Grand Reopening of the MLK Library | Family Festival

Grand Reopening of the MLK Library | Family Festival

Join us for a day of discovery!

Grand Reopening of the MLK LIbrary All Ages Family Festival on Saturday, Set. 25 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Festival OverviewGames and Activities
Performance Schedule | Community Partner Gallery | Event Sponsors

Festival Overview

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopened its doors last September with limited services, after a three-year, $200 million modernization. This year we are pulling out all the stops to celebrate in a GRAND way!

We are inviting you to celebrate with us at our all-ages grand re-opening celebration at MLK Library! Join us on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for an outdoor family festival of fun activities, exciting performances by artists like go-go band Bela Dona, games for children, opportunities to connect with organizations from around the District, the 2nd Annual Know Your Power Teen Arts Festival, great author talks and interviews, food trucks and more! It will be a celebration to remember!

Tours of the new library will also be available. If you have not visited the MLK Library yet, we invite you and your family to come see our Rooftop Reading Garden, two-story Grand Reading Room, visit our Exhibit Space that showcases some of the most iconic memories in DC history. Hear the voice of Kojo Nnamdi as he narrates “Up from the People: Protest and Change in DC”, as part of the MLK Library permanent exhibit where we connect Dr. King to local activism. Visit our second-floor children and teen’s spaces as well as the Maker Labs on the A-Level. Did you know you can record your own podcast in our Labs free with your library card? Well, you can!

We look forward to seeing you on Sept. 25 as we celebrate a Day of Discovery! Most of this event will happen outside under the library’s loggia. Masks are required as part of the District’s mandate while inside the building.

Games and Activities

All Day
G St. NW
Food Truck Food Trucks from around the DMV
All Day
Great Hall - First Floor
Person painting on an easel Caricatures
All Day
Great Hall - First Floor
Person using a VR headset VR Experience
All Day
Great Hall - First Floor
Couple taking a selfie 360 Photo Booth
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Outdoor Loggia
Community Partners Gallery
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Outdoor Loggia
Washington Mystics Inflatable Basketball Hoop with a family playing basketball Washington Mystics  Basketball Shooting Challenge
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Outdoor Loggia
I Spy at MLK Library I Spy at the MLK Library
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Outdoor Loggia
Two owls wearing backpacks getting on the school bus Books from Birth Graduation Station
11 - 11:30 a.m.
Outdoor Loggia
Washington Capitals Slapshot Mascot Washington Capitals Slapshot Appearance
2 - 5 p.m.
Labs - A Level
The Labs at DC Public Library Demonstrations at The Labs at DC Public Library
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Great Hall - First Floor
Grand Reading Room MLK Library Guided Tours of MLK Library

Performance Schedule

Main Stage | Outdoor Loggia

10:20 a.m.

123 Andres and Christina Family Musical Performance with 123 Andrés

11:15 a.m.

Family Story Time with DC Public Library

11:40 a.m.

Nationals Youth Baseball Academy Get Energized with the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy!

12:05 p.m.

Baba Ras D Family Musical Performance with Baba Ras D 

1:05 p.m. 

Tora Burns Dance Performance by Step Afrika!

1:25 p.m.

Dance Performance by Pop Lock Dancers Group

2:10 p.m.

Welcome the Afternoon Emcee - Dior Ashley Brown

2:15 p.m.

Douglas Ridloff Poetry/Spoken Word Performance by Douglass Ridloff

3:30 p.m.

Three hands Hand Dancing Demonstration

4:10 p.m.

Bela Dona Live Musical Performance by Bela Dona
Auditorium | 4th Floor


Michael Twitty Author Talk with Food Historian and Author Michael Twitty

3 p.m.

Tyler Gordon Know Your Power Author Talk with Artist an Author Tyler Gordon

4 p.m.

Know Your Power logo 2nd Know Your Power Teen Art Contest Awards Ceremony 

Great Hall | First Floor

4:30 p.m.

Lion Dancing by the Wong People Kung Fu Association
Labs at MLK | A Level 

2:30 p.m.

The Rewind Project with Ally & Eric LIVE Recording of The Rewind Project Podcast | "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

Community Partner Gallery

In addition to the musicians, authors and artists joining us, guests will be able to interact with these amazing organizations from across the District. 

The Grand Reopening All-Ages Family Festival is supported by