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.
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Distribution of Tickets for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
2014 Date to Be Announced. Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition in Washington, DC!
Day of the Dead
October 31-November 1, 2014. Day of the Dead / Los Días de los Muertos is a Mexican custom honoring and remembering those who have died. Find a few celebrations around the Washington DC area. Note that some will be held the weekend before.
Washington Craft Show
October 31-November 2, 2014. Washington Convention Center. The annual craft show features contemporary crafts created by more than 190 artists including metal, leather, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, glass and more.
Kids Euro Festival
2014 Dates to Be Announced. The event staged through the cooperation of the 27 Washington-based European Union embassies and more than a dozen major local cultural institutions will include more than 200 free performances around the city. Geared to children ages two through twelve.
2014 Dates to Be Announced. The performing arts event brings back select highlights of the summer festival that introduces risk-taking art and non-traditional performances.
2014 Dates to Be Announced. The annual celebration of photography in Washington, DC, will feature programs including a photo contest and juried exhibition, gallery openings, lectures, educational workshops, portfolio reviews, book signings and more.
Enjoy the football season and cheer for DC's team.
Washington Wizards Basketball
See NBA games live at the Verizon Center or enjoy the national broadcasts throughout the season.
Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show
2014 Date to Be Announced. Washington Convention Center. Attend a consumer event focusing on food and entertaining with more than 150 exhibitors including specialty food companies, caterers, party planners, personal chefs, kitchen planners and appliance manufacturers.
Alexandria Film Festival
2014 Date to Be Announced. The festival includes a variety of films screened in and around the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
Manassas Veterans Day Parade
2014 Date to Be Announced, 11 a.m. Manassas, Virginia. The community parade includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations.
November 11, 2014. Honor American veterans at a wreath-laying ceremony at one of these monuments in Washington, DC.
Holiday Craft Shows
Throughout the month of November, you will find lots of arts and crafts shows ideal for shopping for unique holiday gifts. Find here a variety of craft shows in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Museum Shop Around at Strathmore
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop at 16 museum shops under one roof at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Maryland (301) 581-5100.
ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort
November 14, 2014- January 4, 2014. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. This is an interactive holiday attraction you won't want to miss.
Gettysburg Dedication and Remembrance Days
2014 Date to Be Announced. Gettysburg, PA. Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address” will take center stage as the nation commemorates the anniversary of the speech as well as the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery with a special ceremony, a parade and an illumination of the cemetery.
Turkey Trots in the Washington DC Area
Various Dates. A variety of organizations in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia sponsor walks and runs to raise money for charity.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
2014 Date to Be Announced. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, meet historic characters and tour the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight.
Presidential Turkey Pardon
Each year, the President pardons a turkey and spares its life in celebration of Thanksgiving. See photos!
Attend the annual Thanksgiving parades in Reston, Virginia and Silver Spring Maryland.
Thanksgiving Weekend in the Washington, DC Area
Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season and many wonderful activities and events begin in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Here are some ideas of fun things to do during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Black Friday in Washington DC
November 28, 2014. The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. Many stores open early and offer big sales for the holidays. See the schedule of store openings in the DC area.
City of Alexandria Holiday Tree Lighting
November 28, 2014, 7-9 p.m. Musical entertainment with a visit from Santa Claus in Market Square, 301 King St. (703) 838-4844
Enjoy the Christmas holiday classic ballet at a theater in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Schedules vary, but many theatres begin their performances in late November.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Find dates and times for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in the Washington, DC area.
Christmas Light Displays
Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, DC area's spectacle of lights at a local park in DC, Maryland or Virginia.
National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting
November 28, 2014, 5-7 p.m. Waterfront Plaza, National Harbor, Maryland. The waterfront community will kick off the holiday season by lighting up the sky with fireworks and a 65ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights. Sip some hot chocolate and enjoy story-telling, an ornament-making workshop and holiday music.
Small Business Saturday
November 29, 2014. This day has been designated to help fuel the economy by asking Americans to shop at their favorite local stores and support small businesses. The Washington DC area has plenty of wonderful shopping destinations.
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