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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

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

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

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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.

August 2017 Festivals and Events

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Smithsonian Sleepover at the National Museum of Natural History – Aug. 18
The National Museum of Natural History hosts two Smithsonian Sleepovers this month. These ever-popular events allow kids to spend a night immersed in adventure inside a Smithsonian museum. This go-round, kids can solve puzzles and play games involving the Natural History Museum’s exhibits, as well as participate in craft projects and watch and IMAX film. Ages 8-12 are permitted, and there must be at least one adult present for every three children in any group that registers. No siblings younger than 8 are allowed, and no adults are allowed without children.
7 p.m. – 9 a.m. |  Register
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Jazz in the Garden – Aug. 18 & 25
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden until Aug. 25. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5 – 8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Screening at Capitol Riverfront – Aug. 10
Families are invited to take in a flick at sundown at the gorgeous Canal Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. On Aug. 10, catch the smash hit from the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Guests are invited to arrive as early as 7 p.m. to set up a picnic and prepare to be dazzled. Admission is free! Looking for more free outdoor movie options in the District? Find out when and where to catch a flick outdoors this summer.
7 p.m. |  Free admission
Canal Park, 200 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Otakon - Asian pop culture festival in Washington, DC

Otakon – Aug. 11-13
Asian pop culture is the focus of this famous convention that takes fandom to a new level. Expect plenty of cosplay, video gaming, film screenings, workshops and celebrity appearances at this three-day celebration inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Register
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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EdibleDC x Cut Seven Bootcamp + Testing - Summer Events in Washington, DC

EdibleDC x Cut Seven Bootcamp + Testing – Aug. 12
EdibleDC Magazine and Cut Seven will bring elite trainers to a special outdoor bootcamp at the gorgeous Canal Park. Exercise will be followed by a tasting of local health food and drinks from the Up Top Acres rooftop farm. Other post-workout partners include sweetgreen, TaKorean, Beefsteak Veggies and KIND snacks. Combine health and fun on a Saturday morning in one of DC’s most scenic settings.
9 – 11:30 a.m. |  Tickets
Canal Park, 200 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week – Aug. 14-20
Enjoy the District’s best eats with the summer edition of Restaurant Week, and make sure to read our full neighborhood breakdown. Foodies and deal hunters always swoon over the prix-fixe menus from a cast of DC’s best restaurants. Head over to ramw.org/restaurantweek to book a table and keep up with participating restaurants, along with can’t-miss dishes and deals.

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Harbor Dome: Summer Snow Globe – Aug. 18-20, Aug. 24-27, Aug.31 – Sept. 3
National Harbor wants to inject some winter into your summer. Step inside their Summer Snow Globe for craft cocktails, live music and falling show, starting on August 18 and running every weekend, Friday – Sunday, through Sept. 3. Each day also features live music, with a different band or DJ taking center stage every day. Forget about August temperatures and cool down at one of the area’s most vibrant destinations. The Snow Globe is only for ages 21 and over.
Tickets
National Harbor, Intersection of Waterfront St. and National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

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Comcast Outdoor Film Festival – Aug. 24-26
This three-day celebration of movies takes place in Bethesda, MD from Aug. 24-26. The scenic Strathmore Campus is a fantastic place to enjoy an evening outdoors, so bring along the crew to catch either MoanaRogue One or The Lego Batman Movie (or all three, since attending is free). Ridgewell’s will be on-site with food, too! Screenings begin at dusk. The festival benefits the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852

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DCBX#9 – Aug. 24-28
Ranked the number one Latin dance festival in the U.S. the last two years, DCBX#9 takes over the nation’s capital for four days this August. Veterans and newbies of dancing bachata, the sexier-than-salsa dancing style from the Dominican Republic, will have plenty of chances to strut their stuff, from concerts to contests to workshops. In addition to its dance events, the festival recognizes the art form’s best of the best, along with difference makers in the Hispanic community at the DCBX Excellence Awards. Meanwhile, its Global Impact Film Festival celebrates different cultures and raises awareness about important worldwide issues, while a speaker series for entrepreneurshelps fuel the next big ideas.
Tickets
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets – Aug. 25-27
The Washington Nationals are the hottest ticket in town. The division-leading team sent five players to the All-Star Game this year, including slugger Bryce Harper and aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Well on their way to their fourth National League East title in six years, the Nats will take on the archrival New York Mets for a weekend series at the gorgeous Nationals Park, which will host the All-Star Game next year.
Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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17th Street Festival – Aug. 26
17th Street in Dupont Circle has so much to see and do, it needs its own day-long festival for you to take in all its wonder. Live music will be present throughout the proceedings, providing a soundtrack as you browse through roughly 100 vendors, including 50 artists displaying fine art, crafts and jewelry. There’s even a kid’s zone, where the little ones can enjoy a moon bounce, a ball crawl, face painting and games, as well as a pet zone featuring dogs and cats (you can even adopt one!).
12 – 6 p.m. |  Tickets
17th Street NW from P Street to R Street NW (1500 and 1600 blocks), Washington, DC

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Capital Dragon Boat Regatta at The Wharf – Aug. 26
The action-packed dragon boat race takes place near the Southwest Waterfront’s beautiful new development, The Wharf. Groups of 20 frantically paddle towards the finish line with a drummer onboard inspiring the team. Boats are decorated in a variety of colors, creating quite the visual on the water. Best of all, this fast-paced spectacle can be watched for free. Check the Regatta’s website for schedule and other details as race day draws near.

