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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    Intersections Arts Festival
    Through March 5, 2017.  Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington DC. The event features visual art, film screenings, literary readings and dance, musical and dramatic productions by more than 30 artists and cultural institutions.

    Francophonie Cultural Festival
    Throughout March 2017. Learn about French culture through a variety of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more.  Washington DC hosts the largest Francophone festival in the world.

    Women's History Month
    March is Women's History Month. Washington, DC is the home to the many important sites that are dedicated to preserving and honoring the contributions of women. This month is a great time to visit these museums and historical sites.

    Rock and Roll Marathon
    March 11, 2017, The Marathon is a 26.2 mile, 13.1 mile or 5K race to raise money for charitable organizations. A Health and Fitness Expo will be held on March 10-11.

    Saint Patrick's Day Parades
    Dates vary by location. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at a parade in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Virginia or Gaithersburg, Maryland. Enjoy a day of Irish music, dancing and fun. See also Irish Restaurants and Pubs

    National Shamrock Festival
    March 11, 2017, 1-9 p.m. RFK Stadium, Washington DC. Enjoy a day of family fun at the largest Saint Patrick's Day party and street festival in the DC area featuring more than 50 live bands.

    DC Environmental Film Festival
    March 14-26, 2017.Times and locations vary. See documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children's films from around the world at a variety of venues around Washington, DC.

    National Cherry Blossom Festival
    March 20 – April 16, 2017. 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 parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.

    Marine Corps Marathon Lottery 
    March 22, 2017. The lottery is open to participate in the annual race in October. Don't miss your chance to sign up.


    National Cherry Blossom Festival
    Through April 16, 2017. 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.

    Blossom Kite Festival
    April 1, 2017. As part of the festivities at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, kite enthusiasts compete and show off their kite flying skills on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

    Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
    April 8, 2017, 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.

    Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
    April 8, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The huge Japanese street party includes live entertainment, food, arts, games and a Ginza Marketplace.

    Anacostia River Festival 
    April 9, 2017, 1-5 p.m. Anacostia Park, SE Washington DC. The festival features a wide variety of activities including outdoor recreation, musical performances,  a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more.

    Thomas Jefferson Birthday
    April 13, 2017, 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".

    Southwest Waterfront Festival and Fireworks
    April 15, 2017. 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 16, 2017. 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.

    DC Emancipation Day
    April 16, 2017. 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.

    African American Family Celebration at the National Zoo
    April 17, 2017, 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.

    White House Easter Egg Roll
    April 17, 2017, 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. 

    DC Craft Beer Festival
    April 22, 2017. Nationals Park,  Washington, DC. The American craft beer tasting will feature seminars and food and the spring releases from approximately 75 breweries.

    Smithsonian Craft Show
    April 27-30, 2017exhibition of contemporary American arts in the nation.

    Georgetown French Market
    April 28-29, 2017. The spring shopping extravaganza features fashion, French fare, quaint home and antique shops, galleries and live music.

    National Harbor Food & Wine Festival
    April 29-30, 2017. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisinal and organic products, lectures on culinary and wine trends and more.

    People's Climate March
    April 29, 2017. Washington DC. In response to Trump's denial of the existence of climate change, The People's Climate Movement is organizing a nationwide movement, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of the groups around the nation.


    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.

    Green Festival
    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.

    Mother's Day
    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.

    Europe Month
    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.


    Capital Pride
    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.

    Father's Day
    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.