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May 2018 Festivals and Events

May 3rd, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

While most schools in the United States remain in session throughout the month of May, there are still plenty of events and festivals happening in the Capital Region this time of year.

Whether you’re visiting Washington, D.C. or the surrounding communities in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, there are plenty of things to do including annual celebrations, community engagement projects, and a variety of cultural performances and even parades.

From the National Cathedral’s annual flower market to Memorial Day weekend events and activities, add a little something extra to your vacation to the Capital Region this May by checking out one (or more) of these fantastic festivals.

Schedule of Activities for May 2018

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

From April 27 through May 6, 2018, the 91st Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will return to Winchester, Virginia to celebrate the blooming apple trees in the Shenandoah Valley. This annual homage to spring features more than 45 events including the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, and a series of demonstrations by local firefighters. The event is free to attend and a great way to discover this beautiful mountain town near the nation’s capital.

National Cathedral Flower Mart

Unlike in years past, the Flower Mart at the National Cathedral will take place on one day only, May 4, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guest can enjoy the grounds of this famed cathedral, browse through dozens of floral displays, take part in family-friendly activities, and enjoy musical entertainment all for free.

Local food vendors—including farmers selling herbs, flowers, and produce—will also be on-site, so you won’t need to bring a lunch to this event.

Passport DC and Around the World Embassy Tour

Taking place all month long each year in May, Passport DC is an event sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC that features a wide range of performances, talks, exhibits, and tours of foreign embassies in the nation’s capital.

In 2018, Cultural Tourism DC will partner with the Around the World Embassy Tourto showcase embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and politicians.

DC Funk Parade

Since 2013, the U Street Corridor of Washington, D.C. has hosted an annual parade and street festival to honor the diverse culture of performance and art in one of the city’s liveliest entertainment districts. On May 12, 2018, the Fifth Annual Funk Paradewill return to the U Street District with a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade, and music festival. The event also features a costume lounge and “funky costume corps,” the Academy of Funk workshops, and the Intergalactic Inter-Generation Station where guests can explore this history of this off-beat music genre.

Virginia Gold Cup

The annual steeplechase in Virginia horse country features horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tailgate competitions, and a fancy hat contest at the Great Meadow Polo Club in The Plains, Virginia. The event takes place on May 5, 2018, and starts with a tailgating party before the race. Attendees can reserve tailgating spots on the Member’s Hill, North Rail, and South Rail of the Great Meadow, but must register in advance (for free) to enter the Tailgating Contest.

Charity Walks

There are plenty of opportunities to improve your own health while raising money for worthwhile DC-area charities at the same time. On May 6, 2018, you can participate in the Public Service 5K Walk/Run, which supports civilian federal and postal workers through the Federal Employee Education & Assitance Fund (FEEA), or the 2018 Race for Hope, which supports funding research for brain tumors. On May 12, you can take part in the Semper Fi 5K to raise money for victims of the 9/11 attacks, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.

Outdoor Movies

Nothing quite says summer in the Capital Region like watching a recent (or classic) film on a large outdoor screen in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. From D.C. Outdoor Films in Chinatown Park to Movies on the Potomac at the National Harbor in Maryland, there are plenty of chances to catch outdoor films all month long.

Movie nights in May typically take place on Fridays and Saturdays, but in June through August, there are many more movie events including on weeknights.

Spring Theater Performances

Although not as famous for theatre as New York City’s Broadway, touring and local productions abound in Washington, D.C. this spring. Coming to the Capital Region in 2018, you can see “The Wiz” at Ford’s Theatre until May 12, Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia” until May 13, and “Waitress” at the National Theatre starting May 15, among many others.

Washington Nationals Baseball

The Major League Baseball’s National League East plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park Stadium in Washington, D.C. You can enjoy a fun-filled day cheering on the capital’s baseball team all month long but be sure to check the official MLB schedule for special events and ticketing before you go. Special events in May 2018 include U.S. Navy Day May 1, Federal Workforce Day May 2, Star Wars Day May 5, and Seniors Stroll the Bases on May 23.

Fiesta Asia: Silver Spring and Street Fair

The flagship event for Fiesta Asia takes place in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 6, 2018. Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair featuring live entertainment and interactive displays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Fiesta Asia Street Fair will also take place on Capitol Hill as part of the Passport DC program on May 19, 2018. This larger street fair includes outdoor food and craft vendors, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, a talent show, and many music and dance performances.

