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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
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...

Free Things to Do: Events, Festivals and More in Washington, DC
What You Need to Know About Summer Restaurant Week 2020

With 2020 playing out unlike any other year, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is taking a different approach to the summer edition of Restaurant Week . This year’s promotion runs for two weeks, allowing for even more time to take advantage of specially priced meals, including...

@lidflutters - Illustration of DC Half Smoke - MyDCCool
4 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 2020 edition takes place from June 24-28 and July 1-5, and the festival will focus on Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
The Best Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than Washington, 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 country’s largest Memorial Day...

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge
8 Reasons to Check Out ‘Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement’ at Newseum

A June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village altered the trajectory of LGBTQ rights in America. That night, LGBTQ patrons of the bar refused to back down from discriminatory law enforcement, leading to days’ worth of protests, which sparked a national conversation in...

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement exhibit at the Newseum - Museum exhibit in Washington, DC
20+ Can't-Miss Spring Theater Performances in Washington, DC

Every season, Washington, DC and its incredible lineup of theaters offers up can’t-miss productions, from acclaimed Broadway plays to exciting new shows from local dance companies. Read on for highlights of the spring theater season. • • • Washington National Opera: ‘Samson and Delilah' - Through...

The John F Kennedy Center lit up with rainbow lights
13 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Washington, DC

African American history and culture are an essential part of DC’s identity, which means that there are numerous ways to celebrate Black History Month in the city. Below, we’ve detailed some of the best ways to engage with DC’s African American culture and community this February. The nation’s...

@jbano1 - Sunrise over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Things to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

Updates About Visiting the Cherry Blossoms Please find the latest recommendations from the National Park Service and the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority below: According to the National Park Service on March 21: "The National Park Service strongly urges anyone considering a visit to see the...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial surrounded by cherry blossoms - Free things to do in Washington, DC
12 Ways to Enjoy Labor Day 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 12 ways to make the weekend a memorable one, including safe, in-person activities and DC-themed at-home fun. Check out the latest...

Family boating on the Potomac River near the Kennedy Center - The best activities and things to do in Washington, DC