DC Event List

While living in DC, I compiled a list of annual or regular events that I enjoyed or wanted to try out.

Fair warning: It’s been a few years since we left DC, so this list might now be dated.


Georgetown Gallery Gaze – FREE
Phillips After Five
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Eastern Market – Farmers market and arts and crafts market, especially large on Sundays


ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort
DC Restaurant Week
Alexandria Restaurant Week


Intersections Arts Festival
DC Fashion Week
Chinese New Year Parade and Festival
Cupid’s Undie Run
DC International Food and Wine Festival
Dance Bethesda – FREE for some classes and events – Enjoy a weekend of dance classes and parties in Bethesda, MD.
George Washington Birthnight Banquet and Ball – Party like it’s 1799 at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
Annapolis Restaurant Week
Cupid’s Undie Run


Chocolate Lovers Festival
Intersections Arts Festival
DC Independent Film Festival
Smithsonian Kite Festival – FREE
National Cherry Blossom Festival – FREE


National Cherry Blossom Festival – FREE
International Pillow Fight Day
Filmfest DC
White House Spring Garden Tours
Historic Garden Week in Virginia
National Park Week
Earth Day Events on the National Mall
Easter Egg Hunt on the White House Lawn


Andrews Air Show – FREE
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Passport DC
National Cathedral Flower Mart
Georgetown Garden Tour
DC Yoga Week
DC Dragon Boat Festival
Delaplane Strawberry Festival


Summer Concerts – FREE
Outdoor Movies – FREE
DC Jazz Festival
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Capital Barbecue Battle
North Virginia Summer Brewfest
Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival


Summer Concerts – FREE
Outdoor Movies – FREE – Go to an outdoor movie screening in the DC area, including Screen on the Green.
Fourth of July Fireworks on the National Mall
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Brew at the Zoo


DC Beer Week
Summer Concerts – FREE
Outdoor Movies – FREE
DC Restaurant Week
Alexandria Restaurant Week
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Arts on N Street Festival


US Dept of Energy Solar Decathalon – FREE – Tour solar-powered model houses built on the National Mall for this competition and get ideas for using solar power in your home.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Grapes with the Apes – Enjoy an evening of wine tasting and live music among the apes at the National Zoo.
DC Blues Festival
Maryland Seafood Festival
Adams Morgan Day Festival
Virginia Wine Festival


Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival
White House Fall Garden Tours
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Explore a Corn Maze
Haunted Houses and Halloween Events
Turkish Festival
Taste of Dupont
Taste of Georgetown
Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon, Wine, and Music Festival
DC Drag Queen Race
Day of the Dead Events


Annapolis Food and Wine Festival
FotoWeek DC
ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort
Thanksgiving Parades
Holiday Craft Shows


ZooLights – FREE – Animal light displays, zoo-themed model trains, and other festivities
Norwegian Christmas at Union Station
National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort
Christmas Light Displays
Christmas Decorations and Candlelight Tours at Mount Vernon
US Botanic Garden Christmas Display


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