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District of Columbia Seasonal Events

No matter the season, Washington D.C. hosts lively celebrations throughout the Capitol region. Whether you’re planning a spring break-away, searching for summer vacation activities, or looking forward to D.C.'s holiday season, Washington can deliver.

Washington's spring features famous festivals ideal for any visitor. Don’t miss the National Cherry Blossom Festival beginning in March – offering mini events like Jazz at the Jefferson, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, and Family Days at the National Building Museum.

Sign up for Spring Garden Tours at the White House, or head to the National Zoo for the African American Family Celebration.

Summer starts in D.C. with the Memorial Day Parade, followed by area celebrations like Imagination Bethesda, the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival, and Celebrate Fairfax!

Music fans may enjoy a month of live jazz thanks to the DC Jazz Festival, while the anticipated Fourth of July events send a spark of anticipation through Washington visitors and residents alike. Don’t miss DC’s Independence Day Parade, 4th of July at the National Archives, and A Capitol Fourth Concert – all complete with fireworks, food, and festivities.

Fall means harvest festivals, Oktoberfests, and Halloween celebrations aplenty. Check out the Harvest Festival at Agricultural History Farm, Das Best Oktoberfest, and street festivals like H Street Festival, Adams Morgan Day, and Fiesta DC. If you’ve got the family in tow, spend Halloween at the National Zoo for Boo at the Zoo.

Winter festivals, holiday celebrations, and New Year’s Eve bashes also weigh heavily on D.C.'s event calendar. Check out ZooLights, the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! If you’d like to greet the New Year in the D.C. area, don’t miss events like First Night Alexandria, New Year's Annapolis, Watch Night in Falls Church.