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Maryland Renaissance Festival – Aug. 26-27
Check out this unique festival that takes place every year in Annapolis, MD (roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC). Fill the holiday weekend by checking out Renaissance-themed artisans, performances (including dances and musicians) and food. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish. The festival occurs on select dates through Oct. 22.
Tickets
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

Museum Exhibits

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theaters and Performing Arts Centers in Washington, DC

‘Artful Innovation: Inclusive Design and Technology’ – Through Aug. 30
The illustrious Kennedy Center hosts more than plays. Until the end of the month, you can check out objects that combine creativity in design and functionality through cutting-edge technology in this free special exhibit at the Center’s Hall of States. View true innovation that may just alter your perception of what is truly possible – and gain a glimpse into the future.
Opens at 10 a.m. |  Free admission
Hall of States, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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HIVE Late Night – Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
As part of the popular HIVE exhibit, the National Building Museum hosts an after-hours party every Wednesday night this month. Starting at 6 p.m., you can enjoy live music, drinks and delicious barbecue from popular local outpost Hill Country Barbecue Market. You will also have exclusive access to the exhibit, which includes thousands of paper tubes locked together to create fascinating chambers.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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‘Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend’ – Aug. 3, 2017 – 2019
In Inuit culture, the narwhal (a small Arctic whale with a distinct spiral tusk) is an intriguing and spiritual animal. The National Museum of Natural History will showcase the Inuit perspective on the animal, as well as the latest scientific information, to reveal the complex nature of the narwhal. The exhibit will include tusks and skulls from the animal, as well as Inuit artwork and artifacts depicting the male narwhal. Visitors can also enjoy hands-on activities and chat with experts at select times.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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SAAM Arcade – Aug. 5-6
Play video games. Inside of a state-of-the-art museum. For free. Sounds awesome to us! SAAM Arcade will feature roughly 150 titles from developers, letting you and yours sample the coolest new games. There will also be game building workshops and a Boys and Girls Club Youth eSports League Championship on the museum’s third floor, for those who love competition. You can also expect live music performances on both days.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission – RSVP on Facebook
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street NW and 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Observe the Solar Eclipse at the National Air and Space Museum – Aug. 21
From 1:17 p.m. to 4:01 p.m. on Aug. 21, the first solar eclipse visible to the entire United States in 100 years will occur! In DC, the Moon will block up to 82% of the Sun, and you can witness this incredible spectacle from the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall for free. The museum will feature safe solar telescopes at its Observatory, as well as free eclipse glasses and a chance to make your own pinhole eclipse viewer. The museum will also broadcast the eclipse from Liberty, Missouri on screens throughout the premises.
1 – 4 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20560

Theater

George Lopez HBO Special at the Kennedy Center - Comedy in Washington, DC

George Lopez – Aug. 5
One of the great stand-up comedy success stories, George Lopez has achieved notoriety in television (both in primetime and late-night), film and through acclaimed specials. In fact, you can experience Lopez’s hilarious new routine as he films it for a new HBO special. Lopez’s tales from his Mexican-American background and litany of show biz stories are sure to leave you laughing. He’ll take the stage for two performances – one at 7 p.m., the next at 9:30 p.m.
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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‘Jurassic Park’ – In Concert – Aug. 5
One of cinema’s all-time thrill rides, Jurassic Park, can be experienced like never before at Wolf Trap this August. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic concerns a wildlife park with cloned dinosaurs that goes horribly awry, with star turns from Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. The unforgettable score composed by John Williams will be performed live by the National Symphony Orchestra as the film plays, led by conductor Emil de Cou.
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182

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Big Fish Broadway Musical Adaptation - Theater and Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Big Fish’ – Aug. 5 – Sept. 2
The Broadway musical adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s film comes to DC’s Keegan Theatre this August. The play focuses on Edward Bloom, a salesman who lives lavishly and loves sharing his outlandish tales with anyone who will listen. When Edward’s son, Will (who is about to become a father himself), looks to find the truth in his dad’s stories, a heartwarming and hilarious narrative unfolds. Featuring memorable music and performances, don’t miss your chance to catch this truly distinctive production.
Tickets
The Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Singleling Podcast Live from the Black Cat  in Washington, DC

Singleling Podcast Live from the Black Cat – Aug. 12
Do you delight in hearing your friends’ most horrific dating stories? If so, tap into all the dating schadenfreude you can handle during a live taping of Singleling, a podcast featuring comedians and storytellers with awful dates for days. The New York-based show comes down to the Black Cat again (after a sold-out show last April) for more off-the-rails dating tales. Expect a mix of New York and DC performers, including founder/raconteur Vanessa Valeiro and co-host Cara Foran, from the local storytelling troupe Perfect Liars Club.
9:30 p.m. | Tickets
1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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A Little Night Music - Musical at Signature Theatre Near Washington, DC

‘A Little Night Music’ – Aug. 15 – Oct. 8
The Signature Theatre, located just outside of DC, stages a Stephen Sondheim musical masterpiece that concerns a tangled web of love in 1900 Sweden. Winner of four Tony Awards, you’ll be dazzled by this play that concerns a married virgin, an aging actress, an eager divinity student and a foolish count. Take in glorious renditions of songs like “A Weekend in the County” and “Send in the Clowns” as you savor an unforgettable night of theater that only a Sondheim play can give you.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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Shakespeare Theatre Company Free for All: ‘Othello’ – Aug. 15-27
Each year, Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts its special Free for All series, in which performances of one of The Bard’s classic plays are made available to the public, free of charge. This year, Othello takes center stage, weaving a tale of betrayal and manipulation in one of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedies. Free tickets can be retrieved via online lottery or in-person the day of the show – visit the website for more details.
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Music

