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

    Plume Summer Refresh
    Please note that Plume will be closed for its annual summer refresh starting on August 15th, reopening on September 8th. We look forward to seeing you then!


    Labor Day Weekend
    Sept. 5-7, 2015. Find some family fun at great outdoor events going on this Labor Day Weekend.

    National Book Festival
    Sept. 5, 2015. Washington Convention Center. Visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books.

    The DC Shorts Film Festival
    Sept. 10-20, 2015. Film festival in Washington, DC featuring short films and discussions with filmmakers.

    September 11 Memorial Events
    Sept. 11, 2015. See the schedule of special commemorative events in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

    Nation's Triathlon
    Sept. 13, 2015. The sporting event includes a scenic course that winds through the National Mall, a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, 40k bike course through the streets of Washington and Maryland, finishing with a 10k run past the city’s historical landmarks. The weekend includes a Health and Fitness Expo that is open to the public.

    Washington Redskins Opening Game
    Sept. 13, 2015, 1 p.m. The Washington football team plays against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their home opener. Enjoy the football season and cheer for the Redskins.

    WalkingTown DC
    Sept. 19-27, 2015. Enjoy free guided tours of the neighborhoods of Washington DC. Dozens of walking tours are available offering a great way to explore the nation’s capital.

    Andrews Air Show
    Sept. 19, 2015. Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, MD. The popular air show returns this year featuring the Thunderbirds flight demonstration squadron, performing fast-paced aerobatic maneuvers of two, four and six planes flying in formation.

    H Street Festival
    Sept. 19, 2015, noon-6 p.m. The festival includes musical and dance performances, children's activities, crafts, international foods and more.

    Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo
    Sept. 21, 2015. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of Latin American culture and wildlife through a variety of family-oriented activities, live music and dance, special keeper talks, and a Latin American food court.

    Washington DC Tour de Cure Bicycling Event 
    Sept. 26, 2015. Washington, DC. Bike across the nation's capital and help raise funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. All experience levels welcome.

    Landmark Music Festival for the National Mall
    Sept. 26-27, 2015. National Mall, Washington DC. The event will feature more than 40 artists on multiple stages as a grassroots effort to increase volunteerism and stewardship of the National Mal. The festival will also celebrate America’s diversity through a wide range of musical styles, art and cuisine.


    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.