Georgetown Garden Tour

Each year since 1928, the Georgetown Garden Club has sponsored guided tours of the area’s most exquisite gardens. The 90th Annual Georgetown Garden Tour will take place on May 12, 2018, starting at 31st and O Streets. Included in your ticket, you’ll also be treated to an afternoon snack of baked goods and cold beverages at the Keith Hall of Christ Church as well as a self-guided tour of a wide variety of gardens in the neighborhood.

Mother’s Day Events and Activities

If you’re visiting the Washington, D.C. area for Mother’s Day on May 13, 2018, there are several special events and activities worth checking out to give your mom a special treat. Start the day off right with Mother’s Day brunch specials at some of the city’s best restaurants, and don’t forget to stop for afternoon tea at Tudor Place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for a special mother-centric service. You can also take a cruise along the Potomac River, a free Mother’s Day tour of the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, or go for a hike or picnic in Maryland or Virginia.

National Police Week

Starting with the Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the National Police Week 5K on Saturday, May 12, 2018, National Police Week events will take place all week long in Washington, D.C. to honor law officers and their families. Events continue through May 19, 2018, and include a candlelight vigil, a memorial service, and the National Police Survivor’s Conference.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival

Featuring over 175 different brews from more than 40 Maryland breweries, the Maryland Craft Beer Festival returns to Carrol Creek Park in Frederick on May 12, 2018. The one-day festival features beer tastings and proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Brewers Association of Maryland, which helps these 40 independent breweries get started and stay afloat. Tickets range from $15 for the designated driver (free for kids under 15) to $55 for a VIP pass that grants early entry and access to limited edition and small-batch brews.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

You can browse the works of over 140 contemporary artists and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, and downtown restaurants at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival on May 12 and 13, 2018. Located in what’s known as the Woodmont Triangle in Bethesda, Maryland, this free event features ceramics, clothing, furniture, glass, jewelry, mixed media, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood carving, and film all in one place—just 30 minutes from Downton D.C.

Washington Jewish Film Festival

The Edlavich Jewish Community Center of Washington, D.C. (DCJCC) will present its annual Washington Jewish Film Festival from May 2 to 13, 2018. Each year, the Edlavich DCJCC organizes a series of film screenings, panel discussions with filmmakers, bar crawls and awards presentations. In 2018, the event kicks off with a screening of the documentary “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me” and closes with a screening of ” The Invisibles.”

Blue Angels Air Shows

The U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, an elite team of 18 pilots known as the Blue Angels, tour the United States to put on aerial demonstrations of their skills. In 2018, you’ll have three chances to catch the Blue Angels perform. From May 18 through 25, the U.S. Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week in Annapolis features a USNA campus air show on May 23 and 24 and a graduation flyover of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on May 25.

Taste of Arlington

On May 20, 2018, you can enjoy all the best culinary confections that the city of Arlington, Virginia has to offer at the annual Taste of Arlington festival on Wilson Boulevard. This lively street festival also features local entertainment, children’s activities, a wine, beer, and spirits area, a “Girls on the Run” 5K run, and Bark Park for your pets. Proceeds from this event go to benefit local charities.

DC Dragon Boat Festival

The D.C. Dragon Boat Festival returns to Thompson’s Boathouse Center with dragon boat races, cultural performances, and hands-on activities along the Potomac River on May 19 and 20, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the dragon boat festival is sponsored by the Taiwan-U.S. Cultural Association (TUSCA) and serves to promote Taiwanese culture in the Capital Region.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

In 2018, Memorial Day weekend starts on Friday, May 25 and ends Monday, May 28, and the Capitol Region offers dozens of special events to celebrate this federal holiday. Rockville’s Hometown Holidays in Maryland is a three-day street festival in celebration of the holiday weekend with music, children’s entertainment, and a parade. Alternatively, you could head out to the Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park for the annual festival featuring pony and hay rides, a petting zoo, 5K run, live entertainment, and strawberries.

April 2018 Festivals and Events

April 5th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Don’t miss the best events including the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events..

Passover in Washington, DC
March 30-April 7, 2018. Find resources for planning and celebrating the Jewish holiday in the Washington DC area, including kosher markets, restaurants, synagogues and more.

International Pillow Fight Day
2018 Date to Be Announced.
National Mall. Massive pillow fights breakout in cities around the world.

