Find your happy place at the Festival of Joy
11 AM - 9PM

Experience the sounds, sights and flavors of India at the fifth-annual Festival of Joy. From the parade to the evening concert featuring Gaura Vani, this family-friendly event promises a day filled with folk dances, vegetarian street food, yoga, kids crafts and more. Presented by Kalachandji’s


Ratha Yatra Parade Map

This re-enactment of the famous Ratha Yatra parade, also celebrated as the Festival of Chariots, is rooted in ancient India’s bhakti or devotional tradition. It has been observed annually for more than 3,000 years in the holy city of Jagannatha Puri in Orissa, India, making it the world’s longest-running street festival.

It is celebrated in major city centers around the world, including New York City’s Fifth Avenue and London’s Piccadilly Circus.

FOJ 2024 Stage Entertainment



12:30 PM


by RKR Dance Group

12:45 PM

Mohiniyattam & Jugalbandi 

by KalaYatna

1:15 PM


by Natraj Odissi Kalamandir​

1:30 PM


by Natyom Dance Academy

2:00 PM


2:30 PM

Indian Classical Music

by Sangeet Millennium Ensemble

3:30 PM


by Ellora Center for Performing Arts

4:00 PM

Shivam Dhol

4:15 PM

Kirtan / Gaura Vani (depending on weather)

7:00 PM


by Rinku Bhattacharya Das

7:30 PM

An Evening Concert with Gaura Vani & Friends

FESTIVAL Highlights

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Concert Artist

Gaura Vani Das

Gaura Vani, born into a Hare Krishna family, discovered his passion for sacred music in Vrindavan, India, after leaving the US at six. Following a rebellious phase, he found solace as a monk in Venice, CA, and later reconnected with his spirituality in India. Settling in Washington, DC, he founded As Kindred Spirits, blending spirituality with music. Their Chant4Change initiative in 2009 marked a radical approach to inspire change, leading them to perform globally at events like Lollapalooza and Burning Man.

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Concert Artist

Krishna Kishora

Krishna Kishora, a soulful kirtan artist and spiritual seeker, is set to enchant audiences with his melodious renditions at the Festival of Joy. With a deep-rooted passion for devotional music and a sincere dedication to spreading joy and spiritual upliftment, Krishna Kishora brings a unique blend of traditional and contemporary melodies to his performances. Inspired by the timeless teachings of ancient wisdom and the divine essence of Krishna consciousness, his kirtans are a heartfelt expression of devotion and love.

Kalachandji Konnect to align with the divine

Cooking Classes

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Free book for every registration