Down in the Reeds Festival is Saturday October 8th! – PoPville

“Down in the Reeds is a day-long Fall celebration and Music Festival. Our 2022 Festival is happening on Saturday October 8th from 11am – 7pm at The Parks at Walter Reed.”
From a press release:
The Down in the Reeds Festival is 2 weeks away! This whole day fall music festival at The Parks at Walter Reed will feature two stages of live music and workshops, an interactive art and music collaboration space, interactive art for the family, lawn games, a live art and murals, a historical scavenger hunt, local art vendors and amazing local food and beverage.
The Festival is FREE but RSVPs are required here.
Main Stage on the Great Lawn
11:30 – 12:30 12:50 – 1:30 1:50 – 2:30 2:30 – 2:45 2:45 – 3:30 3:45 – 4:30 4:45 – 5:30 5:45 – 6:45 DJ/ Emcee
Arts Plaza Stage and Workshops
Plant Music & Yoga w/ Yoga Heights and IMKA
Alison Crockett
Project Locrea
FFC Morenada Bolivia USA Sound of the City
Medicine Singers
Red Baraat
– WPFW’s DJ Abby
12:00-12:40 12:45 – 1:00 1:00 – 1:40 1:55 – 2:30 2:40 – 3:00 3:10 – 3:30 3:45 – 4:20 4:30 – 5:00
WashingtonJazzArtsInstitute-YouthEnsemble. FFC Morenada Bolivia USA
Bele Bele Rhythm Collective
Elements of Light – One Common Unity
House of Musical Traditions Workshop Hands on Drum Workshop
Son La Lucha
Vava United School of Samba
Lucid Gathering Space
12:00 – 5:00pm (near intersection of Cameron and Main under the Oak Tree)
The Lucid District a collection of visual and musical artists will be co curating an artist gathering area with live art, artist vendors, sound baths, the Negritude22 Synesthesia Symposia, spoken word sessions, One Common Unity’s street recording studio and an open musical jam.
FESTIVAL ART & ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES Plant Music and Yoga with Yoga Heights and IMKA
Location: The Main Stage
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Join Yoga Heights for a free yoga class set to etherial Plant music by IMKA from 11:30am-12:30pm, outdoors at the main stage area.
Zenith Community Arts Foundation – The Mobile Woodshop
Location: The Arts Plaza
Time: All Day
Zenith Community Arts Foundation’s (ZCAF) Mobile Woodshop is an experiential classroom on wheels to teach students the fundamentals of woodworking. This unique shop will be set up next to the Arts Plaza during the festival.
By bringing the tools out of the classroom and into communities, attendees can practice their skills, learn with experienced woodworkers and artists, improve their communities by helping with neighbors’ homes or larger neighborhood projects, develop entrepreneurial skills, and foster a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Negritude 22 Synesthesia Symposia
Location: Lucid Gathering Space (near intersection of Cameron and Main St)
Time: 12:30pm and 2:30pm (each workshop approx 30-40 min)
This workshop is centered on working with shapes and colors intuitively. Two musicians (pianist will play a short tune note by note and attendees will assign a shape and color to the note. At the end, the artists will play the song in its entirety while attendees paint their picture and bring it to life.
Negritude 22 is a young Black creative led organization dedicated to boosting artists of all disciplines to wider audiences by creating multi-disciplinary networking events, workshops, art exhibitions, concerts, and so much more. Come be inspired.
The Historic Walter Reed Scavenger Hunt
Location: All Around Campus
Brought to you by Curious Caravan and The Walter Reed Society, this scavenger hunt is fun and educational for the whole family. Just click on the Link below and start your hunt! Historic Scavenger Hunt Link
What began as rural farmland was transformed into the U.S. Army’s flagship medical center serving soldiers wounded in all of America’s wars for over 100 years. Before it closed, history marched through the halls of Walter Reed Army Medical Center where presidents, and privates mingled in their hospital gowns, and whole new fields of medical study were discovered.
With the “Discover Historic Walter Reed Scavenger Hunt,” you’ll learn about the legacy of this pioneering medical center and significant moments in its history as you explore this beautiful campus.
Family Crafts: Make Your Own Musical Instruments
Location: Gazebo
Time: All Day
Celebrate the day’s musical entertainment with your own musical instrument! Join others for a self-guided arts and craft activity to make your own instruments from common, everyday objects. Volunteers will be nearby to assist you. Your one-of-a-kind instrument can be used throughout the festival to bring the power of music right to your fingertips!
Community Mural by Tammy Barnes
Location: Gazebo
Time: All Day
Join your fellow festival-goers to bring to life a large scale visual artwork highlighting percussion instruments and the healing power of music. Our ‘Down in the Reeds’ community mural is led by local muralist, Tammy Barnes, and is geared towards people of all ages. Materials provided and no painting/artistic experience required! The painting starts at 2:30p and will continue until the image is complete. All mural contributors have the opportunity to memorialize their participation with their signature on a plaque that will accompany the mural in its final exhibit space.
Tammy Barnes is a muralist, painter, and upcycle artist who lives and works in Washington, DC. Tammy teaches art to children and youth in the greater Baltimore, MD area at the Chesapeake Arts Center. She is the in-house chalkboard artist for a locally owned and operated bakery in Washington, DC, Bread Furst. Her mural work is featured inside Neval Thomas Elementary in DC’s Ward 7, and in DC area restaurants owned and operated by Tryst Trading Company. She is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Artbae Foundation and is a member of several regional artist societies. Follow Tammy on Instagram @tbarnescreates. (
DC Fray Lawn Games
Location: The Great Lawn
DC Fray will be sponsoring outdoor lawn games for the whole family including Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect4 and Giant Bear Pong.
No Kings Collective Mural
Location: The Great Lawn
No Kings Collective Muralists will be creating a live Down in the Reeds Inspired mural during the festival.
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Refreshments: Topo Chico, Lost Sock Roasters, ANXO Cider (and wine), Atlas Brew Works
Food Trucks and Eats: Takoma Station Wingery Truck, Bun’d Up, Halal Grill, Tacoone DC, Shuck Shack Corn Truck, Crazy Scoops Ice Cream”
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