Your Guide to Taste of DC: Parking, Admission and More!

The Taste of DC is right around the corner! DC’s largest food, beer, and wine festival takes place over Columbus Day weekend, and you won’t want to miss it. This year’s Taste of DC has something for everyone, with 60 restaurants and more than 100 specialty beers and wines, plus live music, culinary demos, and the sixth annual chili eating competition!



Here are 7 things to know before you go!


Saturday, October 8th from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 9th from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.



If you’re driving to Taste of DC, save yourself some time by planning ahead! Use SpotHero to compare parking rates and reserve your spot in advance.

Sample rates on Sunday, October 9, 10am-6pm.



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

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


2016 Restaurants, Breweries & Wineries:

A full list of participating restaurants, breweries and wineries can be found here. Priced between $1 and $3, tasting items will be offered by every restaurant, in addition to select menu favorites available for $8 or less. Though some restaurants accept credit/debit cards, Taste of DC recommends bringing plenty of cash.



There are 4 different ticketing options at this year’s Taste of DC:

General Admission Tickets include:

  • Admission to the festival
  • One drink voucher for a beverage in Restaurant Row, the Bier Garten or Wine Walk
  • A $10 voucher valid at all Capital Restaurant Concept Ltd. locations, which include J-Pauls, Paolo’s Ristorante, Neyla Mediterranean Bistro, Old Glory Bar-B-Que and Georgia Brown’s
  • Ability to purchase tastings from more than 60 restaurants in Restaurant Row
  • All-day entertainment at the Main Stage and Beats & Eats Stage
  • Cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Stage


Drink Lovers Tickets include 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


VIP Tastemaker Tickets include everything Drink Lovers tickets offer, plus:

  • Private festival entrance courtesy of MGM National Harbor
  • Lounge seating for you and your friends
  • Exclusive access to the Specialty Cocktail corner bar, featuring the region’s best mixologists
  • Luxurious Illy coffee drinks


VIP Tastemaker Plus Tickets include everything VIP Tastemaker tickets offer, plus:

Your choice of one of five curated, expert-led hour-long programs that pair wine, beer, and spirits with high-end comestibles. Only 100 seats per session are available, so secure your spot before it gets gobbled up. You can find more details here.


How Tickets Work:

All restaurant row eateries accept cash, and some accept credit or debit cards. For select beverages, you’ll need beverage tickets, which can be purchased at the festival entrance or on-site ticket booths.

This handy chart tells you when you need a ticket and when you can use cash.




Nothing goes with tasty eats and delicious drinks like live music and entertainment. Here are the lineups for the main stage and Beats & Eats stage.


Main Stage:


1:00pm–1:30pm  Batala Washington

1:30pm-2:15pm Cheaper than Therapy

2:15pm–2:30pm  Georgetown Phantoms

2:30pm–3:00pm  Ben’s Chili Bowl Chili Eating Competition MILITARY

3:00pm–3:45pm  Ben’s Chili Bowl Chili Eating Competition CHAMPIONSHIP

3:45pm-4:00pm Take Note A Cappella

4:00pm–4:45pm  Cheaper than Therapy

5:00pm–5:45pm  Billy Winn

6:00pm–8:00pm  The Fishermen Band


11:00am – 12:00pm The Piranhas

12:00pm – 12:45pm Turtle Recall

12:45pm–1:00pm  DC Bhangra Crew

1:00pm–2:45pm  7 Deadlies

2:45pm–3:00pm  Beyond Limits Dance Ensemble

3:00pm–3:45pm  N2N

4:00pm–4:45pm  Capitol Hillbillies

5:00pm–6:00pm  Chute


Beats & Eats Stage:


1:00pm–1:45pm  Demi Day

1:45pm – 2:00pm Treble in Paradise

2:00pm–2:45pm  DJs Pork n Beans

3:00pm–3:45pm  Micro Massive

4:00pm-4:45pm Jodeci Milhouse

5:00pm–5:45pm  Dan McGuire Group

6:00pm–8:00pm  DJ Julian Rivera



11:30am–1:00pm  DJ Julian Rivera

1:00pm–1:45pm  Heather LaRose

1:45pm – 2:00pm Treble in Paradise

2:00pm–3:45pm  Fellowcraft

3:45pm–4:00pm  Beyond Limits Dance Ensemble

4:00pm–6:00pm  Words Beats and Life


For more information on the festival, check out the full schedule of events here!