Events & Festivals

Events & Festivals: Things in DC are getting eventful.

20+ Things to Do This July in Washington, DC

Events Fourth of July in Washington, DC Take a look at our 20 ways to celebrate the holiday in the District, which includes character demonstrations at the National Archives , fireworks on the National Mall and a free concert at the U.S. Capitol . We have also compiled a list of the best spots to...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2015 - Engineers from Quehue, Peru, complete the Q’eswachaka Bridge
Guide to the DC Jazz Festival

Founded in 2005, the DC Jazz Festival brings together heritage, history, culture and music. As a city, DC has a deep, wonderful history of jazz music. Jazz great Duke Ellington (also known as “The Duke”) was born here, a musician who graced many a stage across the city and country, celebrated today...

Trombone Player DC Jazz
FAQ: How Do I Get to the Cherry Blossoms?

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. Below, we’ve listed Metro, bus and bicycle pathways for reaching the...

Blossoms on basin
Neighborhood Guide to Summer Restaurant Week in Washington, DC

Summertime in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week , which runs from August 15-21 this year. Throughout the promotion, roughly 250 restaurants across the DC area offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for lunch and dinner, with lunch priced at $22 and...

Ici Urban Bistro - Washington, DC
20 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall , visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. Here is a list of 15 entertaining places where revelers can experience the...

Fourth of July Fireworks 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...

15+ Holiday Displays You Won’t Want to Miss

Sure, the nation’s capital might be part of the Mid-Atlantic region, but it feels more like the North Pole during the holidays thanks to the National Christmas Tree, countless holiday markets, one-of-a-kind light displays and lots more. Here are more than dozen ways to experience the holidays in DC:

Get Swept Away in Washington, DC

The cherry blossoms – gifted to the District in 1912 by the mayor of Tokyo – are the first sign of spring in Washington, DC. Thousands flock to the city (and the beautiful Tidal Basin, specifically) to witness the blooming of the blossoms, which turns the National Mall into a sea of pretty pink...

jefferson memorial with cherry blossoms
12 Top Spots to Catch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Independence Day celebrations, and there are lots of interesting sites from which to view them. For example, you’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars, sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or across the river in...

Fireworks Going Off Over Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture

Home of the Kennedy Center, 75+ museums and a thriving theater scene, Washington, DC is brimming with cultural possibilities at every turn. The best part: many are free of charge. Check out all of these free and almost free arts and culture-related things to do.

Phillips Collection museum