Spring Theater in Washington DC
Check out the spring theater scene in Washington DC. With dozens of performances around the capital region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the upcoming season.

Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month
Throughout April 2018. Various locations. The Smithsonian celebrates the month with special talks, workshops, concerts and more.

Washington Nationals Baseball
Nationals Park. Opening Day is April 5, 2018. The team will play against the Miami Marlins. The Nationals 2016 schedule includes 81 home dates. The major league baseball team plays through September.

Washington Capitals
The NHL Hockey team plays at the Verizon Center through April. Find information on tickets, schedules and more.

Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
April 14, 2018, 10 a.m. See wonderful entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances, and more.

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
April 14, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The huge Japanese street party includes live entertainment, food, arts, games and a Ginza Marketplace.

DC Emancipation Day
2018 Date to Be Announced. The anniversary of the Emancipation Act, when Lincoln granted freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia is celebrated with educational and cultural events throughout the city. Note this year’s events are a week earlier than usual due to Easter. 

Anacostia River Festival 
2018 Date to Be Announced.  1-5 p.m. Anacostia Park, SE Washington DC. The festival features a wide variety of activities including outdoor recreation, musical performances,  a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more.

Southwest Waterfront Festival and Fireworks
2018 Date to Be Announced. Southwest Waterfront, Washington DC.  A highlight of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the free event features music, water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and fireworks.

National Park Week
April 21-29, 2018. The National Park Service encourages everyone to enjoy the natural wonders found in parks across the country. Special activities will take place around the region.

Filmfest DC
April 19-29, 2018. Multiple venues around Washington DC. The city’s oldest film festival returns this year featuring a wide range of films from around the globe including features, documentaries, comedies, shorts and award winners.

Bay Bridge Boat Show
April 27-29, 2018. Kent Island, Maryland. The show kicks off the boating season each spring with a display of hundreds of new and late model brokerage boats and boat equipment displays.

Bethesda Literary Festival
2018 Date to Be Announced. Dozens of authors and writers conduct readings, talks and other activities at galleries, bookstores and other sites in downtown Bethesda.

Earth Day
Throughout the month of April, celebrate Earth Day with special activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages. Find activities in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

National Math Festival 
2018 Date to Be Announced. Washington Convention Center,  Washington DC. The family-friendly event will include lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more. 

Virginia Historic Garden Week
April 21-28, 2018. A garden-lovers paradise! This annual event features tours of the gardens at Virginia’s most prestigious private homes and public attractions. See lush gardens, stunning architecture, and historic furnishings. See a guide to more upcoming garden tours around the region. 

White House Spring Garden Tours
2018 Date to Be Announced. Visit the White House grounds and explore the beautiful gardens. Tickets are required.

DC Craft Beer Festival
2018 Date to Be Announced. Nationals Park,  Washington, DC. The American craft beer tasting will feature seminars and food and the spring releases from approximately 75 breweries.

Arlington Festival of the Arts
2018 Date to Be Announced. Clarendon, VA. The new arts festival features vibrant paintings, contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more.

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival
2018 Date to Be Announced. Historic Leesburg, Virginia. The family friendly event displays landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers, herbs and much more.

Smithsonian Craft Show
2018 Date to Be Announced. This is your chance to buy unique crafts from the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary American arts in the nation.

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
April 20-22, 2018. Annapolis, MD. The show includes new and brokerage catamarans, monohulls, racing boats, inflatables, and day sailors. Cruisers University features hands-on training by cruising experts.

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
April 27–May 6, 2018, Winchester, VA. The annual celebration of spring showcases the blooming apple trees in the Shenandoah Valley with more than 45 events including the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, Firefighters events and more.

Georgetown French Market
2018 Date to Be Announced. The spring shopping extravaganza features fashion, French fare, quaint home and antique shops, galleries and live music.

National Harbor Food & Wine Festival
April 28-29, 2018. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisinal and organic products, lectures on culinary and wine trends and more.

For more information on attractions, sightseeing, entertainment, shopping, recreation, sports, and things to do all year-round, see Top 10 Things to Do in the Washington DC/Capital Region

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March 2018 Festivals and Events

March 2nd, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.

  • Francophonie Cultural Festival  – Throughout March 2018. Learn about French culture through a variety of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more.  Washington DC hosts the largest Francophone festival in the world.
     
