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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Mardi Gras Celebrations in Washington, DC
Various Dates. Celebrate Fat Tuesday at a variety of events including parties, parades, balls and family days.
Distribution of White House Easter Egg Roll Tickets
March 7-10, 2014. Free tickets will be distributed via an online lottery. Don't miss your chance to attend the annual event on Easter Monday on the White House grounds.
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.
Francophonie Cultural Festival
March 1-April 15, 2014. Learn about French culture through a variety of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more. Washington DC hosts the largest Francophone festival in the world.
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.
Frederick Restaurant Week
March 3-9, 2014. 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.
DC Craft Beer Festival
March 8, 2014. Washington Convention Center. Washington, DC. The American craft beer tasting will feature seminars and food and the spring releases from approximately 75 breweries including 150 craft beers.
Maryland Polar Bear Plunge
Rescheduled for March 8, 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.
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.
WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival
March 10-30, 2014. Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Enjoy a diverse showcase of theatrical expression from 19 different countries including entertainment from award winning puppetry to innovative perspectives on old classics.
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 13-14.
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.
Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
March 17, 2014, 8 p.m. Arlington, VA. The parade has been rescheduled due to the recent snowstorm on Fat Tuesday.
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.
Groundbreaking of The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront
March 19, 2014. Construction will begin on the development which will transform the Washington Channel waterfront area with new apartments, condos, offices, hotels, a movie theater, a jazz club, a piano bar, a country-western bar, an Irish pub and 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 March 20-23, 2014 and at the Patriot Center, in Fairfax, Virginia on April 9-13, 2014. Acrobats, animal-trainers and clowns perform in three rings. The Circus comes to town and parades through Capitol Hill on March 18, 2014 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.
National Harbor Restaurant Week
March 23-27, 2014. National Harbor restaurants offer prix fixe lunch for $20 and three-course dinner menus for $35.
CineMatsuri - Japanese Film Festival
March 23-27, 2014. The festival will screen five recent Japanese films, each in a different genre, that showcase the diversity and richness of Japanese filmmaking today.
Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month
March 26-April 2014. Various locations. The Smithsonian celebrates jazz music with special talks, workshops, concerts and more.
Annapolis Film Festival
March 27-30, 2014. The 2014 Annapolis Film Festival will showcase more than 70 African-American and African films with a focus on black storytelling.
Blossom Kite Festival
March 30, 2014. (Rescheduled) 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.
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