Roger Waters Us + Them Tour - Concert at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC

Roger Waters – Aug. 4-5
Roger Waters, as primary songwriter for Pink Floyd, is responsible for some of rock music’s greatest masterpieces, including Dark Side of the MoonWish You Were Here and The Wall. Waters’ Us + Them tour (named after a classic Dark Side track) will touch down in DC for two nights in August, as Waters and his skilled band will take lovers of the Floyd and Roger’s solo work on a spectacular voyage inside the Verizon Center.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Florida Georgia Line Summer Country Concert at Jiffy Lube Live Near Washington, DC

Florida Georgia Line – Aug. 5
There’s no other way to put it: Florida Georgia Line are country music superstars. Their crossover appeal is also strong, as evidenced by Nelly’s presence on their tour that is currently selling out shows all over the United States. The duo will take to the stage at Jiffy Lube Live, a pristine outdoor venue just outside of the District in Bristow, VA. Prepare for songs about girls, trucks and parties, with some lighters-in-the-air ballads mixed in.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, VA 20136

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2017 Summer Spirit Festival – Aug. 5-6
Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts this two-day festival that sees some of the brightest stars in R&B and hip-hop converge on the DMV area. Saturday features Babyface, De La Soul, Common, Fantasia and many more. On Sunday, enjoy sets from Bel Biv Devoe, SWV, The Internet and En Vogue. Purchase tickets to one or both days and get ready for a weekend filled with grooves and good vibes.
2 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only Tour at Verizon Center in Washington, DC

J. Cole – Aug. 8
J. Cole became a fixture in hip-hop back in 2007 with the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up. Ever since, he’s been steadily climbing up the charts, peaking with the release of his most recent album, 4 Your Eyez Only, which debuted at #1 the U.S. Billboard200. Cole also received a Grammy Award nomination for 2014’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive. He’ll take his talents to the Verizon Center stage for one night only this August, so grab tickets while you can.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Herbie Hancock at the Kennedy Center - Concerts in Washington, DC

Herbie Hancock – Aug. 8
Herbie Hancock may have been the wrong answer for Tommy Boy, but he’s certainly the right answer for you at the Kennedy Center come Aug. 8. The legendary musician has had an astonishing career that now spans six decades, from his notable work with the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s to his groundbreaking Headhunters album in 1973 to his classic music video for “Rockit” in 1984. The Kennedy Center Honoree will perform at the illustrious venue as part of his current international tour.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers - Concert at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC

Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers – Aug. 9
Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC are synonymous with funk. Both groups achieved monumental success in the 1970s, moving feet on dance floors all over the world. The two will join together for an epic night of music at the Verizon Center on Aug. 9. CHIC will even bring along founding member Nile Rodgers, one of American pop music’s all-time producers and instrumentalists. Bring your dancing shoes for this one.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Santana – Aug. 15
Carlos Santana’s guitar has been making jaws drop for more than 40 years. The Merriweather Post Pavilion will host the virtuoso and his skilled backing band this month, an ideal outdoor setting so Santana’s guitar can wail to maximum effect. Beginning with a legendary set at Woodstock in 1969, Carlos has captivated listeners with his fusion of Afro, Latin, blues and rock music, from “Black Magic Woman” to “Smooth”. Expect an invigorating night filled with hits and as many grooves as you can handle.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Waxahatchee – Aug. 21
Katie Crutchfield performs as Waxahatchee, creating intimate songs that still manage to rock. 2015’s Ivy Tripp was one of the year’s most universally acclaimed releases, blending lovelorn ballads and deft pop melodies. She is back with Out in the Storm, which is sure to end up on several year-end best-of lists, as Crutchfield has further amplified her signature sound. Named after a creek in Alabama, Waxahatchee’s songs create that bonfire feeling, and we’re sure this live performance at 9:30 Club will be no different.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Sheer Mag – Aug. 23
Sheer Mag are one of the most exciting rock bands to emerge in years. Blending Thin Lizzy-esque licks with funky grooves and a diva front singer who can wail with the best of them, the group is fantastic on record (their first LP just dropped, and is earning raves) and even better on stage. Black Cat will hardly be able to contain the five-piece and their searing songs that get stuck in your head for days…but it will have to try.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Washed Out – Aug. 31
Washed Out (the stage name of Ernest Greene) is a continually evolving artist. His first release, Life of Leisure (you may recognize “Feel It All Around”, which opened IFC’s Portlandia) drew notice for its endearing take on “chillwave,” a genre that seemingly existed for one summer. No worries for Greene. Since then, he has expanded into synth pop and rock, but on his latest, he deftly combines those styles, as well as hip-hop and free jazz, to create his most comprehensive sound yet. 9:30 Club will host the talented singer/songwriter/producer as August comes to a close.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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July 2017 Festivals and Events

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Band Performing at the Capital Fringe Festival at the Logan Fringe Art Space - Summer Festivals in Washington, DC

Capital Fringe Festival – July 6-30
During the edgy Capital Fringe Festival, you can catch out-there performances from local creatives, including improv dramas, punk rock shows and colorful dance shows. Events take place at libraries, museums, galleries and the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Get your tickets and stay updated via the festival’s website.

