You know the deal with music festivals: not-inexpensive tickets; long trips to Columbia or Bristow; no outside food or beverage allowed; parking lot gridlock when it's over. And yet we deal with it, because live music outdoors on a nice day is a tough thing to beat.

The April 26 Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is refreshingly different. It's near RFK Stadium -- on an island near RFK Stadium -- and all it costs is a $10 suggested donation to Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region. You can walk, bike or take Metro -- and if you must drive, the parking is free. Your outside food and (non-alcoholic) beverages are welcome, so pack your picnic blanket; food trucks and beer vendors will be there to take care of everything else.

Oh, and the music lineup is pretty great too.

The April Hotlist: Nature and bluegrass in an urban jungle

Mona Yeh rides across the Anacostia river on Kingman Island while participating in a community bike ride. (Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post)

Thirty local musicians will perform across four stages: You'll hear bluegrass, folk, string bands, singer-songwriters and even bachata from 1 to 7:45 p.m. Admission to the festival begins at noon. Tickets purchased in advance come with a coupon for a free beer, or you can pay as you enter the festival. 

The full lineup is below:


1:00pm - 1:35pm Delafield String Band
1:45pm - 2:20pm King Street Bluegrass
2:30pm - 3:05pm Only Lonesome
3:15pm - 3:50pm 19th Street Band
4:00pm - 4:35pm Second String Band
4:45pm - 5:20pm By & By
5:30pm - 6:05pm Sligo Creek Stompers
6:15pm - 7:45pm Hackensaw Boys

Side Stage Artists: Performing in between mainstage acts.


1:00pm - 1:35pm Ballad've
1:50pm - 2:25pm South Rail
3:30pm - 4:05pm Junior League Band
4:20 - 5:00pm Vandaveer


Acre 121 Island Stage - Located at Kingman Island Park Entrance

1:00-2:00pm - Gramophonic
3:00-4:00pm - Don Kim
4:00-5:00pm - Pet Parade
5:00-6:00pm -Wes Tucker

Gypsy Sallys Island Stage - Located on the Kingman Island Dock

1:00-2:00pm - Sunrise Review
3:00-4:00pm - Karen Jonas
4:00-5:00pm - Victoria Vox
5:00-6:00pm - Hollertown

Boogie Babes Children & Family Stage

1:00pm - The Banjo Man
2:45pm - Mr. Skip
4:45pm Nick Baynard