Taste of DC is a multi-day culinary and cultural event in the heart of the nation’s capital.

Taste of DC packs four blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue with area restaurants, great drinks, lively entertainment, engaging corporate partners, and fellow Washingtonians and visitors.

Saturday, October 8th from 1:00pm–8:00pm
Sunday, October 9th from 11:00am–6:00pm

Festival Entrance: located at 7th St NW & Pennsylvania Avenue NW. This entrance will be used for the redemption of pre-purchased tickets and for day of ticket sales.

VIP Festival Entrance: located at 3rd St NW & Constitution Avenue NW. This entrance will be used for the redemption of VIP Tastemaker and Tastemaker Plus tickets.

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Fun Fact

The Taste of DC festival grounds spans more than half a mile.

That’s a 2300 step loop for you fitness trackers!

Your Ticket to Taste of DC

There are four types of tickets for festival admission.

Festival General Admission


Admission to the festival

One drink voucher for a beverage

A $10 gift card valid at all Capital Restaurant Concept Ltd. locations

All-day entertainment at the Main Stage, Beats & Eats Stage, and Culinary Stage

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Festival Drink Lovers Package

Includes everything General Admission tickets offer plus:

Sample all of your favorite beverages in your new commemorative Taste of DC 2016 cup

$25 worth of beverage tickets, redeemable in the Bier Garten, Wine Walk, or Beverage Pods

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Includes everything Drink Lovers Package offers plus:

Exclusive private festival entrance courtesy of MGM National Harbor

Lounge seating for you and your friends

Specialty Cocktail Corner featuring the region’s best mixologists (accessed only from VIP area)

Luxurious coffee and espresso drinks

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VIP Tastemaker Plus

Includes everything VIP Tastemaker offers plus:

Your choice of one session from a selection of several small-group seminars:

Hour-long demonstrations and discussions with famous chefs, mixologists, and brewmasters providing you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look and stories from your favorite eateries, cantinas, taprooms, and vineyards

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Purchasing Food and Drinks

There is a wide variety of sips and samples at Taste of DC- here’s the scoop on where and how to purchase food and beverages!

How Tickets Work

Beverage Tickets

Taste of DC’s Official Currency for Libations

Beverage Tickets can be purchased in advance with the Drink Lover’s admission ticket package. Otherwise Beverage Tickets can be purchased at the festival entrance or at on-site Beverage Ticket booths within the festival grounds.

On-site Beverage Ticket purchases are cash only.

How to Get to Taste of DC

There are many different ways to get to the festival.


Take Lyft for an affordable ride to and from Taste of DC. The Lyft app matches friendly local drivers with passengers who need rides. Just request a ride with the tap of a button and you’ll be on your way in minutes.

Enjoy $20 off your first ride by using code: TASTEOFDC16 (code valid for new users only).


Driving to Taste of DC?

We recommend reserving parking in advance with SpotHero!

To reserve your parking spot today, visit the Taste of DC SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app and enter promo code TASTEDC for an extra $5 off parking!


We recommend taking the Metrorail to Taste of DC. Taste of DC is only a few blocks away from the following metro stations:

  • Archives/Navy Mem’l (Green/Yellow)
  • Judiciary Square (Red Line)
  • Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange/Silver Lines)

For the shortest walk to the main festival entrance we recommend exiting Metrorail at the Archives/Navy Mem’l Stop.

The closest stops to the VIP entrance located at 3rd Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW are:

  • Federal Center SW- (Orange/Blue/Silver)
  • Archives/Navy Mem’l- (Green/Yellow)
  • Judiciary Square- (Red)

For the shortest walk to the VIP festival entrance we recommend exiting Metrorail at the Federal Center SW Stop.

Supporting Our Community

Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization based in Washington, DC.

Taste of DC partners with Brainfood, a nonprofit youth development organization dedicated to educating and empowering Washington, DC area children and teens. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment. Visit the Brainfood tent at Taste of DC to learn more about healthy living and take part in interactive cooking demonstrations!

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