In fewer than 30 days, the Southwest Waterfront’s most exciting project and Washington, D.C.’s biggest development under construction is expected to make its big debut. The Wharf is a $2 billion project that is expected to offer two new music venues, a park, a variety of retailers including Politics & Prose, a hotel, two new apartment buildings, and much more.
To kick off the project, there are plans for a multitude of food events, fun activities, and fireworks, starting October 12. For those who want to celebrate the project in style, see what to expect below:
Thursday, October 12
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
On one of The Wharf’s piers, the District Pier, there will be an opening ceremony to celebrate the big debut of the $2 billion project.
Fireworks will light up the sky. Sure, it’s the daytime, but just enjoy it.
12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Throughout the day, there will be a variety of live music performances and entertainment. The stage areas will include District Pier, Transit Pier, Sutton Square, Pearl Street, Blair Alley Fountain, and 7th Street Park.
The performers will include the Children’s Chorus of Washington, Eastern High School Second Line Band, Oh He Dead, Emma G, and The String Queens. There will also be fire performers and paddle board excursions.
At District Pier, the headliner happy hour concert will feature The Bacon Brothers. See one of their live performances below.
Another set of fireworks will light up the sky.
Friday, October 13
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
At the following stage areas, expect live music and entertainment all day long: District Pier, Transit Pier, Sutton Square, Pearl Street, Blair Alley Fountain, and 7th Street Park.
Some of the performances will include the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., and the Wil Gravatt Band. There will also be yoga and s’mores at The Wharf fire pit.
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
At the District Pier, expect the headliner concert to be Go Go Gadjet. For a sneak peek at their performance, check out the video below.
Saturday, October 14
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, some of the bands that will be featured include the Aztec Sun Band and Wil Gravatt Band. Every live music performance will be situated at District Pier, Transit Pier, Sutton Square, Pearl Street, Blair Alley Fountain, and 7th Street Park.
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
At the District Pier, the all-90s band White Ford Bronco will perform as part of the outdoor headliner concert. For a preview, check out the video below.
Sunday, October 15
Families should definitely give this event a look as the Rocknoceros Kids’ Band will perform. There will also be fun activities planned at this time.
According to The Wharf’s website, the development will undergo a blessing at District Pier by the Ecumenical Service.
12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
At this point, there will be live music performers, which will include Laissez Foure and La Unica. The performers will be at these locations: District Pier, Transit Pier, Sutton Square, Pearl Street, Blair Alley Fountain, and 7th Street Park.
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For the final headliner, The Wharf plans on featuring Howard University’s Howard Gospel Choir at District Pier.
It’s not over yet. At this point, there will be another set of fireworks. Be sure to visit at this time to see the lights paint the sky.