At any given moment, something new is happening in downtown Washington, DC. Find everything from major downtown museum exhibits and gallery openings to DC's annual festivals and special events. There are always new and exciting things to do at The Jefferson hotel conveniently located near Dupont Circle and Georgetown in Washington, DC. This page is updated frequently to reflect the constantly changing event calendar, so be sure to check back often.
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Special Events at The Jefferson
Seatings on Sunday, April 5, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Celebrate Easter at The Jefferson with an elegant multi-course brunch that includes dishes such as: Smoked Scottish Salmon with Red Onion Jam, Cream Cheese and Bagel Chips, Honey Mustard Rack of Shenandoah Lamb with Yellow Ratatouille, Blue Potato Gratin, Thyme Lamb Reduction and Dulce de Leche & Golden Pineapple Tart with a Caramel Speculoos.
Cost is $105 per person, $55 for children 12 and under (tax and gratuity not included). To reserve, please call 202.448.2300 or book online.
A credit card is needed to book. Please note cancellations made less than 24 hours prior will be charged the full price per person in your party.
Please join us in Plume to celebrate the birthday of our namesake Thomas Jefferson with a special tasting menu inspired by the 3rd President. This menu will be available from April 10 - 18, 2015. To make a reservation, please call 202.448.2300, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online.
Distribution of White House Easter Egg Roll Tickets
2015 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.
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Washington, DC is the home to the many important sites that are dedicated to preserving and honoring the contributions of women. This month is a great time to visit these museums and historical sites.
Intersections Arts Festival
Through March 7, 2015. Atlas Performing Arts Center. The arts festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, features visual art, film screenings, literary readings and dance, musical and dramatic productions by more than 30 artists and cultural institutions.
Adventures in Travel Expo
March 7-8, 2015. 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.
Rock and Roll Marathon
March 14, 2015, The Marathon is a 26.2 mile, 13.1 mile or 5K race to raise money for charitable organizations. A Health and Fitness Expo will be held on March 12-13.
Saint Patrick's Day Parades
Dates vary by location. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at a parade in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Virginia or Gaithersburg, Maryland. Enjoy a day of Irish music, dancing and fun. See also Irish Restaurants and Pubs.
DC Environmental Film Festival
March 17-29, 2015.Times and locations vary. See documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children's films from around the world at a variety of venues around Washington, DC.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
March 20 – April 12, 2015. See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Don't miss the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.
National Shamrock Festival
March 21, 2015, 1-9 p.m. RFK Stadium, Washington DC. Enjoy a day of family fun at the largest Saint Patrick's Day party and street festival in the DC area featuring more than 50 live bands.
Blossom Kite Festival
March 28, 2015. As part of the festivities at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, kite enthusiasts compete and show off their kite flying skills on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Marine Corps 17.75K
March 28, 2015. Prince William County, VA. The unique 17.75K distance of 11.03 miles will be held just outside Marine Corps Base Quantico taking runners on a course along the wooded paths and scenic roads of Prince William Forest Park.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Through April 12, 2015. See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Don't miss the best events including the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.
Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
April 11, 2015, 10 a.m. See wonderful entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances, and more.
Passover in Washington, DC
April 3-11, 2015. Find resources for planning and celebrating the Jewish holiday in the Washington DC area, including kosher markets, restaurants, synagogues and more.
Southwest Waterfront Festival and Fireworks
April 4, 2015. Southwest Waterfront, Washington DC. A highlight of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the free event features music, water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and fireworks.
Easter in Washington, DC
April 5, 2015. See a guide to celebrating the holiday in the nation’s capital including the schedules and suggested venues for Easter brunch, Easter egg hunts, religious services and other special events.
White House Easter Egg Roll
April 6, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bring the kids to hunt for Easter Eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny on the White House lawn.
African American Family Celebration at the National Zoo
April 6, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this year's multicultural tradition, the Zoo will offer an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, live entertainment, a food bazaar, and more family-friendly fun. Talk with Smithsonian scientists, who will share their work with such African animals as the kori bustard, cheetah, gorilla, and gaboon viper.
Washington Nationals Baseball
Nationals Park Opening Day is April 6, 2015. The team will play against the New York Mets. The Nationals 2015 schedule includes 81 home dates. The major league baseball team plays through September.
Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
April 11, 2015, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The huge Japanese street party includes live entertainment, food, arts, games and a Ginza Marketplace.
DC Design House Tours
April 11 - May 10, 2015. Washington, DC's premiere residential design showcase features a home renovated by the region's top interior designers. Tours are available and raise funds for Children’s National Medical Center.
Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
April 13, 2015, 11 a.m. Visit the Jefferson Memorial and attend the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the birthday of our third president. The event will feature a military color guard, patriotic wreath tributes and the sounding of "Taps".
150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination
April 14, 2015 marks 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Commemorative programming will be held throughout the month at a variety of venues throughout the city including theatrical performances, commemorative ceremonies, an overnight candlelight vigil, walking tours; free panel discussions and much more. Don't miss the main events on April 14-15.
DC Emancipation Day
April 16, 2015. The anniversary of the Emancipation Act, when Lincoln granted freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia is celebrated with educational and cultural events throughout the city.
Earth Day Festival at Union Station
2015 Dates to Be Announced. The event features interactive, eco-friendly experiences to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability.
Smithsonian Craft Show
April 23-25, 2015. This is your chance to buy unique crafts from the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary American arts in the nation.
National Cathedral Flower Mart
May 1-2, 2015. Enjoy the grounds of the cathedral, floral displays, children’s activities and musical entertainment. Free admission.
150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination
Through May 2015. This year marks 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Commemorative programming will be held at a variety of venues throughout the city.
National Harbor Food & Wine Festival
May 2-3, 2015. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisinal and organic products, lectures on culinary and wine trends and more.
Around the World Embassy Tour
May 2, 2015, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 3, 2015. noon-6 pm. The annual Latino celebration features live music and family entertainment on the National Mall.
World War II Aircraft Flyover
May 8, 2015. A once in a lifetime event! Don't miss the chance to see dozens of vintage military airplanes fly over the National Mall in Washington DC.
Georgetown Garden Tour
May 9, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.
National Train Day
May 9, 2015. Each spring, Amtrak hosts train focused festivities at Union Station including live entertainment, interactive and educational exhibits, kids' activities, model trains and more.
May 10, 2015. 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.
DC Design House Tours
Through May 10, 2015. Washington, DC's premiere residential design showcase features a home renovated by the region's top interior designers. Tours are available and raise funds for Children’s National Medical Center.
National Police Week
May 11-17, 2015. The annual event honors the service of U.S. law enforcement officials. A candlelight vigil and memorial service are open to the public.
National Asian Heritage Festival
May 16, 2015, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.
DC Dragon Boat Festival
May 16-17, 2015. 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.
Marine Corps Historic Half, 10K and & Semper Fred 5K
May 17, 2015. 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.
Memorial Day in Washington, DC
May 23-25, 2015. Find out about special events, concert, parade for Memorial Day in the nation’s capital.