Events & Festivals

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

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
5 Things You Need to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossom trees 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 National Cherry Blossom Festival , which takes place from March 18 - April 16, 2017. Here are five things you...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial surrounded by cherry blossoms - Free things to do in Washington, DC
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
30+ 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 music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages this fall . Among these venues: The Anthem, a 6,000-seat masterpiece that is...

Musical Performance at the 9:30 Club Concert Venue - Concerts in Washington, DC
10 Reasons to Attend the DC Jazz Festival

One of America’s greatest art forms receives an annual summer showcase in DC. Many of the concerts are free, so no need to worry about costs piling up! For 10 more reasons why you should attend this wonderful celebration, read on. Also, make sure to visit dcjazzfest.org for full lineups, a schedule...

Performance at DC Jazz Festival - Summer Music Festival in Washington, DC
How Do I Get to the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC?

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. For newcomers: driving is not the preferred method of transportation...

Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin - National Cherry Blossom Festival - Things to Do This Spring in Washington, DC
9 Frightful Halloween Events In & Around Washington, DC

Looking for a creepily good time? Check out these frightfully fun DC Halloween events and activities, from all-ages family-friendly events to spooky 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...

Air & Scare at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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.

Couple at the Phillips Collection - Dupont Circle - Washington, DC
19 Can't-Miss Holiday 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 light displays, Christmas-themed bars and lots more. Here are some can't-miss ways to experience the...

ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo - Holiday Displays in Washington, DC
LGBTQ Events & Festivals 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