• UPCOMING EVENTS IN WASHINGTON, DC

    At any given moment, something new is happening in downtown Washington, DC. Find everything from major museum exhibits and gallery openings to annual festivals and special events. There are always new and exciting things to do at The Jefferson hotel as well. This page is updated frequently to reflect the constantly changing event calendar, so be sure to check back often.


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    September

    Year of the Author Cocktail in Quill 
    For the entire year of 2014 we will be celebrating The Year of the Author, complete with literary libations at Quill that spotlight the work of celebrated authors and works of each featured author available to borrow in our Book Room.  

    September 11 Memorial Events
    Sept. 11, 2014. See the schedule of special commemorative events in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

    The DC Shorts Film Festival
    Sept. 11-21, 2014. Film festival in Washington, DC featuring short films and discussions with filmmakers.

    Taste of Georgetown
    Sept. 13, 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sample dishes from 30 Georgetown restaurants, while enjoying live music and children's activities.

    Nation's Football Classic
    Sept. 13, 2014. RFK Stadium. The event is a black college football game held annually in Washington, DC. Additional events will be held around town throughout the weekend.

    Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival
    Sept. 13, 2014. Annapolis, MD. The event features beer tastings, seminars, live music, food and arts and crafts exhibits.

    Adams Morgan Day
    Sept. 14, 2014, Noon-7 p.m. Annual street festival in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

    Washington Redskins Opening Game
    Sept. 14, 2014, 1 p.m. The Washington football team plays against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their home opener. Enjoy the football season and cheer for the Redskins.

    WalkingTown & BikingTown DC
    Sept. 15-21, 2014. Enjoy free guided tours of the neighborhoods of Washington DC. More than 100 walking tours and 11 bike tours are available offering a great way to explore the nation’s capital.

    Mount Vernon's Colonial Craft Fair
    Sept. 20-21, 2014, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The fair is a re-creation of an early American marketplace with artist demonstrations, family entertainment and 18th-century amusements.

    H Street Festival
    Sept. 20, 2014, noon-6 p.m. The festival includes musical and dance performances, children's activities, crafts, international foods and more.

    Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo
    Sept. 21, 2014, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of Latin American culture and wildlife through a variety of family-oriented activities, live music and dance, special keeper talks, and a Latin American food court.

    DC Fashion Week
    Sept. 24-28, 2014. The week-long event includes fashion industry networking parties, an outdoor festival showcasing local designers, designer trunk shows, and an educational seminar.

    National Public Lands Day
    Sept. 27, 2014. The nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands includes special events to get volunteers to work together to build trails, bridges, remove trash and invasive plants, restore water resources and plant trees. See the events in the DC area and pitch in.

    Washington DC Tour de Cure Bicycling Event 
    Sept 27, 2014. Washington, DC. Bike across the nation's capital and help raise funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. All experience levels welcome.


    October

    Year of the Author Cocktail in Quill 
    For the entire year of 2014 we will be celebrating The Year of the Author, complete with literary libations at Quill that spotlight the work of celebrated authors and works of each featured author available to borrow in our Book Room. 

    Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
    October 3-5, 2014, 6-9 pm. George Washington's Estate & Gardens. Wine-cellar tours and live music. Advanced tickets are required.

    Southwest DC Arts Festival
    October 3-5, 2014. The event brings the community together to celebrate the arts with the theme “Discover Southwest.” The festival will showcase art from regional and international emerging artists and the rapidly developing neighborhood.

    Autumn Conservation Festival
    October 4-5, 2014. Smithsonian Biology Conservation Institute, Front Royal, VA.Get a behind-the-scenes look at our world-renowned science, research, and animal care.

    Columbia Heights Day
    October 4, 2014. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 11th & Kenyon Streets NW, Washington, DC. The community event includes live music, food, vendors, guest speakers, children's activities and more.

    Dedication and Opening of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
    October 5, 2014, 11 a.m. The new Memorial will serve to educate, inform and remind all Americans of the human cost of war, and the sacrifices our disabled veterans, their families, and caregivers, have made on behalf of American freedom. The dedication ceremony is open to the public. Free tickets are required.

    Taste of DC
    October 11-12, 2014. The event will feature tastings and dishes from more than 80 of Washington DC’s best restaurants, eateries and food trucks, a Farm-to-Fork zone, and the chance to get up close and personal with local chefs and winemakers.

