Events & Festivals

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

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
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's Open, Reopening, Closed and Canceled in Washington, DC

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area. The city is currently in Phase Two of recovery, which allows many businesses to reopen. Make sure to check out our list of reopened businesses and read below for more details on...

@brenntravels - Summer sunset over DC skyline flying into Reagan Airport - Best views of Washington, DC
How to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

Each year, Washington, DC celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. While 2020 presents a different set of circumstances due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of DC-flavored ways to celebrate Independence Day. Although there will be no Independence Day parade in DC this year, a fireworks display...

The best boating and on the water experiences in and around Washington, DC - Fourth of July fireworks over the Potomac River and National Mall
8 Can’t-Miss Music Festivals In & Around Washington, DC

Whether you’re looking for an outdoor summer music festival or spectacular fall festivities, the nation’s capital has the right event for you. There’s the DC Jazz Festival, which showcases one of America’s greatest art forms in venues across the District, Broccoli City Festival, a springtime event...

DC Jazz Festival
20+ Autumn Museum Exhibits You Don’t Want to Miss in Washington, DC

Arts and culture reign each fall in Washington, DC, as both theaters and museums debut new attractions. Below, we’ve gathered some of the most intriguing exhibits and displays to be found at DC’s museums throughout the season – and check back soon for even more exhibits. Don't forget: many of DC's...

Visitors at the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC
15 Great Spots to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Fourth of July celebrations, and there plenty of interesting sites from which to view them. However, 2020 presents a different set of circumstances due to COVID-19. DC is currently in Phase Two of reopening. You can watch and listen to DC...

Best spots to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in Washington, DC - Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument
Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

As you continue to practice social distancing and the city slowly reopens, we've gathered up some things to do, including safe in-person activities as well as virtual events going on this week. As always, you can check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours , neighborhood tours , TV and movies...

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Where to Enjoy an Outdoor & Drive-In Movie Near Washington, DC

While the biggest blockbusters are usually screened in theaters, that's obviously not the case this year as most cinemas are currently closed due to COVID-19. But fret not. This Halloween in DC, you have plenty of opportunities to partake in an old American pastime: drive-in and outdoor movies. It'...

Park Up DC Drive-In Movie
How Do I Get to the Cherry Blossom Trees in Washington, DC?

DC’s Metrorail , Metrobus and DC Circulator are the most convenient options for reaching the city’s blossom sites during the National Cherry Blossom Festival . Taking a bike ride to the blossoms and coasting alongside the beautiful trees is another route that locals and visitors love. For new...

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