By The People: 6/15–23


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By The People begins in less than two weeks! The festival runs June 15–23, and all dates and locations are completely free. Register now for your free ticket, and go to our website to plan your visit. 

If last year's inaugural By The People was an ambitious undertaking, this year we've upped the ante, adding a second weekend to the festival, expanding our dialogues, and floating a barge down the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The barge—one of several large-scale installations anchoring the festival—will carry artwork by For Freedoms founder Hank Willis Thomas, visiting Georgetown Waterfront, Capitol Riverfront, and Anacostia Park on different days. 

Your free registration gets you access to all locations on all dates—keep an eye on our website or follow us on Instagram @_bythepeople_ to learn about programming as it's added. But to start with, here are a few of the events and locations you won't want to miss:

  • Festival hubs at the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building, Union Market, and a barge floating up and down the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and visiting Georgetown, Capitol Riverfront, and Anacostia on different dates.

  • An art fair for collectors (and aspiring collectors!) featuring all DMV artists.

  • Smithsonian museums (including our hub at the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building) open until midnight on Saturday, June 22, in celebration of the Solstice.

By the People strives to make the festival experience accessible to all attendees. For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation, please contact us at or (202) 796-4240.