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February 2017
Free

Kids in the Kitchen

Saturday, February 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
YMCA Anthony Bowen, 1325 W St NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Kids in the Kitchen is an annual spring event that showcases ways kids can eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. Targeted to children ages 3-13, local chefs host healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness experts lead high-energy exercise sessions and certified nutritionists are on hand to answer questions. Kids in the Kitchen is a fun-filled day of games, crafts, hands-on learning, and exciting prizes - all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy.Click here to see our previous visits to Kids…

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March 2017
Free

Family Event: Science!

Saturday, March 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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Scientists and discoverers of the past used special tools to learn about the world around them. Take a look through a real 18th century microscope and see if you can navigate the seas using an octant.

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Free

Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration

Sunday, March 5 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Ring in the Persian New Year at our 9th annual Nowruz celebration! With free attractions for all ages, this year’s festival is held in the Sackler and adjacent Ripley Center as the Freer undergoes renovation. Activities include: Haft sin table display Storytelling by Xanthe Gresham Calligraphy Hands-on art activities Live music Film screenings Food Featured exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

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$22 - $68

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”

Saturday, March 11 - Sunday, March 12
National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social…

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$29.99

Nationals ShamrockFest

Saturday, March 11 @ 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. NE
Washington, DC United States
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Children 12 and under are free The National ShamrockFest is Washington, DC's Saint Patrick's Day street festival with live music, food, drinks, roving entertainers, craft vendors, an Irish Village, carnival rides & games and much more. The ShamrockFest is the largest Saint Patrick's Day party in the region featuring more than 30 bands and DJs on 5 stages. This year's headlining bands include Gaelic Storm, Blues Traveler and Reel Big Fish. The event is held rain or shine. Date and…

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday, March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Constitution Avenue (From 7th to 17th Streets NW), Washington, DC United States + Google Map

Washington, DC Saint Patrick's Day Parade March 12, 2017 Noon to 3:00 p.m. Washington, DC celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a parade along Constitution Avenue. This two-and-a-half hour special event, known as the Nation's St. Patrick's Day Parade, includes floats, marching bands, pipe bands, military, police, and fire departments. St. Patrick's Day is a family day in Washington, DC bringing people together to share the culture of the Irish. A parade has been held in the nation's capital since 1971.…

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Free

Family Workshop: Adventures from the Persian Book of Kings

Saturday, March 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Experience the stories of the Shahnama, the Persian Book of Kings, with artist Sophie Benini, author of The Book Book: A Journey into Bookmaking. Discover heroes and villains from this epic, and then collaborate with family and friends on designing a page inspired by Persian miniature paintings. This program is designed for children ages 6–12 and adults to enjoy together.

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Free

Heritage Family Days: Kites of Asia

Saturday, March 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
National Air & Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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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! Check out our previous visits to Kites of Asia by clicking here.

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April 2017
Free

Blossom Kite Festival

Saturday, April 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Washington Monument, 2 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off kite season. The seventh 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. Please note: drones are prohibited at this event. The rain…

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Free

Family Event: Colonial Career Day

Saturday, April 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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What job would you want in the 1700s? Try out different careers from the colonial days. Would you be a good carpenter? Or a weaver? Or an apothecary? Come learn some new skills and figure out how you would make money if you lived in the time of George Washington.

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Free

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Saturday, April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Constitution Avenue (From 7th to 17th Streets NW), Washington, DC United States + Google Map

Time 10 AM – Noon Location Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th Streets NW Cost Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. Arrive early for the best views. Grandstand Seating starts at $20. One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats,…

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Free

Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival

Saturday, April 8 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
The Yards Park, 355 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States
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Come enjoy the tastes, sounds and feel of Japan at the Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival! We are the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the US. We have 4 stages of performances and demonstrations, cultural exhibitors, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, a Childrens' Corner - and more! Children 12 and under are always free!

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Free

Open Studio: Japanese Woodblock Printing

Sunday, April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Join us for the opening weekend of Inventing Utamaro for free family activities! In this Open Studio, witness firsthand the beauty and complexity of Japanese woodblock prints. Take a family-friendly tour (12:30 and 2:30 pm) of the exhibition, and then explore traditional tools and papers. A teaching artist demonstrates transferring designs to a block, carving, and basic printing techniques. Come prepared to get your hands inky. All ages welcome with adult companions.

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Free

Anacostia River Festival

Sunday, April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Drive SE
Washington, DC 20020 United States
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The Anacostia River Festival is a signature event that will close the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC! The event will feature family-friendly activities including free kayaking and canoeing, musical performances, fishing and water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more. The free event will bring people from across the region to celebrate the history, ecology and communities along the banks of the Anacostia River. This year’s festival celebrates “connecting people to parks”…

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Free

SW Waterfront Fireworks Festival

Saturday, April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
District Wharf, 600-650 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
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Time 2- 9:30 PM; Fireworks display 8:30 PM (weather permitting) Location Join us from 2 – 9:30 PM at the District Wharf for live music, beer garden, food trucks, all ages hands-on activities, and more Join us from 6 – 9 PM at The Titanic Memorial for pre-fireworks entertainment Cost FREE Getting There We strongly encourage attendees to take public transportation to the Waterfront area. Metrorail- Orange/Blue lines to L’Enfant Plaza (0.7 miles to the Festival) or Green line…

