Annual Events

Posted By David Gaines On Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 With 0 Comments

There’s never a dull moment in Washington, DC, if you’re looking for festivals, events, celebrations and things to do. There are hundreds of events always going on all the time. Below is a list of annual celebrations and festivals, shows at the Convention Center and other activities you can look forward to each year.

It’s a list that’s only a fraction of what to do in Washington, DC. It’s organic, and I’ll be adding more events as I find [the time to post] them. They’re in no particular order and I can’t guarantee that their websites have the most updated information, but at least you know where to look.

NOTE: Click on the DG under each event to see previous blog posts about the event, some with photos, videos, reviews and so forth.

Neighborhood Street Festivals

Adams Morgan Day Festival

Barracks Row Fall Festival

There isn’t a specific page for the event. Information about the annual event is posted on their main site. It’s generally held during the fall of each year.

Columbia Heights Day

Columbia Heights Day Initiative is a local, independent grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that presents the Columbia Heights Day Festival every year. Our mission is to host community events through volunteer efforts and corporate donations, which highlight Columbia Heights businesses, provide information from community organizations and promote Columbia Heights values, character and history of neighborhood relationships that are principled on diversity, service and community.

H Street Festival

17th Street Festival

The 17th Street Festival in Washington, DC is a free community even that celebrates the 17th Street Corridor from Riggs Place to P St NW. The 17th Street Festival will include musical performances throughout the afternoon, artist vendors, a pet zone, a kids zone, exposure for non-profit groups and appearances by city officials to celebrate the community and businesses.

N. Capitol Street Festival

Doesn’t have a specific website, but information will be posted at various sites including Rustik Tavern which is a major sponsor of the event.

Takoma Park Street Festival

The Takoma Park Street Festival is sponsored by the Old Takoma Business Association. The OTBA’s mission is to bring together businesses, residents and community organizations dedicated to developing a vibrant market center, from the Takoma Junction, Maryland to the Takoma Theatre, DC, and to enhance OId Takoma’s unique and historic town setting. The OTBA works on issues essential to locally-owned, independent businesses and to a thriving community through its Main Street Takoma program which was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to assist towns in community revitalization. The Old Takoma Business Association is a non-profit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Cultural Events

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Fiesta DC Festival Latino

Turkish Festival

Fiesta Asia Street Fair

Fiesta Musical

¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with sloths, golden lion tamarins, Andean bears, anteaters and other friends at the National Zoo! With animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods, the event offers something for everyone.

Live Music

Capital Jazz Festival

Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won’t see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer.


Safeway Barbecue Battle

International Wine & Food Festival

Artsy Events

SW ArtsFest

SW ArtsFest is a non-profit SW DC community organized event. Volunteers and residents from the area put in hours of hard work each year to show off their best. As you visit this year to “Discover Southwest,” we hope you’ll agree that SW DC is a friendly neighborhood burgeoning with culture and lots more to offer.


Boo at the Zoo



National Cherry Blossom Festival

WalkingTown/BikingTown DC

Washington International Horse Show

Library of Congress National Book Festival

Soapbox Derby

Travel & Adventure Show

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Washington Auto Show

Washington Boat Show

Washington Home & Garden Show

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