  • Washington Wizards Basketball – See NBA games live at the Capital One Arena or enjoy the national broadcasts throughout the season.
     
  • Washington Capitals – The NHL Hockey team plays at the Capital One Arena. Find information on tickets, schedules and more.
     
  • Women’s History Month – March is Women’s History Month. Washington, DC is the home to the many important sites that are dedicated to preserving and honoring the contributions of women. This month is a great time to visit these museums and historical sites.
     
  • Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – March 3, 2018. Old Town Alexandria celebrates the Irish holiday with a classic car show, a dog show and a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Elected officials; the Irish Ambassador; military commanders; and other local celebrities participate along with local scouts, marines and high school bands.
     
  • Frederick Restaurant Week – 2018 Dates to Be Announced. The 7-day promotion features fixed-price lunch and dinner options in the city of Frederick, Maryland and the surrounding area.
     
  • NBC4’s Health and Fitness Expo – March 10-11, 2018. Washington DC Convention Center. The annual event offers fun activities to motivate you to take charge of your health. Try a new sport such as golf, skiing or snowboarding with the virtual simulators. Check your body mass index, take a heart risk test, learn about ergonomics and much more.
     
  • Rock and Roll Marathon – March 10, 2018, The Marathon is a 26.2 mile, 13.1 mile or 5K race to raise money for charitable organizations. A Health and Fitness Expo will be held on March 10-11.
     
  • Saint Patrick’s Day Parades – Dates vary by location. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at a parade in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Virginia or Gaithersburg, Maryland. Enjoy a day of Irish music, dancing and fun. See also Irish Restaurants and Pubs
     
  • DC Environmental Film Festival – March 15-25, 2018.Times and locations vary. See documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from around the world at a variety of venues around Washington, DC.
     
  • National Shamrock Festival – March 17, 2018, 1-9 p.m. RFK Stadium, Washington DC. Enjoy a day of family fun at the largest Saint Patrick’s Day party and street festival in the DC area featuring more than 50 live bands.
     
  • White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery – 2018 Dates to Be Announced. Don’t miss your chance to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll. Enter the lottery for free tickets. 
     
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20 – April 15, 2018. See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Don’t miss the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.
     
  • CineMatsuri – Japanese Film Festival – 2018 Dates to Be Announced. The festival will screen five recent Japanese films, each in a different genre, that showcase the diversity and richness of Japanese film making today.
     
  • Annapolis Film Festival – March 22-25, 2018. The Annapolis Film Festival will showcase more than 70 African-American and African films with a focus on black storytelling.
     
  • Marine Corps 17.75K – March 24, 2018. Prince William County, VA. The unique 17.75K distance of 11.03 miles will be held just outside Marine Corps Base Quantico taking runners on a course along the wooded paths and scenic roads of Prince William Forest Park.
     
  • Spring Theater in Washington DC – Check out the spring theater scene in Washington DC. With dozens of performances around the capital region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2018 season.
     
  • Blossom Kite Festival – March 31, 2018. As part of the festivities at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, kite enthusiasts compete and show off their kite flying skills on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

February 2018 Festivals and Events

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The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.

Chinese New Year Events – Various Dates, enjoy a variety of special celebrations honoring the Year of the Rooster in the Washington, DC area.

Howard County Restaurant Weeks – Through February 52018. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe chef’s menus with prices ranging from $10.18 to $40.18 (beverages, tax, gratuity not included) featuring local products, cut flowers, seafood, herbs, meats, eggs and game often paired with local wine or beers.

Alexandria Restaurant Week – Through February 4, 2018. More than 45 restaurants will be offering special menus and pricing to entice visitors to dine in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles south of Washington, DC. The restaurants are offering either a three-course pre-fixe dinner or dinner for two, both priced at $35.

National Harbor Restaurant Week – February 4-10, 2018. Enjoy restaurant discounts at the waterfront community’s top dining spots. 

Black History Month – Throughout the month of February, remember the contributions of African Americans in the United States with numerous events and cultural programs.

Chocolate Lovers Festival – February 2-4, 2018. Old Town Fairfax, Virginia. Enjoy a festival of everything chocolate! See the Chocolate Challenge, an arts contest featuring breathtaking art made completely of chocolate, sample chocolates, historic re-enactments, children’s activities, craft show and more.

