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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Free Summer Concerts
Find concert schedules for family entertainment throughout the month in various destinations around Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
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 season.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 25- 29 and July 2-6, 2014. Celebrate cultural traditions from around the world. The Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. This is one of Washington, DC’s most popular summer events.
Fourth of July Fireworks in the Washington DC Area
Find 4th of July fireworks and Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall and around the capital region in Maryland and Virginia.
Independence Day at Mount Vernon
July 4, 2014. The Red, White and Blue event features musical performances, a wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last) and a visit by 'General Washington' himself.
4th of July Parades in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia
Many communities in the area celebrate the holiday with a parade. Show your patriot spirit and enjoy a few hours of family fun.
4th of July Parties and Bar Crawls
Various Dates. Gather your friends and don your red, white and blue for a patriotic party to celebrate Independence Day.
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.
Wolf Trap's Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods
Tuesdays through Saturdays, Through August 2014. Family friendly performances in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater. (recommended for children ages 5-12)
DC Hip-Hop Theatre Festival
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Washington DC. The annual festival showcases the stories, people, music, dance, and word of Hip-Hop.
Summer Tennis Tournaments
July 9-22, 2014. The Washington Kastles begin their season of Advanta World TeamTennis (WTT), bringing live tennis tournaments to Washington, DC.
Capital Fringe Festival
July 10-27, 2014. This annual performing arts festival will feature more than 140 unique performances in 20 venues around Washington, DC.
Alexandria Birthday and Independence Day Fireworks
July 12, 2014, Oronoco Bay Park. The annual event includes children’s activities, a concert performed by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake and a fireworks extravaganza.
Bastille Day Events
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Celebrate French culture and commemorate the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789 and the launch of the French Revolution. See a guide to special events in Washington DC.
Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival
July 12-13, 2014. Baltimore, Maryland. The event features groups representing the Caribbean, Latin America and the Diaspora in colorful costumes portraying different themes, dancing to the sound of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, African, Haitian, Latin and Steelband music.
Belgian Restaurant Week
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Local Belgian restaurants offer special menus featuring frîtes, mussels, beer and savory meals at reduced prices.
Howard County Restaurant Weeks
2014 Dates to Be Announced. 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.
Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Alexandria
2014 Dates to Be Announced. See family-friendly outdoor movies in the heart of Alexandria.
Christmas in July in Old Town Alexandria
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Enjoy a variety of festive activities including pictures with “Summer” Santa & Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, children’s story time stations, arts and crafts, ice cream social, musical entertainment and much more.
Screen on the Green
Mondays, 2014 Dates to Be Announced. Watch classic movies on a large screen on the National Mall. Bring the whole family out for an evening of fun under the stars.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies
2014 Dates to Be Announced. 9 p.m. See free outdoor movies in the heart of Bethesda, Maryland.
Loudoun County Fair
July 21-26, 2014. Family fun includes a carnival, rodeo-bull riding, dairy show, goat show, horseback demonstrations, magic acts, pet shows, floral exhibits, obstacle courses, tug-of-war, live musical entertainment and more.
Redskins Training Camp
2014 Dates to Be Announced.. Redskins Park, Richmond, Virginia. Fans are invited to watch the Washington Redskins gear up for the season.
Citi Open Tennis Classic
July 26-August 3, 2014. This is an annual men’s tennis tournament held in Washington, DC.
Montgomery County Farm Tour
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Explore local farms and purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other local products. Several farms have hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations and other fun and educational activities for all ages.
Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Enjoy prix fixe lunch for $16 and dinner menus for $33 at more than 30 Bethesda area restaurants.
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