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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New Years Day in Washington, DC
Looking for something to do on New Year's Day in Washington, DC? Many businesses are closed, but there are still a lot of great ways to spend your day on January 1st.
Washington DC Area Christmas Light Displays
Some of the Christmas light displays in the area continue through the first week in January. Enjoy a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, DC area's spectacle of lights at a local park or along the water in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
Through January 6, 2014. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and tour the Mount Vernon Estate. The newly expanded programs extend through the first week in January.
ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort
through January 5, 2014. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit.
International Motorcycle Show
January 10-12, 2014. Washington Convention Center. The family-friendly event includes a display of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, ATVs, personal watercraft and motorcycle apparel.
Washington Winter Show
January 10-12, 2014. Katzen Arts Center at American University. One of the country's most established antiques events will feature fine antiques, distinguished events, and a Loan Exhibition.
NBC4's Health and Fitness Expo
January 11-12, 2014, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Washington DC Convention Center. The annual event offers fun activities to motivate you to take charge of your health. Try a new sport such as golf, skiing or snowboarding with the virtual simulators. Check your body mass index, take a heart risk test, learn about ergonomics and much more.
Washington Wizards Basketball
See NBA games live at the Verizon Center or enjoy the national broadcasts throughout the season.
The NHL Hockey team plays at the Verizon Center from January through April. Find information on tickets, schedules and more.
Washington Bridal Showcase
January 12 and 19, 2014. See everything you need to plan an extraordinary wedding. The bridal show includes exhibits of bridal fashions, invitations, photographers, ceremony sites, music, wedding cakes, decorations, honeymoon travel and much more. Many exhibitors will offer demonstrations, samples and money-saving show specials.
Washington, DC Restaurant Week
January 13-19, 2014. Experience Washington, DC's best restaurants at affordable prices. More than 200 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.
Howard County Restaurant Weeks
January 13-27, 2014. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe chef’s menus with prices ranging from $10.13 to $40.13 (beverages, tax, gratuity not included) featuring local products, cut flowers, seafood, herbs, meats, eggs and game often paired with local wine or beers.
Alexandria Restaurant Week
January 17-26, 2014. More than 45 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.
Home & Remodeling Show
January 17-19, 2014. Dulles Expo Center. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. Find out what's new in home decor, gardening, remodeling, and more. Meet hundreds of experts and check out thousands of products and services.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Events
The national holiday is January 20, 2014. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday is a day of honor and commemorative events at a variety of sites in Washington, DC. Events honoring the civil rights leader run throughout the month of January.
Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week
2014 Dates to Be Announced. More than 30 Bethesda area restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Take this great opportunity to try out some restaurants in Bethesda/Chevy Chase.
Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rallies
January 22, 2014. Thousands of Americans will march in Washington, DC on the anniversary of the date of the Supreme Court’s infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Pro-lifers and pro-choice supporters will march in support of their stand on this controversial issue.
Washington Auto Show
January 23-February 2, 2014. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC. This special event features more than 700 new vehicle makes and models, live entertainment, celebrity guests and new car giveaways.
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
January 24-26, 2014. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Place Center, Chantilly, VA Enjoy the crafts of 500 artists, including jewelry, wood, leather, clothing, sculpture, glass and more. Watch live entertainment and feast on a variety of foods.
Washington Nationals Natfest
January 25, 2014. Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD. Show your team spirit and get ready for the upcoming season at a fun-filled baseball festival with select Nationals players, coaches and team personnel.
Summer Camp Fairs in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Various dates in January and February. Do you know what your kids are doing this summer? Attend a camp fair and find out about a variety of day and sleepaway camps in the Washington, DC area.
Maryland Polar Bear Plunge
January 25, 2014. Annapolis, Maryland. During the charity event for Special Olympics Maryland, thousands of participants of all ages are daring enough to take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The event includes contests and live entertainment. See More Polar Plunges in Maryland and Virginia.
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