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

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    National Cathedral Flower Mart
    May 1-2, 2015. Enjoy the grounds of the cathedral, floral displays, children’s activities and musical entertainment. Free admission.

    150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination
    Through May 2015. This year marks 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Commemorative programming will be held at a variety of venues throughout the city.

    National Harbor Food & Wine Festival
    May 2-3, 2015. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisinal and organic products, lectures on culinary and wine trends and more.

    Around the World Embassy Tour
    May 2, 2015, 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.

    Cinco de Mayo Festival
    May 3, 2015. noon-6 pm. The annual Latino celebration features live music and family entertainment on the National Mall.

    World War II Aircraft Flyover
    May 8, 2015. A once in a lifetime event! Don't miss the chance to see dozens of vintage military airplanes fly over the National Mall in Washington DC.

    Georgetown Garden Tour
    May 9, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.

    National Train Day
    May 9, 2015. Each spring, Amtrak hosts train focused festivities at Union Station including live entertainment, interactive and educational exhibits, kids' activities, model trains and more.

    Mother's Day
    May 10, 2015. 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.

    DC Design House Tours
    Through May 10, 2015. Washington, DC's premiere residential design showcase features a home renovated by the region's top interior designers. Tours are available and raise funds for Children’s National Medical Center.

    National Police Week
    May 11-17, 2015. The annual event honors the service of U.S. law enforcement officials. A candlelight vigil and memorial service are open to the public.

    National Asian Heritage Festival
    May 16, 2015, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.

    DC Dragon Boat Festival
    May 16-17, 2015. 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.

    Marine Corps Historic Half, 10K and & Semper Fred 5K
    May 17, 2015. Fredericksburg, VA. The 13.1 mile Historic Half course runs from the retail hub of Central Park through Fredericksburg's historic downtown with impressive landmarks and splendid scenery. The new Historic 10K traverses the final 6.2 mile portion of the Historic Half course.

    Memorial Day in Washington, DC
    May 23-25, 2015. Find out about special events, concert, parade for Memorial Day in the nation’s capital.


    Green Festival
    June 5-7, 2015. 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.

    The Source Theater Festival
    June 5-28, 2015. 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 10-16, 2015. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC.

    Capital Pride
    June 13-14, 2015. A street festival and parade celebrate pride in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Washington, DC.

    Flag Day in Washington DC 
    June 14, 2015.   Washington DC celebrates Flag Day with a variety of patriotic festivals and exhibits.

    Father's Day
    June 21, 2015. 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.

    AFI DOCS Film Festival
    June 17-21, 2015. Film festival, sponsored by the American Film Institute, showing free films, and special programs at several locations in the Washington DC area.

    National Capital Barbecue Battle
    June 27-28, 2015. 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 24- 28 and July 1-5, 2015. 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.


    Worlds Childrens Festival
    June 30-July 4, 2015. National Mall, Washington DC. The celebration of children’s creativity and imagination brings together hundreds of young artists and performers from around the world.

    Grand Opening New Exhibit Space at the American History Museum 
    July 1, 2015. National Museum of American History, Washington DC. The museum will open its newly renovated first floor exhibits that will focus on innovation and explore the history of American business and invention.

    Smithsonian Folklife Festival
    June 24-28 and July 1-5, 2015.

    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.

    Independence Day at Mount Vernon
    July 4, 2015. The Red, White and Blue event features musical performances, a wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last) and a visit by 'General Washington' himself.

    Capital Fringe Festival
    July 9-August 2, 2015. This annual performing arts festival will feature more than 140 unique performances in multiple venues around Washington, DC.

    Washington Kastles Tennis Tournaments
    July 12-29, 2015. The Washington Kastles begin their season of Advanta World TeamTennis (WTT), bringing live tennis tournaments to Washington, DC.

    Screen on the Green
    Mondays, 2015 Dates to Be Announced. Watch classic movies on a large screen on the National Mall. Bring the whole family out for an evening of fun under the stars.

    Brew at the Zoo
    July 23, 2015. Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) host the annual Brew at the Zoo each summer in Washington, DC. The event brings together more than 60 of the nation's finest microbreweries for beer sampling.