Arbor Day Festival
Please join us for DC’s first ever Arbor Day Festival: a celebration of trees and people at Oxon Run Park. This is an all ages event where you can enjoy trees through nature walks and bike rides, tree climbing, explore DC’s largest city park, and relax in the shade with live music and food. Local jazz and gogo band, JoGo Project, will perform at 12pm and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. And of course, we will be planting many trees – join us at the top of each hour to help plant a new tree.
Urban Forestry Division is excited to work with many partners at Arbor Day Festival including:
- Capital Bikeshare
- Department of Parks and Recreation
- Department of Energy & Environment
- US Forest Service
- Earth Conservation Corps
- Washington Area Bicyclist Association
- Capital Nature
- Casey Trees
- Friends of Oxon Run Park
- Parks Rx
- EarthJOY Treehouse Adventures
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
All ages are welcome. Tree climbing available for children ages 5-18 and requires waiver signed by parent/guardian, see waiver below.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Participants strongly advised to bike or use public transportation as limited street parking will be available. Event is Metro accessible, use the Congress Heights Metro Station (Green Line), head south on 13th St SE, it’s about a ten minute walk. Several WMATA bus routes are nearby: A6, A7, and W1, W2, W3.
What can I bring into the event?
Participants may bring food and drinks (alcohol is prohibited). Food will be available for purchase at participating food trucks. Participants are encouraged to bring folding chairs for enjoying live music, only limited seating will be available. Shade will be provided by the local trees of Oxon Run Park.
How do I sign up for activities?
All activities are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, you may sign up for activities the day of the Festival. Find our Welcome Booth to sign up for activities such as tree climbing, nature walks, guided bike rides, and wellness tree walks.