The following is a listing of the most popular festivals taking place annually in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area with links to each festival’s website. If you would like to include your festival in this listing as well as in FestivalDC’s Calendar of Events, please send email with link to: email@example.com.
Please note that some festivals start near end of month and carry over to the following month. Festivals near beginning or end of month may in some years take place in previous month or following month. Please check festival’s website for exact dates.
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TET, Vietnamese Lunar New Year– http://vnlac.org/ The Vietnamese Literary and Artistic Club (VLAC) of the greater metropolitan Washington, DC area presents the Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) festival each January. The annual event takes place at the Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale campus. The purpose of the local festival is two-fold: It provides Vietnamese immigrants a chance to experience the annual celebration of Tet which takes place in their homeland. It also provides Vietnamese Americans growing up in the United States as well as people of all cultures an avenue to learn about many of the traditions and history of Vietnamese culture and its people.
DC Education Festival– http://www.cvent.com/events/dc-education-festival/event-summary-aa44273db304463390c7de5f05e30750.aspx?utm_source=Weekly%20Calendar%202013.12.23&utm_campaign=tracking&utm_medium=email Washington’s premier education festival presenting an all-in-one experience for community and families to discover, navigate and engage successfully with preschool to high school and adult education/GED options. Admission is free. More than 5,000 will attend the event, produced by DC Association of Chartered Public Schools, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) and DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB).
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Chocolate Lovers Festival– http://www.chocolatefestival.net/ The Chocolate Lovers Festival, an annual two-day festival held on the first full weekend of February, features activities for all to enjoy. Join us for the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Challenge, the ever-popular Kiwanis Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast, open houses at historic buildings and much more.
Chinese New Year Festival– http://www.chinesenewyearfestival.org/The Chinese New Year Festival in Washington DC area is sponsored by Asian Community Service Center (ACSC) annually. Usually it is one day in-door events with cultural performances including dragon and lion dances, delicious Asian foods, workshops on Chinese cooking and language, health and business booths, and children’s activities, among other attractions. FREE admission.
Capital Irish Film Festival– http://www.solasnua.org Solas Nua means ‘new light’ in Irish. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. Our mission to bring the best new Irish artistic talent to American audiences began in 2005 with the smash hit play Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh. Since then we have presented theater, music, visual arts, film, and literary events including the DC Irish Writers Festival and Irish Book Day.
Chinese New Year Parade & Festivities– (Chinatown, Downtown Washington, DC)- Held each year in DC’s Chinatown, the event features traditional Chinese Dragon Dances, Kung Fu demos, presentations of children’s groups and live music. It is usually held early February (depending on Lunar Calendar) in Chinatown located on H Street, NW between 6th and 8th Avenues. Festivities will take place inside the Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H St., NW. Festivities include live music and dance performances, traditional Chinese calligraphy, children’s crafts, and more.
Fair Oaks Mall Lunar New Year Festival– http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events Fair Oaks Lunar New Year Festival is the largest Lunar New Year celebration of its kind in metropolitan Washington D.C. Produced with the Washington Hai Hua Community Center, the festival features traditional Chinese dragon dances; music and dance performances; martial arts demonstrations; children’s crafts; and a special lantern festival. Hundreds of performers will participate in this year’s Lunar New Year Festival, representing such countries and regions as China, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Polynesia and the 50th state of Hawaii. The festival takes place early February (depending on Lunar calendar).
INTERSECTIONS Festival– http://www.atlasarts.org/ Imagine: Art that encourages compassionate listening and provocative questioning. The best established, emerging, community and student artists from DC and beyond. Theaters filled with diverse, dynamic audiences. Conversations over a glass of wine in the café with someone new who has just had the same experience as you. Chances to perform, engage, party! All this and more await you at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival.
Jewish Film Festival– http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/film/WJFF/ One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series, in our home venue at the DCJCC.
DC Independent Film Festival– http://dciff-indie.org/ DCIFF was launched in 1999 to nurture independent film. As a competitive festival, all films are Washington DC premieres and many are U.S. and world premieres. 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.
Dupont Festival– http://www.dupontfestival.org/ The purpose of Dupont Festival is to organize and implement a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities in the greater Dupont Circle area throughout the year.
Maha Shivarathri Dance Festival– http://www.dance-dc.com/DanceDc/Home.html The Natyabhoomi School of Indian Dance coordinates and hosts the Maha Shivarathri Dance Festival at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, MD. This whole idea was born from a similar festival being conducted in Bangalore for many years where dance is performed all night long on Shivarathri night. School founders, sisters Deepti Mukund (Navile) and Shruthi Mukund have performed at such events in their childhoods & my Deepti’s daughter performed in Bangalore for the same.
White House Student Film Festival– http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education Building on the President’s eagerness to connect students to technology, and his newfound interest in filmmaking, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Student Film Festival in 2014. In November, students K-12 around the country are asked to create short films on the role of technology in their classroom, and students respond with nearly 3,000 entries. In collaboration with the American Film Institute, the White House screens the finalists’ works along with a star-studded cast.
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Israeli Dance Festival DC– http://www.israelidancefestivaldc.com/ Israeli Dance Performances followed by dancing for all ages! Featuring the DC area Israeli dance troupes and special guest performances.
National Cherry Blossom Festival– http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/ Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.
Split This Rock Poetry Festival– http://www.splitthisrock.org/ Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness invites poets, writers, activists, and dreamers to Washington, DC for four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. Featuring readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming parties, and activism, the festival offers opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change.
Annual Move Me Festival– http://www.bmdc.org/ Move Me is a FREE family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture, promoting healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts; and featuring performances and artistic activities by local arts partners.
National Cherry Blossom Kite Festival– http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/ The fourth annual Blossom Kite Festival presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of kite fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations including the popular Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field.
Environmental Film Festival– http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/ Founded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital has become one of the world’s largest and most influential showcases of environmental film and a major collaborative cultural event in Washington, D.C. Each March the Festival presents a diverse selection of high quality environmental films, including many Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres. Documentaries, narratives, animations and shorts are shown, as well as archival, experimental and children’s films at venues throughout the city.