    Army Ten-Miler
    October 12, 2014. America's biggest 10-mile race attracts 20,000 runners each year. Race begins at the Pentagon at 8 a.m.

    Columbus Day
    October 13, 2014. The annual wreath laying ceremony honors the life of Christopher Columbus.

    Washington International Horse Show
    October 21-26, 2014. Verizon Center, Washington, DC. Horse show with jumping competitions with Olympic horses and riders, special exhibitions of musical freestyle dressage, bull riding, terrier races and more.

    Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Days
    October 25-26, 2014. Celebrate the season with horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations.

    Marine Corps Marathon
    October 26, 2014. The annual race includes a full weekend of events including the Health and Fitness Expo, Healthy Kids Fun Run, and Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival.

    DC Drag Queen Race
    October 28, 2014. Thousands of spectators flock to Dupont Circle to watch costumed drag queens show off their elaborate Halloween costumes and race down 17th Street.

    Washington Craft Show
    October 31-November 2, 2014. Washington Convention Center. The annual craft show features contemporary crafts created by more than 190 artists including metal, leather, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, glass and more.


    November

    Year of the Author Cocktail in Quill 
    For the entire year of 2014 we will be celebrating The Year of the Author, complete with literary libations at Quill that spotlight the work of celebrated authors and works of each featured author available to borrow in our Book Room. 

    Capital Maritime Music Festival
    November 1, 2014. Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC. The event includes a noontime concert, workshops and cameo performances featuring the music, folklore and history of sea warriors, merchant sailors, recreational sailors, maritime communities, canals and inland waterways.

    Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show
    November 8-9, 2014. Washington Convention Center. Attend a consumer event focusing on food and entertaining with more than 150 exhibitors including specialty food companies, caterers, party planners, personal chefs, kitchen planners and appliance manufacturers.

    Veterans Day
    November 11, 2014. Honor American veterans at a wreath-laying ceremony at one of these monuments in Washington, DC.

    Christmas at Mount Vernon
    November 28, 2014 - January 6, 2014. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, meet historic characters and tour the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight.

    City of Alexandria Holiday Tree Lighting
    November 28, 2014, 7-9 p.m. Musical entertainment with a visit from Santa Claus in Market Square, 301 King St. (703) 838-4844

    National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting
    November 28, 2014, 5-7 p.m. Waterfront Plaza, National Harbor, Maryland. The waterfront community will kick off the holiday season by lighting up the sky with fireworks and a 65ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights. Sip some hot chocolate and enjoy story-telling, an ornament-making workshop and holiday music.

    Small Business Saturday
    November 29, 2014. This day has been designated to help fuel the economy by asking Americans to shop at their favorite local stores and support small businesses. The Washington DC area has plenty of wonderful shopping destinations.


    December

    Year of the Author Cocktail in Quill 
    For the entire year of 2014 we will be celebrating The Year of the Author, complete with literary libations at Quill that spotlight the work of celebrated authors and works of each featured author available to borrow in our Book Room. 

    Bethesda's Winter Wonderland
    December 5-6, 2014. See a variety of entertainment and performances, a live ice sculpting presentation and a visit from Santa Claus.

    Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
    December 6, 2014. See dozens of festively decorated boats light up the sky along the Potomac River.

    Logan Circle Holiday House Tour
    December 7, 2014.  Logan Circle, Washington DC. Get an inside view of a variety of homes in the historic neighborhood.

    Pearl Harbor Day
    December 7, 2014. Wreath-laying ceremony at the Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC at 1 p.m.

    ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort
    Through January 4, 2015. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans.

    Downtown DC Holiday Market
    Through December 23, 2014. Sidewalk on F Street between 7th and 9th in front of the National Portrait Gallery. Enjoy a unique seasonal shopping marketplace of downtown Washington DC including gift items by more than 180 exhibitors.

    Christmas at Mount Vernon
    Through January 6, 2015. Date to Be Announced. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, meet historic characters and tour the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight.

    Hanukkah Events in the Washington, DC Area
    Hanukkah Dec.16-24, 2014. Find special events celebrating the holiday in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

    The Water-skiing Santa
    December 24, 2014, 1 p.m. This unusual annual event features a water-skiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac River.

    New Year's Eve Celebrations in the Washington, DC Area
    Check out these suggestions of ways to ring in the New Year in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.