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May 2017
Free

DC Duck Race

Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Yards Park, 355 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States
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The 2nd annual D.C. Duck Race is set for May 6, 2017 at The Yards Park along the Anacostia River. This fun event and festival brings the community together in support of local non-profits and organizations and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. through a collaboration with the Capitol Riverfront BID. For more information about this unique event, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Free

Around The World Embassy Tour

Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Participants travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations, and manufactured goods from different countries. More than 45 embassies opened their doors to visitors in 2015, allowing guests to pet alpacas, play with robots, learn indigenous dances, and more! Come see the world through the embassies of missions of our global neighbors. Please check back in April 2017 for a list of participating embassies. These embassies had open houses last year on Passport DC: Afghanistan,…

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Free

Washington DC Funk Parade

Sunday, May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind street fair, parade and music festival in the U Street neighborhood of Washington DC. The free event is designed to bring people together through music, dance and the visual arts, while celebrating the musical heritage of the historic U Street district.  The neighborhood will be enlivened throughout the day with live performances, artists and vendors, food, workshops and spontaneous acts of soul. The parade will include a variety of dancers, marching bands, drum corps,…

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Free

Shortcut to Europe: EU Embassies Open House

Saturday, May 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visitors to the European Union (EU) Delegation and the embassies of the EU member states will enjoy the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of 27 distinctive nations. Previous participants in the embassy open houses include Croatia Denmark Finland Hungary Latvia Malta Portugal Slovenia Austria Cyprus Estonia France Germany Ireland Lithuania The Netherlands Romania Spain Belgium The Czech Republic Greece Italy Luxembourg Poland Slovakia Sweden There is no charge to participate in Shortcut to Europe and tickets are not…

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Free

Family Event: Dairy Delights

Saturday, May 13 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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Use recipes from the 1700s and 1800s to turn milk into delicious treats like ice cream and butter.

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Free

National Asian Heritage Festival: Fiesta Asia Street Fair

Saturday, May 20 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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The Asia Heritage Foundation's annual festival, held on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 6th Streets NW, features outdoor craft exhibits, cooking and martial arts demonstrations, a talent show, flash mob dancing, and much more. Voted numerous times as the Best Street Fair in Washington, Fiesta Asia! is an exciting opportunity to visit DC ahead of the summer rush! Do the Punjabi Style Bollywood Dance with a mob of people in front of the Capitol Hill Learn to cook “Albaloo…

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June 2017
Free

Family Event: Keeping Clean

Saturday, June 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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How did people keep themselves and their houses clean before indoor plumbing? Try out recipes for soaps, tooth powders, stain removers and more.

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Free

Around The World Cultural Food Festival

Saturday, June 17 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Washington Monument, 2 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20024 United States
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Welcome to the second edition of the Around The World Cultural Food Festival!!! In 2016, Around Cultural Food Festival, the largest cultural food festival in the DMV, had a record attendance of over 15,000 people for a first year event. 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…

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$10 - $85

2017 Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

Saturday, June 24 - Sunday, June 25
Pennsylvania Ave NW (Between 9th to 14th Streets NW), Washington, DC United States + Google Map

June 24th & 25th, 2017 Pennsylvania Ave NW 30 Bands on 3 Stages, Cooking Demos, Lot's of Free Food Samples, Exhibits, Contests and More! Benefiting The Capital Area Food Bank and USO of Metropolitan Washington One of our Nation’s Largest and Most Popular Annual Food and Music Festivals, the Giant Barbecue Battle officially kicks off the 2017 Summer Season on June 24 and 25, 2017. For more than two decades, The Barbecue Battle has been cooking up lots of great…

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Free

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Thursday, June 29 - Sunday, July 9

JUNE 29-JULY 4 AND JULY 6-9, 2017 Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 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…

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August 2017
Free

FestAfrica! 15th Annual Free African Festival

Saturday, August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910 United States
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15th Annual Free African Cultural Festival #FestAfrica 2016 to be held on Saturday August 13th & Sunday August 14th from 1pm to 8pm on both days at 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring MD, 20906 (Corner of Fenton St. and Ellsworth Drive). The festival is Free to the Public. Come with your lawn chair or stand and enjoy great performances! Proudly the largest African festival in Maryland, FestAfrica will welcome 8,000 or more attendees from across the nation. It will feature over 50 musical performances by international and local…

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September 2017
Free

Library of Congress Book Fest

Saturday, September 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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The 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 2. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can expect enhanced safety and security measures when entering the Convention Center. Author Stages Dozens of authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on stages dedicated to kids, fiction, history, poetry, contemporary life, science and more. Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout…

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October 2017
Free

DC Food Truck Tasting Festival: Curbside Cookoff 2017

Saturday, October 14 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
NoMa Junction @ Storey Park, 1005 First St NE
Washington, DC 20002 United States
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THE DMV'S ORIGINAL FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL RETURNS! Summer's Hottest Food Truck Festival Since 2010 TASTE FROM DC'S BEST FOOD TRUCKS AS THEY BATTLE TO WIN YOUR VOTE FOR THE GOLDEN SPATULA! Food Trucks, Beer and Wine Bar, Live Music, Local Artisans, Mobile Retailers, Games for the whole family and a chance to support a great cause! What more could you ask for? Each Purchased Ticket Includes: 4 Hearty tastings (we really mean hearty, you won't be disapointed!) 1 Drink (alcohol…

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April 2018
Free

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - Sunday, April 8, 2018
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Join The Largest Celebration Of STEM On April 7-8, 2018 At The Washington Convention Center! A FREE Event Open To The Public!

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