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A Night at the Circus – Smithsonian at 8 Event - 50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival Washington, DC

A Night at the Circus – July 7
The 50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s focus on the circus arts inspired this Friday night event at the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building. You will be treated to circus performers, hands-on activities, cocktails, a GIF photo booth and music from DJ Alkimist. Smithsonian at 8 events are always a hit, so get your tickets ASAP! You must be over the age of 21 to attend.
9 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Smithsonian Sleepovers at the Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center - Family-Friendly Summer Events in Washington, DC

Smithsonian Sleepovers – July 7, 15, 21, 29
Three Smithsonian museums will provide kids with an unforgettable adventure this July. The National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the National Museum of Natural History host Smithsonian Sleepovers. Spots will be in high demand, as kids can solve a historical mystery at the American History Museum, explore the entire world of flight at the Udvar-Hazy Center or have an interactive adventure at the Museum of Natural History. Ages 8-12 are permitted, and there must be at least one adult present for every three children in any group that registers. No siblings younger than 8 are allowed, and no adults are allowed without children.
American History Museum – Details & Tickets
Udvar-Hazy Center – Details & Tickets
Natural History Museum – Details & Tickets

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Lotus and Water Lily Festival at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens - Summer Events in Washington, DC

Lotus and Water Lily Festival – July 15
The Lotus and Water Lily Festival is an annual free, family-oriented celebration that honors the blooming of lotus and water lilies at the gorgeous Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. To go along with the picturesque plants, you and yours can also participate in gardening workshops, take in Asian and African dancing performances and enjoy hands-on activities like face painting and lotus tea tasting.
Free |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, 1900 Anacostia Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020

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Brew at the Zoo - Events at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC

Brew at the Zoo – July 20
Sampling beers from more than 70 craft breweries while also contributing to animal conservation sounds too good to be true, but that’s not the case in DC. The Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) hosts Brew at the Zoo, held at the Smithsonian National Zooeach year. Besides the suds, attendees can enjoy live music, lawn games, animal demonstrations and tasty eats from participating food trucks. Guests must be 21 or over to attend.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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@anapedroso - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom - Theater in Washington, DC

District of Comedy Festival – July 20-22
The Kennedy Center has a whole lot of laughs in store for you with its District of Comedy Festival. Across three days, enjoy a bevy of comedic performances, including a showcase from Underground Comedy, a concert from Jane Krakowski, Titus Burgess and the National Symphony Orchestra, an interview show run by Michal Ian Black, an entirely improvised Shakespearean masterpiece and performances by Puddles Pity Party, Louie Anderson, Wyatt Cenac and more.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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International Champions Cup: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona – July 26 – Summer Events in Washington, DC

International Champions Cup: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona – July 26
Two of the world’s most successful soccer clubs take to the pitch at FedExField for the International Champions Cup. Premier players will participate in this friendly match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona that should draw thousands upon thousands to the home of the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way, Hyattsville, MD 20785

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@newseum - Newseum Nights - Washington, DC

Newseum Nights: Rock On – July 27
Step into the glorious 1980s when you step into the Newseum on the night of July 27. Rock On will feature all kinds of ‘80s charms, including a performance from cover band The Reflex, glam makeovers, caricature drawings, board games, guitar-shredding from Fret Zeppelin and insider access to the Louder Than Words exhibit. You can also take advantage of giveaways from &pizza and Jaleo by José Andrés and “Americana” bites from Wolfgang Puck. Make sure to come decked out in your favorite rock ‘n roll or 1980s-themed outfit! Tickets go quickly to Newseum Nights events.
7:30 – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Citi Open - Sporting Events in Washington, DC

Citi Open – July 29 – Aug. 6
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center plays host to this DC summer sporting tradition, now in its 48th year. International tennis stars will battle in front of thousands of fans during the week-long tournament. As always, the lineup features talent from all over the world, including Juan Martin del Potro, Gael Monfils and John Isner in the men’s field and Eugenie Bouchard and Monica Puig in the women’s field. Make sure to check the tournament’s website for event, ticket and lineup updates. You can also take advantage of ticket discounts for certain sessions.
Tickets
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 4850 Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Georgetown Sunset Cinema - Summer Outdoor Movie Series in Washington, DC

Outdoor Films
Numerous DC neighborhoods host film screenings that are perfect for spending a night under the summer sky, including Adams MorganCapitol RiverfrontChinatownColumbia Heights and Georgetown. Venues get in on the fun, too, including Hillwood MuseumDumbarton House and Union Market. If you want to venture into Maryland or Virginia, there are plenty of options there as well. Head over to DCOutdoorFilms for a full list of screenings.

