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Washington, DC Events

Black History Month

This month-long series of events recognises and pays tribute to the contribution made by African Americans to the United States of America. Many of the city’s museums and institutions, such as the Smithsonian, Anacostia Community Museum and National Archives, will have talks, workshops and events, while bars and live music venues will get into the celebratory mood as well.

Date: 01 February 2018 - 28 February 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout Washington, DC.
Cost:

Varies between events.


St Patrick's Day Parade

First held in 1971, this impressive parade still celebrates the city's Irish community each March. Expect marching and pipe bands, the army, police and fire departments as well as floats, novelty groups and plenty of green.

Date: 11 March 2018 - 11 March 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Constitution Avenue
Website: http://dcstpatsparade.com/
Cost:

Free.


National Cherry Blossom Parade and Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-week event that celebrates springtime in Washington, DC as well as the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The festival includes a spectacular parade with carnival floats and marching bands.

Date: 20 March 2018 - 15 April 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Constitution Avenue
Website: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/
Cost:

Prices vary between events, but many are free.


White House Easter Egg Roll

These annual Easter celebrations include live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. It’s hosted by the President and First Lady on the White House lawn.

Date: 02 April 2018 - 02 April 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: White House lawn.
Website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll
Cost:

By invitation only.


Filmfest DC - Washington International Film Festival

Prepare to be amused, provoked and inspired by extraordinary new films from some of the world’s most talented and innovative filmmakers, as Filmfest DC delivers an exceptional entertainment experience across several cinemas, theatres and hand-picked venues.

Date: 19 April 2018 - 29 April 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues
Website: http://www.filmfestdc.org/

National Barbecue Battle

Free food samples, cooking demonstrations and competition between local and national BBQ restaurants make the National Barbecue Battle a one-of-a-kind affair. Aside from the food, expect live music from over 30 acts.

Date: 23 June 2018 - 24 June 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Pennsylvania Avenue.
Website: http://www.bbqdc.com

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

A celebration of contemporary traditions, this festival on the National Mall includes a varied programme of music, song, dance, celebratory performance, craft and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and narrative sessions around a theme or a country.

Date: 27 June 2018 - 08 July 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: National Mall.
Website: https://festival.si.edu
Cost:

Free


Independence Day

Day-long concerts and activities, including the National Independence Day Parade, will take place across the city but centre around the Washington Monument. Celebrations culminate in a large fireworks display. Expect other events to take place before and after the 4 July celebrations.

Date: 04 July 2018 - 04 July 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: National Mall.
Cost:

Varies between events.


Adams Morgan Day

This community street festivals takes place annually and is a fiesta of live music, international food, cultural demonstrations and dances. It’s free, family friendly and all done before the sun sets.

Date: 01 September 2018 - 30 September 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: 18th Street NW between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road and at Marie Reed Elementary.
Website: http://www.adamsmorganday2017.com/
Cost:

Free


National Christmas Tree Lighting

Each year, the President of the United States turns on the lights of the giant National Christmas Tree, which is erected in the northeast quadrant of The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC. The lighting of the tree marks the start of Pageant of Peace, a month-long series of festive events around the tree.

Date: 01 December 2018 - 31 December 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: The Ellipse, President's Park South.
Website: http://www.thenationaltree.org
Cost:

No, but tickets are given out through an online lottery