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  • 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.


    Special Events at The Jefferson

    Martin's Lamb Dinner at The Jefferson Featuring Blackbird Vineyards
     Please join us in conjunction with Martin's and Blackbird Vineyards on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 for a six course lamb tasting menu paired with Blackbird wines. We will also be joined by Paul Leary, President of Blackbird Vineyards.

    Reception at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm. Cost is $220 per person, with wine pairing (tax and gratuity excluded). To make a reservation please call 202.448.3238 or email mgoldberg@jeffersondc.com.


    Dinner With Churchill

    "Give me a few well-cooked dishes I can really enjoy." - Sir Winston Churchill.

    Please join us on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 for an evening with Cita Stelzer, author of Dinner With Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table . Enjoy a four course dinner inspired by Churchill's love of diplomacy around the dinner table and hear from the author about this unique look at one of the world's most notable (and quotable) figures.

    Reception at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm. Cost is $175 per person, tax and gratuity excluded. To book, please call 202.448.3250 or email mgoldberg@jeffersondc.com.

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    April

    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.  

    National Cherry Blossom Festival
    Through April 13, 2014. 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. View special Cherry Blossom packages at The Jefferson. 

    Earth Month Festival at Union Station
    The month-long event features interactive, eco-friendly experiences to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability.

    Smithsonian Craft Show
    April 10-13, 2014. This is your chance to buy unique crafts from the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary American arts in the nation.

    Bethesda Literary Festival
    April 11-13, 2014. Dozens of authors and writers conduct readings, talks and other activities at galleries, bookstores and other sites in downtown Bethesda.

    Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
    April 12, 2014, 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.

    Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
    April 12, 2014, 10:30 am - 6 pm. The huge Japanese street party includes live entertainment, food, arts, games and a Ginza Marketplace.

    Thomas Jefferson Birthday
    April 13, 2014, 11 am. 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". Enjoy a Jefferson-inspired special tasting menu in Plume at The Jefferson. 

    DC Emancipation Day
    April 16, 2014. 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.

    Filmfest DC
    April 17-27, 2014. See a wide range of extraordinary new films from around the world at a variety of Washington, DC locations.

    White House Easter Egg Roll
    April 21, 2014, 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.

    Earth Day
    Throughout the month of April, celebrate Earth Day with special activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages. Find activities in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.


    May

    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.  

    Passport DC - Open Houses at Washington, DC Embassies
    Throughout May. The multi-cultural event, sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC, features a wide range of performances, talks, and exhibits at DC's foreign embassies.

    Virginia Gold Cup
    May 3, 2014. The Plains, VA. The annual steeplechase in Virginia horse country features horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tailgate competitions and more.

    Around the World Embassy Tour
    May 3, 2014, 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.

    National Harbor Food & Wine Festival
    May 3-4, 2014. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisanal and organic products, lectures on culinary and wine trends and more.

    Cinco de Mayo Festival
    May 4, 2014, noon-6 pm. The annual Latino celebration features live music and family entertainment on the National Mall.

    Georgetown Garden Tour
    May 10, 2014, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.

    National Train Day
    May 10, 2014. Each spring, Amtrak hosts train focused festivities at Union Station including live entertainment, interactive and educational exhibits, kids' activities, model trains and more.


    June

    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.  

    Green Festival
    May 31-June 1, 2014. Washington Convention Center. Washington DC. The event focuses on sustainability education and green products and services including authors, leaders and educators, hands-on DIY workshops, green films, kids’ activities, live music and more.

    Capital Pride
    June 6-8, 2014. A street festival and parade celebrate pride in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Washington, DC.

    The Source Theater Festival
    June 6-29, 2014. Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC. See new works in theater, dance, music, visual art, film, puppetry, spoken word, poetry and hip-hop. Performances include three full-length plays, 18 10-minute plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.

    Father's Day
    June 15, 2014. Looking for a special way to spend Father’s Day this year? Here are some ideas of ways to spend some family time with Dad on Father’s Day in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

    DC Jazz Festival
    June 24-29, 2014. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC.

    Smithsonian Folklife Festival
    June 25- 29 and July 2-6, 2014. Celebrate cultural traditions from around the world. The Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. This is one of Washington, DC’s most popular summer events.


    July

    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.  

    Smithsonian Folklife Festival
    June 25- 29 and July 2-6, 2014. Celebrate cultural traditions from around the world. The Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. This is one of Washington, DC’s most popular summer events.

    Fourth of July Fireworks in the Washington DC Area
    Find 4th of July fireworks and Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall and around the capital region in Maryland and Virginia.

    Independence Day at Mount Vernon
    July 4, 2014. The Red, White and Blue event features musical performances, a wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last) and a visit by 'General Washington' himself.

    Capital Fringe Festival
    July 10-27, 2014. This annual performing arts festival will feature more than 140 unique performances in 20 venues around Washington, DC.

    Belgian Restaurant Week
    2014 Dates to Be Announced. Local Belgian restaurants offer special menus featuring frîtes, mussels, beer and savory meals at reduced prices.

    Christmas in July in Old Town Alexandria
    2014 Dates to Be Announced. Enjoy a variety of festive activities including pictures with “Summer” Santa & Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, children’s story time stations, arts and crafts, ice cream social, musical entertainment and much more.

    Citi Open Tennis Classic
    July 26-August 3, 2014. This is an annual men’s tennis tournament held in Washington, DC.

    Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week
    2014 Dates to Be Announced. Enjoy prix fixe lunch for $16 and dinner menus for $33 at more than 30 Bethesda area restaurants.

     


    August

    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.  

    Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
    August 8-16, 2014. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, Maryland. (301) 926-3100. Livestock competitions and displays, monster trucks, lots of entertainment and food.

    DC Beer Week
    2014 Dates to Be Announced. Hundreds of venues in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland will host a variety of beer related events, including beer dinners, tastings, educational panels, glassware giveaways, and more.

    Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Rockville, MD
    2014 Dates to Be Announced. Held on the grounds of the old Rockville Drive-In that closed in 1981, this event brings the Drive-In Theater back to Montgomery County for three nights.

    Washington, DC Restaurant Week
    2014 Dates to Be Announced. More than 100 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches for $20.14 and 3-course dinners for $35.14 for this gourmet event.

    Alexandria Restaurant Week
    2014 Dates to Be Announced. More than 60 restaurants will be offering special menus and pricing to entice visitors to dine in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles south of Washington, DC. The restaurants are offering either a three-course pre-fixe dinner or dinner for two, both priced at $35.

    National Harbor Dragon Boat Races
    August 23, 2014. National Harbor, Maryland. The event celebrates Asian culture and brings a family-fun event to the waterfront community near Washington DC.

    Maryland Renaissance Festival
    2014 Dates to Be Announced. A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more. Located in Crownsville, Maryland.

    Labor Day Weekend
    August 30-Sept. 1, 2014. Find some family fun at great outdoor events going on this Labor Day Weekend. 

     National Book Festival
    August 30, 2014. Washington Convention Center (new location this year). Visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books.


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