Our nation’s capital brims with events and activities for its residents and visitors to this beautiful city. From international displays of hospitality to a little something for everyone, Washington, DC, proves it’s not only the cultural center of the United States, but also a really great, diverse city to live in.
- National Cherry Blossom Festival. There are more petals on these three thousand trees than there are visitors to their splendor—but not by much.
- Around-the-World Embassy Tour. Delight in the food, culture, and then some! More than 40 nations are represented in this annual event.
- White House Rose Garden Tour. Blooming with pride, the White House has welcomed visitors to share in beauty of her century-old garden for over four decades.
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival. If you can’t travel overseas to experience the real deal, this festival brings daily life from other lands to you!
- Kids Euro Festival. Families will do backflips over the variety of happenings that are available among the 200-plus performing-arts events that take place each year.
- Boo at the Zoo. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo gets spooky in October. We’re not sure who gets more scared, the kids or the parents.
- Adams Morgan Day. There’s no man being celebrated on this day: It’s the block party of all block parties!
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Today I’ll be sharing some of the top festivals and special events celebrated in Washington, D.C. As melting pot of different cultures, groups, and organizations, the city is also filled with festivals and celebrations that cater to a variety of interests and age groups.
Cherry Blossom Festival-The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration that showcases the 3,000 beautiful cherry blossom trees presented to the nation’s capital by Japan. This multi-week Festival also marks the beginning of spring in Washington, D.C. More than 1 million tourists visit the cherry blossom trees, which surround the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin, each year.
Around the World Embassy Tour-Each year, more than 40 embassies, representing six continents invite the public to sample their local cuisine and learn about their culture. For example at the Ethiopian Embassy you’ll get to experience a traditional coffee ceremony, while at the embassy of Saudia Arabia you see a fashion show! Stop by the embassy of Trinidad and Tobago to hear steel drums.
Next, the White House Rose Garden Tour These tours have been a tradition since 1972 when First Lady, Patricia Nixon opened the White House gardens to the public for the first time. Today visitors can tour the space and see the famous Rose Garden, Children’s Garden and South Lawn of the White House.
For those interested in participatory learning, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival-is an international exhibition of living cultural heritage. The event takes places on the National Mall. In the past exhibitors have built full size race tracks, adobe buildings, and rice paddies between the Washington Monument and US Capitol Building, so this festival provides a one of a kind experience.
Kids Euro Festival This fall performing arts festival features 200 free events around the city geared towards kids. The festival features bubble blowers, Acrobats and puppeteers.
Boo at the Zoo-This annual event is held at National Zoo during the Halloween season. Children visit the zoo at dark and enjoy trick-or-treating, animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decoration and haunted trails.
Adams Morgan Day is also known as the 18th Street Festival. The event celebrates the culture and cuisine of the dynamic Adams Morgan neighborhood in DC. All the residents of the District celebrate the longest running block party in the nation’s capital together.