2019 Events at Turtle Park

Spring Beautification Day ↣ April 27, 2019: Volunteer Event! Spring is finally here and Friendship (“Turtle”) Park needs some love! The Friends of Friendship Park will host a community cleanup and spring beautification day on Saturday, April 27 from 9 to noon at the park, located on the corner of 45th and Van Ness Streets. We’ll pick up trash, collect broken toys, clean up the landscaping and replace mulch and sand where necessary. Please bring your own rake! Coffee and bagels will be provided to volunteers. Stick around after the clean up to enjoy some ice cream, provided by Friends of Friendship Park from 12 to 2pm. If you’re unable to join us on 4/27, you can still help to keep our park beautiful throughout the year by picking up trash when you see it, discarding any broken toys and reporting facilities-related issues to staff at Friendship Recreation Center. Find additional info on our facebook page, on our website ( or by reaching out to a member of the FOFP Board. We hope to see you at the Park on April 27!

May Fair Annual FUNdraiser ↣ May 18, 2019: Fundraising Event! May Fair is Friends of Friendship Park’s ONLY fundraiser. In addition to supporting efforts to beautify and improve the park, proceeds from May Fair enable FOFP to make all our other amazing events FREE! This beloved tradition includes multiple moon bounces and other giant inflatables, pony rides, face painters, balloon twisters, carnival games, a dj and dancing, numerous Food trucks with multiple cuisines and popcorn/cotton candy/sno cones. Thanks to our 2019 sponsors for their generous support, including Susan Jaquet (Platinum Level Sponsor), Katherine Buckley/TTR Sotheby’s (Platinum Level Sponsor), Byrd Smiles, Katherine Martin/McEnearny Associates and Rina Kunk/Compass (Gold Level Sponsors), American University and DC Water (Silver Level Sponsors) and Penski, Irvin & Afshar (Bronze Level Sponsor).

Turtle Park Jazz Project ↣ June 15, 2019: FREE Event! Jugglers Brian Fu and Nathan Bynum will perform at 6pm and the Will Stephens Quintet will take the stage at 6:40pm! Multiple food trucks with a variety of cuisines for purchase! Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy great music in the park with us! Sponsored by American University and presented by Friends of Friendship Park.

Turtle Park Jazz Project ↣ September 7, 2019: FREE Event! Join FOFP from 6 to 8:30 pm for an evening of fun and music at the park. The Michael Sweeney Experience will headline with an opener by Middle C Music Jazz All Stars. Multiple food trucks with a variety of cuisines for purchase! Generously sponsored by Marin Hagan and Sylvia Bergstrom of Coldwell Banker.

Turtle Park Fall Fest + Pop Up Farmer’s Market ↣ October 26, 2019: FREE Event! Explore the farmer’s market (featuring organic produce, cider, pumpkins and baked goods for purchase from New Morning Farms), wear your costume and strut your stuff during our annual Turtle Park Halloween parade at 11am, enjoy live music courtesy of Middle C and decorate a pumpkin! This event is sure to be full of fall fun for all ages! Brought to you by Friends of Friendship Park.

Fall Beautification Day ↣ November 9th, 2019: Volunteer Event! Come help us rake leaves, pick up trash, and beautify Friendship “Turtle” Park before winter comes. Good for community service credits! Coordinated by Friends of Friendship Park.