Festival of Colors– http://holi.iskconofdc.net/ Lots of color. Everywhere. It’s a festival celebrating love – and the power of love to bring all good things into our lives. It is held in early spring and signifies new life, new growth, new beginnings. Holi, therefore, reminds us to color our life with love, faith, and a generous spirit. It calls us to give and receive. And best of all, it just great fun. We get lost in color, forget about our usual identity, and experience life – and each other – from a whole new perspective.
Persian New Year Celebration– http://asia.si.edu/visit/families.asp Dance, play, and feast your way into the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museums’ annual Nowruz celebration features free attractions for all ages—including Haft Sin table displays, “fire” jumping, chess and backgammon, cartoons from Iran, musical performances, stories by Xanthe Gresham, hands-on activities, and traditional Persian food.
Indian Dance Educators Association (IDEA) Festival– http://www.ideadancers.org/ The Indian Dance Educators Association (IDEA) holds a bi-annual dance festival in conjunction with the organization’s anniversary celebrations. Building on the theme of the anniversary activities — Collaborations and Communities — the IDEA community will present a range of innovative collaborations re…presenting communities both within and outside the Indian subcontinent.
Japanese Film Festival– http://www.cinematsuri.org/ CineMatsuri showcases five of Japan’s most recent and best films, each in a different genre, reflecting the richness and diversity of today’s Japanese cinema.All films will be shown in Japanese, with English sub-titles.
Move Me Festival– http://www.bmdc.org/ Move Me is a FREE family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture, promoting healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts; and featuring performances and artistic activities by local arts partners. It is presented by Bowen McCauley Dance.
Shamrock Fest- http://www.shamrockfest.com/ ShamrockFest is DC’s Saint Paddy’s beer, music and entertainment experience, with multiple party zones and attractions throughout the expansive festival grounds. We’ve spanned the globe, seeking out the ultimate entertainers, in order to create the most exciting and memorable ShamrockFest in our 14-year history.
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Bethesda Literary Festival– http://www.bethesda.org/specialevents/litfest/litfest.htm The annual Bethesda Literary Festival hosts an array of local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as writing contests and poetry contests. Check back soon for participating authors. In a weekend that includes more than 20 entertaining events, the Bethesda Literary Festival presents fascinating literary personalities who will read their work, talk about their craft and take part in discussions with other writers and audience members. All of the events are free and are held throughout downtown Bethesda.
USA Science & Engineering Festival– http://www.usasciencefestival.org/ The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Our exhibitors, performers, speakers, partners, sponsors and advisors are a who-is-who of science and engineering in the United States: from major academic centers and leading research institutes and government agencies to cutting-edge high tech companies, museums and community organizations.
The Sakura: Japanese Street Festival– http://www.sakuramatsuri.org/ The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and is proud to be the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Performers and vendors travel from all over the country and the world to Washington, DC to share their love of Japanese culture and traditions with the Festival attendees.
National Arab-American Cultural Festival– www.adc.org The day-long street festival celebrates culture, food, and arts from the Middle East and North Africa, showcasing the beauty and diversity of the Arab culture.
FILMFEST DC– http://www.filmfestdc.org/ The Washington, DC International Film Festival brings the finest in contemporary world cinema to the nation’s capital. The festival has introduced over 1000 feature and short films from over 55 countries to an ever-growing audience. Filmfest DC is an 11-day annual festival presenting more than 100 feature premieres, restored classics and special events to the general public. All Filmfest DC presentations are Washington, DC premieres.
Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival– http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/ As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Southwest Waterfront community, home of the cherry blossoms, is the perfect place to enjoy more than eight celebratory hours of free music, family friendly water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and delicious foods at multiple outdoor venues.
Festival of Colors– http://holidc.com/ It’s a free festival celebrating love – and the power of love to bring all good things into our lives. It is held in early spring and signifies new life, new growth, new beginnings.
One City Celebrating a Green Lifestyle Festival– http://www.onecitygreenfest.org/ This event is designed to help people just starting to explore an eco-lifestyle feel welcome; and people who are veterans will still find a lot that will inspire them. This festival will be an exciting adventure for anyone in the marketplace for highly efficient products, or wants to see how DC residents are going green.
Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Teas and the Arts– http://www.mncppc.org/Commission_Home.html Montpelier Historic Site and Montpelier Art Center join forces to bring you a day that will delight your senses. Browse among over 30 vendors on Montpelier’s beautiful grounds, and maybe find the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant east wing. Take in a lecture on gardening, learn about medicinal herbs, or how to make your own herbal beauty products.
Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival – https://www.facebook.com/flowerandgarden This annual event heralds the coming of spring and features more than 120 vendors on the streets of historic downtown Leesburg. Amazing landscape displays, plant material, annuals, perennials, tools, furniture, garden décor and so much more is on hand at this event. Stroll the streets and enjoy great festival food, live kids entertainment and craft area, a beer and wine garden and great music on our main stage. Whether you are a novice or a regular green thumb, this festival has something for everyone.
Cinco de Mayo Festival on National Mall– http://marumontero.com/ A family festival organized by the Maru Montero Dance Company and LULAC will be free to the public. Live performances will include top names in local Latino talent, like: A.B. Quintanilla, El grupo Escalante, Bio Ritmo Salsa Band, etc.
DC Dragon Boat Festival– http://www.dragonboatdc.com/ The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival is a two day festival held along the Potomac River complete with cultural exhibitions, craft demonstrations, and of course dragon boat racing. The event is sponsored by the Chinese Women’s League (CWL) and serves to promote Chinese culture to the Washington DC area through the sport of dragon boat racing.
Earth Day@ Loudoun Family Festival– http://www.earthdayatloudoun.org/ Over 100 exhibitors provides hands on activities for all ages in environmental sciences, sustainability as well as new technologies in efficiency and eco-friendly lifestyle. Music and food is also available in a beautiful park like outdoor location is located by Clyde’s Restaurant in Ashburn.
