The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.
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Many businesses are closed, but there are still a lot of great ways to spend your day on January 1st.
Washington DC Area Christmas Light Displays
Some of the Christmas light displays in the area continue through the first week in January. Enjoy a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, DC area's spectacle of lights at a local park or along the water in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
Through January 6, 2017. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and tour the Mount Vernon Estate. The newly expanded programs extend through the first week in January.
ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort
Through January 1, 2017. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit.
Winter Theater in Washington DC
With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2017 season.
Bridal Shows and Expos
See everything you need to plan an extraordinary wedding. Bridal shows include exhibits of bridal fashions, invitations, photographers, ceremony sites, music, wedding cakes, decorations, honeymoon travel and much more.
See the schedule of shows around the Washington DC area.
International Motorcycle Show
January 6-8, 2017. Washington Convention Center. The event showcases the latest sportbikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, customs, ATVs, aftermarket parts, motorcycle apparel and accessories.
NBC4's Health and Fitness Expo
January 7-8, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Washington DC Convention Center. The annual event offers fun activities to motivate you to take charge of your health. Try a new sport such as golf, skiing or snowboarding with the virtual simulators. Check your body mass index, take a heart risk test, learn about ergonomics and much more.
Washington Wizards Basketball
See NBA games live at the Capital One Arena or enjoy the national broadcasts throughout the season.
The NHL Hockey team plays at the Capital One Arena from January through April. Find information on tickets, schedules and more.
Bethesda-Montgomery County Restaurant Week
January 13-22, 2017. Restaurant Week specials return to Bethesda and some of Montgomery County's top restaurants. Try some place new this winter.
Adventures in Travel Expo
January 14-15, 2017. Washington Convention Center. Learn about a wide variety of adventure travel packages and tours, attend educational seminars, meet leading travel writers and participate in free hands-on activities.
National Harbor Restaurant Week
January 14-20, 2017. Dine out in National Harbor, MD and enjoy some great lunch and dinner specials.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Events
The national holiday is January 16, 2017. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday is a day of honor and commemorative events at a variety of sites in Washington, DC. Events honoring the civil rights leader run throughout the month of January.
2017 Presidential Inauguration
January 20, 2017. A week of festivities will include the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and Inaugural Balls and Galas honoring the new President of the United States.
Trump Inauguration Protests and Rallies
January 19-21, 2017. Washington DC. A number of groups are organizing protests, rallies and even anti-inaugural balls to empower and unite those opposed to the policies of the incoming President.
See the schedule of events.
Women's March on Washington
January 21, 2017. Washington DC. The rally and protest will bring women and feminists together to highlight women' s issues.
Home & Remodeling Show
January 20-22, 2017. Dulles Expo Center. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. Find out what's new in home decor, gardening, remodeling, and more. Meet hundreds of experts and check out thousands of products and services.
Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rallies
January 27, 2017. Thousands of Americans will march in Washington, DC on the anniversary of the date of the Supreme Court’s infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Pro-lifers and pro-choice supporters will march in support of their stand on this controversial issue.
Howard County Restaurant Weeks
January 23- February 6, 2017. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe chef’s menus with prices ranging from $10.17 to $40.17 (beverages, tax, gratuity not included) featuring local products, cut flowers, seafood, herbs, meats, eggs and game often paired with local wine or beers.
Washington Auto Show
January 27-February 5, 2017. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC. This special event features more than 700 new vehicle makes and models, live entertainment, celebrity guests and new car giveaways.
Chinese New Year Events
Various Dates, enjoy a variety of special celebrations honoring the Year of the Rooster in the Washington, DC area.
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
January 27-29, 2017. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Place Center, Chantilly, VA Enjoy the crafts of 500 artists, including jewelry, wood, leather, clothing, sculpture, glass and more. Watch live entertainment and feast on a variety of foods.
Maryland Polar Bear Plunge
January 27, 2017. Annapolis, Maryland. During the charity event for Special Olympics Maryland, thousands of participants of all ages are daring enough to take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The event includes contests and live entertainment. See More Polar Plunges in Maryland and Virginia.
Washington, DC Restaurant Week
January 30-February 5, 2017. Experience Washington, DC's best restaurants at affordable prices. More than 250 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches for $22 and 3-course dinners for $35 for this gourmet event.
Summer Camp Fairs in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Various dates in January and February. Do you know what your kids are doing this summer? Attend a camp fair and find out about a variety of day and sleepaway camps in the Washington, DC area.
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