Cupid’s Undie Run – February 10, 2018. Run around the city in your Valentine’s themed undies to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Mardi Gras Celebrations in Washington, DC – Celebrate Fat Tuesday at a variety of events including parties, parades, balls and family days.

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade – February 13, 2018, 7 p.m. Arlington, VA. The parade celebrates Fat Tuesday bringing the community together for an evening of entertainment.

Valentine’s Day – Find suggestions for Valentine’s Day in the Washington, DC area, including romantic restaurants, romantic getaways, chocolates, flowers, gift ideas and more.

George Washington’s Birthnight Banquet and Ball – February 17, 2018, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria, Virginia. Enjoy an 18th-century banquet and English Country Dancing, a dessert collation, toasts, and character re-enactors.

President’s Day in Washington, DC – February 19, 2018. Visit Washington, DC on President’s Day and pay tribute to America’s most famous leaders. Find out about special Presidents’ Day events held throughout the Washington, DC area.

Annapolis Restaurant Week – 2018 Dates to Be Announced. Dozens of restaurants in Historic and greater Annapolis will be offering three-course, price fixed meal selections at a cost of $15.95 for lunch and $29.95 for dinner.

White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery – 2018 Dates to Be Announced. Free tickets will be distributed via an online lottery. Don’t miss your chance to attend the annual event on Easter Monday on the White House grounds.

January 2018 Festivals and Events

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The Washington, D.C. area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.

Winter Theater in Washington, D.C. – With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2018 season.

Bridal Shows and Expos – See everything you need to plan an extraordinary wedding. Bridal shows include exhibits of bridal fashions, invitations, photographers, ceremony sites, music, wedding cakes, decorations, honeymoon travel and much more. See the schedule of shows around the Washington, D.C. area.

Adventures in Travel Expo – January 20-21, 2018. Washington Convention Center. Learn about a wide variety of adventure travel packages and tours, attend educational seminars, meet leading travel writers and participate in free hands-on activities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Events – The national holiday is January 15, 2018. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday is a day of honor and commemorative events at a variety of sites in Washington, DC. Events honoring the civil rights leader run throughout the month of January.

Home & Remodeling Show – January 19-21, 2018. Dulles Expo Center. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. Find out what’s new in home decor, gardening, remodeling, and more. Meet hundreds of experts and check out thousands of products and services.

Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rallies – January 19, 2018. Thousands of Americans will march in Washington, DC on the anniversary of the date of the Supreme Court’s infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Pro-lifers and pro-choice supporters will march in support of their stand on this controversial issue.

Washington, DC Restaurant Week – January 22-28, 2018. Experience Washington, DC’s best restaurants at affordable prices. More than 250 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches for $22 and 3-course dinners for $35 for this gourmet event.

Maryland Polar Bear Plunge  – January 25-27, 2018. Annapolis, Maryland. During the charity event for Special Olympics Maryland, thousands of participants of all ages are daring enough to take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The event includes contests and live entertainment. See More Polar Plunges in Maryland and Virginia.

Washington Auto Show  – January 26-February 4, 2018. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC. This special event features more than 700 new vehicle makes and models, live entertainment, celebrity guests and new car giveaways.

Alexandria Restaurant Week – January 26-February 4, 2018. More than 45 restaurants will be offering special menus and pricing to entice visitors to dine in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles south of Washington, DC. The restaurants are offering either a three-course pre-fixe dinner or dinner for two, both priced at $35.

Summer Camp Fairs in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia – Various dates in January and February. Do you know what your kids are doing this summer? Attend a camp fair and find out about a variety of day and sleepaway camps in the Washington, DC area.

November 2017 Festivals and Events

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Fall Theater in Washington DC
With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the season.

Washington Wizards Basketball
See NBA games live at the Verizon Center or enjoy the national broadcasts throughout the season.

Museum Shop Around at Strathmore
?November 9-12, 2017. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop at 16 museum shops under one roof at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Maryland (301) 581-5100.

Veterans Day
November 11, 2017. Honor American veterans at this event and/or attend a wreath-laying ceremony at one of the monuments in Washington, DC. See the schedule of this year’s events.

FotoWeek DC
November 11-19, 2017. The annual celebration of photography in Washington, DC, will feature programs including a photo contest and juried exhibition, gallery openings, lectures, educational workshops, portfolio reviews, book signings and more.