Festival Argentino USA– http://www.festivalargentino.org/festival/quienes-somo/ Over the years, we hosted the Festival in several locations, such as Walter Reed library near Columbia Pike, the outdoor in Barcroft Park to the Thomas Jefferson Theater. Each year, our partnerships have grown and strengthened, helping us to enhance and improve the yearly Festival’s production, adding more local performers and bringing in well-known artists from around the United States and from Argentina. The festival features classic Argentinean performances of folklore, tango, pop and rock, in addition to exhibitors portraying other Argentinean cultural traditions.
National Asian Heritage Festival– http://asiaheritagefoundation.org/ Brought to you each May by the Asia Heritage Foundation. Asia Heritage Foundation (AHF) is an established cultural organization aiming to share, celebrate, and promote the diversity of Asian heritage and culture through the arts, traditions, education, cuisine, and way of life represented in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Various events throughout the month celebrate Asian Heritage Month including the ever popular Fiesta Asian Street Fair.
Greek Festival– http://www.saintsophiadc.com/ministries/volunteer/greek-festival/ Saint Sophia’s festival brings the best of Greek food, drink and culture to the D.C. area. An annual tradition, the festival occurs the first weekend after Mother’s day and runs from Friday – Sunday.
FSGW Washington Folk Festival– http://fsgw.org/ The Annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area. All musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople live in the the greater Washington metropolitan area and volunteer their talents to put on a first class festival of national renown. With performances representing cultures from around the world as well as around the country, it is your chance to find out what is going on in the folk communities of the area.
Green Festival– http://www.greenfestivals.org/ Green Festival® is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace where companies and organizations come to showcase their green products and services, and where people go to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives. Green Festival is the largest and longest-running sustainability event in the country. We bring together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative brands, national and local businesses, pioneering thinkers, and conscious consumers in one place to promote the best in sustainability and green living.
3 State Multicultural Fest– http://www.3statefest.com/ The Tri-State Multicultural Festival is an annual event that provides an opportunity to Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia to become familiar with different world views, cultures and beliefs in support of unity as one community family.
Loudoun Bluegrass Festival– http://www.bluegrassloudoun.com/index.html Individual and Band Contests with prize money! Workshops of all kinds. Led jam sessions for bluegrass, old time, Celtic, Swing Jazz. Local arts and crafts and luthiers (instrument builders). Raffle for brand new Eastman mandolin. Raffles for Smithsonian Folkways CDs. Plenty of spaces inside and outside for starting one’s own jam sessions. All profits go to Rotary Club (501C) scholarships for local kids, Special Olympics, and homeless kids. Monetary donations to the charities also accepted.
Flower Mart– http://allhallowsguild.org/ Shop for plants, enjoy diverse food, and enjoy puppet shows, carousel rides, and entertainment for the whole family. All proceeds from this event benefit the gardens and grounds surrounding the Cathedral. Join the fun.
Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour– http://www.mountvernon.org/ Mount Vernon’s Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with candlelit tours of the Mansion, including the rarely-open basement where Washington stored his wine, and live music on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Guests can sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries, learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the Mansion’s piazza.
Sound Bites– http://www.soundbitesdc.org/ Sound Bites is an outdoor festival that celebrates local food and music while raising funds to fight hunger and poverty in Washington, DC. Over 1,000 guests enjoy tastings from top area restaurants, hear hot local music acts, and witness an elite mixology competition between DC’s most talented bartenders. All proceeds benefit event organizer DC Central Kitchen.
Festival Afro-Bahia– https://www.facebook.com/afrobahiafest The Afro-BahiaFestival is a week-long celebration of the culture of the state of Bahia in northern Brazil. The organizers will bring Bahian experts in music, tourism dance, visual arts, cuisine, religion, and social issues to Washington D.C. to present and share their expertise with audiences of all races and ages. Events will occur at easily accessible times and locations, and be of limited or zero cost in order to minimize barriers to accessing the rich cultural heritage offered. Our collaborators and partners will be key players in ensuring accessibility through their assistance with logistics, public outreach, and financial support.
Israel Street Festival– http://www.jccnv.org/ This is a great event for the entire Jewish community to come and celebrate the sights, sounds and flavors of Israel. We are thrilled that this year, we have moved the festival to Northern Virginia’s hot spot, Mosaic District. We hope that you will join us for this event that brings together Northern Virginia’s Jewish community.
DanceAfrica, DC– http://www.danceplace.org/ The annual festival celebrates the dance and music of the African Diaspora. Featuring some of the best African dance companies in the DC metropolitan area, this festival is guaranteed to inspire, invigorate, educate and entertain.
Montgomery County Strawberry Festival– http://mocostrawberryfest.org/ Few things herald the arrival of “Sun and Fun” season, like a plump, juicy, ruby-colored strawberry. Save for maybe a strawberry festival. Bring the family out to celebrate and savor the start of the season.
GI Film Festival– http://gifilmfestival.com/ The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501 c(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war. The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film. The GIFF presents films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty.
Washington Jewish Music Festival– http://www.wjmf.org/ Established in 1999 with a lead gift from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF) promotes a broader appreciation of Jewish culture and connects the Greater Washington, DC community through music. WJMF presents extraordinary performing artists who preserve and invigorate Jewish music in contemporary culture. Through collaborations, educational programming and free events, the Festival actively engages people throughout the greater DC community in cross-cultural dialogue.
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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival– http://www.festival.si.edu/index.aspx The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.The Festival takes place for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational presentation that features community-based cultural exemplars. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each Festival typically draws more than one million visitors.
DC Jazz Festival– http://www.dcjazzfest.org/ With more than 125 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, DC and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. The Festival presents year-round music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents by local, national and internationally-known talent at venues across DC, promotes music integration in school curricula, and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts.
