Literature in Downtown & Penn Quarter

National Book Festival

Around Labor Day, your favorite authors, illustrators, and poets speak, sign books, and inspire at this extravaganza of all things bibliophilic. Started modestly in 2002, the festival has morphed into a national eve…
Beer in Downtown & Penn Quarter


The National Building Museum hosts this two-day fest in early June, described as the 'prom of the beer world.' Sip creations from around 90 different breweries and nosh on small plates that pair with the flavors of …
Food & Drink in Downtown & Penn Quarter

National Capital Barbecue Battle

Who makes the best barbecue in DC? Teams compete during a weekend in late June for $40,000 in prizes. In addition to tender ribs, chicken and sausages, you’ll find live bands, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs…