District Of Columbia Annual Festivals

Washington, D.C. - Annual Festivals

Washington, D.C., annual events are some of the tops in the nation. There are so many popular yearly Washington, D.C., events that the calendar is always packed with great things to do. From the National Cherry Blossom Festival to the Independence Day celebration, Washington, D.C., is the place to be for amazing and diverse annual festivals.

Here’s a look at the cream of the crop:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March): This takes place along Constitution Avenue celebrating Irish culture and heritage.

National Cherry Blossom Festival (dates vary by year usually late March to early April): This two-week celebration honors the entrance of spring and pays tribute to the 3,000 cherry trees the U.S. was given by the mayor of Tokyo, Japan. This is filled with arts, great food and much more.

White House Easter Egg Roll (near Easter): This exciting celebration is filled with great family fun including entertainment and food. It dates back to 1878 with President Rutherford B. Hayes, and now, it’s one of the most treasured spring rite of passages each year.

Washington International Film Festival (April): More than 100 films are usually featured from documentaries to shorts.

Reel Affirmations Film Festival (Spring): One of largest gay and lesbian film festivals in the nation, this festival usually includes nearly 60 films plus numerous other events.

Passport DC (May): The embassies open their doors and share their culture and heritage with the community in this special month-long event with a variety of special things to see and do.

Memorial Day Parade (May): The Memorial Day Parade honors America’s veterans. This worthy event takes on a new and special meaning in the nation’s capital. The weekend includes concerts and even motorcycle rallies.

DC Jazz Festival (June): You’ll find great, free performances along the National Mall for this popular festival. This jazz festival attracts top names not just from the United States but from across the entire globe.

Capital Pride (June): This event celebrates diversity and civil rights, and it’s also commonly known as PrideFest. This gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender event is the fourth largest in the nation.

National Capital 'BarbeCue' Battle (late June): This special annual event is centered around the delicious eats that are barbequed! Top chefs and home cooks compete for prizes. There are great family events, wonderful food samples and even interactive cooking displays to enjoy.

DC Caribbean Carnival (late June): This carnival celebrates Caribbean heritage, culture and food. A highlight is the annual parade filled with dancing, costumes and more that dances its way down Constitution Avenue near 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Fourth of July Celebration (July 4): This outstanding celebration honors the nation’s birthday and Independence Day. The parade occurs on Constitution Avenue with over a hundred marching bands. There’s music, and, of course, fireworks that light up the beautiful night sky just over the grounds of the Washington Monument.

Restaurant Week (January and August): This special tradition includes numerous restaurants that participate. They offer price-fixed meals (usually three courses) to encourage people to try new things. The prices are generally very reasonable for the quality and level of restaurant and food.

National Christmas Tree Lighting (December): The nation’s Christmas tree is lit by the First Family in this special holiday tradition that spans almost nine decades. The event also includes great holiday entertainment.

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