Eleanor Holmes Norton Juneteenth Book Festival– https://www.facebook.com/Juneteenthbookfestival The Annual Juneteenth Book Festival in honor of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton commemorates the anniversary of the Juneteenth declaration of independence. The event celebrates literature, promotes literacy and features family friendly activities.
Festival Boliviano -Suma Qamana– https://www.facebook.com/embajada.de.bolivia.usa Suma Qamaña means “living well,” and the Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia is proud to celebrate its cultures, history, and heritage during this 4 days of exciting presentations and programs including traditional dance groups, music workshops, demonstration artists, food and fun for the entire family. Meet Bolivians sharing their wisdom, knowledge, and culture.
Columbia Pike Blues Festival– http://www.columbia-pike.org/?page_id=2172 Featuring full line up of entertainers and vendors. Presented by The COLUMBIA PIKE REVITALIZATION ORGANIZATION (CPRO). CPRO’s mission is to inspire, support and provide direction for a wide variety of initiatives that aim to improve and revitalize Columbia Pike and its adjacent neighborhoods.
Capital Jazz Fest– http://www.capitaljazz.com/fest/ Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won’t see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer.
Caribbean Heritage Festival– http://www.pgparks.com/parks_and_rec_home.htm Experience “A Taste of the Caribbean!” Here, you’ll enjoy live, festive performances, delicious food, craft vendors and jammin’ music. We hope to see you out there.
COLUMBIA Festival of the Arts– http://columbiafestival.com/ The Columbia Festival of the Arts presents a unique combination of free and ticketed events, both indoor and outdoor, to enrich the lives of Columbia and greater Howard County residents. A great start to summer, the Festival takes place over a 16-day period during the latter part of June each year. Featuring renowned national, international, and up-and-coming talent in an array of artistic disciplines, the Festival season oﬀers something for all ages.
Capital Pride Festival– http://www.capitalpride.org/festival The Festival is DC’s largest annual one-day event with over 200,000 visitors, almost 300 sponsor & vendor exhibits, three stages, two beverage gardens, a family area, and numerous food vendors offering a huge selection of various cuisines. The Festival has continuously sold out of vendor spaces for 10+ years due to the overwhelming support of our sponsors, local businesses and organizations that want to reach our community.
Buddha Fest– http://www.buddhafest.org/ BuddhaFest is a Festival for Heart + Mind is inspired by the principles of mindfulness and compassion, and features four days of films, talks, meditation and music. BuddhaFest is held in Arlington, VA, just outside of Washington, DC.
Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival– http://www.vintagevirginia.com/ Vintage Virginia, featuring the Commonwealth’s best wine, food and music each year during a fun-filled festival at Bull Run Park Special Events Center. This year’s Vintage promises to be the best in decades, with an emphasis on Virginian cuisine, showcased by daily cooking presentations by Top Chefs from across the country! Additionally, a line-up of nearly two dozen of the Washington, DC-area’s favorite Food Trucks will be on hand, making for a perfectly balanced weekend of wine, food, friends and music. Virginia is for Lovers… of Wine!
Celebrate Fairfax– http://celebratefairfax.com/ Celebrate Fairfax!, Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration. Presented by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc, the annual festival hosts tens of thousands of visitors during the three-day run.
Del Ray Music Festival– http://www.delraymusicfestival.com/ Celebrating the rich diversity and talent of the Del Ray community the Annual Del Ray Music Festival will takes place on the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Fields at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. The Del Ray Music Festival includes music, food, games, and a chance to ring in the summer with your friends and neighbors.
EuroAsiaSorts Film Festival– http://awoj15.wix.com/euroasia-shorts AS began as the Asian European Short Film Showcase and remains an original collaboration between a small group of Washington, D.C. embassies and cultural center staff. The festival has presented more than 200 short films since it began in 2006, including many award-winning shorts making their U.S. debut. Each year presents a variety of films connected by a single theme with post-film discussions on the first four nights, offering an international cinematic dialogue.
Tinner Hill Blues Festival– http://tinnerhill.org/blues-festival The Tinner Hill Blues Festival is the only three-day event in Falls Church. There are all kinds of blues for all ages, all weekend, all over town!
Juneteenth Festival– http://www.pgparks.com/Juneteenth.htm As a part of our ongoing mission to provide exciting and unique cultural programming to county residents, the Juneteenth celebration is a must-attend event and will surely delight all. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom, the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the word Juneteenth.
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Capital Fringe Festival– https://www.capitalfringe.org/ Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in the summer of 2005 with the purpose of infusing energy into performing arts in the Washington, DC region through our annual Fringe Festival and year-round Fringe Training Factory. Capital Fringe’s vigorous programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.
Annual Kommunity Festival– http://kommunityfestival.com/home.php The Kommunity Festival is a non-profit event which is always held on the 2nd Sunday in July, on the National Mall at the Sylvan Theater (15th and Independence on the Monument Grounds), which consist of various activities and programs for our children, veterans, the homeless, and adults along with live entertainment on the main stage for the public at no cost. The major goals of the Kommunity Festival is to develop and coordinate resources and support services for veterans, seniors, children, and adults who are homeless/hungry, health care needs for the sick, educational needs of the illiterate, employment needs of the un/underemployed, advocacy needs of the oppressed, conversion needs of the oppressor, psychological needs of the suffering, and spiritual needs of all in an effort to assist in restoring hope in our communities.
International Festival– http://www.internationalfest.net/ The weekend festivities are the first of its kind in the region to deliver entertainment, empowerment and education to all attendees. Music and vendors will adorn this festival with a wonderful forum for both emerging and established artists across a myriad of musical genres.
Lake Arbor Jazz– http://www.lakearborjazz.com/ NCPPC and the Prince Georges Cultural Arts Foundation, we’re returning to the heart of beautiful Lake Arbor in Mitchellville, MD for this year’s event. Join us for a day and evening of contemporary and traditional jazz music featuring some of Washington, DC’s finest jazz and R&B groups.
