Washington DC Travel Guides

January

The Washington Antiques Show: Held January 5 to 7, 2007 and features more than 45 antique dealers throughout the world coming to display their collectibles.

Martin Luther King Holiday: This day pays tribute to this great American civil rights hero. Special programs take place around the nation's capital, in observance of Dr. King’s birthday.

February

Black History Month: This event celebrates and explores Washington, D.C.'s vibrant African-American heritage through special and ongoing events, tours and museums exhibitions.

Chinese New Year Parade: Each year, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with a traditional Chinese parade in Chinatown. Food, music and fireworks help bring in the Chinese New Year.

March

The Washington Home and Garden Show: With more than 800 booths and 24+ landscaped full-sized gardens, this event ranks among the biggest and best home and garden shows on the entire East Coast.

St. Patrick's Day Parade: Attended by thousands, the Washington, D.C. St. Patrick's Day Parade is a full-scale parade, featuring all things Irish.

National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington, D.C. welcomes spring by celebrating Japan's gift of the beautiful cherry trees during this most popular cultural festival. A parade, dancing and festivities are here to enjoy.

April

White House Easter Egg Roll: The Monday after Easter thousands of people attend this largest of the White House annual public events, in which children search the South Lawn of the White House for colourful wooden eggs that have been hidden throughout the grounds.Visit this website for further information about White House Easter Egg Roll 2011

Filmfest DC: For 12 days in the Washington, DC International Film Festival shows an exceptional assortment of films in venues throughout the city. This is a good time for celebrity-watching.

May

Memorial Day Events: Many Memorial Day tributes and the NSO Memorial Day concert will take place in Washington, D.C. throughout the Memorial Day Weekend.

June

DC Caribbean Carnival: Quickly becoming one of the most attended Carnivals in the United States; the Caribbean Carnival is jam-packed with of fun, lavish costumes and wonderful food and music.

Capital Pride: This nine-day festival, which celebrates diversity and cultural achievement in the gay community, features a parade and street fair with entertainment.

July

Independence Day Celebration: The 4th of July is the date for America's biggest birthday party. Independence Day Celebrations in the nation's capital includes a parade, concert and dazzling fireworks.

August

Legg Mason Tennis Classic: The world class Legg Mason Tennis Classic will benefit the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation.

September

Labour Day Concert: The annual National Symphony Orchestra Labour Day concert, which is free to the public, takes place on the West Lawn of the Whitehouse.

Kennedy Center Prelude Festival: September sees the grand opening series of events that celebrates the new season of performing arts at the Kennedy Center.

October

Halloween: 31 October is when the entire young population hits the streets in costume to go ‘trick or treating’. Obliging residents give out candy or risk having a ‘trick’ played on them.

November

Veterans Day Celebrations: This is a day when all of America honours war veterans. Ceremonies and memorials are held throughout Washington, DC.

Thanksgiving: the end of November is marked by a public holiday that is traditionally a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have. A family-oriented day, residents typically sit down to a dinner of roast turkey, stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce, with the leftovers being made into all sorts of turkey recipes for days after.

December

National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace: Festivities centre around the beautiful National Christmas Tree, during the Christmas season.

Christmas Day: the highlight of the festive calendar, the religious significance of this Christian-based festival has been lost to many and it is now largely a commercial affair involving carol singing, gift-giving, Christmas tree-decorating and the adorning of houses with Christmas lights. Roast turkey along with a host of other festive dishes are typically eaten on this day.

National Holidays

New Year's Day January 1st.
Birthday of Martin Luther King Third Monday in January
Inauguration Day January 20th every four years
Washington's Birthday Third Monday in February since 1971
St Patrick's Day March 17th
Memorial Day Last Monday in May since 1971
Independence Day July 4th
Labor Day First Monday in September
Columbus Day Second Monday in October
Veterans Day November 11th
Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day December 25th