We Do DC: Annual Events In and Around Washington, DC

There’s never a dull moment in Washington, DC.  Virtually every weekend there are multiple events to experience — many of them free.  The biggest challenge is finding time to attend them all. We may miss some here and there, but we make it our goal to check out as many as we can.

January Events

February Events

Chinese New Year's Parade

Chinese New Year Parade

Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, Washington, DC.

March Events

Najwa at Kites of Asia Festival at National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

Kites Of Asia Heritage Family Day

Celebrate Spring at the National Air and Space Museum’s Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day!  Talk to kite experts, see pan-Asian kite displays, marvel at indoor kite flying, make your own kite— and maybe even take a dance lesson!

Smithsonian Kite Festival as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Smithsonian Blossom Kite Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off kite season. The annual Blossom Kite Festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field. Kites will also be available for purchase onsite.

April Events

May Events

Najwa drinking Sprite


Passport DC 2017 is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC’s thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC is 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and more than 40 of DC’s very best cultural institutions.

June Events

Around the World Cultural Food Festival - Washington DC- 2017

Around The World Cultural Food Festival

Around the World Cultural Food Festival brings together diverse, authentic, living traditions from different countries around the world. Our mission is to preserve and strengthen the culture of each country while presenting it to the public throughout the course of this event and give all the participants a chance to learn from one another and understand the cultural differences and similarities.

Najwa and Alani at BBQ Festival, Washington DC

BBQ Festival

One of the largest and unique food and music festivals in the country offering a chance to experience the thrill of competition BBQ at its best.

Kennedy Street Festival

Kennedy Street NW Street Festival

The festival a great opportunity to engage with neighbors, check out local Kennedy Street businesses who are opening their doors (and sidewalks) to welcome a crowd to the area. The festival will feature specials at local businesses along the street, local DC artists and artisans vending their creations, booths from local non-profits and DC agencies, local musical talent and entertainment, great food, and community art activities.

July Events

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Our free Festival takes place for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational presentation that features cultural exemplars. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions, and take part in this unique cultural exchange.

Liberia Independence Celebration - Washington DC

Liberian Independence Day Celebration

Annual celebration of the independence of Liberia with lots of music, West African food, vendors and best of all, the traditional and colorful performances.

August Events

Najwa - 17th Street Festival

17th Street Festival

Since 2010, the 17th Street Festival celebrates 17th Street and its diversity of restaurants and retailers. The festival features an entertainment stage, including djs, dance troupes, bands, and drag performances throughout the day.

There are 100 vendors, with more than 50 artists displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Other vendors include area nonprofit organizations, politicians, entrepreneurs, and local businesses.

The kids zone has activities for children, including a moon bounce, ball crawl, face painting, and games throughout the day. The pet zone brings together pooches, and other four legged creatures, from around the neighborhood to shop or adopt a pet.

September Events

Najwa dressed up at the Turkish Festival in Washington, DC

Turkish Festival

Celebrate Turkish culture, food and music.

Najwa Getting Facepaint

Barracks Row Fall Festival

Annual fall festival on Barracks Row in Capitol Hill.

Adams Morgan Festival - Washington DC

Adams Morgan Day Festival

Celebrate the diversity of Washington DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.

October Events

Day of the Dead Celebration

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead celebration at the National Museum of the American Indian.

November Events

December Events

Everything Else

Sometimes we accidentally come across an event, just being out and about.  And then, we never hear about them again.  Maybe they weren’t supposed to be annual events, but we sure would like to see them again.

Afghan Arts and Culture Festival

Afghan Arts and Culture Festival

Celebrate Afghan culture, food and music held on the National Mall.