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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Francophonie Cultural Festival
2014 Dates to Be Announced, Various locations around Washington DC. Explore the diversity of the French-speaking world through concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more.
Annapolis Restaurant Week
Through March 2, 2014. Dozens of restaurants in Historic and greater Annapolis will be offering three-course, price fixed meal selections at a cost of $15.95 for lunch and $29.95 for dinner.
Alexandria Saint Patrick's Day Parade
March 1, 2014. Old Town Alexandria celebrates the Irish holiday with a classic car show, a dog show and a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Elected officials; the Irish Ambassador; military commanders; and other local celebrities participate along with local scouts, marines and high school bands.
Washington Jewish Film Festival
Through March 9, 2014. The annual event shows films with Jewish themes and encourages a dialogue about a variety of issues.
National Harbor Restaurant Week
2014 Dates to Be Announced. National Harbor restaurants offer prix fixe lunch for $20 and three-course dinner menus for $35.
Frederick Restaurant Week
2014 Dates to Be Announced. The 7-day promotion features fixed-price lunch and dinner options in the city of Frederick, Maryland and the surrounding area.
March 7-8, 2014. Dance the night away at downtown Bethesda studios! Join Bethesda's dance studios for FREE lessons, parties and performances.
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. Find information on tickets, schedules and more.
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Washington, DC is the home to the many important sites that are dedicated to preserving and honoring the contributions of women. This month is a great time to visit these museums and historical sites.
Intersections Arts Festival
Through March 8, 2014. Atlas Performing Arts Center. The arts festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, features visual art, film screenings, literary readings and dance, musical and dramatic productions by more than 30 artists and cultural institutions.
National Capital Boat Show
March 7-9, 2014. Dulles Expo Center, Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly, Virginia. (703) 378-0910. Explore fishing boats, ski boats, runabouts, motor yachts and personal watercraft, and see displays of marine products and services.
Refuge System Birthday Bash
March 15, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Live animals, children's crafts and tram tours, at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, on Powder Mill Road between Route 197 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Laurel, Maryland. (301) 497-5763.
March 15, 2014, 8 a.m. The National Marathon is a 13.1 or 26.2 mile race to raise money for charitable organizations. A Health and Fitness Expo will be held on March 14-15.
Saint Patrick's Day Parades
Dates vary by location. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at a parade in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Virginia or Gaithersburg, Maryland. Enjoy a day of Irish music, dancing and fun. See also Irish Restaurants and Pubs.
DC Environmental Film Festival
March 18-30, 2014. Times and locations vary. See documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children's films from around the world at a variety of venues around Washington, DC.
NBC4's Health and Fitness Expo
2014 Dates to Be Announced, 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.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
March 20 – April 13, 2014. See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Don't miss the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Performances are at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC on 2014 Dates to Be Announced and at the Patriot Center, in Fairfax, Virginia on 2014 Dates to Be Announced. Acrobats, animal-trainers and clowns perform in three rings. The Circus comes to town and parades through Capitol Hill on 2014 Date to Be Announced at 8 p.m.
Maryland Day Celebration
March 21-23, 2014. Historical and cultural institutions in Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County open their doors to the public offering special tours, events, and programming for $1.00 or less.
National Shamrock Festival
March 22, 2014, 1-9 p.m. RFK Stadium, Washington DC. Enjoy a day of family fun at the largest Saint Patrick's Day party and street festival in the DC area featuring more than 50 live bands.
Marine Corps 17.75K
2014 Date to Be Announced. Prince William County, VA. The unique 17.75K distance of 11.03 miles will be held just outside Marine Corps Base Quantico taking runners on a course along the wooded paths and scenic roads of Prince William Forest Park.
Blossom Kite Festival
March 29, 2014. As part of the festivities at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, kite enthusiasts compete and show off their kite flying skills on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Washington Nationals Baseball
Nationals Park. Opening Day is March 31, 2014. The Nationals 2014 schedule includes 81 home dates. The major league baseball team plays through September.
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