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Cultural Events and Festivals in Washington DC

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11. Cambodian Community Day Festival

© The City of Alexandria
August. The City of Alexandria sponsors this annual event highlighting traditional Cambodian arts, crafts, music, dance and food. Exhibits include a showcase of the Angkor Wat Replica, and the Pailin and Tonle Sap regions.

12. Virginia Scottish Games

© Virginia Scottish Games Association
September. The festival is held in Northern Virginia each Labor Day weekend celebrating the Scottish heritage with piping & drumming, highland dancing, and fiddling competitions, sheep-herding demonstrations, an antique car show, children's activities, live entertainment and Scottish food and drink.

13. Korean Festival (KORUS)

© KORUS
September. The Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area hosts the annual event in Centreville, Virginia showcasing Asian cuisine, musical performances, a taekwondo demonstration, a talent show, a singing contest, and a K-Pop cover contest.

14. Latino Festival (Fiesta DC)

© Miller Taylor
September. The annual celebration highlights the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine. The festival coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month.

15. Turkish Festival

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September. Sponsored by the American-Turkish Association of Washington DC, the festival celebrates Turkish art and culture with a variety of live musical and folk dance performances, hands-on activities, art demonstrations, guest speakers, arts and crafts vendors and Turkish cuisine.

16. Oktoberfests

© Harry Briggs
September-October. The German fall festivals have become very popular and there are now many celebrations around the Washington, DC area. The Oktoberfest is a family fun event focused on German beer, food, music and dancing.

17. Italian Festival

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October. Festa Italiana celebrates Italian-American culture with a lively street festival in Washington DC featuring traditional Italian music, dance, art, crafts and food. The event is sponsored by Festa Italiana Foundation of Washington, DC, a private cultural organization that works to promote Italian culture in the region.

18. Kids Euro Festival

© Kids Euro Festival
October-November. The fall performing arts festival includes more than 200 free events for kids featuring artists from around the world. The event is sponsored by the 27 Washington-based European Union embassies and more than a dozen major local cultural institutions. The programming provides a fun way for kids to learn about a wide variety of cultures.

19. Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

© Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
December. A holiday favorite in Northern Virginia, the event brings hundreds of Scottish clansmen to parade with their bagpipes through Old Town Alexandria. The weekend activites includes a tour of historic homes, a children’s tea party, a Celtic Concert and a Christmas Marketplace.

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