The Yards Park
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Hold An Event

We appreciate your interest in holding an event in the Capitol Riverfront! The online Event Inquiry Form must be completed and submitted for the Parks Event Team to determine whether Yards Park, Canal Park or adjacent lots in the neighborhood are a fit for your event. The Parks Events Team will respond to all submissions within ten (10) business days. Due to our large volume of requests, this form MUST be submitted in order to receive consideration.


Before proceeding, please read the Capitol Riverfront Event Planning Guide for more information on how to hold an event:

Capitol Riverfront Event Planning Guide  

Event Inquiry Form  


Please Note:

  • Inquiries must be received at least one (1) month in advance for full consideration.
  • Events are neither confirmed nor allowed to proceed until a staff-led walk-through has taken place, a contract has been issued and signed, and the associated fees have been collected.
  • Estimated fees will only be given AFTER this form has been submitted and reviewed.
  • Why is there a fee? All fees are used to grow, maintain, and improve the park's beauty and functionality.


For Small Gatherings of 25 People Or Less: Per DC Public Park Rules, parties of 25 or fewer people lasting less than 2 hours can be held if they meet the following requirements:

  • No alcohol
  • No commercial vendors (on-site catering, hired entertainment i.e. moon bounce, performers, etc.)
  • No amplified sound
  • The park will be used on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The park will be used non-exclusively, meaning no part of the park will be closed off.
  • The park must be left as it was found – leave nothing behind, including decorations.
  • Please check the Yards Park & Canal Park event calendars to ensure that no private events are taking place, as they will have priority.
  • Any violation of these conditions may result in fines.
  • Staff and/or security in Yards Park and/or Canal Park are authorized to intervene at any time to ensure that conditions are being followed.
  • If your desired event exceeds these requirements, a formal rental contract will be necessary (see below).


For gatherings of more than 25 people, or those that exceed the guidelines above: Please complete the Event Inquiry Form and allow adequate time for review. For large-scale events, we recommend three to six months prior to your preferred event date. Proposals for smaller events may be considered with one to two months of lead time. Please read the Capitol Riverfront Event Planning Guide for more information.


Capitol Riverfront Event Planning Guide  

Event Inquiry Form  

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