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
A day to shower mom with love! Join us for our Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14th with seatings from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Indulge in a multi course meal prepared by our Michelin Starred culinary team that includes: Foie Gras Medallion & French Toast with Local Strawberries and Tarragon Marmalade, Caramelized Banana Pancakes with Ricotta Cheese and Blood Orange Syrup and for a sweet ending, assorted pastries for the table including a Strawberry Lemon Cake with Lemon Financier, Strawberry Mascarpone Cream.
Cost $108 per person, $55 per child age 12 and under. Beverages, tax and gratuity excluded.
National Cathedral Flower Mart
May 5-6, 2017. Enjoy the grounds of the cathedral, floral displays, children’s activities and musical entertainment.
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.
DC Funk Parade
May 6, 2017. U Street Corridor, Washington DC. This is a one-of-a-kind street fair, parade and music festival bringing to life one of the city's liveliest entertainment districts.
Around the World Embassy Tour
May 6, 2017, 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.
May 13-14, 2017. 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.
Georgetown Garden Tour
May 13, 2017, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.
May 14, 2017. 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.
Throughout May. Events include speeches, seminars and workshops on issues; film screenings, concerts and cultural programs related to the European Union.
National Police Week
May 14-20, 2017. The annual event honors the service of U.S. law enforcement officials. A candlelight vigil and memorial service are open to the public.
DC Dragon Boat Festival
May 20-21, 2017. 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 in Washington, DC
May 27-29, 2017. Find out about special events, concert, parade for Memorial Day in the nation’s capital.
June 8-11, 2017.A street festival and parade celebrate pride in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Washington, DC.
The Source Theater Festival
June 9-July 2, 2017. 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 9-18, 2017. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC.
Flag Day in Washington DC
June 14, 2017. Washington DC celebrates Flag Day with a variety of patriotic festivals and exhibits.
June 18, 2017. 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.
National Capital Barbecue Battle
June 24-25, 2017. 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 29-July 4 and July 6-9, 2017. 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.
Capital Fringe Festival
July 6-30, 2017. This annual performing arts festival will feature more than 140 unique performances in multiple venues around Washington, DC.
Bastille Day Events
Various Dates. 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.
Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival
July 15-16, 2017. Baltimore, Maryland. The event features groups representing the Caribbean, Latin America and the Diaspora in colorful costumes portraying different themes, dancing to the sound of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, African, Haitian, Latin and Steelband music.
Brew at the Zoo
July 20, 2017. 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.
Citi Open Tennis Classic
July 29-August 6, 2017. Rock creek Park Tennis Center, Washington DC. This is an annual men’s tennis tournament held in Washington, DC.
Washington Kastles Tennis Tournaments
2017 Dates to be Announced. The Washington Kastles begin their season of Mylan World Team Tennis (WTT), bringing live tennis tournaments to Washington, DC.