Get ready for an early autumn weekend of incredible dance music in the District’s largest downtown green space: The popular 2021 Rock the Park DC music series, produced by the DowntownDC BID in partnership with curators Abby O’Neill and Adrian Loving, is returning to the beautiful Franklin Park on October 8–9, 2022, as the two-day ROCK THE PARK WKNDR festival. Headlined by internationally renowned DJs Kenny Dope and DJ Jazzy Jeff, the free event will feature local performers and DJs from across the country. Attendees can expect to enjoy a combination of live music and DJ sets, and the sounds will cover a wide spectrum of musical genres including jazz, Go-Go, soul, R&B, reggae, hip-hop, electronic and soulful house music. There will also be a beer garden for the 21+ crowd, WKNDR-branded swag items, and more. Be sure to return to this page for future updates. This event will take place even if it rains. (Of course, we hope it does not!)
Please be sure to observe the Franklin Park rules while you’re at the festival:
- Do not smoke or use illegal substances
- Do not consume alcohol outside of designated event or retail space
- Please walk your dog, on a leash, and clean up after it
- Do not vandalize or deface property
- Do not cook, grill, BBQ, or use open flame
- Do not camp
- Do not skateboard, bike, or ride motorized vehicles
- Do not swim or bathe in the fountain
We’re partnering with rideshare service ALTO to make it easier to attend the event: Receive $15 off 2 rides with the promo code ROCKTHEPARK when you book through the ALTO app.
Let us know you’re attending: RSVP here. We’ll see you in Franklin Park!
OCTOBER 8 / 4–10 PM
DJ Geena Marie (Silver Spring, Maryland)
TOB Band (Washington, D.C.)
Charlie Soul Clap (Miami)
Kenny Dope (New York City)
OCTOBER 9 / 4–10 PM
DJ Kamala (New York City)
DJ Spinna (New York City)
DJ Jazzy Jeff (Philadelphia)
ABOUT THE CURATORS
Abby O’Neill (Instagram) is a strategic executive, producer, and tastemaker who has worked in the music business for over 20 years. She has produced content, events, podcasts, and series for that same period of time, and has overseen strategic initiatives for NPR Music for six years. Through her A-list relationships with artists and curation sensibilities, Abby has produced over 75 Tiny Desk Concerts and has transformed the series into the largest and most impactful music performance program in the world with over 1.5B views.
Adrian Loving (Instagram) is an accomplished visual arts educator, cultural historian, and DJ. Over the course of his 20+ year career, Loving has curated art exhibitions and public programming at museums and cultural institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Each experience synthesizes his love and passion for art and music in unique ways to create memorable experiences in creative spaces and on the dance floor.
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