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How to Beat the DC Summer Heat

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The time has come for another summer in the city here in DC, and the heat is on!  Luckily, there are many options to help you stay cool.  Here are our tips for how to beat the DC summer heat.

Splash Parks

There are various parks through the DC area that are home to water features designed for playing in.  These features can be fun for all ages, and when the 90 degree days set in, you’ll be more than willing to put your grown-up pride aside and relive your days of running through the sprinklers.  Here are some of our favorites, but you can check out the Department of Parks and Recreation page for a comprehensive list.

Canal Splash Park: Navy Yard
Canal Park

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1100 New Jersey Ave SE

Washington, DC 20003

Yards Park

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355 Water St SE

Washington, DC 20003

Georgetown Waterfront Park

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Water St NW

Washington, DC 20007

Pools

When the splash park just won’t cut it, pack up the swim suits and floaties and take it to the pool!  Park Chelsea residents have the luxury of a beautiful rooftop pool to cool down in, but there are many public pool options throughout the district.  Check the websites for summer hours and updates.

Park Chelsea Rooftop Pool

Anacostia Pool

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1800 Anacostia Drive SE

Washington, DC 20020

Banneker Pool

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2500 Georgia Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

Deanwood Aquatic Center

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1350 49th St NE

Washington, DC 20019

Museums

Although the numerous Smithsonian museums offer free admission throughout the year, visiting is particularly sweet in the Summer months.  Pick a weekday to avoid the crowds, then enjoy the history, sights, sounds and deliciously cool air conditioning.  Here are some of our favorites:

How to Beat the DC Summer Heat: National Museum of American History

National Portrait Gallery

Take a look at our nation’s history through a stunning array of portraits.  Bring a book or your laptop and set up in the serene enclosed courtyard; bonus cool points if you cap your visit off next-door with a signature Zaytinya martini and some house-made tzatziki.

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Eighth & F Streets NW

Washington, DC 20001

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Take a stroll through the curious sculpture garden, then treat yourself to the cool air inside this cylindrical building filled with modern masterpieces.

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Independence Ave & Seventh St SW

Washington, DC 20560

National Museum of American History

Take a trip down memory lane with an impressive collection of americana and pop culture relics.  Some highlights include the original Star Spangled Banner, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and the inaugural gowns of America’s first ladies.

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Fourteenth St & Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC, 20001

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Take a short walk down M St. and visit the only Naval Museum that chronicles the history of the U.S. Navy from its creation to present day. The USS Constitution’s fighting top and the world’s largest deepest diving submersible highlight the artifacts in the museum.

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736 Sicard St. SE

Washington, DC, 20374

Sweet Treats

We’re happy to use the sweltering heat as an excuse to indulge in a chilly treat!  Here are some yummy options throughout the district.

Sweet Treats: Ice Cream Jubilee

Pleasant Pops

Located in Adams Morgan, this pop shop/cafe offers an array of unique and surprisingly delicious flavors such as Grapefruit-Rosemary and Mexican Chocolate.

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1781 Florida Ave NW

Washington, DC 20009

Ice Cream Jubilee

Ice Cream Jubilee is located in the Yards Park just down the street from Park Chelsea. The menu of flavors changes seasonally with fresh locally sourced products. To give you an idea of their creativity, Honey Lemon Lavender and Banana Bourbon Caramel are a few delicious flavors they offer.

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301 Water Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

Good Stuff Eatery

When you’re over-heating coincides with a growling stomach, head over to this Spike Mendelsohn gem, slinging killer burgers and home-spun milkshakes.

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303 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Washington, DC, 20003

Cooling Centers

All fun aside, when you or someone you know is truly in need of a retreat from the heat, there are various cooling centers throughout DC.
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July 2018 Festivals and Events

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Free Outdoor Movies

There are plenty of opportunities to catch free screenings throughout D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie series in D.C., the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival in Virginia, and the National Harbor Movies on the Potomac events in Maryland are the most popular annual celebrations of cinema. The Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Alexandria and the Bethesda Outdoor Movies events in Maryland are also worth checking out.

All summer long, the Capital Region hosts free concert series in national and state parks in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Military band concerts at the U.S. Capitol, Navy Memorial, and Capitol Waterfront in D.C. are especially popular during the month of July while the National Harbor in Maryland and the Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Northern Virginia both host an annual concert series that attract some of the biggest names in pop music.

