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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Free Summer Concerts
Find concert schedules for free family entertainment throughout the month in various destinations around Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Free Outdoor Movies
Outdoor movies are getting very popular and there are a variety of venues to choose from throughout the summer. See the schedules here.
June 1-4, 2017. Downtown Herndon, Virginia. The free summer festival features live entertainment, international foods, carnival rides and games, children's entertainment, a business exposition, 10k & 5k races, a Fitness expo, fireworks and more.
June 3, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bethesda, MD. A children's street festival featuring costume characters, face painters, dance troupes, theatre performances and a variety of hands-on arts activities.
Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
June 3-4, 2017. Bull Run Park, Centreville, VA. Enjoy samples by more than 50 wineries including over 250 award-winning Virginia wines, educational seminars on food pairing, fine art exhibits, children’s activities, food and live entertainment.
Washington Folk Festival
June 3-4, 2017, 12-7 p.m. Glen Echo Park. Presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, the free festival features hundreds of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craft vendors representing the rich cultural diversity of the Washington area. Audiences will enjoy American musical traditions such as bluegrass, blues, and swing as well as international traditions from across the globe.
Rain or shine.
Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk
June 3-4, 2017. Visit museums near Dupont Circle featuring free admission and special activities for all ages.
Taste of Wheaton
June 4, 2017. Wheaton, MD. Enjoy a variety of food samples from local restaurants, live music and kids activities.
June 8-11, 2017. A street festival and parade celebrate pride in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Washington, DC.
The Source Theater Festival
June 9-July 2, 2017. Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street, NW Washington, DC. See new works in theater, dance, music, visual art, film, puppetry, spoken word, poetry and hip-hop. Performances include three full-length plays, 18 10-minute plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.
Washington Nationals Baseball
The Major League Baseball's National League East plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day cheering on DC's baseball team.
Summer Theater in Washington DC
With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2017 season.
Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
June 9-11, 2017. Northern Virginia’s largest annual community-wide celebration features live music, children’s activities, a community market place, a laser show and fireworks.
DC Jazz Festival
June 9-18, 2017. Enjoy more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC.
Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival
June 10-11, 2017. The two-day celebration of the arts in Annapolis, Maryland features the juried works of more than 150 fine artists and craftsmen, wine tastings, food, live entertainment and activities for the entire family.
USAF Cycling Classic
June 10-11, 2017. Cycling event in Crystal City, VA to help members of the United States military who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries.
AFI DOCS Film Festival
June 14-18, 2017. Film festival, sponsored by the American Film Institute, showing free films, and special programs at several locations in the Washington DC area.
Taste of Reston
June 16-17, 2017. Reston Town Center. Enjoy a variety of food from the region’s finest eateries, live music, activities and games.
Admission and parking are free. Tastings start at $1.
Columbia Heights Day
June 17, 2017. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 11th & Kenyon Streets NW, Washington, DC. The community event includes live music, food, vendors, guest speakers, children's activities and more.
June 18, 2017. Looking for a special way to spend Father’s Day this year? Here are some ideas of ways to spend some family time with Dad on Father’s Day in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival
June 18, 2017. Enjoy an afternoon of wine and live jazz in Old Town Manassas, Virginia.
June 22-July 23, 2017. FedEx Field, Landover, MD. Enjoy a big top showcase bursting with action-packed performances, colorful lights, pulsating music and international soul.
National Capital Barbecue Battle
June 24-25, 2017. If you love barbecue you’ll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children’s activities at this sizzling summer festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 9th & 14th Sts.
Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest
June 24-25, 2017. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. Enjoy a beer festival with food, live entertainment and children's activities.
Vine on the Waterfront Food and Wine Festival
June 24, 2017. Alexandria, VA. The street festival showcases local food and wine and includes live entertainment, craft vendors and children activities.
Wolf Trap's Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods
Tuesdays through Saturdays, June-August 2017. Family friendly performances in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater. (recommended for children ages 5-12)
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 29-July 4 and July 6-9, 2017. Celebrate cultural traditions from around the world. The Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. This is one of Washington, DC’s most popular summer events.