The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.
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Redskins Training Camp
Through August 11, 2014. Redskins Park, Richmond, Virginia. Fans are invited to watch the Washington Redskins gear up for the season. Don't miss Fan Appreciation Day on August 2.
Citi Open Tennis Classic
July 26 - August 3, 2014. This is an annual men’s tennis tournament held in Washington, DC.
Howard County Restaurant Weeks
Through August 4, 2014. Howard County, Maryland. The Farm-2-Table summer dining specials offer a great opportunity to enjoy locally grown products while trying new restaurants and supporting local farmers and food and beverage purveyors.
Amaluna – Cirque du Soleil
Through September 21, 2014, National Harbor, MD. The unique show features signature Cirque gravity-defying acrobatics, coupled with cutting-edge technology and good old fashioned elbow grease to transport the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.
Free Summer Concerts
Find concert schedules for free family entertainment throughout the month in various destinations around Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Washington Nationals Baseball
The Major League Baseball's National League East plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day cheering on DC's baseball team.
Screen on the Green
Mondays through August 11, 2014. Watch classic movies on a large screen on the National Mall. Bring the whole family out for an evening of fun under the stars.
Outdoor Movies in the Washington, DC Area
Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular summer activity. Find the schedules of outdoor movie festivals in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Summer Theater in Washington DC
With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2014 season.
Sales Tax Holidays
Various dates. See information about sales tax holidays that are set to encourage families to save money for back-to-school shopping.
Friendship Firehouse Festival
August 2, 2014. Bring the kids to explore the firehouse museum in Old Town Alexandria and enjoy crafts, live musical entertainment, free giveaways and more.
County Fairs in Maryland and Virginia
Throughout the summer the counties that surround Washington, DC each host a fair, complete with carnival rides, live animal shows, musical entertainment, arts and craft exhibits, and lots of food.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
August 8-16, 2014. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, Maryland. (301) 926-3100. Livestock competitions and displays, monster trucks, lots of entertainment and food.
Washington, DC Restaurant Week
August 11-17, 2014. More than 100 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches for $20.14 and 3-course dinners for $35.14 for this gourmet event.
Alexandria Restaurant Week
August 15-24, 2014. More than 60 restaurants will be offering special menus and pricing to entice visitors to dine in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles south of Washington, DC. The restaurants are offering either a three-course pre-fixe dinner or dinner for two, both priced at $35.
Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Rockville, MD
August 15-17, 2014. Held on the grounds of the old Rockville Drive-In that closed in 1981, this event brings the Drive-In Theater back to Montgomery County for three nights.
DC Beer Week
August 17-24, 2014. Hundreds of venues in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland will host a variety of beer related events, including beer dinners, tastings, educational panels, glassware giveaways, and more.
National Harbor Dragon Boat Races
August 23, 2014. National Harbor, Maryland. The event celebrates Asian culture and brings a family-fun event to the waterfront community near Washington DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
August 23 - October 19, 2014. A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more. Located in Crownsville, Maryland.
Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner
Through September, 2014. Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia will celebrate these related historic events this summer with a variety of patriotic festivals and exhibits. Check out concerts, reenactments, children's activities, fireworks and much more.
Epicurience Virginia: A Wine & Food Festival
August 29-September 1, 2014. Taste the finest in Virginia wines, meet top tastemakers and master winemakers, and sample cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs from around the country.
Labor Day Weekend
August 30-Sept. 1, 2014. Find some family fun at great outdoor events going on this Labor Day Weekend.
National Book Festival
August 30, 2014. Washington Convention Center (new location this year). Visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books.
Virginia Scottish Games
August 30-31, 2014. Celebrate Alexandria's Scottish Heritage with live music and dance competitions, a British Car Show, children's games, Celtic crafts and foods.
DC Blues Festival
August 30, 2014, 1-7 p.m. Carter Barron Amphitheater. This free annual festival features live blues by outstanding local and national acts.
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