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Comedy, Urban Carnival, Beer, Arts, & Food Trucks

6:00PM - Doors Open
Cash bar will be open for the entire event (DC’s largest outdoor bar!), and DC’s finest food trucks will also be on site.

6:00PM - 8:00PM Urban Carnival (Various Acts)
Sideshow acts, acrobats, stunts, gypsy and other seemingly unrelated bizarre acts

8:00PM - 10:00PM The Main Event: Comedy Showcase with Marlon Wayans
Live stand-up comedy fest with Marlon Wayans, Jeff Richards, Joe Wong, James Adomian, Randolph Terrance, Andy Kline
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Comedy Showcase Line Up

Marlon Wayans (bio)
Jeff Richards (bio)
Joe Wong (bio)
James Adomian (bio)
Randolph Terrance (bio)
Andy Kline (bio)

Urban Carnival Line Up

Balti Mare - Gypsy Music (bio)
Side Show 1 (bio)
Side Show 2 (bio)
Side Show 3 (bio)
Side Show 4 (bio)

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Event Highlights

Marlon Wayans headlines DC’s premiere outdoor comedy festival on Saturday, October 20th at the Half Street Fairgounds. A mix of comedy, art, food trucks, and beer in an Urban Carnival environment.

Arrive early, because the event kicks off at 6PM with the Urban Carnival: a two hour eclectic mix of carnival side shows, gypsy music, art exhibits by Art Whino, Cash bar at DC’s largest outdoor bar!, and DC’s finest food trucks.

At 8PM the festival will showcase two hours of the nation’s best stand-up comedy with headliner Marlon Wayans. After Marlon’s headliner performance at 8PM, he will play host to an eclectic mix of talented stand-up comedians.

Marlon Wayans, of the world famous Wayne brothers, brings his proven high energy brand of comedy and impressive comedy resume (In Living Color, Scary Movie, The Wayans Brothers) to the stage as the festival’s headliner. The comedy showcase also features Jeff Richards (SNL, Mad TV), Joe Wong (Comedy Central, DC Correspondents Dinner), James Adomian (Funny or Die, Harold and Kumar), TBD, and TBD.

Cash bar will be open for the entire event (DC’s largest outdoor bar!), and DC’s finest food trucks will also be on site.

The Partnership

This event is a unique partnership between the Arlington Drafthouse and Art Whino, two of the most innovative and unique arts event producers in the DC area. Together we unite an innovative blend of an all-encompassing force in the art world (Art Whino) with an unrivaled visionary in entertainment (Arlington Drafthouse).

The Venue

The show is at Fairgrounds, a large outdoor venue ideally located at Half & M Streets, SE, on the large block just north of Nationals Park and directly across the street from the Navy Yard Metro station entrance, Fairgrounds is part of the Capitol Riverfront, DC’s new mixed-use community and neighborhood on the water.

Fairgrounds is located at 1299 Half Street, SE Washington, DC 20003. Click the map below for directions.

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What time does the event start and end?

Doors will be open at 6pm. A schedule of the performers will be available shortly.

Will tickets be available at the door?

Yes, tickets will be available at the door, if we are not sold out. Due to the high volume of sales/demand and a limited number of tickets, we strongly suggest you purchase your ticket before the show. If the show sells out before the day of, tickets will not be available at the door. You can purchase tickets online here.

Does the venue accept credit cards?

Yes, the venue accepts all major credit cards at the bar. If you prefer cash, please stop at an ATM before entering the venue. The majority of food trucks will also accept credit cards, but that is case by case.

Will there be alcohol available?

Yes. The venue is the largest bar in D.C. and is stocked with all of your favorite beers, wines, frozen drinks, and more.

Is this event all ages?

No. This event is strictly 21 and over. If you purchase a ticket and can not enter, a refund will not be given.

Will parking be available?

Yes, there will be some parking available as well as a good amount of public parking in the general vicinity of the venue. The venue is also conveniently located directly across from Navy Yard metro stop on the green line.

Can I take the metro?

Yes, the venue is also conveniently located directly across from Navy Yard metro stop on the green line.

What can I bring into the venue?

• No bottles, cans, or coolers.
• Only one empty or factory-sealed water bottle allowed per customer.
• No outside food or beverages.
• No baskets, professional cameras (with a removable lens), or recording devices.
• No laser pointers, weapons.
• Shoes must be worn.
• No pets.
• Everyone needs a ticket
• All performances are rain or shine.
• Schedule is subject to change without notice.
• All Bags subject to search

Is the event rain or shine?

Yes, the concert will go on rain or shine, no refunds will be given.