Festival Dates May 23 – June 3
The Walt Whitman 200 Festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War. Over the course of twelve days, this city-wide celebration will emphasize the poet’s continuing influence on American culture and the city’s culture, and showcase the themes closest to the poet’s heart: unity, democracy, and healing. With events in all of DC’s eight wards, the festival includes multiple opportunities for residents to engage with Whitman’s legacy through readings, discussions, workshops, family events, exhibits, and more. Get details here.