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The Fields at RFK Campus: Now Open!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the grand opening and community celebration of The Fields at RFK Campus!

Transforming asphalt into action, community residents celebrated the opening of the newest space to play in the District – The Fields at RFK Campus. Equipped with three multi-purpose turf fields to accommodate kickball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball and more, the new fields represent the first completed phase of the RFK redevelopment project and what can be done through collaboration and a vision.

In Mayor Muriel Bowser’s opening ceremony remarks she quoted the late Robert Kennedy saying, “Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” Events DC wants to thank everyone who helped support the dream of transforming gray to green.

Following the monumental ribbon cutting, kids raced to be the first to set foot on the turf fields, excited to experience the new space. Wayne Rooney and Bill Hamid, our featured guests, welcomed the selfies and autograph requests, making the community celebration one to be cherished.

However, the community celebration was bigger than soccer and turf fields. Equipped with glitter tattoo artists, face painters, live music (C.A.I.S.O. Steeldrum Band and DJ Farrah Flosscett), food trucks (Peruvian Brothers and Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats) and youth soccer and baseball clinics led by D.C. United and the Nationals – the event was for all community residents to enjoy.

Summing up the day perfectly, morning show host Tommy McFly said, “This weekend we took part in #dc history as @TheEventsDC delivered tons of green space back to our neighbors. What was a parking lot with no use to the community near RFK Stadium is now a vibrant place where we can all play, enjoy and connect.” We look forward to what is to come in the next chapter of the RFK Campus redevelopment and can’t wait for you to be along for the ride.

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Events DC's Summer Movie Series

Join us at RFK Campus to enjoy our outdoor summer movies series!

There’s no better time to relax under the stars while enjoying complimentary blockbuster cinemas on the big screen than at the Events DC’s Summer Movie Series presented by RCN. Perfect for a family outing or date night, you’ll find light refreshments (while they last) and family-friendly activities all available at no charge courtesy of our sponsors Chase and Pepsi. You can claim your spot at 6:00pm and movies begin at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, snack and friends. It doesn’t get much hotter than July, so come chill with us!

LOCATION: RFK Campus (2400 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC) 

SCHEDULE: 
- Thursday, July 11 – Avengers: Infinity War
- Thursday, July 25 – Spiderman: Homecoming

For more information or weather-related updates throughout the Summer Movies Series, follow Events DC social media channels, Facebook (OfficialEventsDC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC) and Instagram (@EventsDC) or visit the Events DC website (eventsdc.com).

How Does Jazz Make You Feel?

Don't miss Jazz in the 'Hoods, where the District's vibrant and diverse culture is celebrated at this year's DC JazzFest

Jazz in the ‘Hoods is a signature feature of DC JazzFest presented by Events DC. Highlighting the District’s vibrant and diverse culture, Jazz in the ‘Hoods brings a stunning array of music, from the traditional to the avant-garde, to all quadrants of the nation’s capital. The concert series also partners with local clubs, restaurants, hotels, galleries, and performing arts spaces in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital.

Here’s a schedule of events remaining for the final week of Jazz in The ‘Hoods presented by Events DC happening nearby the RFK neighborhood:

Mr. Henry’s, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, (202) 546-8412, mrhenrysdc.com
- 6/14, 8-11pm, Kevin Cordt Quartet
- 6/15, 8-11pm, Julia Nixon

For more information about DC JazzFest, visit here: https://dcjazzfest.org/.

U.S. Women's National Team Watch Party on the Grounds of Apple Carnegie Library

Come Help Us Celebrate the U.S. Women’s Team for a 2019 Wolrd Cup Watch Party at Apple Carnegie Library Grounds!

Get ready to cheer on the U.S. Women's National Team at a LIVE outdoor watch party at Apple Carnegie Library on the West Lawn. Watch the U.S. take on Sweden at 3pm, as they continue their quest to become back-to-back Women's World Cup Champions!

For more info: uswntdc.eventbrite.com

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Is DC a Hub for Gold Cup Preparations and International Soccer?

ICYMI: On June 2, the men’s national soccer teams from El Salvador and Haiti squared off in a friendly match at the historic RFK Stadium. As both teams made their final tune-ups for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup, 10,000 enthusiastic fans filled the bowl at RFK to watch El Salvador earn a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

Across town on June 5, the U.S. Men’s National Team faced Jamaica at Audi Field in front of 17,500 fans, with both matches showcasing Washington, DC as a hub for Gold Cup preparations and international soccer. Later in July, Audi Field will host the inaugural EA Ligue 1 Cup featuring four French professional clubs and a friendly match vs. D.C. United.

Did you know that RFK Stadium has a rich history in hosting both national and international soccer?

The iconic stadium has hosted more U.S. Men’s National Team matches than any other venue in the world, and is the only facility in the world to have hosted games for the FIFA World Cup (1994), the FIFA Women's World Cup (2003), Olympic group stages for men and women (1996), the MLS Cup (1997, 2000, and 2007), the North American Soccer League's Soccer Bowl (in 1980) and CONCACAF Champions' Cup matches (1988 and 1998).  

Community Spotlight

2019 Community Grant Program Awardees

On Thursday, June 6, 2019, Events DC held a luncheon at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center honoring its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Community Grant Program awardees. The 26 grant recipients represent DC-based non-profit organizations that work with youth from across all eight wards of the District in the areas of sports, performing and cultural arts. 

Events DC Board of Director’s, Chairman Max Brown and Alan Bubes, Co-Chairman of the Sports and Entertainment Committee, made remarks during the luncheon program to praise the efforts of the organizations supporting DC youth in reaching their full potential. Luncheon attendees shared stories of how the grant funds have directly benefited their respective organizations.

Reflecting on the impact of the grant program, a Girls on the Run coach said, “We served more girls than ever this season. Events DC has helped us to provide scholarships to over 70% of our girls. Events DC allowed our 2,200 plus girls to participate in an end of the season 5K, this past Sunday at Freedom Plaza! Girls accomplished their goal of crossing the finish line STRONG, knowing that they CAN!”

Interested in learning more? Check out our video that celebrates the DC-based non-profits who are making a difference right at home here in the District: https://youtu.be/AvXeV1z4rrE

In the News

The Fields at RFK Campus - Press Coverage

Gray to Green: Part of Old RFK Stadium Lot Is Now a Park
WAMU 88.5
Dominique Maria Bonessi
A stretch of land near the old RFK Stadium has gone from being a parking lot to a park. The DC government controls 27 acres of land, sandwiched between the DC Armory and the Anacostia River, through a lease with the federal government. Events DC opened the grounds Saturday with a ribbon cutting, food trucks and DC United’s Wayne Rooney. The site — now called The Fields at RFK Campus — has three soccer fields, a playground and an outdoor events venue. 

The Fields at RFK are Open for Play
HillRag
Elizabeth O'Gorek
The ribbon was officially cut on The Fields at RFK Saturday morning, ushering in a new phase in the use of the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium Campus. “The Fields at RFK are certainly a sight for sore eyes,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “When I walked in, I was just blown away. It looks like a real amusement park in some ways –that is sports, that is entertainment, and that is recreation.” Bowser said that the fields were part of the effort to make RFK a complex that means the needs and wants of the community and to get closer to making RFK a destination, similar to The Wharf and Navy Yard.

As Fields at RFK set to open, other development waits
WTOP
Noah Frank
The first stage of RFK's redevelopment is officially complete, as the ribbon will be cut on The Fields at RFK Campus Saturday. But progress on the longer term future has slowed as the legislative process plays out.

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