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

    Mother's Day Brunch in Greenhouse

    Join us for an elegant multi-course brunch created by Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel. Seatings are from 10:00am-2:45pm. Cost is $98 per person, $45 per child (12 and under). Tax and gratuity excluded. To book please call 202.448.2300 or book online.


    National Cherry Blossom Festival
    Through April 17, 2016. The National Cherry Blossom Festival continues into April with the blooming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin. Not to miss: the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.

    Blossom Kite Festival
    April 2, 2016. As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, kite enthusiasts compete and showcase their kite flying skills on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

    Marine Corps 17.75K
    April 2, 2016. The unique 17.75K distance of 11.03 miles will be held just outside Marine Corps Base Quantico.

    Southwest Waterfront Festival and Fireworks
    April 9, 2016. A highlight of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, this event, free and open to the public features music, cultural experiences, live entertainment and fireworks.

    Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month
    Throughout April 2016. The Smithsonian celebrates the month with special talks, workshops and concerts in various Smithsonian locations.

    Washington Nationals Baseball
    Opening Day is April 7, 2016. The Nats will take on the Marlins.

    Thomas Jefferson's Birthday (our favorite!)
    April 13, 2016, 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". 

    National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
    April 16, 2016, Starting at 10:00am. Entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses & antique cars

    DC Emancipation Day
    April 16, 2016. 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
    April 22, 2016. Throughout the month of April, celebrate Earth Day with special activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages.

    Smithsonian Craft Show
    April 21-24, 2016. This is your chance to buy unique crafts from the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary American arts in the nation.

    DC Yoga Week
    April 25-30, 2016. Try a free or discounted yoga class this week at one of DC's yoga studios. Practice with other yoga enthusiast on the National Mall on April 30.



    Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
    Through May 1, 2016, Winchester, VA. The annual celebration of spring showcases the blooming apple trees in the Shenandoah Valley with more than 45 events.

    Cinco de Mayo Festival
    May 1, 2016. Noon-6 pm. The annual Latino celebration features live music and family entertainment on the National Mall.

    National Cathedral Flower Mart
    May 6-7, 2016. Enjoy the grounds of the cathedral, floral displays, children’s activities and musical entertainment. Free admission.

    Passport DC 
    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.

    DC Funk Parade
    2016 Date to Be Announced. This is a one-of-a-kind street fair, parade and music festival bringing to life one of the city's liveliest entertainment districts.

    Virginia Gold Cup
    May 7, 2016, The Plains, VA. The annual steeplechase in Virginia horse country features horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tailgate competitions and more.

    Mother's Day
    May 8, 2016.

    Around the World Embassy Tour
    2016 Date to Be Announced, 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.

    DC Craft Beer Festival
    2016 Date to Be Announced. Washington Convention Center. Washington, DC. The American craft beer tasting will feature seminars and food and the spring releases from approximately 75 breweries including 150 craft beers.

    Mount Vernon Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
    May 13-15, 2016. An elegant evening of wine, live entertainment, reenactments, and tours of the rarely open cellar vaults of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Advance tickets are required.

    Bike to Work Day
    May 20, 2016. Join thousands of Washington, DC area commuters by bicycling to work as a fun and healthy way to get to work.

    DC Dragon Boat Festival
    2016 Date to Be Announced. 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.

    Memorial Day Weekend

    May 29, 2016 – Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally: Departs the Pentagon at 12 p.m. and includes a Speaker Program and Musical Tribute in front of the Reflecting Pool, across from The Lincoln Memorial at 1:30 p.m.

    May 29, 2016 - National Memorial Day Concert: Free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Gates open at 5 p.m. Featuring actors Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise and various other guests including the National Symphony Orchestra. 

    May 30, 2016 – National Memorial Day Parade: Beginning at 2 p.m. the parade starts off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. 



    DC Jazz Festival 
    June 10-19, 2016. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC.

    DC Primary Election Day
    June 14, 2016 - Voters go to the polls to vote for the Presidential nominee of their choice.

    American Film Institute DOCS Film Festival
    June 22-26, 2016. Film festival, sponsored by the American Film Institute, showing free films, and holding special programs.

    Father's Day
    June 19, 2016.

    National Capital Barbecue Battle
    June 25-26, 2016 - 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 29 – July 4, 2016 - 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.



    Smithsonian Folklife Festival
    July 7-10 , 2016 - 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.

    Fourth of July in DC
    July 4, 2016.

    Capital Fringe Festival
    July 29-August 2, 2016. This annual performing arts festival will feature more than 140 unique performances in multiple venue

    Bastille Day Events
    2016 Dates to Be Announced. Celebrate French culture and commemorate the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789 and the launch of the French Revolution. See a guide to special events in Washington DC.

    Brew at the Zoo
    2016 Date to Be Announced. National Zoo, Washington DC. Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) host the annual event each summer that brings together more than 60 of the nation's finest microbreweries for beer sampling.