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

    Valentine’s Day Dinner at Plume

    A night of romance awaits at Plume! Indulge in our Valentine’s Day menu prepared by our Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel. The evening will feature a multi-course meal with dishes that include Buddha’s Hand Poached Maine Lobster with Sea Buckthorn, Sour Cream and Basil, Elysian Field Lamb Strip Loin Glazed with Tarragon Honey, White Grits Cracker, Pecorino Flan, Cucumber and English Peas and our Heart to Heart Dessert, made with Tonka Chocolate Sablé, Passion Fruit Crémeux, Gianduja Chantilly and Caramelized Coffee Hazelnuts

    This special menu will also be available as our tasting menu on Friday and Saturday, February 10th & 11th. Cost is $158 per person, $248 per person with Wine Pairing. Tax, gratuity and valet parking are not included.Please call 202.448.2300 for availability. Tax, gratuity and valet parking are not included. View the menu and learn more on the Plume website



    New Years Day in Washington, DC

    Looking for something to do on New Year's Day in Washington, DC? Many businesses are closed, but there are still a lot of great ways to spend your day on January 1st.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Events

    The national holiday is January 16, 2017. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday is a day of honor and commemorative events at a variety of sites in Washington, DC. Events honoring the civil rights leader run throughout the month of January.

    2017 Presidential Inauguration

    January 20, 2017.  A week of festivities will include the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and Inaugural Balls and Galas honoring the new President of the United States.

    Washington Auto Show

    January 27-February 5, 2017. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC. This special event features more than 700 new vehicle makes and models, live entertainment, celebrity guests and new car giveaways.

    Washington, DC Restaurant Week

    Through February 5, 2017. Experience Washington, DC's best restaurants at affordable prices. More than 250 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches for $22 and 3-course dinners for $35 for this gourmet event.


    Chinese New Year Events
    Various Dates, enjoy a variety of special celebrations honoring the Year of the Rooster in the Washington, DC area.

    Black History Month
    Throughout the month of February, remember the contributions of African Americans in the United States with numerous events and cultural programs.

    Valentine's Day

    Find suggestions for Valentine's Day in the Washington, DC area, including romantic restaurants, romantic getaways, chocolates, flowers, gift ideas and more.

    Washington, DC Independent Film Festival
    February 15-20, 2017. See the latest feature, short, animation and documentary films by local, national, and international filmmakers.

    President's Day in Washington, DC
    February 20, 2017. Visit Washington, DC on President's Day and pay tribute to America's most famous leaders. Find out about special Presidents' Day events held throughout the Washington, DC area.

    Mardi Gras Celebrations in Washington, DC
    Celebrate Fat Tuesday at a variety of events including parties, parades, balls and family days.

    DC Rollergirls 
    2017 Dates to Be Announced. DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC. Enjoy watching the region's all women's roller derby team compete.

    Intersections Arts Festival
    February 24-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.

    Filmfest DC
    2017 Dates to Be Announced. Multiple venues around Washington DC. The city's oldest film festival returns this year featuring a wide range of films from around the globe including features, documentaries, comedies, shorts and award winners.

    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.

    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. 

    White House Spring Garden Tours
    2017 Dates to Be Announced. Visit the White House grounds and explore the beautiful gardens. Tickets are required.

    DC Craft Beer Festival
    2017 Dates To Be Announced. 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
    2017 Date to Be Announced. This is your chance to buy unique crafts from the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary American arts in the nation.

    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.

    Georgetown French Market
    2017 Dates to Be Announced. The spring shopping extravaganza features fashion, French fare, quaint home and antique shops, galleries and live music.