Events & Festivals

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

13 Ways to Enjoy an Outdoor Movie In & Around Washington, DC

Summertime and movies go hand-in-hand. Yes, the biggest blockbusters are in theaters, but step your movie-going experience up a notch and relax outdoors while taking in a classic film or one you’ve never seen before. These events, many of which feature beautiful scenery and are free to attend, have...

NoMa Summer Screen - Outdoor Summer Movies In 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
Top Spots to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

Expert photographers will tell you, taking a captivating cherry blossom shot requires the right scene. Another thing they'd tell you is to take a picture at the right moment. For the blossoms, that's during peak bloom, which typically occurs around early April, but in the past has occurred as early...

Where to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC
10 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, multiple-day celebration of international cultures. The 2017 edition (June 29 – July 4, July 6-9) marks the 50th anniversary of the event, so special programming honoring this milestone is on tap. The...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Brewing History: Beer Tasting, Tour & Dinner With the craft beer craze at its zenith, George Washington’s Mount Vernon wants to show you how they made beer back in the day. Journey to the first president’s estate to enjoy a private tour of the Mansion, an 18th-century brewing demo and a...

Children at Boo at the Zoo - Family Friendly Halloween Event at the National Zoo in Washington, DC
14 National Cherry Blossom Festival Events You Should Attend

The National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 18 - April 16, 2017) is a citywide festival that celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, DC by the mayor of Tokyo. The festival features a range of spectacular events, from its eponymous kite extravaganza on the National Mall to fun...

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade - Spring Events 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
10 Reasons to Attend the DC Jazz Festival

One of America’s greatest art forms receives an annual summer showcase in DC. Many of the concerts are free, so no need to worry about costs piling up! For 10 more reasons why you should attend this wonderful celebration, read on. Also, make sure to visit dcjazzfest.org for full lineups, a schedule...

Performance at DC Jazz Festival - Summer Music Festival 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
5 Reasons You Should Attend the National Book Festival

Every year, the Library of Congress hosts the National Book Festival , a free celebration of all things books, from authors to readings to hardcovers. Join fellow lovers of the written word this Labor Day weekend on Sept. 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and you'll find the following...

National Book Festival - Washington, DC