Holiday Craft Shows
Throughout the month of November, you will find lots of arts and crafts shows ideal for shopping for unique holiday gifts. Find here a variety of craft shows in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting
November 12, 2017, 5-7 p.m. Waterfront Plaza, National Harbor, Maryland. The waterfront community will kick off the holiday season by lighting up the sky with fireworks and a 65ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights.

DC Cocktail Week
November 13-19, 2017. More than 50 Washington DC area restaurants and bars offer specially priced cocktail and food pairings to entice guests to try something new. This is a great opportunity to check out the local happy hour scene.

Grand Opening Museum of the Bible 
November 17, 2017. 300 D St SW, Washington, DC. Check out the new 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum located just three blocks from the Capitol Building.

ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort
November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit.

This is an interactive holiday attraction you won’t want to miss.

Six Flags America – Holiday in the Park
November 18, 2017-January 1, 2018 Upper Marlboro, MD. The amusement park offers a holiday celebration featuring millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides.

Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade and Illumination
November 19, 2017. Gettysburg, PA. Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address” and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery are commemorated with a special ceremony, a parade and an illumination of the cemetery. 

Turkey Trots in the Washington DC Area
Various Dates. A variety of organizations in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia sponsor walks and runs to raise money for charity.

Presidential Turkey Pardon
Each year, the President pardons a turkey and spares its life in celebration of Thanksgiving. See photos!

Thanksgiving Parades
Attend the annual Thanksgiving parades in Reston, Virginia and Silver Spring Maryland.

Thanksgiving Weekend in the Washington, DC Area
Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season and many wonderful activities and events begin in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Here are some ideas of fun things to do during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Black Friday in Washington DC
November 24, 2017. The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. Many stores open early and offer big sales for the holidays. See the schedule of store openings in the DC area.

Christmas at Mount Vernon
November 25, 2017 – January 6, 2018. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, meet historic characters and tour the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight.

City of Alexandria Holiday Tree Lighting
November 24, 2017, 7-9 p.m. Musical entertainment with a visit from Santa Claus in Market Square, 301 King St. (703) 838-4844

Small Business Saturday in the Washington DC Area
November 25, 2017. The Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated as a day to shop for the holiday season at locally owned businesses to support the economy.  See a guide to Washington DC area neighborhoods that have a number of small businesses.

Nutcracker Performances
Enjoy the Christmas holiday classic ballet at a theater in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Schedules vary, but many theatres begin their performances in late November.

The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace
Lighting ceremony – November 30, 2017, 5 p.m. Ellipse near the White House. Visit the National Christmas Tree and enjoy live entertainment through January 1.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Find dates and times for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in the Washington, DC area.

Christmas Light Displays
Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, DC area’s spectacle of lights at a local park in DC, Maryland or Virginia.

October 2017 Festivals and Events

October 3rd, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community


The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.

Pumpkin Festivals – Find out where the best pumpkin patches and fall festivals are in the Washington, DC area.

Best Halloween Events – Throughout the month of October, get spooked at a haunted house, romp around a pumpkin patch or go on a haunted city tour. Find the best Halloween events in the Washington, DC area.

Oktoberfests Near Washington, DC – Find German folk festivals with great beer, food, and live entertainment.

Corn Mazes in Maryland and Virginia – Stroll through a giant corn maze and find puzzle pieces that will complete your own maze map. This is a great family activity.

Fall for Fairfax Festival – Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival includes more than 100 interactive activities and exhibits for the whole family.

Calvert County Fair – Through October 1, 2017. Prince Frederick, Maryland. The fair includes a wide range of activities including farm animals, exhibits, musical, entertainment, food, carnival rides, contests and a 4H auction.

DC Design House – Through October 29, 2017. The annual interior design showcase transforms a house by top local designers. The home is open to the public and is a fun place to check out creative home decorating ideas.

Annapolis Sailboat Show – October 5-9, 2017. Annapolis City Dock. Visit Downtown Annapolis and check out the latest in boats and boating accessories.

Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tour – October 6-8, 2017, 6-9 pm. George Washington’s Estate & Gardens. Wine-cellar tours and live music. Advanced tickets are required.

Taste of Bethesda – October 7, 2017. Bethesda’s famous food and music festival features 50 restaurants and four stages of live entertainment.

Fall Theater in Washington DC – With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the upcoming season.

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Weekends through October 22, 2017. A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more. Located in Crownsville, Maryland.

