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Beloved by beer geeks, this outdoor fest held next to Nationals Park features a terrific selection of 400 brews (some quite rare), dance punk bands and food trucks. Held on a Saturday in mid- to late September.
Cultural in Washington, DC

Independence Day

Huge crowds gather along Constitution Ave to watch marching bands parade and hear the Declaration of Independence read from the National Archives steps. Later the National Symphony Orchestra plays a concert on the C…
Cultural in Washington, DC

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The star of DC’s annual calendar celebrates spring’s arrival with a kite festival, evening walks by lantern light, cultural fairs and a parade. The three-week event also commemorates Japan’s gift of 3000 cherry tree…
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…
Cultural in National Mall

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

This fun family event, held over 10 days in late June and early July, celebrates international and US cultures. The fest features folk music, dance, crafts, storytelling and ethnic fare, and it highlights a diverse …
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…
Food & Drink in Washington, DC

Taste of DC

More than 65 restaurants sell mini portions of their wares during a mid-October weekend. Includes the Ben's Chili Bowl Eating Championship. Check the website for location; past sites include downtown on Pennsylvania…
Food & Drink in Washington, DC

DC Restaurant Week

For seven days in late January, 200 eateries – including many big-name places – serve affordable, three-course, fixed price meals (around $22 for lunch, and $35 for dinner).
Beer in Washington, DC

Brew at the Zoo

The National Zoo fundraiser in mid-July brings out 70 breweries, including many small ones from Virginia that you don't often see in DC.