The Festival of Music and Washington International Piano Artists Competition– http://www.wipac.org/ The Festival of Music and Washington International Piano Artists competition highlights men and women from different lifestyles from airline stewards, accountants and psychiatrists to doctors, lawyers and computer programmers. These are individuals of exceptional abilities, who, in spite of their busy careers and family lives, find time to continue their passion for playing the piano and who seek opportunities for artistic development and performance.
Lotus & Water Lily Cultural Festival– http://www.friendsofkenilworthgardens.org/ Come out to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for a day of fun and excitement in celebration of the annual Lotus & Water Lily Cultural Festival. Events in the park include Traditional African and Asian dance performances, face painting, and much more! An abundance of colorful lilies and lotuses provide a perfect opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers alike.
Living Earth Festival– http://www.si.edu/Museums/american-indian-museum The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian brings the best of traditional knowledge and traditions to visitors during its annual Living Earth Festival. The festival includes a Native cooking competition and music and dance performances. An outdoor market with produce from local farms and hands-on activities and games for families are also part of the celebration.
Annapolis Irish Festival– http://www.annapolisirishfestival.com/ Since the Inaugural Festival in 2011, the AIF has become an Annapolis tradition, thanks to the support of the business community and the people who share our passion for the Emerald Isle and the magical Celtic traditions and music we hold so dear.
Washington, D.C. Day of Archaeology Festival– http://www.archaeologyincommunity.com/ Part of a worldwide celebration of archaeology, the D.C. festival will be hosted by Archaeology in the Community, a District‐based educational nonprofit. Archaeological organizations from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will be present. The public will be able to talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of doing archaeology. There will be engaging activities for children, including mock‐excavation, hands‐on artifact displays, crafts, and demonstrations. The archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants will also be featured. Enjoy live music, face painting, and visits from some of D.C.’s best food trucks!
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FestAfrica– http://www.festafricausa.com/about/ The festival features music by local and international African music and dance performances, African cuisine, vendors, games for children, health fair, career fair, and tourism fair. The theme for the festival is “Serving & Touring Africa,” promoting tourism and community service in Africa. We invite you to explore the possibility of making your next vacation destination in an African country. We also encourage you take time to visit the non-profit organization featured on the website. Many are doing good work in Africa and we encourage you to support their cause in whatever way you can.
DC Africa Festival– http://oaa.dc.gov/ Each year, the Mayor’s Annual Africa Festival celebrates diverse communities of the District’s African diaspora through art, culture, food, history, and music. Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has fast become one of the District’s most anticipated cultural events drawing thousands of attendees. The event stands as a unique testament to the unprecedented growth and presence of the District’s African residents. It further echoes the goals of OAA’s Multicultural Awareness and Community Building Program –celebrating the varied identities of African people; promoting the different cultures within the District’s African community; and encouraging all District residents to learn about African heritage, customs, and history
Fiesta Boliviana– https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fiesta-Boliviana-USA/511810975532767 Bolivian Independence Day celebration in Northern Virginia. Live entertainment, food vendors, merchandise during day long festivities bringing together thousands of Bolivians living in the United States as well as members of the general public to celebrate Bolivia’s Independence Day August 6th.
Virginia Scottish Games– http://www.vascottishgames.org/Index.html Scottish and Celtic heritage is the reason for the celebration, but there is something for everyone at this dog-friendly, family-friendly 2-day event.
Middle Eastern Food Festival– http://www.middleeasternfoodfestival.com/ Smell the aromas from the outdoor grills, partake of Shawarma, Chicken Kebabs, Falafel, Fattoush, Hummus, and Stuffed Grape Leaves, or any number of other delicious menu choices, including a Roast Lamb Dinner served on Saturday from 6:00-9:00 and all day on Sunday. Then relax with a cup of coffee and mouth-watering pastry. Choose from Middle Eastern favorites, such as Baklawa, Maamoul, Namoura, or Ghraybeh, or good old-fashioned American favorites, from cakes to cookies to brownies and fudge.
Ballyshaners Irish Festival– http://www.ballyshaners.org/festival/index.htm We are a non-profit, non sectarian, and non-partisan corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. All members of the organization are volunteers and do not receive compensation for their participation. Our goal is to promote and preserve Irish Heritage. One way we do this is by organizing and running the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Alexandria and the Alexandria Irish Festival, in conjuction with the City of Alexandria.
Filipino Festival– http://filipinofestival.org/index.php The Filipino Festival is a community event which showcases the richness of the Filipino culture and promotes a respect for and appreciation of the Filipino heritage. Featuring a delectable cuisine, folk dances and music, the Filipino Festival has attracted thousands of attendees from Richmond and surrounding cities and counties who want to experience the best of the Philippine islands without leaving Virginia.
Library of Congress National Book Festival– http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/ The festival features authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities.
VietFest– http://www.vietfest.com/ The National Organization for Vietnamese-American Leadership of Greater Washington DC (NOVAL-DC) is pleased to organize the Annual Vietnamese Heritage Festival. The Vietnamese Heritage Festival showcases the many talents of Vietnamese-Americans, wonderful culture and traditions of the Vietnamese people, as well as delicious cuisine of our different regions. There will be booths for children’s games, concerts by renowned Vietnamese singers, dancing competitions by college dance troupes, fashion shows, arts and craft exhibitions, and business expositions.
Epicurience Virginia– http://epicvirginia.com/ A Wine & Food Festival Two Hundred Years in the Making: Loudoun’s Epicurience Virginia. Picture a food and wine festival so unique that no existing name quite fit. A food and wine experience so epic, in fact, that we’re calling it something completely new: Epicurience. Held in the East Coast’s premier wine region, Loudoun, Virginia: DC’s Wine Country®. It’s where insiders come to savor award-winning wines and seek out noteworthy farm-to-table cuisine. It’s where you’ll be able to taste the finest in Virginia wines, meet top tastemakers and master winemakers, sample cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs from around the country. It’s an Epicurience. An epicurean experience you’ll want to see for yourself.
