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DC's annual festivals and special events are well known and closely followed throughout the world. Explore the selection of the best annual events and festivals, fairs and celebrations across the city.

White House Easter Egg Roll

March
A fun event, that offers entertainment, including very young children, who gather on the South Lawn of the White House together with the President and his family for games, sports, stories, cooking demonstrations and the traditional egg roll on the Lawn.

National Cherry Blossom Festival

March
Fun of this festival is about the blossoming of the cherry trees as well as an array of traditional examples and exhibits of Japanese performances, arts, crafts and food.

Passport DC

May
An international exploration through Washington DC, inviting participants to experience a global journey without leaving the city. Many of DC's embassies and international cultural centers open their doors on specific days to showcase their culture, art, music, dance and food.

National Memorial Day Celebration & Parade

May 26
This event attracts over 150,000 spectators with a spectacular parade of marching bands and veterans units from more than 50 states as they march down eleven blocks of Constitution Avenue starting at 7th Streets.

National Capital Barbecue Battle

June
One of Washington DC's largest food and music festivals including everything from barbecue contests and cooking demonstrations, to major music entertainment and children's activities.

Smithsonian Folklife Festivals

June / July
This is a global celebration of contemporary living traditions including music, song, dance, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and narrative sessions for discussing cultural issues.

Independence Day Celebration

July 4
Showcases an amazing amount of top grade events beginning with more than 100 marching units in the midday parade along Constitution Avenue, continuing with entertainment by popular music groups and ending with the fireworks show and the special concert by the National Symphony Orchestra.

National Book Festival

September
The festival celebrates literature and features a wide variety of different books, from graphic novels to science fiction books, as well as their authors, poets and illustrators.

National Christmas Tree Lighting & Pageant of Peace

December
The lighting of the tree is part of the Pageant of Peace entertainment, and the tree itself is the focal point for free concerts and performances by live musical groups right through December.


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