Autumn Conservation Festival – October 7, 2017. Smithsonian Biology Conservation Institute, Front Royal, VA. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our world-renowned science, research, and animal care.

Taste of DC – October 7-8, 2017.  The event will feature tastings and dishes from more than 80 of Washington DC’s best restaurants, eateries and food trucks, a Farm-to-Fork zone, and the chance to get up close and personal with local chefs and winemakers.

White House Garden Tours– 2017 Dates to Be Announced. View the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children’s Garden and South Lawn of the White House. 

National Fire Prevention Week – October 8-14, 2017. Attention is focused this week on promoting fire safety and prevention.

Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area  – Throughout the month, there are great charities to support while improving your own health. Find walks in the DC metropolitan area.

Army Ten-Miler – October 8, 2017. America’s biggest 10-mile race attracts 20,000 runners each year. Race begins at the Pentagon at 8 a.m.

Columbus Day – October 9, 2017. The annual wreath laying ceremony honors the life of Christopher Columbus.

National Hispanic Heritage Month – Through October 15. Throughout this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Fall For the Book Festival – Oct. 11-14, 2017. The regional celebration of literature and the arts features events at George Mason University’s Fairfax, Virginia Campus and at multiple locations throughout the capital region. The festival welcomes nearly 150 authors including some of the nation’s most exciting and provocative writers.

Distribution of Tickets for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony– October 12-16, 2017. It’s an online lottery! Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition in Washington, DC!

Annapolis Powerboat Show – October 12-15, 2017. Annapolis City Dock. Visit Downtown Annapolis and check out the latest in boats and boating accessories.

Bethesda Row Arts Festival – October 14-17, 2017. Bethesda, MD. More than 180 artists display a wide variety of artwork and crafts.

Rockville Antique & Classic Car Show – October 14, 2017, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rockville Civic Center grounds. Rockville, Maryland. See a display of more than 500 antique and classic automobiles, pumpkin painting, moon bounce, and swing music, by the Rockin’Ville Swing Band.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival – October 20-22, 2017. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD. Enjoy craft demonstrations, great food and live entertainment.

Patuxent Wildlife Festival – October 21, 2017, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Live animals and research displays at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland.

Northern Virginia Brewfest – October 21-22, 2017, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. More than 40 breweries will feature their best American style beers. Entertainment includes live music and children’s activities such as face painting, air-brush tattooing, moon bounces, and rock climbing.

Boo at the Zoo – October 20-22, 2017. Visit bats, spiders, owls, and other animals at the zoo while trick-or-treating at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations, and haunted trails at the annual National Zoo’s Halloween celebration. Advance tickets are required.

Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Days – October 21-22, 2017. Celebrate the season with horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations.

Kids Euro Festival – October 21- November 5, 2017. The event includes more than 200 free performances around the city staged through the cooperation of the 28 Washington-based European Union embassies and more than a dozen major local cultural institutions. Geared to children ages 2-12.

Marine Corps Marathon – October 22, 2017. The annual race includes a full weekend of events including the Health and Fitness Expo, Healthy Kids Fun Run, and Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival.

Washington International Horse Show – October 24-29, 2017. Capital One Arena, Washington, DC. The world-class equestrian competition features top riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses to the nation’s capital for thrilling show jumping, boutique shopping, educational events and more.

DC Drag Queen Race – October 24, 2017. Thousands of spectators flock to Dupont Circle to watch costumed drag queens show off their elaborate Halloween costumes and race down 17th Street.

Day of the Dead – October 31-November 1, 2017. Los Días de los Muertos is a Mexican custom honoring and remembering those who have died. See a guide to special events around the region. Note that some will be held the weekend before.

September 2017 Festivals and Events

September 7th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Through Oct. 22, 2017. Crownsville, MD. A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more.

Prince George’s County Fair – Sept. 7-10, 2017. Upper Marlboro, MD. Carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food.

The DC Shorts Film Festival – Sept. 7-17, 2017. Film festival in Washington, DC featuring short films and discussions with filmmakers.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival – Sept. 9, 2017, 1-7 p.m. Enjoy a day of free jazz concerts in Rosslyn, VA.

Frederick’s In the Street Festival  – Sept. 9, 2017. Frederick, MD. One of the biggest festivals of the year takes over the downtown area with live entertainment to encourage dancing in the streets. Also, enjoy food, arts and crafts, and kids activities.

