project leader
Kara D
18th St and Columbia Rd NW
(Adams Morgan)
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the project

From its humble beginnings in the 1970s, Adams Morgan Day grew into one of the nation’s largest street festivals. In 2015, a small group of Adams Morgan residents and small-business owners stepped in to take up where the previous organizers left off. We had to start from scratch with fundraising, and threw a smaller festival the past two years. This year, we're ready and determined to close the street again, bringing back vendors and more music.

To close the street, we'll need to raise loads more money than we have over the past two years. Most of this will go to city services, emergency services, permits and the like, to keep everyone safe and happy. We also want to make the event FUN! We need funds to pay for sound equipment, bands, and kids’ art supplies to bring it all together. Donations and volunteer time are both very much needed! 

Our goal is to make Adams Morgan Day 2017 a day to celebrate the great things our neighborhood offers. The public is invited to every organizational meeting we hold, so join us! We’ve forged new community ties as we prepare to stage our “neighborhood showcase.” With everyone’s help, we hope to build Adams Morgan Day into a bigger festival again this year, but with a truly local focus and total transparency. 


Wristband Specials

Some businesse have partnered to help us with fundraising by offering specials to folks who donate. If you make a donation, please be sure to stop by our info booth to pick up a wristband - we will have a list with your names. Specials are listed here:

the steps

  • Permits, insurance, and licensing
  • Street Closure fees
  • Design and printing of flyers, banners and t-shirts
  • Domain registration and web-hosting
  • Advertising
  • Sound equipment
  • DC emergency and law-enforcement presence


why we're doing it

The Adams Morgan neighborhood is proud of its ethnic diversity, multi-cultural small businesses, and artistic offerings. Like other desirable inner-city neighborhoods, Adams Morgan faces economic-development pressures that threaten to displace its diverse population, as well as its small-scale businesses. These economic pressures often sow controversy and division within the neighborhood.

Adams Morgan Day is a 39-year-old tradition that we don’t want to lose. We want to rebuild it as an event that brings the whole neighborhood together and builds relationships and trust between our new and long-term residents, and between the residential and business communities.



Disbursed Budget

Raised = $13,819.00

less ioby Platform Fee $35.00

less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $401.48

Total to disburse = $13,382.52

City Services – $8,318.00

Rentals and Emergency Services – $1,348.00

Entertainment – $1,348.00

Marketing, Organizing Expenses – $2,368.52

Original Budget

City Services - $16,000
Because we are closing the block this year, we anticipate having to cover bus rerouting fees as well as higher MPD fees, crossing guards, trash removal, etc.

Rentals and Emergency Services - $10,000
This would be for water barriers, stages, equipment, port-o-potties, tents, tables, and required emergency medical services.

Entertainment - $10,000
We'll plan to have bands on two stages as well as other entertainment.

Marketing, Organizing Expenses - $14,000
This will cover permitting, advertising, posters, banners, fiscal sponsorship, and decorations. 

Subtotal = $50,000

less outside donations of $16,733

less previous IOBY donations of $11,237

New subtotal = $22,030

ioby Platform Fee $35

Donation Processing Fee of 3% $661

Total to raise = $22,726


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