Annual Festivals in DC

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DC Festivals Overview

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The District is best known as the heart of politics in this country, but its residents will be quick to point out that there are a ton of (mostly) non-political Washington, DC festivals.

2012 marked the 100th Anniversary of DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival, and every year in March the city celebrates the arrival of spring by heralding the roughly 3,000 cherry trees that Tokyo gave the nation’s capital, with city-wide events featuring hundreds of cultural performances, music, and food fairs.

Adams Morgan Day in September celebrates the Adams Morgan neighborhood with several bands, international cuisine, and lots of drinking and dancing, while the H Street Festival (also in September) highlights the ongoing development of this burgeoning part of town with more music, crafts, food, and great specials at the new bars that keep popping up along the H Street Corridor.

It goes without saying that Washington, DC is the place to be on July 4th, when thousands upon thousands gather along the National Mall to celebrate the country’s independence with a massive parade and then proceed to celebrate further long into the night. The National Mall is also a great place to be for music festivals and film festivals that come to DC every year, though music lovers would be wise to check out the DC Jazz Festival in June, which features more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout the city.

No matter what you’re into – or where your politics lie – festivals in DC offer enough variety and fun to satisfy the donkeys, the elephants, and everyone in-between.

Videos of Washington, DC Festivals

Capital Fringe Festival: TheaterMania goes behind the scenes
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Capital Fringe Festival: TheaterMania goes behind the scenes 539 views
Avicii playing Levels vs. Somebody That I Used To Know at Sweetlife Festival 2,623 views
Neon-Trees (Animal) Live at Dc 101 Chili Cook Off 2011 878 views
Red Spells Red @ The Capital Fringe Festival 14 July 2012.mov 41 views
Fun.: "We Are Young" at Sweetlife Food & Music Festival 2012 391 views
DC 101 Chili Cook-Off: Cage the Elephant 1,078 views
Filmfest DC 2012 Official Trailer 770 views
6/12/2011: 2011 Capital Pride, DC Jazz Festival, National Gallery of Art: Capitoline Venus 379 views
Roy Hargrove Quintet DC Jazz Festival 168 views
AWOLNATION -Sail live @ DC 101 chili cook-off 2012 921 views
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