Lotus Festival of Food and Culture



09/12/2023 10:00 am - 09/17/2023 10:00 pm




501-599 I Street NW

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The DowntownDC BID invites you to the Lotus Festival of Food and Culture. For five days, Chinatown Park and the adjacent street will be transformed into an enchanting cultural space featuring a brilliant light display, cultural performances from local talents, wellness activities, a community movie night, and so much more! We’ll close out the week with an epic Asian street food festival in the newly constructed I Street Plaza.

This is a free event made possible by the DC Office of Planning Streets for People grant program and planned in partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA).

Follow the DowntownDC BID on social media for real-time updates. We hope to see you there! Let us know you’re coming: RSVP here.


Tuesday, September 12
6:00–7:00 p.m.: Experience a the vibrant energy of Bollywood through an exhilarating dance class, instructed by Shuchi Buch of Taal Academy of Dance.

Wednesday, September 13
6:00–7:00 p.m.: Enjoy a midweek wind-down with yoga led by Gopi Kinnicutt of Bhakti Yoga.

Thursday, September 14
7:00–10:00 p.m.: Join MOAPIA for community movie night, including free popcorn (while supplies last).

Friday, September 15
Get ready for Park(ing) Day in DowntownDC — a creative extension of Chinatown Park into a repurposed curbside community space.

Saturday, September 16
Closed in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

Sunday, September 17
11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.: Join us for a culinary journey by way of Asia’s street food culture at the week’s finale. The Asian street food festival will feature an eclectic mix of mouthwatering dishes and an amazing lineup of music and performances from lion dancers, DJ Katazui, and Les The DJ.