Events & Festivals

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

20+ Exciting Reasons to Visit Washington, DC in 2019

Home to countless free things to do , world-class events and a Michelin-approved dining scene , the nation’s capital is among a short list of can’t-fail travel destinations. And while you can guarantee an amazing adventure any time you visit, 2019 is brimming with must-see events, exhibits and...

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14 Frightful & Fun Halloween Events In & Around Washington, DC

Looking for a spooky good time? Check out these frightfully fun Halloween events and activities in DC, 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.

Children at the National Zoo's Boo at the Zoo - The best Halloween events in and around Washington, DC
11 Reasons to Attend the 2019 Washington Auto Show

Cars are cool. America has been fascinated with these vehicles since the days of the Model T, and boy, how far we’ve come since then. This statement’s accuracy will be evident when you visit the 2019 Washington Auto Show , held April 5-14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Even if you’...

Crowd at Washington Auto Show - Winter event in Washington, DC
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
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
20+ Dazzling Holiday Light Displays & Events in Washington, DC

Sure, the District 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 seasonal light displays and lots more. Here are some of the best, can't-miss ways to experience the...

@fiz1point5 - ZooLights winter holiday celebration at Smithsonian National Zoo - Free family friendly things to do in Washington, DC
13 Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is a great place to celebrate the success of women, especially during March, which carries the title of Women's History Month. There are plenty of ways to pay homage to the tremendous accomplishments of women, from checking out a new museum exhibit to experiencing a live show...

@peruvianmafiosa - Visitor at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Women-focused attraction and museum in Washington, DC
40+ Concerts to Check Out This Fall in Washington, DC

Alright, so, summer is over (or almost, anyway). We’re disappointed. You’re disappointed. But have no fear! Many of Washington, DC’s amazing music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages this fall. Among these venues includes three new jam-worthy spots at...

@bandoftomorrow - Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Concert venues in Washington, DC -
Cool Cosplay, Art Displays and Other Reasons to Attend Otakon 2018 in Washington, DC

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC is one of the country’s largest celebrations of Asian culture. While it pays homage to the past and the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees from the mayor of Tokyo, there’s a newer event taking the city by storm that celebrates Asian pop...

Otakon anime festival at the Washington Convention Center - The best things to do in Washington, DC
15 Can't-Miss National Cherry Blossom Festival Events in Washington, DC

The National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 14, 2019) is a citywide festival that celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, DC by the mayor of Tokyo. The festival features a range of spectacular events, from its eponymous kite extravaganza on the National Mall...

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade - Spring Events in Washington, DC