With dozens of performances around the region, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the best theatrical performances in D.C. this July. The U.S. tour of “Hamilton” will come to the Kennedy Center starting June 12, and “The Color Purple” takes to the same stage on July 31, 2018, among other. Additionally, you can catch the annual Capital Fringe Festival, which features over 140 unique performances at multiple venues in D.C. from July 7 to 29 this year.

From July 1 through July 22, 2018, you can experience the Universoul Circus at the National Harbor at the Plateau in Oxon Hill, Maryland. This entire family will enjoy the big top showcase bursting with action-packed performances, colorful lights, pulsating music, and international talent.

On Tuesdays through Saturdays from June to September of 2018, family-friendly performances in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater for children age 5 to 12 come to this unique venue at Wolf Trap National Park in Virginia. In 2018, featured performances at the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods (tickets required) include Page Turner Adventures, Sugar Free Allstars (a “family funk super duo”), the Pop Ups, Soul in Motion, Story Pirates, and the FLY Dance Company as well as the Maryland Youth Ballet’s performance of “Rumpelstiltskin” on July 27 and 28, 2018.

From June 27 to July 1 and July 4 through 8, 2018, you can celebrate cultural traditions from around the world at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which takes place on the National Mall each year. The Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and discussions of cultural issues. This is one of Washington, DC’s most popular summer events, so be sure to show up early (or on the much later side) if you want to avoid the biggest crowds of the day.

The city of Alexandria, Virginia, served a key role in the foundation and birth of the United States of America, but the town itself wasn’t established until July 14, 1749, and wasn’t incorporated as Alexandria until 1779. Either way, the residents of Alexandria celebrate its birthday each year around the 13th or 14th of July. In 2018, the official celebration of Alexandria’s 269th Birthday kicks off on Saturday, July 7 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Although a French holiday, the Capital Region celebrates Bastille Day and the culture of France with a variety of events taking place on and around July 14, 2018. This French national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789, which started the French Revolution. To celebrate, French restaurants in the Captial Region and the Alliance Française de Washington host a variety of special events honoring cultural traditions, foods, and wines from France.

You can catch a number of your favorite sports teams representing the nation’s capital in D.C. area sporting events this July. From the Major League Baseball’s National League East home games of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park to the Washington Redskins Training Camp in Richmond, Virginia in late July, there’s a game for every sports’ enthusiast this month. Also be sure to catch the Washington Kastles Tennis Tournaments and the Citi Open Tennis Classic.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, 2018, the annual One Caribbean Carnival will return to Baltimore, Maryland for a showcase of Caribbean, Latin American, and Diasporian cultures. Featuring groups of performers representing each of these groups in colorful costumes, the event takes place all weekend long at Clifton Park. If you’re looking for an island escape in the Capital Region, you can relax to the sounds of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, African, Haitian, Latin, and Steelband music while you browse the open-air marketplace or watch the annual parade.

The Loudoun County Fair takes place on July 23 to 28, 2018, at the Loudon County Fairgrounds in Leesburg, Virginia. Family fun at the fair includes a carnival, rodeo bull riding, a dairy and goat show, horseback demonstrations, magic acts, pet performances, floral exhibits, obstacle courses, tug-of-war tournaments, and live music entertainment. This is a true taste of Americana!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to enjoy some of the best farm-to-table dining experiences the Capital Region has to offer but don’t want to break the bank, check out Howard County Restaurant Weeks event from July 23 to August 6, 2018. During the two-week event, dozens of participating restaurants in Maryland will offer discount prices on full meals and drinks from local farmers and brewers.

Each year, the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) organizes a celebration of some of the nation’s best microbrews as a benefit fundraiser for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. After-hours on July 19, 2018, you can join the FONZ to enjoy unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 national breweries as well as live music and entertainment, local food trucks, and, of course, the zoo’s exotic animals.

On the last weekend in July (July 28 and 29, 2018), you can explore the local farms of Montgomery County, Maryland to escape the hectic and crowded city for a day or weekend getaway. The Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale allow visitors to stop in at multiple farms to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, and other local goods. Additionally, several of the farms also have hayrides, pony rides, live music, farming demonstrations, and other interesting and educational activities for all ages.

June 2018 Festivals and Events

June 1st, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Washington, DC never lacks for can’t-miss events and warm-weather festivals. In fact, there are so many amazing choices that it can be tough to figure out which to attend. No worries – we’ve got you covered with some of the season’s biggest festivals perfect for having the best summer ever. Off we go!

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

Festival : Peak Bloom Predicted

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

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

February 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.

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.