Top 20 Washington DC USA Events and Festivals
Explore this selection of the Top 20 events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (shown in calendar priority) famous in Washington DC.
The DC Independence Day Celebration – one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA, and the
White House Easter Egg Roll are just two of the most favorite Washington DC US events
Read on for more about the main Washington DC events and festivals.
White House Easter Egg Roll
One of the favorite Washington DC US events, this annual tradition dates back to 1878 and President Rutherford B. Hayes. Children ages 3 to 6 frolic on the South Lawn searching for more than 24,000 wooden eggs that have been hidden throughout the grounds. There is also an Easter celebration at the Ellipse including entertainment, music, storytelling and food giveaways for the whole family to enjoy.
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Washington DC St Patrick's Day Parade
Recognized as one of the most important St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the USA, and one of the Top 20 Washington DC USA events, festivals, fairs and celebrations, the the Capital City celebration of St Patrick’s Day, known as the Nation’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is a two-and-a-half hour event featuring floats, marching bands, pipe bands, military, police, and fire departments all of which join together to honor the culture of the Irish.
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Rock 'n Roll USA Marathon
Attracting more than 25,000 participants each year, the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in the Capital City is just one of the international series of entertainment themed marathons and half-marathons taking place around the world,known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. The 26-mile and 13.1 mile courses pass through six of the city’s eight wards and historic neighborhoods including sightings of many monuments as well as the National Mall. The event concludes with a finish line festival and headliner concert at RFK Stadium, which is free and open to the public.
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Blossom Kite Festival
One of the most popular annual events in the Capital City, the Blossom Kite Festival features kite fliers from across the USA and all over the world competing with their contemporaries in various competitions to demonstrate their skills as well as to aid in the activity tents where children learn to make and decorate their own kites.
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DC's annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of the coming of spring and commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees given to the U.S. by Tokyo mayor, Yukio Ozaki in 1912. The two-week festival, a favorite Washington DC US events includes many cultural, sporting and culinary events like the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Japan America Society of Washington, DC's Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, presenting more than 80 organizations showcasing Japanese performances, arts, crafts and food.
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Passport DC is an international exploration through Washington, DC during the entire month of May, inviting participants to experience a global journey without leaving the city. Featuring street festivals, open houses, embassy events, special performances, and much more. Many of DC’s embassies and international cultural centers open their doors on specific days to showcase their culture, art, music, dance and food.
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National Memorial Day Celebration & Parade
The National Memorial Day Celebration & Parade pays tribute to America's veterans from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. More than 150,000 spectators watch the parade of marching bands and veterans’ units from many of the states as they march down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets.
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end May - early June
The fourth-largest gay pride event in the country, Capital Pride events and the Capital Pride Festival is a nine-day celebration of diversity, cultural achievement, civil rights issues and entertainment by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, families, and friends. Capital Pride celebrates the uniqueness of all who participate in the annual celebration.
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DC Jazz Festival
With more than 125 performances in over 60 venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival ® is the largest music festival in Washington, DC and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events. The Festival presents year-round education programs and concerts, promotes music integration in school curricula, and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts.
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National Capital Barbecue Battle
Approaching its 16th year, the Barbecue Battle features serious competition between top BBQ competitors, great BBQ restaurants from the DC area and around the country, cooking demonstrations, free food samples, interactive cooking displays and children's activities. Tens of thousands of people witness barbecue teams and restaurants from around the country compete to win in excess of $15,000 in cash and prizes and a chance to represent the Mid-Atlantic United States at the Barbecue World Championship, Memphis in May.
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Smithsonian Folklife Festivals
late June – early July
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a global celebration of contemporary living traditions including music, song, dance, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and narrative sessions for discussing cultural issues. The Festival encourages visitors to participate – to learn, sing, dance, eat traditional foods, and converse with people presented in the program. Over the years, it has brought more than 16,000 musicians, artists, performers, craftspeople, workers, cooks and storytellers to the National Mall.
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DC Independence Day Celebration
DC is one of the most exciting places to be to celebrate the nation's birthday. Where better than in its capital. This event, one of the favorite Washington DC US events has a parade that showcases more than 100 marching units stepping out at noon along Constitution Avenue. When that's over, popular music groups entertain from mid-afternoon until the fireworks. The National Symphony Orchestra, with guest stars and soloists, performs at 8pm. The fireworks show begins around 9:20pm over the Washington Monument grounds. Thousands congregate along the National Mall to watch the spectacular fireworks light up the DC sky.
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Independence Day Celebration is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA
Citi Open Tennis Classic
late July – early August
Professional tennis action comes to the District in this annual tournament. Past winners include Andy Roddick, Mike and Bob Bryan, along with five-time champion Andre Agassi. Located in Rock Creek Park, the host facility is the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center – a top-flight stadium with permanent seating for 7,500 spectators.
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National Book Festival
The National Book Festival is presented by the Library of Congress each year in September on the National Mall in Washington, DC, between 7th and 14th streets. The event celebrates the joys of reading and lifelong literacy. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, purchase books by festival authors, get books signed by authors, and participate in a variety of fun-learning activities. The festival is free and open to the public.
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Marine Corps Marathon
In keeping with its nickname: "The People's Marathon", the Marine Corps Marathon of 26.2 miles attracts runners (first-timers and veterans alike) from all walks of life to participate in a patriotic race that is ultimately a day for people of all types and ages. Not only does this marathon pass many of the area's attractions including the Capitol, Union Station, the Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR Memorials, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian museums and the Kennedy Center, but it also includes a host of family-friendly activities such as the Healthy Kids Fun Run, a Health and Fitness Expo, and the Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival. The MCM10K race also allows runners of all ages to join in a shorter 6.2 mile event.
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Washington International Horse Show
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show attracts more than 20,000 spectators to the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for nearly half a million dollars in prize money. Event highlights include the Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday), the $125,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier (Saturday night) and Kids' Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.
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Washington Craft Show
One of the top craft shows in the USA, the Washington Craft Show featuring the work of almost 200 of the nation’s top contemporary craft artists showcases a wide variety of amazing items including basketry, ceramics and more and offers awards for the most outstanding work in each field.
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Black Family Reunion Celebration
Considered to be one of the largest and most important family events in the USA, attracting more than 500,000 people to Washington's National Mall to celebrate the strength and traditional values of the African-American family, the Black Family Reunion Celebration is a special festival sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women, celebrating with live music in free concerts, exhibitions, an arts and crafts market, international marketplace, health screenings, food and activities for kids.
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National Christmas Tree Lighting
An event for almost a century celebrating Christmas, the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington DC is an event that features nationally known entertainers and a military bands performing as well as and the President himself who brings a message of peace to the nation and the world. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is the beginning of a three week Washington DC Christmas tradition.
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US Capitol Christmas Tree
Not to be confused with the National Christmas Tree Lighting event, the US Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as “The People’s Tree”, in Washington DC is situated on the west lawn of the US Capitol. Chosen from a different National Forest each year, the US Capitol Christmas Tree was first displayed in 1964.
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