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

    Celebrate Thanksgiving in Plume at The Jefferson!
    We invite you along with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving in Plume on Thursday, November 26th. Enjoy a three course meal prepared by Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel. Seating times are 11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. and cost is $102 per adult and $48 per child (12 and under). Beverages, tax and gratuity not included. View the menu and learn more on the Plume website

    Mark Your Calendars: 20% Off On Cyber Monday
    You can do a lot in 24 hours. This Cyber Monday, you can add “book a room at the #1 hotel in Washington, DC” to the list! Beginning on Monday, November 30, 2015, book any room type at The Jefferson and receive 20% off our best available rate. This offer is only available for 24 hours so set your clocks! Recently named the #1 hotel in Washington, DC in the 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice awards, The Jefferson is THE place to call home when visiting our nation’s capital.

    Offer is based upon availability and will only be available on Monday, November 30, 2015. Some blackout dates may apply. Must stay between November 30, 2015 – February 29, 2016.

    Christmas Eve Dinner in Plume
    A holiday celebration not to be missed! Please join us on Thursday, December 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for a four-course Christmas Eve feast featuring dishes that include Chestnut Velouté with Crispy Sweetbread Roulade and Winter Truffle and Grilled Filet of Virginia Bison with Fairytale Pumpkin Pie, Kendal Farm Crème Fraîche, Black Salsify and Red Wine Reduction, prepared by Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel.View the menu and learn more on the Plume website

    Christmas Day at Plume
    Christmas Day seatings will be on Friday, December 25 from 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel has prepared a Christmas meal full of delights that include Seared Foie Gras Medallion, Poached Seckel Pear, Rosehip Ice Cream, Granola, Tarragon, Brown Butter Brioche and Broiled Bronzino Filet, Baked Ratatouille Vegetable Gratin, Provence Herbs and Niçoise Olive Emulsion. View the menu and learn more on the Plume website

    New Year's Eve at Plume
    Say goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016 at Plume! We will be offering two seatings this year and hope you will join us for a decadent six course meal. Our first seating will be from 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Cost is $164 per person ($275 with wine pairing). Our second seating will be from 9:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. Cost is $225 per person ($400 with wine pairing) and includes a midnight celebration with a champagne toast. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included. Valet parking included with both seatings. View the menu and learn more on the Plume website

    Plume Winter Refresh
    Please note that Plume will be closed for its annual winter refresh starting on January 1, 2016, reopening for service on January 12, 2016.


    FotoWeek DC
    November 7-15, 2015. The annual celebration of photography in Washington, DC, will feature programs including a photo contest and juried exhibition, gallery openings, lectures, educational workshops, portfolio reviews, book signings and more.

    Veterans Day
    November 11, 2015. This year, a huge concert will be held on the National Mall featuring some of the country's biggest stars. Honor American veterans at this event and/or attend a wreath-laying ceremony at one of the monuments in Washington, DC. See the schedule of this year's events.

    Reopening of the Renwick Gallery
    November 13, 2015. Washington DC. A morning ribbon-cutting ceremony will precede a free open house offering the opportunity for the public to explore the galleries, meet curators Bell and Atkinson, and take tours led by museum docents. The Gallery will remain open after hours for "all you can craft," craft beer, live music and special guest artists on site. This event will be ticketed and available for ages 21 and up. On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Renwick will offer a free family festival with craft activities, artist demonstrations, musical performances and special museum tours. 

    Christmas at Mount Vernon
    2015 Dates 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.

    Thanksgiving Weekend in the Washington, DC Area
    Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season and many wonderful activities and events begin in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Here are some ideas of fun things to do during the Thanksgiving weekend.

    Black Friday in Washington DC
    November 27, 2015. The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. Many stores open early and offer big sales for the holidays. See the schedule of store openings in the DC area.

    City of Alexandria Holiday Tree Lighting
    November 27, 2015, 7-9 p.m. Musical entertainment with a visit from Santa Claus in Market Square, 301 King St. (703) 838-4844

    Small Business Saturday in the Washington DC Area
    November 28, 2015. The Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated as a day to shop for the holiday season at locally owned businesses to support the economy.  See a guide to Washington DC area neighborhoods that have a number of small businesses.

    Nutcracker Performances
    Enjoy the Christmas holiday classic ballet at a theater in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Schedules vary, but many theatres begin their performances in late November.


    The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace
    Lighting ceremony - 2015 Date to Be Announced, 5 p.m. Ellipse near the White House. Visit the National Christmas Tree through Jan. 1.

    ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort
    November 21, 2015 - January 3, 2016. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans.

    Nutcracker Performances in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
    Enjoy the Christmas holiday classic ballet. The Nutcracker is performed at a variety of theaters, from community theaters in the suburbs to Washington, DC's most formal performing arts centers.

    National Cathedral Christmas Events
    Take a guided tour, hear festive music, make Christmas decorations, or attend a religious service.

    Holidays at National Harbor
    Enjoy the Christmas tree lighting, nightly light show and weekend holiday market.

    Downtown DC Holiday Market
    Through December 23, 2015. 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.

    Antietam Illumination
    December 5, 2015. Sharpsburg, MD. Take a free driving tour along the national battlefield and see 23,110 luminaries lit in honor of those killed, wounded or missing during the Battle of Antietam.

    Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
    2015 Date to Be Announced. See dozens of festively decorated boats light up the sky along the Potomac River.

    Pearl Harbor Day at the World War II Memorial
    December 7, 2015, 1:52 p.m.  World War II Memorial, Washington DC. As part of the commemoration, nearly twenty Pearl Harbor Survivors and other World War II veterans will lay wreaths at the Freedom Wall in remembrance of the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives during World War II.

    Arlington Wreath Laying Ceremony
    Dec. 12, 2015. Holiday wreaths adorn 5,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Wreaths Across America.

    Hanukkah Events in the Washington, DC Area
    Find special events celebrating the holiday in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

    Kwanzaa Events in the Washington, DC Area
    Various Dates. Find special holiday events around the region.

    Military Bowl and Parade
    December 28, 2015. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland. College football bowl game benefits the United Service Organizations.

    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.


    New Years Day in Washington, DC
    Looking for something to do on New Year's Day in Washington, DC? Many businesses are closed, but there are still a lot of great ways to spend your day on January 1st.

    Christmas at Mount Vernon
    Through January 6, 2016. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and tour the Mount Vernon Estate. The newly expanded programs extend through the first week in January.

    NBC4's Health and Fitness Expo
    January 9-10, 2016, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Washington DC Convention Center. The annual event offers fun activities to motivate you to take charge of your health. Try a new sport such as golf, skiing or snowboarding with the virtual simulators. Check your body mass index, take a heart risk test, learn about ergonomics and much more.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Events
    The national holiday is January 18, 2016. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday is a day of honor and commemorative events at a variety of sites in Washington, DC. Events honoring the civil rights leader run throughout the month of January.

    Washington Auto Show
    January 22-31, 2016. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC. This special event features more than 700 new vehicle makes and models, live entertainment, celebrity guests and new car giveaways.