From film festivals to beer festivals to parades, here is every major event in Washington, D.C. that you should look forward to this summer. For those who live in the D.C. Metro area, a few of the festivals listed outside of D.C. proper include AFI Docs in Silver Spring, Maryland and the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival in Fairfax, Virginia. Because some of the listed festivals have multiple locations, Curbed mapped them by wherever the first event is located. In the map below, festivals are listed chronologically, from June to August. In the case that any major events have been left out by accident, feel free to let us know by leaving a comment.Read More
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Get your rainbow flag ready because the Capital Pride event will bring more than 50 events to the District from June 3 to 14. The parade will be held on June 13 at 4:30 p.m. from 22nd and P streets NW.
D.C. Jazz Festival
From June 5 to 16, the D.C. Jazz Festival will feature over 125 performances in dozens of venues throughout Washington, D.C. The first event will be located at Westminster Presbyterian Church with jazz band Lenny Robinson and Friends. The admission will be $5 with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. [Photo via Tom Marcello]
The Source Festival
Described as "Washington's source for new work," The Source Festival presents 25 plays over a course of three weeks. The first event will be on June 5 with six 10-minute plays, starting at 8 p.m. The regular admission price is $20.
From June 5 to 7, the Green Festival features vegan/vegetarian cooking demos, a vegan/vegetarian food court, and panels on topics like Fair Trade and eco-fashion. According to the Green Festival website, this is the nation's largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event.
Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
As Northern Virginia's largest annual community-wide celebration, the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival features live music, carnival rides, and fireworks. The festival runs from June 5 to 7.
For those moms and dads who are looking for child-friendly summer activities, the Imagination Bethesda festival is especially tailored for children. It features face painters, balloonists, jugglers, and dance troupes. The event is free and is on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk
For those looking to get a little more art in their lives, the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend will offer free shuttle buses to be able to journey from one museum to the other in the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods. Six museums are participating in the event. The event is from June 6 to 7.
D.C. Bourbon Bash
Love bourbon? Then you'll love this festival. The D.C. Bourbon Bash is a day-long event that offers eight pours of bourbon, specials on beer and food pairings, and live music. The event is on June 13 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On June 13, Summerfest D.C. will offer more than 100 types of beers, about 30 wines, and eight to 10 different ciders on tap. The event will be at The Fairgrounds on June 13.
From June 13 to 20, Millennials will be able to enjoy a wide variety of events specifically targeted to their age group. Some of the events include a startup lounge, a job fair, and a forum on how Millennials can be leaders of social change. The first event will be a day of service located at Turner Elementary School. Starting at 9:30 a.m., volunteers will distribute 1,000 books to middle schools in the District.
Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival
At the National Harbor, this two-day event will feature 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and a ton of barbecue to go around. Every guest will receive a souvenir glass. The event is on June 19 and 20.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
This year, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will focus on the South American country of Peru. The festival will last from June 24 to 28 and from July 1 to 5. The festival is located on the National Mall.
At the National Harbor, this family-friendly event will bring multinational music to the public along with circus acts from around the world. The event will span from June 24 to July 19. Tickets will be on sale starting June 8.
National Capital Barbecue Battle
Thousands will venture to Washington, D.C. for one tasty food competition: the National Capital Barbecue Battle, sponsored by Safeway. The event will last from June 27 to 28.
World Childrens Festival
This year's World Children's Festival will be located in Washington, D.C. in front of the White House. Some of the highlights of the festival include arts and crafts workshops and live performances. The festival lasts from June 30 to July 4. There is no admission fee.
National Independence Day Parade
Spend your July 4 with a parade starting at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue NW and fireworks later that night on the National Mall.
A Capitol Fourth Concert
On the West Lawn of the Capitol building, this musical exhibition will feature the National Symphony Orchestra and celebrity performers. The event will be on July 4 and will be broadcasted live on PBS.
Alexandria Live Music Week
Over the course of 10 days, Alexandria Live Music Week will feature musical performances that will range from bluegrass to jazz to rock to country. The performances will vary in location from July 10 to 19.
Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, this five day festival features over 75 documentaries. AFI Docs begins July 17. See the film guide here.
Brew at the Zoo
Is there anything better than beer tastings and pandas? Probably not. On July 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the National Zoo will feature more than 60 national microbreweries as well as live music.
Alexandria Food and Wine Festival
On June 27 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be 10 restaurants and over 15 wineries participating in the Alexandria Food and Wine Festival. The event is located at Oronoco Bay Park.
This unjuried film festival will feature films ranging from dramas to comedies to musical theater. The first event will begin July 9, and the last one will be August 2.
D.C. Beer Week
Various restaurants around the District will celebrate this week-long event by offering unlimited beer sampling, an unlimited crab feast, and better deals on local beers. The first deal will be on August 15 at 6 p.m. at the The District ChopHouse and Brewery. The brewery will offer unlimited sampling for a cost of $50. The D.C. Beer Week Kick-Off event will be on August 9.
Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
On August 22, this festival will bring arts and crafts workshops, live music, and of course an all-you-can-eat crab feast.