Museum Exhibits

National Building Museum - Museums in Washington, DC

‘Wright on the Walls’ – Through Sept. 4
In honor of the 150th birthday of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the National Building Museum hosts this installation that honors the man’s incredible work. The exhibit has turned a gallery of the museum into an interactive coloring book, with interpretations of Wright’s work on walls waiting for you to imbue your own colors and shades (coloring supplies are provided). The spaces depicted include residences, commercial areas and houses of worship, providing quite the scope of Wright’s creativity.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Lalla Essaydi, Bullets Revisited #20, 2014; Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, 30 x 40 in.; Cou

‘Revival’ – Through Sept. 10
The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents this exhibition that features stunning work from contemporary female photographers and sculptors. The pieces inside use human and animal bodies to create a wide range of expressions, translated through video projections, photos and hanging sculptures. Your memories and emotions will be triggered by these powerful depictions.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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@dcwithkid - Ai Weiwei 'Trace' Exhibit at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum - Free Museums in Washington, DC

‘Ai Weiwei: Trace’ – Through Jan. 1, 2018
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei brings a new, groundbreaking piece to the Hirshhorn MuseumTrace is a stunning installation that showcases activists from around the world through 176 portraits, each comprised of thousands of plastic LEGO bricks. The installation is influenced by Ai Weiwei’s own experiences with interrogation and incarceration (he was prohibited from traveling abroad by the Chinese government from 2011-15), as the individuals represented have also been detained, exiled or sought political refuge. The exhibit will also feature a 360-degree wallpaper installation, adding up to nearly 700 feet of Ai Weiwei’s art residing in the Hirshhorn’s third floor Outer Ring galleries.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC

‘Parallax Gap’ – July 1 – Feb. 11, 2018
The Renwick Gallery turns its Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon into a stunning visual puzzle with this new exhibit. The immersive installation features renditions of ceilings inside nine famous American buildings that are laid atop or near each other, creating fascinating layers of both recognizable and mutated spaces that change as observers move underneath. Eastern and Western ideas of perspective are evident in this large-scale display that only the Renwick Gallery could host. The exhibit runs through Feb. 11, 2018.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Jim Chuchu’s ‘Invocations’ – Ongoing
On display at a public institution for the first time, Jim Chuchu’s suite of video projections are a wonder to behold, magnificently and colorfully translating the artist’s experience of coming out as gay and his own struggle with self-acceptance. The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art features the mesmerizing projections along with pulsing house music, which serves as the perfect accompaniment to Chuchu’s powerful work. The exhibit is ongoing.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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‘Sounding American Music’ - Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Washington, DC

‘Sounding American Music’ – Ongoing
The evolution of American music across numerous genres makes up this exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Visitors can observe key musical artifacts from some of the country’s most influential musicians, including guitars from Steve Cropper and Jesse Fuller and a keytar belonging to Herbie Hancock. You will be wowed by all the different forms that American music has taken throughout the decades. The exhibit is ongoing.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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‘HIVE’ – July 6 – Sept. 4
The highly anticipated Summer Block Party installation at the National Building Museum is set to arrive. HIVE will incorporate more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, with some standing several inches high and others stretching 10 feet in the air. The tubes will be connected to create jaw-dropping domed chambers which can be experienced from the museum’s floor and balcony. Altogether, the installation will stand as high as 60 feet tall, creating a magnificent visual spectacle that will draw audiences through Labor Day.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Museum Exhibits in Washington, DC - Fanny Sanín, Study for Painting No.2 (1), 2011; Color pencil on paper, 20 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (framed)

‘Equilibrium: Fanny Sanín’ – July 14 – Oct. 29
The intense process undertaken by Colombian-born artist Fanny Sanín to construct one of her geometric paintings serves as the central focus of this exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Visitors will be able to observe some of Sanín’s earliest works as well as preliminary drawings that come together to form her final products. Step into the mind of an artist that lives on the cutting-edge and find out how shapes turn into art.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings at night - Museums in Washington, DC

‘Matthias Mansen: Configurations’ – July 23 – Dec. 13
Contemporary Berlin-based artist Matthias Mansen and his incredible woodblock printing techniques are showcased at the free-to-enter National Gallery of Art. Mansen molds scavenged wood into printing blocks, which he then carves and recarves into fully-formed compositions. You will be entranced by Mansen’s ability to take what’s been discarded and transform it into a work of art.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Theater

The Originalist - Theater at Arena Stage - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘The Originalist’ – July 7-30
Edward Gero, a legend of DC’s theater scene, returns as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the acclaimed The Originalist, which will be staged at Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage. The story follows a Harvard Law School graduate as she takes on a clerkship under Scalia, equally maddened and invigorated by his ways. The relationship ends up affecting one of the most important cases to ever reach the Supreme Court, making for a riveting production that has been refreshed for 2017.
Tickets
Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! – July 9
Mystery Science Theater 3000, a cult-favorite television show featuring a man held captive by two mad scientists on a spaceship and his two robot companions as they are forced to watch the cheesiest movies of all-time (deep breath), is taking its hilarity on the road for the first time ever after a recent revival of the program on Netflix. Creator Joel Hodgson and host Jonah Heston will be present, as will special guest stars Patton Oswalt, Felicia Day and many others during this sci-fi extravaganza. The performance consists of two separate live shows, so make sure to grab tickets to BOTH.
5 p.m. |  Tickets
The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Cabaret at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theater in Washington, DC

