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Will there be food?
Many of our exhibitors will be giving away product samples at their tables. In addition, check out the Co-op Cafe to learn about food co-ops and grocery products you can choose as a consumer!
Is this a family-friendly event?
Yes, there will be activities for young children on site, including the Organic Valley Kids Zone and Principle Park! The Co-op Festival will also have a reunification tent on site staffed by a detective to facilitate family reunification in case anyone gets lost.
Will there be entertainment?
What facilities will be on site?
There will be portable restrooms located to the north side of the Festival along Madison Avenue. Please note that the National Mall is outdoors and exposed to sun, wind, ambient temperature and rain. Plan to drink plenty of water throughout the day, rest in the shade and protect yourself from the sun.
Yes, there is a dedicated first aid tent located on the western side of the Co-op Festival, across 12th Street NW. The Co-op Festival also has a health and medical safety plan in place that includes emergency operations in the event of inclement weather, shelter in place or terrorism.
Will there be first aid on site?
On-street parking in the busiest areas of the city is restricted during morning and evening rush hours (Monday through Friday, 7 – 9:30 a.m. and 4 – 6:30 p.m.). There are many free parking spaces near the National Mall along Constitution Ave. and Independence Ave., and along Madison and Jefferson Drives in front of the Smithsonian museums, but they usually fill quickly. Keep in mind that most of the free on-street parking is restricted to two hours.
The best way to get around the downtown area and especially around the National Mall area is to take advantage of public transportation. If you choose to park in a parking garage or public parking lot in the downtown area, you should expect a healthy walk to the Washington Monument grounds.
Where can I park?
Yes, Smithsonian metro station is the nearest, but several other stations on the Red, Silver, Blue and Orange lines are within a walkable distance. Visit WMATA for information on public transit options, rates and schedules.
Is the event Metro accessible?
Yes, but dogs must be on a leash at all times on the National Mall.