Washington DC Annual Events
Every Season Offers Something for Everyone
Exciting Washington, D.C. annual events include the White House Easter Egg Roll, the 4th of July celebration, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival and much more.
Late March - Early April
The National Cherry Blossom Festival
See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. during this historic event. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Mark your calendar for the upcoming spring dates and plan to participate in the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.
White House Easter Egg Roll
On Easter Monday, kids of all ages hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn. Enjoy a morning of storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Free tickets are usually distributed on the Saturday before and early on Monday morning.
Special events for Memorial Day include wreath-laying ceremonies at several monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C., a free National Symphony Orchestra concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol and a Memorial Day parade along Independence Avenue.
Late June - Early July
The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival
Every summer the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage sponsors this annual festival on the National Mall which celebrates cultural traditions around the world. The Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. The 2008 program will highlight diverse cultures of Bhutan and Texas.
Fourth of July
Washington, D.C. is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th! Independence Day celebrations in the nation’s capital start with a morning parade, concerts on the National Mall and the West Lawn of the Capitol and a huge fireworks display on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
December – January
The National Christmas Tree and Pageant of Peace
Each holiday season the White House Ellipse is surrounded by a path of decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. The President traditionally lights the tree at a holiday program and musical groups perform each night until New Year's Day.
For more information about upcoming events in our Washington, D.C. calendar, please speak with our concierge.