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.
Find 90 small and independent breweries at this premier craft beer festival held every year in the great hall of the National Building Museum. Mingle with the brewers, and pair your beer with inventive small plates. Food vendors this year include Choptank Oyster Company, Nathan Miller Chocolate, and Red Apron Butcher.
When: Friday, June 1, 2018 and Saturday, June 2, 2018
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 2, 2018; noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, 2018; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 3, 2018; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 2, 2018; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018; noon to 7 p.m.
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 2, 2018 and Sunday, June 3, 2018
D.C.'s Kingman Island park turns into a destination for bluegrass lovers during this annual festival. Grab a blanket and head to multiple stages to listen to folk and Americana artists and take part in kayaking and boat tours in this natural oasis. General admission is $35, see ticket info here.
When: Saturday, June 9, 2018; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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: Thursday, June 7, 2018 to Sunday, June 10, 2018
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 Good Charlotte, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, and Cracker.
When: Friday, June 8, 2018 to Sunday, June 10, 2018
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: Saturday, June 9, 2018 through Monday, June 18, 2018
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 9, 2018 and Sunday, June 10, 2018
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. Nearly 100 films will be screened in theaters around Washington, including the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.
When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 through Sunday, June 17, 2018.
The Columbia Heights neighborhood in D.C. throws an annual community festival with live music, food, local vendors, children's activities and more. Find three stages of live music, dance, a Meridian Pint beer garden, and free fitness classes. Kids will love playing in a carnival on the Harriet Tubman field.
When: Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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 21, 2018 to Sunday, July 22, 2018
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 23, 2018 to Sunday, June 24, 2018
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: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 to Sunday, July 1, 2018 and Wednesday, July 4, 2018 to Sunday, July 8, 2018