‘Cabaret’ – July 11 – Aug. 6
The Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates its 50th anniversary with a production of Cabaret, specifically the 1998 version originally helmed by Sam Mendes (SkyfallAmerican Beauty). A 1972 film adaptation won 8 Oscars, so Cabaret has been dazzling audiences for roughly as long as the Roundabout Theatre Company has. Head to the Kennedy Center and enter the Kit Kat Club, the center of Berlin nightlife as World War II approaches. You will be met by Sally Bowles, a character for all-time, as well as a rowdy ensemble. Enjoy legendary songs in this play that emphasizes the power of love, even in turbulent times.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Wig Out at Studio Theatre - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Wig Out’ – July 12 – Aug. 6
Get lost in African American drag ball culture in this energetic play at Studio Theatre. Eric falls for Wilson on the subway only to find out that Wilson is also Nina, a drag star at The House of Light. A rival house calls a ball for midnight, drawing Eric into the foray and showcasing a fascinating scene influenced by an array of cultures.
Tickets
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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‘An Octoroon’ – Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Theater in Washington, DC

‘An Octoroon’ – July 18 – Aug. 6
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is well-known for its bold approach to theater, and An Octoroon will continue that tradition during its second run at Woolly Mammoth starting July 18. The acclaimed play is set in 1859 and follows several elements of a plantation in disarray. Penned by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, An Octoroon has been praised by The New York Times and promises to be an unforgettable night at the theatre this month.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I' at the Kennedy Center - Theater in Washington, DCMatthew Murphy

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’ – July 18 – Aug. 20
Winner of four Tony Awards in 2015, including Best Revival of a Musical, the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The King and I touches down at the illustrious Kennedy Center this July. The glorious words and music of Rodgers and Hammerstein soundtrack the story of an unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British teacher. The entire family can enjoy this classic play through Aug. 20.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Tim and Eric - Comedy at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC

Tim and Eric – July 19
Conquerors of cringe comedy via their hit program, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! that aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Tim and Eric also know how to weird you out while on-stage. Don’t worry – laughs are in order, as well. Their zany characters and absurd storylines mimic and mock public access television and commercials, among many other topics. The duo work in a realm all their own, and you can step inside (if you dare) on July 19.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, DC

Louie Anderson – July 22
One of stand-up comedy’s all-time greats, Louie Anderson, joins in the District of Comedy Festival at the Kennedy Center on July 22. Most recently, Anderson received the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy award at the 2016 Emmys for his role in FX’s Baskets, and many recall his hilarious animated series from the 1990s, Life with Louie. His comedy career spans more than 30 years, with an onstage act that never fails to disappoint, so don’t miss out on this performance at one of DC’s greatest venues.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Music

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – July 1
One of indie pop’s most recognizable groups, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are set to release their fourth album, The Echo of Pleasure, on July 14. Roughly two weeks before, the band will bring their live show and evolved sound to Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street NE. The Pains have grown from sweet pop melodies fit for college dorm rooms (see “Young Adult Friction”) to stadium-ready anthems (see “Anymore”), so expect singalongs and plenty of good vibes.
8 p.m.  |  Tickets
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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9:30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Mitski – July 8
Mitski is emerging as a titan of indie rock, constructing albums that veer in a multitude of directions while simultaneously sounding like they could come from only one artist. Her most recent release, Puberty 2, received rave reviews, signifying the development of a truly remarkable musical voice. Mitski’s 9:30 Club show has sold out, so check the secondary market for tickets.
7 p.m.
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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9:30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Violent Femmes – July 9
Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Violent Femmes essentially confirmed their legendary status right out of the gate. Their self-titled debut album is as vibrant today as it was upon its release in 1983, with songs like “Blister in the Sun,” “Kiss Off” and “Add It Up” achieving classic status long ago. The group’s folk-punk hybrid has influenced countless artists, and since reuniting in 2013, the Femmes have continued to rock music venues across the country. Don’t miss them at 9:30 Club this month.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Woods – July 13
Woods have been a staple of indie rock for roughly a decade, combining psychedelic sounds with homespun folk to create album after album of strong material. Their 2016 effort, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, saw the group expand into new territory, including funk, dub and jazz fusion. Now, just a year later, they’ve released Love Is Love, an uplifting record that incorporates a horn section and is filled to the brim with messages of love. Catch their spellbinding live show at the Rock & Roll Hotel.
8 p.m. |  Tickets

Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Royal Headache – Concert at the Black Cat in Washington, DC

Royal Headache – July 14
Based in Sydney, Australia, Royal Headache create a rollicking sound that could be heard across multiple oceans. Led by the raspy and soulful voice of singer Shogun, the group has released two critically acclaimed albums that have riveted American audiences. Royal Headache is also known for their exuberant live shows, so prepare for quite the rock spectacle on a Friday night at The Black Cat.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Merriweather 50th Anniversary Concert – July 15
Merriweather Post Pavilion celebrates its 50th anniversary with an outstanding concert stacked with stars. The headliners are the legendary Jackson Browne (returning to where he recorded his biggest hit, “Running On Empty,” in 1977) and Willie Nelson & Family. They will be joined by contemporary standouts Father John Misty (who hails from Rockville, MD) and Grace Potter. Don’t miss out on this epic party that is sure to be a summer highlight.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxtent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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Gorillaz with Vince Staples and Danny Brown at Merriweather Post Pavilion - Summer Concerts Near Washington, DC

Gorillaz – July 17
Every few years, the world’s favorite animated band (directed, in reality, by Blur mastermind Damon Albarn) emerges with a new album that makes feet move, heads bop and brains contemplate. Gorillaz dropped Humanz this past April, and special guest stars from the album, such as Vince Staples and Danny Brown, will be joining them at this epic showcase at the beautiful Merriweather Post Pavilion. You can look forward to an elaborate stage show and a litany of classics, as the Gorillaz catalogue is loaded with them.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxtent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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Kendrick Lamar at the Verizon Center - Summer Concerts in Washington, DC

