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Celebrate the Capital Region USA’s signature events, from the famous National Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring to the full line-up of events year-round: art shows, food and wine festivals, sporting events, historical commemorations, garden tours, concerts, cultural celebrations, holiday events and more.
Washington, DC
Fri, 7 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 7 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
American Cool
Location:
Washington, DC

What do we mean when we say someone is cool? Cool is a supreme compliment that evokes public figures who carry a social charge of rebellious self-expression, charisma, edge and mystery. Cool is an original American sensibility and remains a global obsession. See "American Cool" for yourself at the National Portrait Gallery.

Washington, DC
Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Elizabethan Garden Tour
Location:
Washington, DC

Free garden tours are offered at 10am and 11am on the first and third Saturday of each month, April through October.

Explore Folger Shakespeare Library's Elizabethan Garden, inspired by herbal references in Shakespeare's plays and also incorporating plants popular in his time, including lavender, creeping thyme, and English ivy; a knot garden; and Shakespearean statues by American sculptor Greg Wyatt. Folger docents offer insights into plantings, Elizabethan customs, and more.

Maryland
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sundaes in the Park
Location:
Ocean City, Maryland

Bring a picnic basket and beach chairs to Ocean City, Maryland for a family-friendly evening of ice cream sundaes and live music from rock to Caribbean and classical to jazz. The event is part of the weekly concert series at Northside Park on the Chesapeake Bay, and a fireworks display caps the night.

Virginia
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Horse Shows in the Sun: Constitution Classic
Location:
Culpeper, Virginia

The Constitution Classic is part of a summer series of six horse shows at Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia. Horse Shows in the Sun Culpeper offers hunter, jumper and equitation competitions in six all-weather rings. Each event hosts approximately 900 to 1,300 horses. Shop in the Vendor Courtyard featuring 15 to 20 shops offering horse-themed gifts, clothes, art, antiques and jewelry. A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the Showday Café. No admission charge Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday admission is $5 per person, children under 12 free. Admission proceeds benefit local charities.

Maryland
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Maryland State Fair
Location:
Timonium, Maryland

No other event provides so much food, fun & family entertainment for so little: tame & thrilling rides and games; traditional Fair & local farm fresh food; thousands of livestock, horse, farm & garden & home arts exhibits, live thoroughbred horse racing, concerts & more.

Virginia
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Civil War Weekend
Location:
Manassas, Virginia

 Civil War at the Junction, a living history commemoration for serious Civil War buffs and families alike, will feature military and medical demonstrations, African-American interpretation,  music, food, a bourbon tasting, and a re-enactment remembering General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 raid on the railroad junction.

Maryland
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Easterns Bayside Blues & Wine Festival
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Listen to performances from exceptional blues musicians while enjoying current vintages from Maryland wineries along the waterfront at Eastern Yacht Club overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. 

Maryland
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Location:
Crownsville, Maryland
The Maryland Renaissance Festival is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country with more than 1,300 participants and 280,000 guests per season. The festival's 25 acre English village offers 140 craft and specialty shops, 42 food and beverage emporiums, games, attractions, displays, 11 stages of ever changing entertainment with shows repeated throughout the day, and a 3,000 seat jousting arena.
Virginia
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Epicurience Virginia
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Location:
Leesburg, Virginia

Picture a food and wine festival so unique that no existing name quite fit. A food and wine experience so epic, in fact, that we’re calling it something completely new: Epicurience Virginia. Held in the East Coast’s premier wine region, Loudoun, Virginia: DC’s Wine Country. It’s where insiders come to savor award-winning wines and seek out noteworthy farm-to-table cuisine. Taste the finest in Virginia wines, meet top tastemakers and master winemakers, sample cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs from around the country.

Virginia
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
The Taste Tradition
Location:
Colonial Williamsburg

Did you know that many experts credit the birth of the modern foodie movement to two men named Washington and Jefferson? To celebrate this rich tradition, we’re offering a full weekend of contemporary cuisine creatively prepared by our talented chefs and served in beautiful surroundings.

Washington, DC
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Location:
Washington, DC

Come to the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event. This year's festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities.

Washington, DC
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
DC Blues Festival
Location:
Washington, DC

The nation’s capital celebrates the blues with the annual DC Blues Festival. The one-day event features a who’s who in the jazz world. Plus, kids will love the family-friendly workshops and instrument “petting zoo.”

Washington, DC
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Labor Day Capitol Concert
Location:
Washington, DC

The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol each year, the Sunday before Labor Day. The annual concert, produced by the Kennedy Center, celebrates the beginning of the performing arts season featuring Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and musical selections made by composer, vocalist and pianist Tony DeSare. In addition to patriotic classics, the Labor Day Concert will include music that highlights the American landscape.

Maryland
Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 7 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Maryland Seafood Festival
Location:
Annapolis, Maryland

Now in its 47th year, the Maryland Seafood Festival features Maryland’s top chefs and restaurateurs showcasing the state’s seafood. Event highlights include the Capital Crab Soup Cook-off, live music, craft booths and family activities. New for 2014, the EVP Beach Volleyball Tour will hold their Eastern competition at the festival and is expanding to ten courts of competition on the festival beaches and grounds while the Maryland Watermen Association will be racing Chesapeake Crab Skiffs on the Bay.

Maryland
Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Star-Spangled Spectacular
Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

The commemoration for the War of 1812 Bicentennial concludes in 2014 with live entertainment, international tall ships and grey hulls, the Blue Angels, fireworks and other festive activities.

Maryland
Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Point Lookout Lighthouse Open House
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Location:
Scotland, Maryland

Tour one of the most haunted lighthouses in the U.S. Beautiful views from the lantern room. Talk with a former resident; docents available to answer your questions. Entrance to lighthouse is free - State Park charges entrance fee to get into park.

