Events & Festivals

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

40+ Things to Do This January in Washington, DC

Events Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues – Jan. 7 One of the best teams in the NHL’s Western Conference comes to Capital One Arena to take on DC’s beloved Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are currently in playoff position, as are the St. Louis Blues, who are led by high-scoring...

Washington Wizards Basketball Game at Capital One Arena - Professional Basketball in Washington, DC
13 Great Spots to Watch 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. You’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars , sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial , or across the river in Arlington. And...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the National Mall - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC
10 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, multiple-day celebration of international cultures. The 2017 edition (June 29 – July 4, July 6-9) marks the 50th anniversary of the event, so special programming honoring this milestone is on tap. The...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
8 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Washington, DC

Chinese New Year, also known in modern Chinese as the “Spring Festival,” begins on Feb. 16. The nation's capital is rich with Chinese culture, so it’s no wonder that the city features numerous ways to celebrate the holiday. We’ve detailed events and activities in Washington, DC that can help you...

@mill_burray - Chinatown Friendship Archway at night - Landmarks in Washington, DC
11 Reasons to Tour an Embassy in the District During Passport DC

During the entire month of May, the doors of the many embassies along Embassy Row – a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue NW that runs through Dupont Circle and Upper Northwest – open up to the public for Passport DC , a festival paying tribute to the international side of Washington, DC. Thanks to...

Passport DC - Tour Embassies in Washington, DC - Things to Do This Spring
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
The Best Things to Do at Washington Nationals 2017 Winterfest

Fans of all ages can catch favorite Nationals players, coaches, mascots (and even Santa Claus) at Winterfest on Dec. 16-17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. From meet-and-greets to baseball and holiday-themed activities and games, fans won’t want to miss holiday season highlight. In...

Washington Nationals Winterfest at the Washington Convention Center - Winter Family Friendly Event in Washington, DC
14 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Washington, DC

As 2018 approaches, it’s time to start planning how you’ll see 2017 out. The city’s bars, restaurants, attractions and venues present you with plenty of options for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the nation’s capital. Here are a few of our favorites from all over the city. ••• Throw down at a DC...

@wwwchris - Concert at The Anthem on the Southwest Waterfront - Events at The Wharf 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
15 Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than Washington, DC. Memorials are our specialty, and the nation’s capital celebrates with unique and meaningful events and exhibits designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans.

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge