Events & Festivals

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10 Cool Reasons to Check Out the By The People Festival This Summer

The inaugural By The People festival makes a welcomed, bold proclamation: “We believe that we are more alike than different, stronger together than apart and more connected than it may seem.” This empathetic credo is at the root of the all-new, Washington, DC-based event, unlike any other arts...

By The People Festival - Can't-Miss Summer Arts Festival in Washington, DC
9 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),...

Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day - Washington, DC
13 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals & Events in Washington, DC

Washington, DC never lacks for can’t-miss events and warm-weather festivals. In fact, there are so many amazing choices that it can be tough to figure out which to attend. No worries – we’ve got you covered with some of the season’s biggest festivals perfect for having the best summer ever. Off we...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall - Family Friendly Summer Festival 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. Come to Washington, DC and your summer is guaranteed to end with a bang! Here are 20 ways to make the trip a memorable one.

Family canoeing on Potomac River past Kennedy Center, Washington DC
20+ Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

Each year Washington, DC celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall and attending the free A Capitol Fourth concert, visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. Check out all of the...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC
6 Reasons to Check Out the 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 2018 edition takes place from June 27 – July 1 and July 4-8. This year's festival focuses on the cultures of Armenia and Catalonia, as well as a...

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

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

National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC - Things to Do This Summer in 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
2018 MLB® All-Star Week™ Events in Washington, DC

From July 13 through 17, baseball will be king in the nation’s capital. MLB All-Star Week is filled with events that both diehard and casual baseball fans will love. We’ve laid out the can’t-miss events below so that you can plan your baseball-themed trip to Washington, DC. ••• July 13-17: PLAY...

MLB All-Star Week Events in Washington, DC - Midsummer Classic 2018
10 Capital Pride Events That You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

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