Kendrick Lamar – July 21
Tickets to DC’s biggest hip-hop show of the year are already sold out, but be sure to check the secondary market for options. Wait…you have to ask which show it is? Kendrick Lamar is currently the king of hip-hop, a wordsmith whose last three albumsrepresent the pinnacle of not just rap music, but popular music as a whole, in the 2010s. Verizon Center will serve as the venue for the summer’s must-see show.
7:30 p.m.
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Cymbals Eat Guitars – July 27
This quartet from Staten Island, New York revels in the sounds of 1990s rock. Blending an affinity for shoegaze, punk and seminal ‘90s bands like Pavement and Weezer, Cymbals Eat Guitars create song spectacles that can take you into the stratosphere. With a discography that has been met with near universal acclaim, the group is sure to dazzle at The Black Cat.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Fleet Foxes & Animal Collective at Merriweather Post Pavilion - Summer Concerts Near Washington, DC

Fleet Foxes & Animal Collective – July 29
Two of the most quintessential bands of the 2010s will perform at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on the same night this July. Fleet Foxes became a household name with their self-titled debut in 2008 and have only built on their folksy sound since, releasing the prog-influenced Crack-Up this June. Animal Collective come from Maryland, a local success story because of their chameleon-like existence – each album is an entirely new experience, a jewel to be discovered. Don’t miss this tag team for the ages (Fleet Foxes are the official headliner).
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxtent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

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Queen + Adam Lambert at the Verizon Center - Summer Concerts in Washington, DC

Queen with Adam Lambert – July 31
One of the all-time great rock groups returns with the incomparable Adam Lambert on vocal duties. After successful tours all over the world, this special combination is coming together again to rip through an all-time collection of songs including “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “Another One Bites the Dust” and many, many more.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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June 2017 Festivals and Events

June 1st, 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.

Free Summer Concerts
Find concert schedules for free family entertainment throughout the month in various destinations around Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Free Outdoor Movies
Outdoor movies are getting very popular and there are a variety of venues to choose from throughout the summer. See the schedules here.

Herndon Festival
June 1-4, 2017. Downtown Herndon, Virginia. The free summer festival features live entertainment, international foods, carnival rides and games, children’s entertainment, a business exposition, 10k & 5k races, a Fitness expo, fireworks and more.

Imagination Bethesda
June 3, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bethesda, MD.  A children’s street festival featuring costume characters, face painters, dance troupes, theatre performances and a variety of hands-on arts activities.

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
June 3-4, 2017. Bull Run Park, Centreville, VA. Enjoy samples by more than 50 wineries including over 250 award-winning Virginia wines, educational seminars on food pairing, fine art exhibits, children’s activities, food and live entertainment.

Washington Folk Festival
June 3-4, 2017, 12-7 p.m. Glen Echo Park. Presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, the free festival features hundreds of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craft vendors representing the rich cultural diversity of the Washington area. Audiences will enjoy American musical traditions such as bluegrass, blues, and swing as well as international traditions from across the globe.

Rain or shine.

Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk
June 3-4, 2017. Visit museums near Dupont Circle featuring free admission and special activities for all ages.

Taste of Wheaton
June 4, 2017. Wheaton, MD. Enjoy a variety of food samples from local restaurants, live music and kids activities.

Capital Pride
June 8-11, 2017.  A street festival and parade celebrate pride in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Washington, DC.

The Source Theater Festival
June 9-July 2, 2017. Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC. See new works in theater, dance, music, visual art, film, puppetry, spoken word, poetry and hip-hop. Performances include three full-length plays, 18 10-minute plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.

Washington Nationals Baseball
The Major League Baseball’s National League East plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day cheering on DC’s baseball team.

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

Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
June 9-11, 2017. Northern Virginia’s largest annual community-wide celebration features live music, children’s activities, a community market place, a laser show and fireworks.

DC Jazz Festival
June 9-18, 2017. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC.

Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival
June 10-11, 2017. The two-day celebration of the arts in Annapolis, Maryland features the juried works of more than 150 fine artists and craftsmen, wine tastings, food, live entertainment and activities for the entire family.

Discover Strathmore
2017 Date to Be Announced. North Bethesda, MD. The annual open house features free music and dance performances, workshops, artistic presentations, food demonstrations, and more.

USAF Cycling Classic
June 10-11, 2017. Cycling event in Crystal City, VA to help members of the United States military who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries.

AFI DOCS Film Festival
June 14-18, 2017. Film festival, sponsored by the American Film Institute, showing free films, and special programs at several locations in the Washington DC area.

Taste of Reston
June 16-17, 2017. Reston Town Center. Enjoy a variety of food from the region’s finest eateries, live music, activities and games. Admission and parking are free. Tastings start at $1.

Columbia Heights Day
June 17, 2017. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 11th & Kenyon Streets NW, Washington, DC. The community event includes live music, food, vendors, guest speakers, children’s activities and more.

Washington Soap Box Derby
2017 Date To Be Announced. Watch racers ages 8-17 compete in an All American Soap Box Derby on Capitol Hill.

Father’s Day
June 18, 2017. Looking for a special way to spend Father’s Day this year? Here are some ideas of ways to spend some family time with Dad on Father’s Day in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival
June 18, 2017.  Enjoy an afternoon of wine and live jazz in Old Town Manassas, Virginia.

