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 free family entertainment throughout the month in various destinations around Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Free Outdoor Movies
Outdoor movies are getting very popular and there are a variety of venues to choose from throughout the summer. See the schedules here.
Arlington National Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary
Through June 15, 2014. The cemetery will host a series of special events and tours in celebration of their 150th anniversary. Learn about the history of our nation and its national cemetery.
May 29-June 1, 2014. Downtown Herndon, Virginia. The free summer festival features live entertainment, international foods, carnival rides and games, children's entertainment, a business exposition, 10k & 5k races, a Fitness expo, fireworks and more.
Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
May 31-June 1, 2014. Bull Run Park, Centreville, Virginia. Enjoy samples by more than 50 wineries including over 250 award-winning Virginia wines, educational seminars on food pairing, fine art exhibits, children’s activities, food and live entertainment.
May 31-June 1, 2014. Washington Convention Center. Washington DC. The event focuses on sustainability education and green products and services including authors, leaders and educators, hands-on DIY workshops, green films, kids’ activities, live music and more.
Tour de Cure Bicycling Event for the American Diabetes Association
June 1, 2014. Help raise funds and awareness about diabetes by participating in this annual event. All experience levels welcome.
Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Visit museums near Dupont Circle featuring free admission and special activities for all ages.
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.
Summer Theater in Washington DC
With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2013 season.
Taste of Georgetown
2014 Date to Be Announced, 11 am-4 pm. Sample dishes from 30 Georgetown restaurants, while enjoying live music and children's activities.
Washington Folk Festival
2014 Dates to Be Announced, 12-7 p.m. Glen Echo Park. Presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, the free festival features hundreds of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craft vendors representing the rich cultural diversity of the Washington area. Audiences will enjoy American musical traditions such as bluegrass, blues, and swing as well as international traditions from across the globe. Rain or shine.
The Source Theater Festival
June 6-29, 2014. Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC. See new works in theater, dance, music, visual art, film, puppetry, spoken word, poetry and hip-hop. Performances include three full-length plays, 18 10-minute plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.
Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
June 6-8, 2014. Northern Virginia’s largest annual community-wide celebration features live music, children’s activities, a community market place, a laser show and fireworks.
June 7-8, 2014. A street festival and parade celebrate pride in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Washington, DC.
June 7, 2014, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bethesda, MD. A children's street festival featuring costume characters, face painters, dance troupes, theatre performances and a variety of hands-on arts activities.
USAF Cycling Classic
June 7-8, 2014. Cycling event in Crystal City, VA to help members of the United States military who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival
June 7-8, 2014. The two-day celebration of the arts in Annapolis, Maryland features the juried works of more than 150 fine artists and craftsmen, wine tastings, food, live entertainment and activities for the entire family.
June 8, 2014. noon-5 p.m. Bring the whole family to the annual Gaithersburg street festival, with live music, food, arts & crafts, amusements and more.
Taste of Wheaton
2014 Date to Be Announced. Wheaton, MD. Enjoy a variety of food samples from local restaurants, live music and kids activities.
Taste of Reston
June 13-14, 2014. Reston Town Center. Enjoy a variety of food from the region’s finest eateries, live music, activities and games. Admission and parking are free. Tastings start at $1.
Washington Soap Box Derby
2014 Date to Be Announced. Watch racers ages 8-17 compete in an All American Soap Box Derby on Capitol Hill.
June 15, 2014. Looking for a special way to spend Father’s Day this year? Here are some ideas of ways to spend some family time with Dad on Father’s Day in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival
2014 Date to Be Announced. Enjoy an afternoon of wine and live jazz in Old Town Manassas, Virginia.
AFI DOCS Film Festival
June 18-22, 2014. Film festival, sponsored by the American Film Institute, showing free films, and special programs at several locations in the Washington DC area.
National Capital Barbecue Battle
June 21-22, 2014. If you love barbecue you’ll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children’s activities at this sizzling summer festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 9th & 14th Sts.
Alexandria Food and Wine Festival
2014 Date to Be Announced. The street festival showcases local food and wine and includes live entertainment, craft vendors and children activities.
Arlington Festival of the Arts
2014 Date to Be Announced. Clarendon, VA. The new arts festival features vibrant paintings, contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more.
Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest
June 21-22, 2014. Morven Park, Leesburg, VA. Enjoy a beer festival with food, live entertainment and children's activities.
Wolf Trap's Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods
Tuesdays through Saturdays, June-August 2014. Family friendly performances in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater. (recommended for children ages 5-12)
A T & T National Golf Tournament
June 23-29, 2014. Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland. Top PGA TOUR professionals compete at one of the highest-ranked courses in the country.
DC Jazz Festival
June 24-29, 2014. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC.
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.
Montgomery County Heritage Days
2014 Date to Be Announced. 12-4 p.m. More than 30 historic sites in Montgomery County, Maryland showcase the county’s rich history with free music, dance, food, and children's activities.
Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival
June 28-29, 2014. Baltimore, Maryland. Annual Pan Jam, The festival features local Steelbands and the Annual Dimanche Gras plus the judging of costumes.
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