Festival FAQs


  • Venue gates open at 12:00pm
  • Event hours are 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • There will be very limited parking. Ride sharing will be available. Metro users
  • should take the green line to Congress Heights
  • Overnight camping is prohibited
  • Lineup/set times subject to change


Where is the festival?

Gateway DC
2730 Martin Luther King Jr Ave
SE, Washington, DC 20032

When is the festival?

Saturday, May 6, 2017

What time do gates open?

Gates open at 12:00pm

What is Broccoli City?

Broccoli City is a social enterprise that roots itself in a triple bottom line strategy that focuses on people, planet, and profit. We are working to “redefine the cool” towards people being active and engaged participants in their community. We are creating a culture that celebrates and rewards people who are “getting active” and doing the work to make our communities healthier.

What is the Broccoli City festival?

The first Broccoli City Festival was started in 2013 to draw attention for Earth Day, aligning with the brands mission to build thriving urban communities to sustain future generations by mobilizing and educating urban millennials through social impact campaigns and major events. Through our programs we are creating higher standards of sustainable living, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, economic opportunity, and access to high quality food and shelter.

What is Broccoli City Week?

To celebrate the festival’s 5th year anniversary, Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week, a week long incubator for all who strive to create a better world. Broccoli City week will host a variety of events leading up to the festival, everything from city runs, to community action events, to an all night art escape, culminating with the all-day Broccoli City Festival. The Broccoli City Week highlight will showcase the first Broccoli City Conference, a 2-day interactive conference co-hosted by GOOGLE DC and African American History and Culture Smithsonian Museum, focusing on the brands mission to build thriving, resilient communities by improving and highlighting Environmental Justice, Economic Sustainability, Culture, Food Access, and Education in underserved communities.

Is camping overnight allowed at the venue?

Camping is prohibited on the Gateway DC grounds.

Will re-entry be allowed allowed?

Broccoli City uses digital and/or paper tickets, so once the ticket has been scanned, you will not be allowed re-entry.

Will there be vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free menu offerings?

Of course! Broccoli City is both a music + food festival, so you will be tasting some of the most unique and flavorful combinations.

Will there be Wi-Fi available?

DC Public Wifi will be available.

Is there a map of the grounds I can see?

Please follow Broccoli City’s social media accounts for maps + updates as we near the festival dates. We will also have maps on-site during the festival.

Will you be posting set times in advance?

Yes, but no earlier than a week before the festival. Follow our social media accounts to see the announcement.

What weather should I prepare for?

DC weather can be unpredictable, so stay updated on the forecast here

Will the festival be cancelled if it rains?

Broccoli City will go on, rain or shine!

Are there ATMs on site?

There are ATMs at several locations throughout the venue with applicable service fees. Some vendors accept credit cards, but cash is your best bet.

How Do I Earn a Ticket?

Please visit our website for more details

How do I become a food partner or activation partner?

Sorry, we are no longer accepting any food or activation partner applications.

Can my band perform at Broccoli City?

Sorry, we are no longer accepting band requests.

Is there free water?

Water will be available for purchase only at any of our bar locations

How can I sign up to be a volunteer?

At this time, we are not accepting public volunteer applications. Please check back for any updates.


  • Metal, plastic and glass containers of any kind
  • Backpacks and large bags over 14”x14”
  • Large flags and banners
  • Poles and staffs (metal, plastic, or wooden)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Food and beverages
  • Professional cameras (DSLR, with detachable zoom lenses and/or tripods)
  • Video cameras
  • No animals (with the exception of service animals)
  • Fireworks
  • Whistles
  • Laser pointers
  • Umbrellas
  • No adhesive stickers of any kind
  • No coolers or containers of any size
  • Missile/projectile like objects
  • No frisbees or inflated balls of any kind
  • Whistles, air horns of any kind
  • Confetti and streamers
  • Selfie sticks


What are the perks of a VIP ticket?

Perks include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • General Admission Broccoli Bite benefits
  • Access to VIP areas, including Main Stage Pit Access, lounge area, dedicated bars, and luxury bathrooms
  • 15% off Broccoli City Merchandise

Please follow Broccoli City on social media for VIP updates.

What are the perks of a Broccoli City Week Pass?

Perks include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • (1) BC Festival VIP Influencer Ticket w/ all VIP perks, including Main Stage Pit Access & dedicated bars
  • (1) Pass for 2 Day Broccoli City Conference w/ multiple meals
  • (1) Ticket for Opening Keynote at Google Office DC
  • (1) Ticket to BC All Night access
  • (1) Ticket to BC 5k Run & Fitness
  • (1) Private Screening at Oprah Winfrey Theater in NMAAHC
  • (1) Power of One volunteer event

What is the difference between GA and VIP seating?

GA: General admission seating. Access to both stages, Taste of BC Food Village, Vendor Market, Cash Bars, and general admission grounds

VIP: See above perks.

I purchased tickets for Will Call. Where do I pick them up?

Will Call will be right before the main entrance. Please bring a valid photo ID

Can I buy a ticket the day of the festival?

Yes. Tickets will be available at the box office located in the Rise Demonstration Center Parking Lot

I can no longer attend the festival. Can I get a ticket refund?

No. Tickets are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, we encourage you to sell your ticket(s) to a friend, rather than going through a third-party website.


How can I get to the venue and where can I park?

We encourage all festival goers to use the metro as parking is very limited. The closest metro stop to the site is Congress Heights Metro

I don’t have a GPS. Can you provide driving directions?

2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE Washington DC 20032. Limited parking can be found in nearby lots.

FROM NORTHERN BALTIMORE: Roughly 40 Miles (i.e. Towson, Randallstown, Pikesville, etc…)

Take MD-295 S. Continue onto Baltimore-Washington Pkwy. Continue onto State Hwy 295.Continue onto Anacostia Fwy/Kenilworth Ave Fwy. Continue onto I-295/Anacostia Fwy S/Kenilworth Ave Fwy . Take exit 4B from I-295, Howard Rd toward Nationals Park/Downtown. Turn left onto Howard Rd SE. Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE


Take I-395 S to exit 7 toward I-295/Anacostia. Keep right, follow signs for So. Capitol St/Nationals Park and merge onto S Capitol St SW.Keep left to stay on S Capitol St SW. Use the right lane to turn slightly left onto Suitland Pkwy. Turn right onto Firth Sterling Ave SE. Turn left onto Sumner Rd SE. Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE.


Take I-495 N/I-95 N from George Washington Memorial Pkwy/S Washington St. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 2A-2B for I-295 N toward Washington. Take exit 2 off I-295 N for Malcolm X Ave toward Bolling AFB. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE.

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