Washington, DC is an international crossroads packed with historic monuments, captivating museums, eclectic restaurants and diverse neighborhoods.
Washington, DC is home to iconic monuments, fascinating museums and so much more. From the dramatic Greek architecture of the rock-solid buildings to the mix of international cultures, you never forget you're in the powerhouse of the USA. But there's lighter fun to be had – lively neighborhoods, sprawling parks, award-winning dining and fabulous shopping await.
Passport DC 2015 is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC's thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied international culture. Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC is 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and more than 40 of DC's very best cultural institutions. Over 280,000 people experience the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions and workshops.
This National Memorial Day celebration honors America’s war heroes and those presently serving with a gathering along Constitution Avenue for the annual Memorial Day parade featuring marching bands, patriotic floats and veteran units from all 50 states. A free concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol by the National Symphony Orchestra and other famous performers also honors the men and women in uniform.
Join the Independence Day celebrations in the nation's capital city! Festivities include the National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue, a musical exhibition featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and celebrity performers from the West Lawn of the US Capitol Building and a spectacular fireworks display on the National Mall. The fireworks show, administered by the National Park Service, illuminates the iconic monuments and memorials along the Mall, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
The Source Festival combines rising talents with established artists from across the nation to present 25 new works over three weeks. The works presented here are aimed at laying the path for the next generation of performing artists.
The contest along Pennsylvania Avenue features a cook-off between top barbecue purveyors, great barbecue restaurants from the DC region and around the country, cooking demonstrations, free food samples, interactive cooking displays and children's activities.
Lace up your running shoes as an estimated 15,000 athletes head to DC for this scenic marathon. Beginning at RFK Stadium, a 26.2-mile journey takes runners along the National Mall and past DC’s historic monuments.
As the oldest independent film festival in Washington, the DC Independent Film Festival has a storied history of presenting extraordinary films. We have showcased cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country with every budget and subject imaginable. By exhibiting world premiere screenings, hosting timely seminars and workshops, and even sponsoring discussions with the United States Congress, DCIFF gives independent filmmakers opportunities for their voices to be heard in a way that no other festival can provide.
America's Best Idea - the national parks - is even better when it's free! Explore more than 60 National Parks throughout the Capital Region including Shenandoah National Park, Assateague Island and Anitetam National Battlefield.