Washington, D.C. and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host many annual festivals and special events, a number of which fall in February. Events range from Chinese New Year celebrations (sometimes the holiday is in January) to President's Day festivities. A number of restaurant weeks happen in February, too, where top restaurants offer special prix fixe meals. Don't forget about President's Day, which is a big celebration in the nation's capital. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information.
Enjoy a variety of special celebrations honoring the Year of the Pig in the Washington, D.C. area. Chinese New Year itself is on February 5, but the festivities will occur up to a week before and after that date. Catch parades, dances, and cultural demonstrations across the city.
Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe chef’s menus (beverages, tax, gratuity not included) featuring local products, cut flowers, seafood, herbs, meats, eggs and game often paired with local wine or beers. Be sure to book in advance, as reservations fill up quickly. Dates are through February 4, 2019.
Like the Howard County Restaurant weeks, restaurants in the popular waterfront district offer special prix fixe menus through February 1, 2019
Washington, D.C.'s cultural centers, from the Washington National Opera to the Washington Ballet run their winter seasons through February. Performances vary per organization, so check each website for more information.
Throughout the month of February, remember the contributions of African Americans in the United States with numerous events. Visit cultural institutions like the National Museum of African American Culture and History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, plus monuments and memorials like the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum and the Martin Luther King Memorial for special programming. Some tourist attractions, like the Spirit of Washington cruise, offer special themed tours.
In Old Town Fairfax, Virginia, enjoy a festival of everything chocolate! See the Chocolate Challenge, a contest featuring breathtaking art made completely of chocolate; sample chocolates; or participate in historical re-enactments, children's activities, craft shows, and more. The festival runs from February 1–3, 2019
Run around the city in your Valentine's themed undies to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. The cold certainly doesn't stop these runners from showing a little skin. Mark your calendar for February 9, 2019.
In the ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, in Alexandria, Virginia, enjoy an 18th-century banquet and English country dancing, a dessert collation, toasts, and character re-enactors. Dance the night away on February 17, 2019.
Visit Washington, D.C., on President's Day and pay tribute to America's most famous leaders. There will be celebrations across the city, especially at the memorials, monuments, and museums. Celebrations are on and around February 18, 2019.