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Festival Boliviano– http://www.proboliviausa.org/ With twenty-six years of showcasing it’s culture with its annual Festival Boliviano, the Bolivian community in the Washington, DC metropolitan area remains as vibrant as ever. It is with pride that brings together hundreds of Bolivians of all ages to share its culture and traditions with the American public. This year’s festival, held Saturday at the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas (VA), presented non-stop folkloric dance troupes marching around the fairgrounds, merchandise vendors and several food vendors selling authentic Bolivian dishes. The annual festival is organized by the Pro Bolivia Committee.
17th Street Festival- http://www.17thstreetfestival.org/ The 17th Street Festival is a free community event that celebrates the 17th Street Corridor from Riggs Place to P Street. Festival Includes: – Art Show – Business Specials – Entertainment Stage – Kids Zone Sponsored – Local Vendors – Pet Zone by City Dogs Rescue Presented By: Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets
Silver Spring Jazz Festival– http://www.downtownsilverspring.com/events The Silver Spring Jazz Festival is a free annual event in Downtown Silver Spring featuring a variety of jazz performances. The performances are held outdoors so bring a blanket and/or beach chair. A wide variety of food will be available to purchase from local restaurants.
Made in Indonesia– http://www.madeinindonesiafestival.com/# Made in Indonesia is the First Indonesian Festival in Washington, D.C. Metro Area promoting Indonesian cultural arts, travel, food and products to the American public through performances in dance, music, fashion show, art gallery showcase and workshops. Set minutes away from Washington, DC at downtown Silver Spring in Maryland, the festival attracted thousands visitors. Performances include music and dances from Bali, West Sumatra, West Java, Jakarta and many other provinces. Also shown are batik fashion show, a clinic in pencak silat martial arts, and an interactive performance in angklung, Sundanese calung, batik-making demonstration and mainstream music performance. The gallery showcases an array of Indonesian cuisine, batik collection, furniture, fine arts, and children’s games.
ATA-DC Turkish Festival– http://www.turkishfestival.org/ The American Turkish Association of Washington DC (ATA-DC) is proud to hold the second annual Turkish Cultural Heritage Month this September in Washington DC in partnership with the Meridian International Center, the Goethe Institut and Cultural Tourism DC. The month-long celebration will highlight the rich Turkish culture, arts, world-famous cuisine and the shared history with the American people.
DC Africa Festival– http://oaa.dc.gov/ Each year, the Mayor’s Annual DC Africa Festival celebrates diverse communities of the District’s African diaspora through art, culture, cuisine, history, and music. Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has fast become one of the District’s most anticipated cultural events drawing thousands of attendees.
The festival stands as a unique testament to the unprecedented growth and presence of the District’s African residents. It further reflects the goals of MOAA’s Multicultural Awareness and Community Building Program –celebrating the varied identities of African people; promoting the different cultures within the District’s African community, and encouraging all District residents to learn about African heritage, customs, and history.
Annual Asian Festival– http://www.asianfestivaldc.com/ The “Asian Festival” is a FREE cultural event to promote a greater understanding of Asian countries and cultures to the general public. The Asian Festival has grown into a huge success over the years by attracting attendees from all over the D.C. Metro area and beyond. Each participating Asian country has an opportunity to share its’ unique music, cultural performances, food, fashion, handicrafts, and other products. Asian festival has blended together trade opportunities, product marketing, cultural displays, tennis and other sporting events. This festival has something for each and every attendee. This largest Asian Festival in the Mid-Atlantic area features at least 35 authentic Asian food vendors, traditional Asian performances on stages, and more than 200 multicultural retail stores.
KORUS Festival– http://koreanassociation.org/korusfest/ The KORUS Festival is organized by the Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area (KAAW), a non-profit 501(c) organization. The KAAW advocates the rights of Korean-Americans and promotes the well-being and prosperity of the Korean-American community. We conduct activities to promote unity and fellowship, community participation, provide educational and social programs to the Korean-American community, and share our culture to play a part in the diverse community of our region.
Cambodian Community Day– http://www.cambodiancommunityday.org/index.php/en/The Cambodian Community Day (CCD) goal is to showcase Cambodian culture and tradition. Our Activities included, but not limited to, a celebration of a festival of Cambodian Culture. The festival aims to bring Cambodian, American, and other ethnic communities from all walks of lives together in recognition of Khmer achievements that strengthen the Khmer voice and to exhibit Cambodian heritage.
Romanian Food Festival– http://www.romanianfoodfestival.com/festival/Home.aspx Every festival, the ladies community prepare authentic Romanian food using recipes passed down from generations to generations. The festival also includes live music and folk dance performances, raffle drawings, a marketplace with Romanian books, jewelry, icons etc, various activities for children and a folk exhibit where visitors can learn more about Romanian history, folk clothing, pottery, icons and more.
Washington Ukrainian Festival– http://festival.standrewuoc.org/ The Washington Ukrainian Festival was established in 2002 at the initiative of St. Andrew Ukrainian OrthodoxCathedral. The festival became a riveting success from its very beginning, with throngs of visitors enjoying unusual foods, arts and crafts, and entertainment on the inviting Cathedral grounds. In a setting of more than six acres and apastoral pond under the shade of the golden domes of the beautiful Cathedral, visitors to the festival are immersed inthe beautiful and authentic Ukrainian mosaic. From the Cathedral to the Cultural Center to the grounds and the permanent outdoor stage featuring Ukrainian entertainment, to the food tents and vendors’ village, to the Kozak beer garden and grill, to unforgettable Ukrainian tortes and sweets, to the Ukrainian deli and an abundance of children’s treats and activities, the Washington Ukrainian Festival is so unique that it rightly attracts many thousands of visitorsevery year.
Hispanic Festival– http://www.pgparks.com/Hispanic_Festival.htm Bring the family and celebrate the rich heritage of our Hispanic communities! From carnival games, crafts, entertainment, delicious ethnic food and more, there’s something for everyone. Bring a friend or neighbor and enjoy the day!
