There is a large variety of cultural events taking place in Washington each month. They range from the Cherry Blossom Festival around the Tidal Basin in April to the celebration of Lincoln's birthday in February. For a complete list, contact the Washington DC Convention and Visitor's Association.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Starting in early April, the Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the colorful and fragrant blooming of the trees found in and around the Tidal Basin. There is a Japanese lantern lighting ceremony, a parade, music and pageant. The trees are lit up at night.
Smithsonian American Folk Life Festival
In July, the Smithsonian Institution sponsors the Folk Life Festival with music, crafts and food from various regions around the U.S. Musicians, artists, performers, craftspeople, workers, cooks, and storytellers present living cultural traditions.
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's birthday is celebrated on February 12 with a wreath ceremony and reading of his Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial.
Chinese New Year
In February, the Chinese community celebrates the New Year with a large parade through Chinatown. There are colorful floats, costumes and a fireworks display.
Georgetown House Tour
Independence Day Celebration
Washington celebrates the birth of the nation with a noon parade, events in the Mall and a fireworks display on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
International Film Festival
Smithsonian Craft Show
In April, the Smithsonian Institution sponsors a large crafts show at the National Building Museum.
Smithsonian Kite Festival
Washington Arlington Marathon
Late each October, this annual marathon is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corp and winds its way through both Washington, DC and Arlington, VA.
Map of Washington, D.C. Attractions
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