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Top 10 Events in Washington, DC for 2014!

Our tourism department comes up with the list each year and selects the top 10 based upon significant anniversaries, unique events and those with large attendance. Nearly 500 events are scheduled around the DC Metro Area for 2014.   Below are the Top 10 Events of 2014 that are listed in the district’s annual vacation guide/calendar of events covering  events across Washington, DC.

White House Easter Egg Roll

March      in Washington DC

A fun family event that has been popular for over 134 years, the White House Easter Egg Roll offers entertainment for more than 35,000 people, including very young children, who gather on the South Lawn of the White House together with the President and his family for games, sports, stories, cooking demonstrations and the traditional egg roll on the Lawn. Visit:

National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20 - April 13, 2014  in Washington DC

This is a wonderful time to visit DC. Though principally arranged to mark the friendship now between Japan and the USA, and in memory and admiration of the Japanese gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees in 1912 from the mayor of Tokyo City, the National Cherry Blossom Festival also celebrates the beginnings of spring in Washington DC. Fun of the festival is about the blossoming of the cherry trees as well ass an array of traditional examples and exhibits of Japanese performances, arts, crafts and food. Visit:

Passport DC

May    - in Washington DC

Passport DC is a month long celebration of  international cultural Awareness in Washington, DC. With tours of more than 70 embassies and hundreds of other international activities, it is easy to travel around the world without ever leaving the city! Visit:

National Memorial Day Celebration & Parade

June 6, 2014  in Washington DC

The 2014 National Memorial Day Parade will feature a tribute to the generation that served and sacrificed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, following the formal end of the war last December. ALL veterans of Iraq are invited to participate.  Paying Tribute to the American veterans from the Revolutionary War to the obviously more recent Operation Iraqi Freedom, the National Memorial Day Parade attracts over 150,000 spectators with a spectacular parade of marching bands and veterans units from more than 50 states as they march down eleven blocks of Constitution Avenue starting at 7th Streets. Visit:

Capital Pride Celebration

May 29 - June 9, 2013  in Washington DC

Celebrating the uniqueness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, the nine-day Capital Pride event in Washington DC, is the fourth-largest gay pride event in the USA, has become a popular event for everyone in the city. Visit:

National Capital Barbecue Battle

June 21-22, 2014 in Washington DC

Everyone loves Barbeque - that's why this has been a popular event for more than 20 years, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year, the two-day National Capital Barbecue Battle is one of Washington DC’s largest food and music festivals including everything from barbecue contests and cooking demonstrations, to major music entertainment and children's activities.  Visit:

Smithsonian Folklife Festivals

June 25-29 and July 2-6, 2014 in Washington DC

With more than 16,000 musicians, artists, performers, craftspeople, workers, cooks and storytellers at the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a global celebration of contemporary living traditions including music, song, dance, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and narrative sessions for discussing cultural issues.  Visit:

Independence Day Celebration

July 4 in Washington DC

The huge and exciting Independence Day Celebration in the USA Capital of Washington DC showcases an amazing amount of top grade events beginning with more than 100 marching units in the midday parade along Constitution Avenue, continuing with entertainment by popular music groups and ending with the fireworks show and the special concert by the National Symphony Orchestra.  

Citi Open Tennis Classic

July 26 - August 3, 2014  in Washington DC

Part of the US Open Tennis Series and taking place in Rock Creek Park at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center, Washington DC’s major stadium that can seat more than 7,500 spectators, the annual Citi Open (formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic tournament), features the top tennis players in the world including the likes of five-time champion Andre Agassi.  Visit:

National Book Festival

September   in Washington DC

As part of our 2014 Celebration of the Book and recognition of Books That Shaped America, they asked several book enthusiasts to talk about the books that they believed shaped America. The annual, two-day National Book Festival, presented by the Library of Congress on the National Mall in Washington, DC celebrates literature and features a wide variety of different books, from graphic novels to science fiction books, as well as their authors, poets and illustrators. Book lovers can meet their favorite authors and enjoy a wide variety of  literature based activities.  Visit

Marine Corps Marathon

October 26, 2014  in Washington DC

This the the 4th largest US Marathon and 9th largest in the world.  A popular event for 38 years, The USATF certified course of the Marine Corps Marathon, otherwise known as “The People’s Marathon” and the "Marathon of the Monuments”, which attracts more than 6,000 contestants covers a relatively flat, winding route through Washington DC passing by some well known and important landmarks such as the Capitol, Union Station, the Jefferson, and Lincoln Memorials. Visit:

National Christmas Tree Lighting & Pageant of Peace

December 1, 2014 in Washington DC

Every December a "Pageant of Peace" is held on the Ellipse starting with the National Christmas Tree lighting on December 1. The tree is decorated and lighted every night until 11 PM through the end of December.    

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
Sunset at the Washington Monument
-Photo credit Jake McGuire-  
Our favorite events for 2014!
April 13, 2013   - Enjoy this long-standing Washington tradition featuring lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and other family entertainment.