Events & Festivals

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

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...

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LGBTQ Events & Festivals to Check Out in Washington, DC

Capital Pride may build the biggest buzz, but DC’s LGBTQ scene is thriving year-round. From team sports to all night dance parties, check out our ultimate list of annual events that cater to the community. JANUARY Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend Leather lovers from across the region descend on DC for...

Capital Pride Parade - Washington, DC
20+ Must-See Fall Plays, Musicals & More in Washington, DC

Each fall, Washington, DC and its incredible performing arts scene offer up can’t-miss theater productions, from acclaimed Broadway plays to exciting new shows from local companies. Read on for highlights of the fall theater season. • • • See Top Shows for Bottom Dollar During Theatre Week – Sept...

H Street NE Neighborhood - Atlas Performing Arts Center & H Street Country Club - Washington, DC
Cool Cosplay, Art Displays & Other Reasons to Attend Otakon 2019 in Washington, DC

Otakon is held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from July 26-28, and just might be the dedicated event space’s liveliest function (emphasis on FUN) all year long. The family-friendly convention is run by and dedicated to fans of Asian media, entertainment and pop culture, including...

Otakon anime festival at the Washington Convention Center - The best things to do in Washington, DC
5 Reasons to Check Out the 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. The 2019 edition takes place from June 29-30 and the festival will focus on the social power of music. Read on to learn what activities and offerings...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
20+ Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

Each year Washington, DC celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall and attending the free A Capitol Fourth concert, visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. For getting around, we...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC
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...

Child with parent at the DC Jazz Festival - Summer festival in Washington, DC
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
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
Your Guide to the DC Jazz Festival

This year, the DC Jazz Festival will take place from June 7-16. Check out all the reasons why you should attend the festival and head over to dcjazzfest.org for the lineup, schedule and tickets. The DC JazzFest presented by Events DC has been a pillar in the DC community for 15 years, attracting...

Performance at DC Jazz Festival - Summer Music Festival in Washington, DC