Events & Festivals

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

14 Fall Events & Festivals You Don't Want to Miss in Washington, DC

Washington, DC’s outdoor fun and festivals do not conclude when summer turns to fall. The city’s calendar stays packed with day and weekend-long events that showcase food, music and culture, many of which are free. Explore some of the season’s highlights.

Band performing during Adams Morgan Day on 18th Street - Free summer festival in Washington, DC
11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital. Friday ‘Power in My Hand: Women Poets, Women Artists, and Social Change’ The National Museum of Women in the Arts frequently hosts exhibits in...

Crowd at Washington Auto Show - Winter event in Washington, DC
5 Reasons to Attend the Citi Open This Summer in Washington, DC

One of DC’s finest sporting traditions celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Citi Open will take place at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center from July 28 – Aug. 5. Top-tier talent from all over the world will compete for a prestigious trophy, leading to action that you do not want to miss...

Citi Open summer tennis tournament - Pro sports tournament in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Events, Festivals & More in Washington, DC

With access to free museums, the monuments and memorials, the Library of Congress and more, Washington, DC is unrivaled for its many free attractions . But at any given time, you can also take advantage of free one-of-a-kind events, groundbreaking exhibits and unique festivals, making DC the...

'Pulse' at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum - Free Things to Do: Events, Festivals and More in Washington, DC
20+ Ways to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC

We’re taking the work out of making your Labor Day weekend plans. Close out your summer in Washington, DC with the best activities, events and things to do. Here are more than 20 ways to make the trip a memorable one, from waterfront activities and interactive museum exhibits for the whole family...

Family boating on the Potomac River near the Kennedy Center - The best activities and things to do in Washington, DC
Cool Cosplay, Art Displays and Other Reasons to Attend Otakon 2018 in Washington, DC

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC is one of the country’s largest celebrations of Asian culture. While it pays homage to the past and the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees from the mayor of Tokyo, there’s a newer event taking the city by storm that celebrates Asian pop...

Otakon anime festival at the Washington Convention Center - The best things to do in Washington, DC
Guide to DC's Sports Scene

Washington Nationals See superstars like Max Scherzer, Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon at the state-of-the-art Nationals Park in Capitol Riverfront . The stadium offers up magnificent views of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument along with one of the National League’s most exciting teams . Don’t...

Washington Wizards Game at the Verizon Center - Things to Do in Washington, DC
5 Reasons to Check Out the 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. The 2019 edition takes place from June 29-30 and the festival will focus on the social power of music. Read on to learn what activities and offerings...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
LGBTQ Events & Festivals to Check Out 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
10 Ways to Pay Tribute This Veterans Day in Washington, DC

Many of the monuments and memorials in the nation’s capital honor servicemen and women, while the city’s museums are packed with important military history that sheds light on the immense sacrifices that the U.S. Armed Forces have made to protect this country. On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), as well as...

Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day - Washington, DC