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March 2017
Free

Light City Baltimore

Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 8
Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD United States + Google Map

Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. In its first year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people from across the globe over seven nights. Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,  featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated…

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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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Free

National Math Festival

Saturday, April 22 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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The National Math Festival brings together some of the most influential mathematicians of our time to inspire and challenge participants to see math in new and exciting ways. Through a day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more, we bring out unexpected sides of mathematics for everyone, from toddlers to adults of all ages. The National Math Festival is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. on Saturday,…

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Free

SAAM: Earth Day Family Day

Saturday, April 22 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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Earth Day Family Day WHEN Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11:30am – 3pm CATEGORIES Kids & Families LOCATION American Art Museum EVENT LOCATION Kogod Courtyard COST Free DETAILS SAAM goes green for the 47th annual Earth Day. Follow the rhythms of Bash the Trash as they perform with instruments made from recycled and reused materials, or make artworks inspired by Mother Nature. From trees, to oceans, to critters, come celebrate the many gifts this planet has to give us.

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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

SAAM: Spring Family Day

Saturday, May 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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WHEN Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10am – 2pm CATEGORIES Kids & Families CO-SPONSOR Renwick Gallery LOCATION Renwick Gallery EVENT LOCATION Rubenstien Grand Salon COST Free DETAILS Help us celebrate the joys of spring! The Renwick is the place to be for the season. Check out the two exhibitions, June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos, and then try your hand at a clay-related craft. Listen to live music performances, take a spring scavenger hunt through the Renwick galleries, and enjoy the changing colors…

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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
DC United States + Google Map

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

SAAM Arcade

Saturday, August 5 - Sunday, August 6
American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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WHEN Sunday, August 6, 2017, 11:30am – 7pm CATEGORIES After Five, Demonstrations, Kids & Families, Performances, Workshops CO-SPONSOR MAGfest, American University, The International Game Developer's Association DC Chapter LOCATION American Art Museum EVENT LOCATION 1st Floor, Kogod Courtyard COST Free ACCESSIBILITY ASL-interpreted program DETAILS The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents the 3rd annual SAAM Arcade.  Participate in game building workshops, listen to musicians inspired by digital works, and play countless video games. LINK http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/saam-arcade/

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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

DC VegFest

Saturday, September 2
The Yards Park, 355 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States
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Reasons to Attend FREE admission FREE food samples The first 1,000 attendees receive a FREE tote bag full of samples and coupons! More than 130 vendors Beer garden Live music Cooking demonstrations Presentations from renowned authors and celebrities More than 15,000 attendees Kids’ activity area Since this is an outdoor event, leashed dogs are welcome! We have a Barking Lot so dogs can have shade and a drink Attendees Are Curious about veg-eating Shoppers interested in new companies and…

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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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Free

Fiesta DC Parade

Saturday, September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Constitution Avenue (From 7th to 17th Streets NW), Washington, DC United States + Google Map

The Latino Festival in Washington DC, also known as Fiesta DC, is an annual celebration highlighting the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine. The free festival is huge and takes over the neighborhood bringing together dozens of non profit organizations, community leaders, and members of the corporate and private sector. The festival coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15…

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Free

FiestaDC Street Festival

Sunday, September 17 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Pennsylvania Ave NW (Between 3rd & 7th St), Washington, DC United States + Google Map

The Latino Festival in Washington DC, also known as Fiesta DC, is an annual celebration highlighting the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine. The free festival is huge and takes over the neighborhood bringing together dozens of non profit organizations, community leaders, and members of the corporate and private sector. The festival coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15…

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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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November 2017
Free

Stevenson University ACS Club Annual Chemistry Magic Show

Saturday, November 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stevenson University, 100 Campus Circle
Owings Mill, MD 21117 United States
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ACS Club Chemistry Magic Show 11/11 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM • BALTIMORE COUNTY Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, Stevenson University, Kevin J. Manning Academic Center, 11200 Ted Herget Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117 Join us for a “Chemical Magic Show!” Students from the ACS Club will perform – and explain – a number of fun demonstrations. Examples include “elephant’s toothpaste,” “gummy bear sacrifice,” and the “cold light of luminol.” See the show and enjoy a…

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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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