Events & Festivals

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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
What to Know About Marches in Washington, DC

Washington, DC has long been a place where individuals from across the United States of America have exercised their First Amendment rights by marching for a cause. From the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession down America’s Main Street – Pennsylvania Avenue – and the 1964 March on Washington for Jobs...

Rally on the National Mall - What to know about marches in 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. Check out all of the...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC
10 Reasons to Attend the DC Jazz Festival This Summer

The DC Jazz Festival presented by Events DC is a can't-miss event on the District's cultural calendar, inviting visitors of all ages to celebrate all things jazz. The 2018 edition is bigger and better than ever in celebrating the international impact of one of America’s greatest art forms. One of...

DC Jazz Festival - Summer music festival with free concerts 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, Christmas-themed bars and lots more. Here are some of the best, can't-miss...

@fiz1point5 - ZooLights winter holiday celebration at Smithsonian National Zoo - Free family friendly things to do in Washington, DC
Where to Enjoy an Outdoor Movie This Summer In & Around Washington, DC

Summertime and movies go hand-in-hand. Yes, the biggest blockbusters are in theaters, but step your movie-going experience up a notch and relax outdoors while taking in a classic flick or one you’ve never seen before. Many of these outdoor movie screenings in the District feature beautiful scenery...

NoMa Summer Screen - Outdoor Summer Movies In Washington, DC
8 Reasons Why You Should Visit ‘Fun House’ at the National Building Museum

Each year, the National Building Museum hosts a Summer Block Party installation, part of an ongoing series that aims to showcase innovative museum experiences and the incredible design capabilities of the museum’s Great Hall. For the 2018 edition, the Building Museum enlisted Snarkitecture , a New...

@amy_hashimoto - National Building Museum's Summer Block Party Fun House Installation - Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Washington, DC
14 Great Spots to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Fourth of July celebrations , and there plenty of interesting sites from which to view them. You’ll find excellent vantage points from many rooftop bars , sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, across the river in Arlington and many...

Best spots to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in Washington, DC - Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument
15 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday ‘People, Land & Water’ The vitality of the Department of Interior is relayed through this state-of-the-art exhibition at the Interior Museum. People, Land & Water features more than 75 artifacts, a 14-minute film, a multimedia presentation that details the Department’s relevance and...

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Summer Sunset
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 Events, Festivals and More in Washington, DC - No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man Exhibit at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery