Events & Festivals
Events DC is actively involved in the planning and support of some of the city’s most anticipated events, attracting thousands of attendees to locations around the city. As varied and diverse as the city itself, these events bring economic impact to the nation’s capital while offering a wealth of can’t-miss dates on the social calendar for District residents and visitors alike.
As part of its Special Events division, Events DC makes strategic investments in various city-wide sports, entertainment and cultural events including the internationally renowned National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual four-week festival which features art, theatre and live performances throughout the city each spring, Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC, a major program of the annual DC Jazz Festival which showcases nearly 80 live performances in clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries throughout the District, the Capital Criterium presented by Events DC, the District’s premier pro cycling race on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Nation’s Triathlon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the fastest growing triathlon in the nation, and the Washington International Horse Show, which is held annually at the Verizon Center.
Additionally, Events DC supports the Washington Kastles, DC’s multiple champion World Team Tennis squad and the Congressional Bank Baseball Classic, which features public and private high school baseball teams from around the District.
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Sports & Entertainment
Sports & Entertainment
Amidst Washington, DC’s iconic landmarks and world-renowned attractions, Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division brings world-class sports, entertainment, cultural and hospitality events to the District while promoting the metropolitan region as a premier destination.
Top-tier sporting events on the properties include Major League and Soccer’s fthe-time MLS Cup-champion D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Nationals Park is home to the Washington Nationals, while the DC Armory hosts the DC Rollergirls, a flat-track roller derby league, the health and fitness expos for the Marine Corps Marathon, the Army Ten-Miler and the Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon.
Events DC also hosts a broad range of events on the Festival Grounds, including the ShamrockFest, as well as a number of activities designed to promote youth sports and fitness in the District of Columbia, such as the annual Congressional Bank Baseball Classic, featuring the city’s best high school teams and players.
Washington is also home to some of the nation’s most impressive professional sports teams, including:
See Nationals megastars such as Bryce Harper (the 2015 NL MVP), Max Scherzer and Anthony Rendon play or one of the National League’s most exciting teams at the state-of-the-art Nationals Park at Navy Yard on the Capital Riverfront. The stadium offers magnificent views of the Capitol dome and the Washington Monument.
Winners of fthe MLS Cups, the D.C. United takes the field from March through October.
The Washington Redskins inhabit FedEx Field in nearby Landover, Md. every fall. Winners of three Super Bowls, the team’s loyal and raucous fan base means tickets are hard to come by. Preseason games start in August.
The Washington Capitals has been particularly successful in recent years, bringing the city some of its best sports moments of the past decade. You’ll see throngs of fans Rocking the Red on game days.
The Washington Wizards basketball team has been banging out victories in recent years, making it a contender in the playoffs. The team plays in DC’s bustling Penn Quarter neighborhood, and the season runs from October through April.
The Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association play to adoring crowds from May through September.
The Washington Kastles, the most successful professional sports team in the city, has won six World Team Tennis titles, including five straight from 2011-2015. Stacked with stars and special guests, including both Martina Hingis and Venus Williams, the Kastles take to the cthets in late summer.
You can find amazing events taking place all year long in Washington, DC. Explore everything that’s going on, from annual festivals and holiday celebrations to new museum exhibits, concerts and so much more.
Whether in Events DC-managed venues or at other venues in the nation’s capital, Events DC is the leading authority on sports and entertainment in the District. Through its Special Events Division, Events DC is actively involved in the planning and support of some of the city’s most anticipated events, attracting thousands of attendees to locations around the city. As varied and diverse as the city itself, these events bring economic impact to the nation’s capital while offering a wealth of can’t-miss dates on the social calendar for District residents and visitors alike. Learn more at eventsdc.com.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival annually commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.
Over the years, gifts have been exchanged between the two countries. In 1915, the United States Government reciprocated with a gift of flowering dogwood trees to the people of Japan. In 1981, the cycle of giving came full circle. Japanese horticulturists were given cuttings from the trees to replace some cherry trees in Japan that had been destroyed in a flood.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival grew from its modest beginnings to the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. School children reenacted the initial planting and other activities, holding the first “festival” in 1927. Civic groups helped expand the festivities in 1935. The Festival expanded to two weeks in 1994 to accommodate a diverse schedule during the blooming period. Growing again in 2012, the 100-year anniversary of the gift was marked with a five-week celebration. Today, the Festival spans fthe weekends and welcomes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse programming and the trees. Over the years, millions have participated in the annual event that heralds spring in the nation’s capital.
Washington is home to world-class entertainment and arts, from its stunning regional theaters to its internationally known museums to its popular music venues. Highly regarded festivals, events and programs celebrate the arts, theater and the District’s history and artistic heritage, all set against a backdrop of stunning architecture and inspired by Washington’s important role as the nation’s capital.
Discover cultural events from the local partners:
CulturalDC has brokered more than 250,000 square feet of space for artists and arts organizations, working with real estate developers, artists, city officials, residents and other key stakeholders through creative place-making initiatives, community-centered engagements, and innovative real estate partnerships. It’s efforts have resulted in the creation of the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sthece Theatre, Brookland Arts Lofts, and the 27 artist studios at Monroe Street Market in Brookland.
Cultural Tourism DC delivers memorable experiences and learning opportunities in the areas of heritage, international exchange and humanities. Working in partnership with local government, business and tourism agencies, the organization envisions Washington, DC, as a city rich with diverse culture and heritage that generates civic pride and economic prosperity in neighborhoods.
Destination DC Arts & Culture is the backbone of the city. Enjoy DC’s art galleries, unmatched museums, thriving performing arts and music scenes and so much more.
DC Emancipation Day
April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. More than 3,000 enslaved persons were freed eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation liberated slaves throughout the South. The District celebrates this day every year to recognize the importance of this historic moment in the life of the city and the nation. The District also has the distinction of being the only jurisdiction in the United States that compensated slave owners for freeing enslaved persons they held.