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
We’re celebrating Mother’s Day at The Jefferson with a menu that is sure to please the most important woman in your life! Enjoy a three course meal that includes: Foie Gras Terrine with Cocoa, Local Strawberry and Tarragon Marmalade and a Corn Bread Muffin and Seared Prime Beef Filet with Chanterelle Mushroom, English Pea Purée and a Port Wine Reduction.
Sunday, May 10, 2015. Seatings are from 10:00am-2:45pm.
Cost is $95 per person, $45 per child (12 and under). Tax and gratuity excluded.
To book, please call 202.448.2300 or reserve online.
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.
June 5-7, 2015. 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.
The Source Theater Festival
June 5-28, 2015. 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.
DC Jazz Festival
June 10-16, 2015. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC.
June 13-14, 2015. A street festival and parade celebrate pride in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Washington, DC.
Flag Day in Washington DC
June 14, 2015. Washington DC celebrates Flag Day with a variety of patriotic festivals and exhibits.
June 21, 2015. 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.
AFI DOCS Film Festival
June 17-21, 2015. Film festival, sponsored by the American Film Institute, showing free films, and special programs at several locations in the Washington DC area.
National Capital Barbecue Battle
June 27-28, 2015. If you love barbecue you’ll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children’s activities at this sizzling summer festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 9th & 14th Sts.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 24- 28 and July 1-5, 2015. 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.