The 11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts present the Lantern Walk, a commemorative community event inspired by the story of African-American families who built their homes in the historic Barry Farm/Hillsdale neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River by candlelight after returning home from a long day’s work. Participants of this free event will begin in The Yards Park, continuing down the river walk trail in front of the Navy Yard, crossing the 11th Street Bridge and ending at the Anacostia Arts Center. Partners including ArtReach at THEARC, The Phillips Collection and the Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council will lead workshops in the weeks preceding the event for participants to construct their own lanterns. Lantern Walk When: Saturday, September 17, 2016; 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Where: Beginning at The Yards Park (355 Water Street SE) and ending in Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road SE) Who: FREE and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP: bridgepark.org/lanternwalk Events will begin at The Yards Park with a lantern-making workshop from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm and live performances by local musicians and dancers. The walk will commence at 7:30 pm from The Yards Park where participants will walk west along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, across the local 11th Street Bridge and to the Anacostia Arts Center. The walk will culminate at the Anacostia Arts Center with a celebration that includes a reception, interactive activities for all ages and live performances by East of the River artists from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm. In addition, participants will enjoy a display of lanterns made by residents from across the city and a presentation on the historic Barry Farm/Hillsdale communities by the Anacostia Community Museum. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear and appropriate clothing for the walk.