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Cultural Events and Festivals in Washington DC

Annual Celebrations of International Arts and Customs


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)

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)

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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

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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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