Festival Salvadoreñisimo– http://festivalsalvadoreno.com/index.php The annual event that brings together more than 20 thousand people, for the official celebration of the festival of independence Salvadorans residing in the tri-state area of Washington, DC
Festival Guanaco– http://elfestivalguanaco.com/ The Guanaco Festival was founded in 2012, in order to promote the culture and the Salvadoran Talent and so bring relatives and friends to share the celebration of our Independence Patria, Counting on Our First Festival with the Presence of Salvadorans Artists as Alvaro Torres accompanied by First time with her son and his Orchestra, La Maquina, K-Band charisma, Tobby Love, Toño Rosario, Alexis & Fido and Presence Groups and Local Artists; We also have the Presence of Cast Chiki Taki Clown to Characters, Dora the Explorer, Spiderman, Diego Go, Mike Mouse, Mini, Börnie and many characters from the Television.
Afghan Arts and Culture Festival-The Afghan Arts and Culture Festival has become one of the largest Afghan-American event in the DC metropolitan area with over 3,500 participants last year alone! The event is a platform to preserve, promote and increase knowledge of the Afghan culture and traditions within the general public. It provides an opportunity for cultural exchange and allows the Afghan diaspora to share the positive side of the Afghan culture that is often not shared by the international media.
Adams Morgan Day– http://www.adamsmorgandayfest.com/ The objective of the Adams Morgan Main Street Group is to promote this unique, global community as a prime destination for both local residents and visitors to Washington, DC. By organizing a variety of, including Adams Morgan Day, throughout the year we hope to safeguard the history, tradition here and encourage a sense of community.
District Oktoberfest– http://www.districtoktoberfest.com/ The District Oktoberfest is D.C.’s Official Kickoff to the best month of the year! Participants enjoy one premium 12-ounce Oktoberfest beer at each venue they visit included in their ticket in this awesome weekend of fun, excitement, entertainment and of course, excellent beer. You also get specials on food pairings, liquor pairings and additional beers. A portion of ALL proceeds will go to local charities.
DC Shorts Film Festival– http://festival.dcshorts.com/ The DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States. In 2013, the festival screened 152 films from 21 countries in 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a total audience of 9,300 people.
Pan African Festival– http://www.panafestusa.net/ The annual PanAfrican Cultural Festival is part of a series of events commemorating September as African Heritage Month in Montgomery County. This event will be held at the Plaza of the newly constructed Silver Spring Civic Center at One Veterans Plaza, 850 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910. This year, we expect about 15,000 participants to come through the festival venue.
Alexandria King Street Art Festival– http://artfestival.com/Festivals/Alexandria_Festival_of_the_Arts_Alexandria_Virginia_September.Experience an alluring mix of historical authenticity and urban sophistication in Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria offers a collection of over ten historic museums that preserve the city’s important heritage amidst modern day delights including the Potomac River waterfront with vistas of Washington, D.C.
Columbia Heights Day Festival – http://www.columbiaheightsday.org/ Columbia Heights Day Initiative is a local, independent grassroots 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization that presents the Columbia Heights Day Festival every year. Our mission is to host community events through volunteer efforts and corporate donations, which highlight Columbia Heights businesses, provide information from community organizations and promote Columbia Heights values, character and history of neighborhood relationships that are principled on diversity, service and community.
Sonic Circuits Festival– http://dc-soniccircuits.org/ Sonic Circuits is a Washington, DC area promoter for experimental music. Sonic Circuits seeks to expose audiences to cutting edge contemporary music that defies genres, and offer artists new platforms to present their music and opportunities to network and collaborate with artists from around the world.
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Annandale Fall Festival & Parade– http://www.annandalechamber.com/fallfestival_and_parade.rhtmlThe Annandale Chamber of Commerce sponsors annually a spectacular Fall Festival in the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. This is the largest public event in Greater Annandale attended by over 10,000 people. From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM the Annandale Fall Festival will offer something for everyone in the family, and will be held in conjunction with the annual parade for a fun-filled day!
Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival– http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/literary/jewish-literary-festival/ The festival presents lively events in Washington celebrating Jewish art and literature. An annual Festival favorite, meet and greet authors at the Local Author Fair! A selection of Washington-area authors will introduce you to their books with short presentations. Buy a locally-grown book and chat with area readers and writers at a wine and cheese reception.
Fort Belvoir DFMWR Oktoberfest– http://belvoirmwr.com/Features/Oktoberfest/ MWR hosts one of the most anticipated events of the year, Fort Belvoir’s 19th Annual Oktoberfest at Fremont Field! Oktoberfest is a four-day festival, highlighting authentic German food, beverages, music and dancing! Enjoy an exciting carnival, the Krazy Krieger 5K challenge, the Volksmarch 10K Walk, kinder korner activities, prize raffles at sponsor tables and more! A fun-filled weekend for the whole family!
Bowie International Festival– http://www.cityofbowie.org/interfest A Day of Celebration and Exploration! The festival features a variety of entertainers, artists, crafters, food, and children’s activities at Allen Pond Park. This festival will take you “Around the World in Just One Day.”
Arabian Sights Film Festival– http://filmfestdc.org/arabiansights/index.cfm The Arabian Sights Film Festival showcases films that demonstrate the range and commitment of directors who invariably manage to tell moving stories while exploring issues facing their region.
Immigration Film Fest– http://www.immigrationfilmfest.org/home.html Greater Washington’s first festival celebrating movies that put a face on immigration.
Oktoberfest Reston– http://www.oktoberfestreston.com/ Reston is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and is Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival at Reston Town Center featuring the best in autumn brews with delicious traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants. Enjoy food, wine, beer, live entertainment, and a carnival.
Montpelier Fall Festival– http://arts.pgparks.com/page66676.aspx Celebrate fall at the Annual Montpelier Fall Festival! Paint pumpkins, create autumn-themed crafts or even have your face painted. Whichever you decide, remember to have plenty of family fun!
