The inaugural Petalpalooza presented by Fresh Direct will make its highly anticipated debut at The Wharf, DC’s newest half-mile-long waterfront destination. Formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, Petalpalooza will include interactive art installations, larger-than-life games and activities, live music on three outdoor stages, a roller rink, the Samuel Adams Beer Garden, a spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico, the Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise and much more along the piers of the Southwest Waterfront, the “home of the cherry blossoms.”


Enjoy more than eight energetic hours of live music on three waterfront stages, including the DC Lottery Main Stage, a floating “202 Stage” showcasing DC’s homegrown talent, and an Acoustic Lounge sponsored by Diet Coke. On the Fresh Direct 202 Pier, attendees will let the good times roll in the free roller skating rink, with special roller dancer performances throughout the day.

All are encouraged to release their inner aficionado with SPIN Bike Art, Japanese calligraphy, Gyotaku fish prints, plein air artists, and more. Plus, there will be no shortage of selfie-worthy snapshots, including an interactive “flower-by-numbers” wall sponsored by Diet Coke, life-sized photo frames, and “trick art” immersive optical illusions.

In the beer gardens on the District Pier and Transit Pier, guests can stay hydrated with free samples from LaCroix and Coca-Cola soft drinks for sale. FreshDirect will be giving away special snack packs for attendees, L’Occitane cherry blossom product samples will be distributed from the L’Occitruck, and children can make their own t-shirts with Harbor Patrol. Even four-legged friends can join the festivities with special amenities at Petalpalooza’s Pop-Up Puppy Parklet, sponsored by MARS Petcare.

Of course, the fireworks tradition lives-on, as a dazzling choreographed display of more than 4,000 effects lights-up DC’s night sky above the Washington Channel.