The 2019 Capital Fringe Festival is Proudly Hosted on the Southwest Waterfront.

Attending the annual Fringe Festival is not just about seeing what’s on the stage, but also exploring the neighborhood. SW DC has lots of big trees that provide cooling shade and there are plenty of public benches on which to sit and review your show sections or chat with new or old friends.

Transportation Options


Waterfront Station (Green) and L’Enfant Plaza Station (Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow, Green)

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WMATA Buses: 52, 74, A9, P6, V1

Maryland MTA Buses: 735, 850


The Circulator bus runs Eastern Market – L’Enfant Plaza weekdays 6am – 9pm and weekend 7am – 9pm. Check route.

Free SW Neighborhood Shuttle

The shuttle runs daily with 10-minute headways. It travels between the Wharf, L’Enfant Plaza Metro/VRE station (7th St. and Maryland Ave. SW), the National Mall (7th St. at Independence Ave. SW) and L’Enfant Plaza on 10th St. SW. The shuttle runs Monday – Thursday from 6:30am–11:30pm; Friday from 6:30am–1:00 am; Saturday from 9:00am–1:00am and Sunday from 9:00am–11:00pm.

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Street parking is scarce around the Festival, just like the rest of DC. You are encouraged to use public transportation or use a paid parking garage. If you are coming by boat, the Wharf’s Coordinates are as follows: N 38° 52.600’ / W 077° 01.334’. Check availability and docking fees.

Capital Bikeshare

4th & M Street and 4th & E Street, 7th & E Street, 10th St & L’Enfant Plaza, M & 1st Street SW.

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The wide sidewalks, flat terrain make SW DC by far the best neighborhood to hop on scooter and explore. You can use your Lyft app to find the closet scooter and reserve it. Take some time between shows to explore the riverfront. Maybe scoot your way to the Titanic Memorial. Only takes a few minutes on a scooter! Be safe & enjoy!

Water Taxi

Departs from The Wharf’s Transit Pier and travels to Georgetown in DC and Old Town Alexandria.

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Car Share

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Being There

Southwest is a genuinely very bikable and walkable DC neighborhood.  Once you arrive here, you’ll find plenty of places to secure your bike. You’re encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, check out the area and pop in and out of all eight of our venues to experience live performance and comradery with your fellow festival goers.


Three walking breaks between shows:

Saint Augustine’s
Episcopal Church
555 Water Street SW

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1101 6th Street SW

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Saint Matthew’s
222 M Street SW

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Self Guided Heritage Trail Map

From 1791 until the 1950s, Southwest Washington was the city’s largest working-class, waterfront neighborhood. Follow this trail to the places that recall Southwest’s first settlement, its gritty maturity, and its rebirth as a “new town in the city.”

Market SW

Market SW is right across the street from the Waterfront Metro stop. Every Saturday there is Farmers Market 9am – 1pm and each Friday a Community Night Market 4pm – 10pm. Market SW is a great representation of the community vibe of SW DC.

Button Discounts

Fringe Festival Buttons – $5

2019 Fringe Festival buttons are not required for entry to any festival venue. Button’s grant you discount at participating SW businesses. A full list of available discounts is located at all Official Fringe Festival Venues or look for the signs at participating businesses.