Being the state capital Washington DC is home to about 175 foreign embassies and that adds to the diversity of the city’s population. Being home to people of different ethnicities and nationalities, the city hosts several festivals that please people of all cultures. The famous festivals make your Washington DC tour an experience that you will cherish forever.
The diverse festivals give you an insight into the diverse culture of people from various countries. Below given is a list of some of the famous festivals in Washington DC.
Chinese New Year
The festival is celebrated every year in January or February and throughout the region, several Chinese New Year events are held. Annual parade is held at the Chinatown of Washington DC and traditional festivities include live kung fu and tai chi demonstrations, children’s craft, lion dance, and live music and dance performances.
Francophonie Cultural Festival
It is conducted in the months between March and April and pays tribute to the French-speaking community. Artists from all walks of life take part in the festival and concerts, literary festivals, films, children workshops etc are the highlights of the festival.
St.Patrick’s Day Events
It is held every year in March and Irish-themed parades are held every year as a part of the St.Patrick’s day events.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
It is conducted every year in March and April and if you are touring Washington DC in these months, make sure you don’t miss the festival. Cherry blossoms mark the arrival of the spring and they attract a large number of visitors to Washington DC every year. The festival is celebrated for a 3-week duration and the Japanese tradition is highlighted with about 90 other events and over 200 performances. The festival events honor the traditions of Americans and Japanese and represent the bond between both nations.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
It is celebrated in the month of May and has a Mexican origin . The festival features children’s arts, live music, and dance and family activities.
The festival is conducted in the month of May every year and it displays the city’s international culture. The embassies and organization in Washington DC actively take part in the festival offering special programs and performances.
EU open house and Around the embassy world embassy tour offers entry into a foreign embassy, to the visitors. The first two Saturdays of May are dedicated to embassy open houses.
The Asian street fair is conducted as a part of the passport DC and is featured by performances that display Asian culture and art.
Smithsonian Folklife festival
It is celebrated every year in the months of June and July and is sponsored by the Smithsonian center for cultural heritage. The festival focuses on three cultures and the theme of the festival keeps changing every year. The programs include cooking demonstrations, crafts, live music, and dance performances and many more. The event is conducted between late June and 4th of July. Smithsonian folklife festival is a free festival and is hosted by the National Mall.
Virginia Scottish Games
The festival is celebrated in the September month in Northern Virginia and it celebrates Scottish culture. Sheep herding demonstrations, piping and drumming, antique car show, drumming, and Scottish drinks and foods are some of the highlights of the festival.
It is celebrated in the months of September and October and it celebrates German culture. The festival focuses on German food, music, and dance.
It is celebrated in September and is featured by events that celebrate Latino culture. Children’s festivals, Parade of nations and international cuisine are some of the highlights of the festival.
The American –Turkish Association of Washington DC is the sponsor of the festival which is conducted every year in the month of September. Live folk performances and Turkish cuisine celebrate Turkish culture.
Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend
It is in December and pays tribute to Scottish culture. Thousands of Scottish clansmen parade through the town of Alexandria at the time of the event. Celtic concert, Children’s tea party, tour of historic homes, etc are some of the loved features of the festival.
The sporting event takes place at the Rock Creek Park Tennis center in the months of July and August. It is one of the most loved festivals of sports enthusiasts in Washington DC.
Washington Auto Show
It is one of the largest indoor events in Washington DC and several reasons make you love it even if you are not that much of a fan of cars. You can learn about new car models, meet celebrities
National Book Festival
The Library of Congress is the host of this annual literary festival and it is a celebration of books and authors.
H Street Festival
The festival is in September and it is famous for ethnic eateries, beer tents, and live bands.