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.
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Grand Opening Washington Marriott Marquis
May 1, 2014. The $520 million Washington Convention Center headquarters hotel opens with luxury amenities including 1,175-rooms, meeting space, restaurants, retail and more.
National Cathedral Flower Mart
May 2-3, 2014. Enjoy the grounds of the cathedral, floral displays, children’s activities and musical entertainment. Free admission.
Passport DC - Open Houses at Washington, DC Embassies
Throughout May. The multi-cultural event, sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC, features a wide range of performances, talks, and exhibits at DC's foreign embassies.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
Through May 4, 2014, Winchester, VA. The annual celebration of spring showcases the blooming apple trees in the Shenandoah Valley with more than 45 events including the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, Firefighters events and more.
Virginia Gold Cup
May 3, 2014. The Plains, VA. The annual steeplechase in Virginia horse country features horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tailgate competitions and more.
Grand Opening of National Harbor's Capital Wheel
Date to be announced. The Observation Ferris Wheel will soar 175 feet above the Potomac River waterfront providing spectacular views of the Washington DC area.
Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area
Improve your own health and raise money for worthwhile Washington, DC area charities at the same time. A variety of events are held throughout the spring season.
Outdoor Movies in the Washington, DC Area
Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular outdoor activity. Find the schedules of outdoor movie festivals in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia
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.
DC Yoga Week
Through May 3, 2014. Try a free or $5 yoga class this week at one of DC's yoga studios. Practice with other yoga enthusiast on the National Mall on May 5.
Around the World Embassy Tour
May 3, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others.
DC101 Chili Cook-off
2014 Date to Be Announced. RFK Stadium Grounds. Enjoy a full day of music while 101 chili cooks compete in four categories: Red Chili, Green Chili, Freestyle and Salsa.
National Harbor Food & Wine Festival
May 3-4, 2014. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisanal and organic products, lectures on culinary and wine trends and more.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 4, 2014, noon-6 pm. The annual Latino celebration features live music and family entertainment on the National Mall.
Georgetown Garden Tour
May 10, 2014, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.
National Train Day
May 10, 2014. Each spring, Amtrak hosts train focused festivities at Union Station including live entertainment, interactive and educational exhibits, kids' activities, model trains and more.
Throughout May. Events include speeches, seminars and workshops on issues; film screenings, concerts and cultural programs related to the European Union.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 10-11, 2014. See the works of 140 contemporary artists and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and downtown Bethesda restaurants.
Annapolis Wine Expo
2014 Date to Be Announced. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland. The event features wine and food tastings.
May 11, 2014. Looking for a special way to spend Mother’s Day this year? Here are some ideas of ways to spend some family time with mom on Mother’s Day in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
National Police Week
May 12-16, 2014. The annual event honors the service of U.S. law enforcement officials. A candlelight vigil and memorial service are open to the public.
DC Design House Tours
Through May 11, 2014. Washington, DC's premiere residential design showcase features a home renovated by the region's top interior designers. Tours are available and raise funds for Children’s National Medical Center.
Arlington National Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary
May 13-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.
Mount Vernon Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 16-18, 2014. An elegant evening of wine, live entertainment, reenactments, and tours of the rarely open cellar vaults of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Advance tickets are required.
Bike to Work Day
May 16, 2014. Join thousands of Washington, DC area commuters by bicycling to work as a fun and healthy way to get to work.
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
May 16-18, 2014. Reston Town Center, Reston, VA. See artwork by more than 200 painters, sculptors, fine-crafters and jewelers. Also enjoy musical performances, festive foods, beer garden, and artist demonstrations.
National Asian Heritage Festival
May 17, 2014, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.
Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 17, 2014, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gaithersburg, Maryland. The annual festival features 100 best-selling and award-winning authors who will participate in panel discussions and book signings throughout the day. Other activities include interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, musical entertainment and more.
DC Dragon Boat Festival
May 17-18, 2014. Thompson's Boathouse Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Sponsored by the Chinese Women's League of Washington, DC, the event features dragon boat races on the Potomac River, cultural performances and hands-on activities.
Marine Corps Historic Half, 10K and & Semper Fred 5K
May 18, 2014. Fredericksburg, VA. The 13.1 mile Historic Half course runs from the retail hub of Central Park through Fredericksburg's historic downtown with impressive landmarks and splendid scenery. The new Historic 10K traverses the final 6.2 mile portion of the Historic Half course. Also new in 2013, the Semper Fred 5K (3.1 miles) becomes a point-to-point run incorporating the challenge of Hospital Hill.
Taste of Arlington
2014 Date to Be Announced, noon-5 pm. Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. Enjoy a lively street festival, complete with local entertainment, children's activities and, of course, lots of food!
GI Film Festival
May 19-25, 2014. See classic and premier films celebrating the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces including a variety of films presented by award-winning Hollywood actors and directors. Participate in panel discussions with soldiers, journalists, authors, and filmmakers.
Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon
May 24-25. 2014, 6-9 p.m. George Washington's estate is opening its doors for a special evening event. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and enjoy 18th-century music, dancing, and colonial games.
Memorial Day in Washington, DC
May 24-26, 2014. Find out about special events, concert, parade for Memorial Day in the nation’s capital.
Delaplane Strawberry Festival
May 24-25, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA. The annual festival includes live entertainment, children's games, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a 5K fun run, a raptor exhibit, antique cars, food, crafts and strawberries.
Rockville's Hometown Holidays
May 24-26, 2014. Rockville, MD hosts a three-day street festival in celebration of Memorial Day with live music, children's entertainment, a parade and more.
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.
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.
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.
Maryland Craft Beer Festival
May 31, 2014. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD. More than 15 breweries present over 80 different brews. This family-friendly festival features live music by popular regional artists, kids' activities, exhibitors and a variety of food.
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