Events & Festivals

Find out what's going on in the nation's capital – learn more about these events and festivals.

15 Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than Washington, DC. Memorials are our specialty, and the nation’s capital celebrates with unique and meaningful events and exhibits designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans.

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge
Guide to the DC Jazz Festival

This year, the DC Jazz Festival will take place from June 9-18. Check out all the reasons why you should attend the festival and head over to dcjazzfest.org for the lineup, schedule and tickets. Founded in 2005, the DC Jazz Festival brings together heritage, history, culture and music. As a city,...

Band Performing at the DC Jazz Festival - Summer Events and Festivals in Washington, DC
10 Reasons to Participate in DC Bike Ride

If you’re looking for family-friendly fun in the District this spring, you’ve found a gem with DC Bike Ride , happening on May 14. Take part in an outdoor adventure that is sure to create lasting memories. If you need further convincing, here are 10 more reasons to participate .

DC Bike Ride - Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC
16 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

The District celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall , visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. Here is a list of entertaining places where revelers can experience the fun and...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC
13 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals in Washington, DC

Washington, DC never lacks for can’t-miss events in the summer season. In fact, there are so many things to do that it can be tough to figure out exactly what to do. No worries – we’ve picked out some of the season’s biggest festivals, and make sure to check out our comprehensive events calendar ...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall - Family Friendly Summer Festival in Washington, DC
LGBTQ Events & Festivals in Washington, DC

Capital Pride may build the biggest buzz, but DC’s LGBTQ scene is thriving year-round. From team sports to all night dance parties, check out our ultimate list of annual events that cater to the community. JANUARY Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend Leather lovers from across the region descend on DC for...

Capital Pride Parade - Washington, DC
Holidays in the White House: First Family Traditions

Holidays at the White House are a family affair…with thousands of guests. Each December, the President and his family deck the White House’s halls and opens the doors for dozens of parties and public tours. It’s a big job to prepare the country’s most famous residence for a month of celebrations...

national Christmas tree lighting
5 Things You Need to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossom trees are without a doubt the stars of springtime in Washington, DC. Visit the District during this time and you’ll find the nation’s capital is accented in pink for the National Cherry Blossom Festival , which takes place from March 18 - April 16, 2017. Here are five things you...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial surrounded by cherry blossoms - Free things to do in Washington, DC
10 Capital Pride Events That You Don’t Want to Miss

The Capital Pride Alliance serves DC’s LGBTQ community through entertainment, community outreach and diversity celebrations. Each year, the nonprofit organization curates Capital Pride, which features a popular collection of events including the Pride Parade, Festival and Concert. We’ve elaborated...

Capital Pride Events in Washington, DC - Capital Pride Parade
Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC

Many events , plays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist. Catch ‘em while you can! • • • Maryland Renaissance Festival – Ends Oct. 22 Check out this...

@capitol.momma - XYZT Interactive Museum Exhibit at ARTECHOUSE - Things to Do in Washington, DC