Events & Festivals

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

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
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
12 Frightful Halloween Events In & Around Washington, DC

Looking for a spooky good time? Check out these frightfully fun DC Halloween events and activities, from all-ages family friendly events to parties and bar crawls. If you’re eager to do a little more than trick or treating to honor the spookiest of holidays, we’ve got plenty of options for you.

Air & Scare at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Concerts

During the spring and summer these outdoor concerts in the nation's capital provide great atmosphere for enjoying a night out, and are often free to attend. Make sure to check official websites for dates, times and specific locations.

Summer Concert at WWII Memorial
How Do I Get to the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC?

DC’s Metrorail and Metrobus are the two most convenient options for reaching the city’s blossom sites. Taking a bike ride to the blossoms and coasting alongside the beautiful trees is another route that locals and visitors love. For newcomers: driving is not the preferred method of transportation...

Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin - National Cherry Blossom Festival - Things to Do This Spring in Washington, DC
Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the District quite like the blooming of the cherry blossoms, an event that has spawned a three-week festival celebrating the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees. The festival, full...

Couple on Tidal Basin Paddleboats - National Cherry Blossom Festival - 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
Guide to DC's Sports Scene

Washington Nationals See superstars like Bryce Harper (the 2015 NL MVP), Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg 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...

Washington Wizards Game at the Verizon Center - Things to Do in Washington, DC
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