Maryland Seafood Festival – Sept. 9-10, 2017. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD. Weekend event with great food, music, and family fun.

September 11 Memorial Events – Various Dates. See the schedule of special commemorative events in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Takoma Park Folk Festival – Sept. 10, 2017, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Community festival with games, food, crafts, dancing and music.

Nation’s Triathlon – Sept. 10, 2017. The sporting event includes a scenic course that winds through the National Mall, a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, 40k bike course through the streets of Washington and Maryland, finishing with a 10k run past the city’s historical landmarks. The weekend includes a Health and Fitness Expo that is open to the public.

Adams Morgan Day – Sept. 10, 2017, Noon-7 p.m. Annual street festival in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Washington Redskins Opening Game – Sept. 10, 2017,  7 p.m. The Washington football team plays in their home opener. Enjoy the football season and cheer for the Redskins.

Anne Arundel County Fair – Sept. 13-17, 2017.  Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD. Monster truck rides, carnival rides, farm animals, pig races, antique saw mill, pie eating contest, talent show and much more.

National Hispanic Heritage Month – Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Celebrate the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Charles County Fair – Sept. 14-17, 2017. Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Road. La Plata, Maryland. (301) 932-1234. Farm animals, displays, demonstrations, food, entertainment, carnival rides, games and activities for all ages.

Great Frederick Fair – Sept. 15-23, 2017. Frederick Fairgrounds. Musical entertainment, tractor pulls, equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, food.

Andrews Air Show – Sept. 16-17, 2017. Joint Base Andrews, Camp Springs, MD. The show features the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, performing fast-paced aerobatic maneuvers of two, four and six planes flying in formation.

Alexandria King Street Art Festival – Sept. 16-17, 2017. King Street becomes an outdoor gallery featuring 200 of the nation’s top award-winning artists.

WalkingTown DC – Sept. 16-24, 2017. Enjoy free guided tours of the neighborhoods of Washington DC. Dozens of walking tours are available offering a great way to explore the nation’s capital.

H Street Festival – Sept. 16, 2017, noon-6 p.m. The festival includes musical and dance performances, children’s activities, crafts, international foods and more.

Latino Festival – Fiesta DC – Sept. 16-17, 2017. Washington DC. Celebrate the Latino culture with one of the largest festivals in the nation’s capital. International cuisine and lots of live entertainment.

Mount Vernon’s Colonial Craft Fair – Sept. 16-17, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The fair is a re-creation of an early American marketplace with artist demonstrations, family entertainment and 18th-century amusements.

Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo – 2017 Dates to Be Announced, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of Latin American culture and wildlife through a variety of family-oriented activities, live music and dance, special keeper talks, and a Latin American food court.

Capital Home Show – Sept. 22-24, 2017. Dulles Expo Center. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. See what’s new in building, remodeling, and decorating. Meet experts and shop, compare and save on all of your home improvement projects.

Hyattsville Arts and Ales Festival – Sept. 23, 2017, 12-6 p.m. Hyattsville, MD. More than 100 artists, MD breweries, food trucks and  live entertainment will span 4 blocks in the Gateway Arts District.

Taste of Georgetown – Sept. 24, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sample dishes from 30 Georgetown restaurants, while enjoying live music and children’s activities.

Fall Theater in Washington DC – With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2017 season.

Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area – The MS Challenge Walk and the Walk for Kids are great charities to support while improving your own health. See these and more walks coming up this fall.

Oktoberfests Near Washington, DC – Various DatesFind German folk festivals with great beer, food, and live entertainment.

Washington DC Tour de Cure Bicycling Event  – Sept. 23, 2017. Washington, DC. Bike across the nation’s capital and help raise funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. All experience levels welcome.

Turkish Festival – Sept. 24, 2017, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC. Celebrate Turkish art and culture with a variety of family-friendly activities, food, crafts and more.

Pumpkin Festivals – Some of the region’s pumpkin patches open at the end of September. Find out where the best pumpkin patches and fall festivals are in the Washington, DC area and plan an early visit before the crowds.

Calvert County Fair – Sept. 27-Oct 1, 2017. Prince Frederick, Maryland. The fair includes a wide range of activities including farm animals, exhibits, musical, entertainment, food, carnival rides, contests and a 4H auction.

Fall for Fairfax Festival – Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival includes more than 100 interactive activities and exhibits for the whole family.