June 2019 Festivals and Events in the Washington, DC Area

The Washington, D.C. area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host annual festivals and special events to fit every taste, interest, and budget. 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.

01 of 12

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

Pouring wine at Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

Learn everything there is to know about Virginia wine at this annual festival in Centreville, Virginia. Find samples of more than 200 wines from over 20 wineries in this all-you-can-taste event, which will also offer children’s activities, food, and live entertainment. Adult admission with tasting is $39 in advance. 

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019; noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 2, 2019; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

02 of 12

Taste of Wheaton

Taste of Wheaton

Courtesy of Another Day in Wheaton, Maryland, USA

Try food from Wheaton, Maryland's diverse local restaurants at this annual food festival, with samples priced at $1 to $5 each. Expect to find cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, a beer and wine garden, live music, and rides and activities for the kids.

When: Sunday, Jun 2, 2019; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

03 of 12

The Washington Folk Festival

The Washington Folk Festival promises Slavic singing to banjos and bluegrass and everything in between. This free annual festival in Glen Echo Park features hundreds of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craft vendors representing the rich cultural diversity of the Washington area.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2019; noon to 7 p.m.

04 of 12

Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend

Late on a Friday afternoon people gather in Dupont Circle to read, relax, and in other ways take advantage of a relatively mild summer day in the capital. The fountain is the central landmark of Dupont Circle
 Joel Carillet/Getty Images

Take a walk through Dupont Circle and Kalorama and visit five intriguing museums in the neighborhood for free this weekend. The itinerary of participating museums during this annual event includes the Phillips Collection, Dumbarton House, and more, with special programming for visitors.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019 and Sunday, June 2, 2019

Continue to 5 of 12 below.
05 of 12

Armed Forces Cycling Classic

Competitive cyclists and cyclists of all abilities will get on their bikes in this Arlington race held over two days. See the nation's top pro men and women cyclists go head to head during this race. The race courses go through Northern Virginia, including around the Pentagon, Crystal City, and Rosslyn. 

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019 and Sunday, June 2, 2019

06 of 12

Capital Pride

Motorcycle riders carry a large rainbow flag in the Capitol Pride Parade.
 Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images 

This street festival and parade celebrates pride in the LGBTQ communities in Washington, DC. A 1.5-mile parade on Saturday with floats, vehicles, marchers, and entertainment starts at 4:20 p.m. at P and 22nd Streets, finishing at 14th and R Streets.

When: Friday, May 31 2019 to Sunday, June 9, 2019

07 of 12

Celebrate Fairfax! Festival

Celebrate Fairfax!

Courtesy of Celebrate Fairfax! 

Northern Virginia’s largest annual community-wide celebration features live music, children’s activities, a community market place, a laser show and fireworks. This year's musical lineup is '90s rock-tastic featuring Better Than Ezra and Smash Mouth

When: Friday, June 7, 2019 to Sunday, June 10, 2019

08 of 12

D.C. Jazz Festival

D.C. Jazz Festival

Courtesy of D.C. Jazz Festival 

Jazz musicians take over D.C. at this annual festival happening in June. More than 250 musicians will play at 80 venues all over Washington. A big draw this year is the D.C. JazzFest at The Wharf, with three main stages set up in D.C.'s newest entertainment district.

When: Friday, June 7, 2019 through Sunday, June 16, 2019

Continue to 9 of 12 below.
09 of 12

AFI DOCS Film Festival

AFI DOCS Film Festival

Courtesy of AFI DOCS  

Learn about all sorts of topics at AFI DOCS, an annual documentary film festival in the Washington, DC area put on by the American Film Institute. This year, 72 films will be screened in theaters around Washington, including the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.

When: Wednesday, June 119, 2019 through Sunday, June 23, 2019.

10 of 12

UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus
 Photo © UniverSoul Circus 

Enjoy a big top showcase bursting with action-packed performances, colorful lights, pulsating music and international soul, including acts from all over the world. The circus starts a month-long run at National Harbor in June, and this year, it's celebrating its 25th anniversary.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019 to Sunday, July 28, 2019

11 of 12

National Capital Barbecue Battle

National Capital Barbecue Battle

Courtesy of National Capital Barbecue Battle 

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 3rd & 7th Streets. See a hot dog eating contest and watch as the nation's best grill masters duke it out.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019

12 of 12

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Alex Wong/Getty Images 

Celebrate cultural traditions from around the world on the National Mall in one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular summer events. The festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and discussions of cultural issues.

When:  Saturday, June 29, 2019 to Sunday, June 30, 2019

Was this page helpful?