Annual Washington DC Calendar Of Events

Whether you're planning a trip to Washington DC around the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Fourth of July festivities, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival or another popular annual event, you'll be in perfect position to experience it all with a stay in Fairfax County. As a convenient and affordable alternative to staying downtown, Fairfax County can be your base camp to explore all that Washington and Northern Virginia have to offer. Use this annual DC Events calendar, and the many travel tips to plan your trip!

Annual Events in DC:

There are always events in Washington DC and Fairfax County, and plenty of famous and permanent Washington, DC attractions worth visiting, too. Here are some of the biggest and most popular annual events that will help you plan the perfect itinerary! Don't forget you can also always check our full calendar of events for even more fun things to do.

Late March - Early April
The National Cherry Blossom Festival
The capital region welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of cherry trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. 

White House Easter Egg Roll
During Easter season, kids of all ages hunt for Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn. (Advanced tickets allocated through a lottery are required.) 

Memorial Day
Special events for Memorial Day include wreath-laying ceremonies, Rolling To Remember motorcycle rally, concerts, and parades. 

Dozens of embassies and international cultural centers open their doors to showcase their culture, art, music, dance, and food. 

Late June - Early July
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Every summer since 1967 this annual festival on the National Mall celebrates cultural traditions around the world. Enjoy music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and discussions of cultural issues. 

Independence Day
Washington DC is one of the greatest places in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July! Independence Day celebrations include parades, concerts and of course, a huge fireworks display on the grounds of the Washington Monument. 

December - January
The Holidays in Washington
Dates: Late November through early January, every year
Each holiday season the White House Ellipse is surrounded by a path of decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. Tree lightings, concerts, parades and more mark the holiday season.

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