-free)?

Everything will be vegan. This vegetarian celebration is 100% meat-, egg-, and dairy-free — even the dog treats!  You’ll also find several gluten-free options available at various vendors.

More details on the wide variety of food available.

Will There Be Free Drinking Water Available?

Yes! The DC VegFest will provide a filtered water fountain station. Feel free to bring your reusable water bottle to fill up or get a water bottle or Zevia calorie-free soda at the Info booth for a $1 donation!

Will There Be Sign Language Interpreters at the Event?

Yes! The DC VegFest has partnered with Maldon Language Interpreters to have interpreters at the main stage throughout the day! Maldon will also have interpreters at the festival Info Booth to assist guests.

If I'm Registered as an Exhibitor, Where Can I Find Details?

Please check out our Exhibitor Information Page for all the information you’ll need!

Is it too late to Sign Up as an Exhibitor?

We’ve got more than 130 exhibitors signed up!  Our space filled up quickly, and exhibitor registration is now closed.

How Do I Get a Free DC VegFest Commemorative Tote Bag?

Starting at 11 a.m., we are giving away 1,000 DC VegFest commemorative tote bags loaded with samples and offers from our sponsors and exhibitors — we don’t expect these bags to last long, so be sure to get there on time for your chance to take one home! The bags will be given away at the Info Booth (under the Yards Park canopy), and we’ll be forming a line along the sidewalk for anyone who shows up early.

Want a bag, but don’t want to wait in line? Become a DC VegFest Carrot Top or Celery Root Supporter before Friday, 9/19 and we’ll reserve a bag for you!

We will also be selling empty DC VegFest commemorative tote bags for $5 after we have given away the 1,000 goodie bags.

Is There a Map of the Event?

We’ll have large maps posted throughout the venue. It is also posted online.

Where Can I Pick Up My DC VegFest Supporter Gifts?

If you generously signed up as a DC VegFest Supporter, you can stop by the Info Booth (under the Yards Park canopy) anytime from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. to pick up your gifts. Your name will be on our Supporters list.

Can I Get Alerts for When the Speakers Are Starting?

Absolutely. Please follow DC VegFest on Twitter to get up-to-the-minute alerts about speakers and other activities taking place at the festival.

How do I purchase DC VegFest Bucks?

That’s right – DC VegFest has its own currency! This year, the bucks aren’t being sold widely, but they are available as a special thank you to our Carrot Top Supporters. Become a supporter to get your own DC VegFest Bucks to redeem with restaurant vendors at the festival!