General Information • Calendar of Events
There’s always some mass gathering in Washington, DC; from inauguration demonstrations to flower festivals, DC has it all. The best events are free and easily accessible by mass transit. Event
New Year’s Eve Martin Luther King’s Birthday

General Information • Calendar of Events
DC Caribbean Carnival Extravaganza Capital Pride Red Cross Waterfront Festival National Capital Barbecue Battle Smithsonian Folklife Festival Independence Day Celebration Bastille Day Virginia Scottish Games Hispanic Festival Capital Fringe Festival Annual Soap Box Derby Georgia Avenue Day National Frisbee Festival National Army Band’s 1812 Overture Performance DC Blues Festival Kennedy Center Open House Adams Morgan Day White House Fall Garden Tour Reel Affirmations Film Festival Marine Corps Marathon Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthday Civil War Living History Day Veteran’s Day Ceremonies Alexandria Antiques Show Jewish Film Festival Kennedy Center Holiday Celebration Kwanzaa Celebration National Christmas Tree Lighting/ Pageant of Peace Washington National Cathedral Christmas Celebration and Services White House Christmas Candlelight Tours

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Late June Early June Mid-June Late June Late June – early July July 4 July 14 Late July Late July Late July Early June Late August Late August Late August Early September Early September Early September Late October Mid-October Late October October 27 Early November November 11 Mid-November Late November/ Early December December December Mid-December to January 1 December 24–25 Christmastime

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December 31/January 1 Observed January 15 January 19 martinlutherkingjrday.html 703-235-1530

Celebrate the new year with music art, and bitter freezing cold. Music, speakers, and a recital of the “I Have a Dream” speech on the Lincoln Memorial steps. Yes, victors write the history books, but some losers’ popularity endures. Robert E Lee Memorial, Arlington Cemetery.

Robert E Lee’s Birthday

Chinese New Year

Can you IMAGINE the debauchery of a 15-day American New Year’s bash? Check it out on H Street in Chinatown. Black History Month Celebration February African-American history at the Smithsonian. Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Observed 202-426-6841 Reading of Gettysburg Address in February 12 front of the city’s favorite marble hero. George Washington’s Birthday President’s 800-388-9119 Parade and party in Alexandria Parade Day, February 19 for the city’s other favorite guy. St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17 Celebration of all things Irish in DC: music, food, oh, and beer, too. Smithsonian Kite Festival Late March– Watch adults attack kiddie play early April like a combat sport. Washington Home & Mid-March Check out the flora that actually Garden Show enjoys this climate. National Cherry Blossom Festival Late March to – www.nationalcherryblossom One of the can’t-misses…problem mid-April is the tourists think so, too. Filmfest DC April For once, see a flick before it opens in NYC. White House Spring Garden Tours Mid-April No politics, just flowers. Shakespeare’s Birthday April 23 202-544-4600 To go or not to go. That is the question. Folger Shakespeare Library. White House Easter Egg Roll Mid-April No politics, just eggs. Department of Defense/ Mid-May 301-981-4600 The country flexes its muscles Joint Services Open House with an air show and other military might. FedEx Field. St. Sophia Greek Festival National Symphony Orchestra 5 Memorial Day Weekend Concert Memorial Day Ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial Day Jazz Festival Virginia Gold Cup Dance Africa DC Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend AFI SilverDocs Mid-May May 26 May 26 May 26 Early May Early June First weekend in June Mid June 202-333-4730 Big, fat, Greek festival. Easy on the ears—and wallet; it’s free. Ceremonies at JFK’s grave and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Solemn memorial. 703-883-4686 202-269-1600 walk.html Jazz in Alexandria. Horse race on the same day as the Kentucky Derby. Someone fire the marketing department. A feat of feet. Free admission to the city’s smaller, quirkier, pricier exhibits. Hollywood takes over Silver Spring for this documentary film festival.

February 18

703-851-5685 Caribbean music, food, and outrageous costumes. Huge, fun, funky, out, and proud. If you fall out of the canoe, Clara Barton may rescue you. Hot and sticky BBQ on a hot and sticky day. All the culture and crowds that can be packed into two weeks. July 4th in America-town. Check out the parade. The fireworks are a must. No time to order freedom fries. Kilts and haggis everywhere! Latin American celebration at the Washington Monument. DC’s modest attempt at cuttingedge theater. The one day parents let their kids fly down city streets in rickety wooden boxes. Parades, music, and food from the southern US and Africa. Don’t fight it, join it. No politics, just patriotic music. 703-838-4848 703-549-5811 202-537-6247 Rock Creek Park gets down and depressed. Check out the terrace and the Kennedy sculpture without shelling out for the opera. Neighborhood that gets jammed nightly, gets jammed while sun’s up. No politics, just leaf peeping. Like Filmfest DC, except much more gay. 26 miles of asphalt and cheers. Party for one of the other giant heads in North Dakota. The culmination of reenactmentstickler bickering. Fort Ward Museum. Military ceremony in Arlington Cemetery. Expensive old stuff. Like Filmfest DC, except much more Jewish. X-mas revelry. Celebration at the Smithsonian. Trees, menorahs, & Yule logs get lit at the White House Ellipse. Humongous tree from Nova Scotia. Still no politics, just religion.

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