Kinderfest– http://www.pgparks.com/Kinderfest.htm A family fun festival held each year the first Sunday of October.
Kids Euro Festival– http://kidseurofestival.org/ Kids Euro Festival is a festival of European arts and culture that presents many free activities to metro-area families. Performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic, cinema… and it’s all brought to you by the 28 European Union Member States!
SAWA SAWA Kizomba Festival– http://www.meetup.com/AfricaDmv/events/199984232/ SAWA SAWA Kizomba Festival is a celebration of Kizomba, Semba, Afro House, Kuduro, Zouk and other African rhythms. “Kizomba is an African Dish best served Authentic!” We strive to get the right ingredients, the best cooks, the right environment to cook this thing right.
Taste of Bethesda– http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/taste-bethesda Bethesda’s famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Each year, more than 40,000 attendees sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kid’s corner for face painting and arts & crafts.
Afghan Arts & Culture Festival– http://www.afghan-festival.org/ The Afghan Festival has become the largest Afghan-American event in the DC metropolitan area with over 2,500 participants last year alone! The event is a great platform to preserve, promote and increase knowledge of the Afghan culture and traditions within the general public. It provides an opportunity for cultural exchange and allows the Afghan diaspora to share the positive side of the Afghan culture that is often not shared by the international media. In addition, this Festival aims to increase advocacy and active participation within the DC metropolitan area towards the sustainability effort in Afghanistan.
Burke’s Nursery Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground– http://pumpkinplayground.com/ Our activities are designed to be both fun and educational for all. Each paid admission receives a small carvable patch pumpkin and hay rides (wheel chair accessible).
American Indian Festival– http://www.pgparks.com/American_Indian_Festival.htm The American Indian Festival features a multitude of entertainment and activities, including a variety of free activities from drumming, singing, dancing, educational exhibits, games, genealogy, artifacts and a multitude of other activities.
All Cameroonian Cultural Festival– http://www.accdf.org/home.php Cameroon has a rich mosaic and blend of various traditions; from dances, traditional attire, languages, foods and haute cuisine to oral history. Our cultural heritage comprises legendary artifacts, historical narrative, relics and monuments of our forefathers that should be preserved for generations yet unborn to learn from. Cultural heritage affirms our identity as a people. By organizing a special date for a Cameroon Cultural celebration, Cameroonians in the Diaspora are taking the higher route to avert the diminution, depletion and destruction of the country’s cultural heritage. Preserving our culture is significant as it is a manifestation of freedom of belief and of expression.
Sonic Circuits Festival for Experimental Music– http://dc-soniccircuits.org/ Sonic Circuits is a Washington, DC area promoter for experimental music. Sonic Circuits seeks to expose audiences to cutting edge contemporary music that defies genres, and offer artists new platforms to present their music and opportunities to network and collaborate with artists from around the world.
Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon– http://www.mountvernon.org/ Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries. Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, enjoy live blues music, and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the Mansion’s piazza. Guests experience an evening tour of the Washingtons’ home and are invited to visit the basement where he stored his wine.
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Festival of Indian Dance and Arts– http://www.dakshina.org/about/ Presented by Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, the annual Fall Festival of South Asian Arts is one DC’s most acclaimed dance showcases.
Maryland Irish Festival– http://irishfestival.com.s141542.gridserver.com/ The Maryland Irish Festival is presented annually by Irish Charities of Maryland, a 501 (c) 3 Charitable Organization, and is held at the Maryland State Fair Grounds in Timonium during the second weekend in November. This annual celebration of Irish culture features local, regional and international Irish music, Irish Dancers, traditional cuisine; cultural exhibits and workshops, and a wide variety of quality vendors of Irish goods.
Huntley Harvest Festival– http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/ Families are invited to enjoy autumn-themed games, crafts, and activities at both
Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley. Refreshments will be available, and kids can collect prizes at educational stations.
Fuego Flamenco– http://www.galatheatre.org/ GALA’s annual flamenco festival is described by critics as “dazzling”, “powerful”, and “mesmerizing”. The festival features internationally acclaimed artists from the U.S. and Spain.
DC Beer Festival– http://dcbeerfestival.com/ The DC Beer Festival takes place at Nationals Park with a once in a lifetime opportunity to eat, drink, and play on the Nationals Park field! Bringing together dozens of craft breweries and featuring fall seasonal beers, the event features live music, games, DJs, some delicious beer and food.
Dance Asia, Colors!– http://danceasia.me/ The purpose of this project is to support the Asian dance tradition, to demonstrate the vast diversity of the continent and to popularize cultural dances among local audiences and youths of the various Asian communities. It has partnered with Dance DC Festival since 2005 to present its biggest annual showcase. Dance Asia also feature special performances year round. It has build up a core group of affiliated Asian Dance Ensembles in the region that supports the production.
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Russian Winter Festival– http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/whats/annual-events-and-festivals/russian-winter-festival Join us each December as we take inspiration from Russian celebrations of the festive winter season. Meet Grandfather Frost, Russia’s Santa Claus, and his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden. Create a kokoshnik (lady’s headdress) or Russian gentleman’s winter hat. Enjoy lively music and entertainment.
Church of Latter Day Saints Festival of Lights– http://dctemplelights.lds.org/ As one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center.
Jewish Folk Arts Festival– http://jewishfolkartsfestival.com/ The Jewish Folk Arts Festival is a celebration of the talent and diversity of Jewish performing and visual arts in the Greater Washington DC/Baltimore region. The richness of our values, culture and heritage is passed from generation to generation through our singers, writers, dancers, visual artists, storytellers and craftspeople. All performers and workshop presenters donate their time to the festival.
McLean Winterfest– http://www.mcleanwinterfest.org/ WinterFest each year presents a check to Share of McLean, the local organization that does so much to help families in need. “We’re asking residents to share their good fortune with those who have fallen on hard times by bringing grocery, pharmacy or clothing store gift cards to the parade that Share volunteers will collect,” said Trish Butler, chair of the parade steering committee.