UniverSoul Circus
June 22-July 23, 2017. FedEx Field, Landover, MD. Enjoy a big top showcase bursting with action-packed performances, colorful lights, pulsating music and international soul.

National Capital Barbecue Battle
June 24-25, 2017. If you love barbecue you’ll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children’s activities at this sizzling summer festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 9th & 14th Sts.

Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest
June 24-25, 2017.  Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. Enjoy a beer festival with food, live entertainment and children’s activities.

Vine on the Waterfront Food and Wine Festival
June 24, 2017. Alexandria, VA. The street festival showcases local food and wine and includes live entertainment, craft vendors and children activities.

Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Tuesdays through Saturdays, June-August 2017. Family friendly performances in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater. (recommended for children ages 5-12)

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 29-July 4 and July 6-9, 2017. Celebrate cultural traditions from around the world. 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.

May 2017 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.

Passport DC – Open Houses at Washington, DC Embassies
Throughout May. The multi-cultural event, sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC, features a wide range of performances, talks, and exhibits at DC’s foreign embassies.

Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area
Improve your own health and raise money for worthwhile Washington, DC area charities at the same time. A variety of events are held throughout the spring season.

Outdoor Movies in the Washington, DC Area
Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular outdoor activity.

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 season.

Washington Nationals Baseball
The Major League Baseball’s National League East plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day cheering on DC’s baseball team.

Green Festival
May 13-14, 2017. Washington Convention Center. Washington DC. The event focuses on sustainability education and green products and services including authors, leaders and educators, hands-on DIY workshops, green films, kids’ activities, live music and more.

Northern Virginia Tour de Cure Bicycling Event 
May 13, 2017. Reston, VA. Help raise funds and awareness about diabetes by participating in this annual event. All experience levels welcome.

Georgetown Garden Tour
May 13, 2017, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.

Mother’s Day
May 14, 2017. Looking for a special way to spend Mother’s Day this year? Here are some ideas of ways to spend some family time with mom on Mother’s Day in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Europe Month
Throughout May. Events include speeches, seminars and workshops on issues; film screenings, concerts and cultural programs related to the European Union.

National Police Week
May 14-20, 2017. The annual event honors the service of U.S. law enforcement officials. A candlelight vigil and memorial service are open to the public.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival
May 13, 2017. Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, MD. More than 25 breweries present over 175 different brews. This family-friendly festival features live music by popular regional artists, kids’ activities, exhibitors and a variety of food.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 13-14, 2017. See the works of 140 contemporary artists and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and downtown Bethesda restaurants.

Washington Jewish Film Festival
May 17-28, 2017. The annual event shows films with Jewish themes and encourages a dialogue about a variety of issues.

Bike to Work Day
May 19, 2017. Join thousands of Washington, DC area commuters by bicycling to work as a fun and healthy way to get to work.

Mount Vernon Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 19-21, 2017. An elegant evening of wine, live entertainment, reenactments, and tours of the rarely open cellar vaults of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Advance tickets are required.

National Asian Heritage Festival
May 20, 2017, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Washington DC. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 20, 2017, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gaithersburg, Maryland. The annual festival features 100 best-selling and award-winning authors who will participate in panel discussions and book signings throughout the day. Other activities include interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, musical entertainment and more.

Marine Corps Historic Half, 10K and & Semper Fred 5K
May 21, 2017. Fredericksburg, VA. The 13.1 mile Historic Half course runs from the retail hub of Central Park through Fredericksburg’s historic downtown with impressive landmarks and splendid scenery. The new Historic 10K traverses the final 6.2 mile portion of the Historic Half course.

Taste of Arlington
May 21, 2017, noon-5 pm. Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. Enjoy a lively street festival, complete with local entertainment, children’s activities and, of course, lots of food!

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
May 20-21, 2017. Reston Town Center, Reston, VA. See artwork by more than 200 painters, sculptors, fine-crafters and jewelers. Also enjoy musical performances, festive foods, beer garden, and artist demonstrations.

DC Dragon Boat Festival
May 20-21, 2017. Thompson’s Boathouse Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Sponsored by the Chinese Women’s League of Washington, DC, the event features dragon boat races on the Potomac River, cultural performances and hands-on activities.

Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour
May 20-21, 2017.  Frederick, Maryland. Enjoy a self-guided tour through some of the area’s most beautiful public and private properties.

GI Film Festival
May 24-28, 2017. See classic and premier films celebrating the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces including a variety of films presented by award-winning Hollywood actors and directors. Participate in panel discussions with soldiers, journalists, authors, and filmmakers.

Blue Angels Air Shows
May 24 and 26, 2017. Annapolis, MD. The Blue Angels Air Shows demonstrate choreographed flight skills of the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron.

DC Capital Fair
2017 Dates to Be Announced. RFK Stadium Grounds, Washington DC. The summer carnival features dozens of rides, games, foods and live entertainment.

Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC
May 27-29, 2017. Find out about special events, concert, parade for Memorial Day in the nation’s capital.

Rockville’s Hometown Holidays
May 27-29, 2017. Rockville, MD hosts a three-day street festival in celebration of Memorial Day with live music, children’s entertainment, a parade and more.

Delaplane Strawberry Festival
May 27-28, 2017, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA. The annual festival includes live entertainment, children’s games, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a 5K fun run, a raptor exhibit, antique cars, food, crafts and strawberries.

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

Source: dc.about.com