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


    Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
    October 2-4, 2015, 6-9 pm. George Washington's Estate & Gardens. Wine-cellar tours and live music. Advanced tickets are required.

    Taste of Georgetown
    October 3, 2015, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sample dishes from 30 Georgetown restaurants, while enjoying live music and children's activities.

    Women's Voices Theater Festival 
    Through October 2015. More than 50 professional theater companies in the Washington DC area will present world-premiere productions of a work by one or more female playwrights.

    Autumn Conservation Festival
    October 3-4, 2015. Smithsonian Biology Conservation Institute, Front Royal, VA. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our world-renowned science, research, and animal care.

    Annapolis Sailboat Show
    October 8-12, 2015. Annapolis City Dock. Visit Downtown Annapolis and check out the latest in boats and boating accessories.

    Army Ten-Miler
    October 11, 2015. America's biggest 10-mile race attracts 20,000 runners each year. Race begins at the Pentagon at 8 a.m.

    Columbus Day
    October 12, 2015. The annual wreath laying ceremony honors the life of Christopher Columbus.

    Annapolis Powerboat Show
    October 15-18, 2015. Annapolis City Dock. Visit Downtown Annapolis and check out the latest in boats and boating accessories.

    Washington International Horse Show
    October 20-25, 2015. 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.

    Boo at the Zoo
    October 23-25, 2015. Visit bats, spiders, owls, and other animals at the zoo while trick-or-treating at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations, and haunted trails at the annual National Zoo’s Halloween celebration. Advance tickets are required.

    Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show
    October 24-25, 2015. 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.

    Marine Corps Marathon
    October 25, 2015. 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.

    Day of the Dead
    October 31-November 1, 2015. Los Días de los Muertos is a Mexican custom honoring and remembering those who have died. See a guide to special events around the region. Note that some will be held the weekend before.


    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.