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International Embassies in Washington, DC

Where to find the embassies With more than 175 embassies, ambassador’s residences and international cultural centers, DC is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation. Representatives from countries across the globe live and work for their home embassy right here in the District. These...

Swedish Embassy
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 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sept. 24 and you'll find the following...

National Book Festival - Washington, DC
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
18 Ways to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC

We’re taking the work out of making your Labor Day weekend plans. Come to Washington, DC and your summer is guaranteed to end with a bang!

Family canoeing on Potomac River past Kennedy Center, Washington DC
11 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 2016 edition (June 29 – July 4, July 7-10) features two themes: Basque: Innovation By Culture and Sounds of California . Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
40+ Things to Do This December in Washington, DC

Events Downtown Holiday Market – Through Dec. 23 This free-to-frequent downtown bazaar is centrally located at 8th and F Streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery . Scope out eclectic wares from dozens of pop-up tents with seasonally flavored music...

CityCenterDC Christmas Tree - Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Concerts

An unforgettable evening awaits at one of the many festive outdoor concerts happening in and around DC this summer . The concerts provide great atmosphere for enjoying a summer night, and are often free to attend. Check official websites for dates, times and specific locations.

Summer Concert at WWII Memorial
Holidays in the White House: First Family Traditions

Holidays at the White House are a family affair…with thousands of guests. Each December, the President and his family deck the White House’s halls and opens the doors for dozens of parties and public tours. It’s a big job to prepare the country’s most famous residence for a month of celebrations...

national Christmas tree lighting
5 Things You Need to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossoms are without a doubt the stars of springtime in Washington, DC. Visit the District during this time and you’ll find the nation’s capital is accented in pink for the three-week National Cherry Blossom Festival . Here are the five things you need to know before planning your trip...

Must-See Fall Arts & Culture Events in Washington, DC

With museum openings, theater season debuts and neighborhood festivals, this fall is one of the most action-packed times to experience the cultural side of the capital city. Check out the following rundown of openings, events, festivals, museum exhibits and performing arts. Historic Openings Grand...

All Things Go Fall Classic - Washington, DC