Washington, DC
Sun, 7 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 7 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Nation's Triathalon
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Location:
Washington, DC

The Nation’s Triathalon invites athletes to run, bike and swim their way past DC’s famous monuments and memorials in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Virginia
Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Pirate Week at Cape Henry Lighthouse
Location:
Fort Story, Virginia

Celebrate Pirates at the Cape Henry Lighthouse.  Along with International Talk Like a Pirate Day, daily events for this week will be focused on pirate history and culture.

Maryland
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Soundwave Music Festival
Location:
Berlin, Maryland near Ocean City

Soundwave Music Festival 2014 will be “making waves” with three full days of excitement, great entertainment and live music performing a diverse array of musical talent and styles from all over the country. Aside from the great entertainment comes an awesome selection of food from our vendors and exhibitors selling unique items and products. Also enjoy pony rides, hayrides, pig races, carnival games, and more - there's something for the whole family to enjoy!

Washington, DC
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
DC Shorts Film Festival
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Location:
Washington, DC

The DC Shorts Festival spotlights independent short films with screenings, plus discussions with the established and emerging filmmakers who created them.

Virginia
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Virginia Wine Festival
Location:
The Plains, Virginia
Now in its 39th year, the Virginia Wine Festival is the oldest wine festival on the East Coast. Each year, the festival features 50 of Virginia's best wineries, craft exhibitors, seminars, and incredible music. Hosted at scenic Great Meadows, guests can taste from more than 300 Virginia Vintages plus attend seminars on tasting, pairing, and winemaking,  shop the marketplace, and listen to the authentic sounds of stellar regional performers.
Maryland
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
In the Street Festival
Location:
Frederick, Maryland

For over 25 years the In The Street festival has been held in downtown Frederick. The all day festival brings food, fun and entertainment for the whole family. Today, In The Street attracts crowds of over 70,000 people, all celebrating the historic district and the best of what Frederick has to offer.

Washington, DC
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
WalkingTown DC
Location:
Washington, DC

It’s OK to be car-free in the nation’s capital, and Cultural Tourism DC showcases that annually with Walkingtown and Bikingtown DC. The 10-day event features walking and bike tours that introduce participants to the District’s unique neighborhoods.

Maryland
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Canoe Slalom World Championships
Location:
McHenry, Maryland

The International Canoe Federation World Championships represent much more than a simple competition. It is a gathering of nations from around the globe joining together in sport while establishing the legacy of this Olympic-style event.  The Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, Maryland, is the prestigious venue for the event and is the only mountaintop re-circulating whitewater course in the world.

Virginia
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Edinburg Ole Time Festival
Location:
Edinburg, Virginia

On the third Friday of each September this sleepy little town comes alive with a festival of music, arts, crafts, parade, entertainment and great food. Visit the vintage autos and tractors on display all weekend. Join an old-time sing-along, banjo/fiddle jam, and street dance. Additional activities include a 4K fun run/walk, old timer baseball and basketball game, a children's festival, and more. 

Washington, DC
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
H Street Festival
Location:
Washington, DC

Discover what H Street, an area known for its performing arts venues and quirky nightclubs, and its surrounding neighborhood has to offer at this annual fun festival. 

Virginia
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Mount Vernon Colonial Market and Fair
Location:
Mount Vernon, Virginia

The annual Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon features dozens of America’s finest craftspeople and plenty of family fun! Colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares “General Washington” will be on hand overseeing the lively Revolutionary War military drills and 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe!

Maryland
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
The Maryland Wine Festival
Location:
Westminster, Maryland

Unwind with wine tastings, local cuisine and live music in the charming town of Westminster.

Virginia
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Dulles Day Family Festival & Plane Pull
Location:
Dulles International Airport

At the Plane Pull, teams of 25 people play tug-of-war with a FedEx jet to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. The Plane Pull is the main event at the Dulles Day Family Festival, which also includes live music, a classic car show, aircraft displays and children's games and entertainment, including the Kids' Bus Pull. Admission and parking are free!

Virginia
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Community Day at Jamestown Settlement
Location:
Williamsburg, Virginia

Discover the progression of log canoes through the centuries during special exhibition tours, shanty musical performances, maritime programs, Powhatan-style dugout canoe demonstrations, children’s crafts and hands-on activities.

Maryland
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Baltimore Book Festival
Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, street theater, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.

Virginia
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 5 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
State Fair of Virginia
Location:
Doswell, Virginia

Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, toe-tappin' music, fine arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more! The State Fair of Virginia is a multi-day event at the beautiful rural setting of The Meadow Event Park. Visitors can enjoy rides, pet animals, see amazing shows, play games, see a concert and enjoy delicious food. With different events happening every day, no two visits are ever the same. 

Virginia
Fri, 3 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 5 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tours
Location:
Mount Vernon, Virginia

Mount Vernon’s Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with candlelit tours of the Mansion, including the rarely-open basement where Washington stored his wine, and live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Guests can sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries, learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the Mansion's piazza.

 

Virginia
Fri, 3 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 5 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit
Location:
Waterford, VA

Join us for Virginia's oldest juried crafts fair, held throughout the National Historic Landmark Village of Waterford, which was founded by Quakers in 1733. Now in its 71st year, the fair offers historic homes tours, 160 juried heritage craftspeople with hands-on demonstrations, activities for children, traditional music and dance, Colonial-era militia encampments, marching fife and drum corps, and Civil War re-enactors with skirmishes all weekend.

Maryland
Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Darlington Apple Festival
Location:
Darlington, Maryland

Take a step back in time in the quaint village of Darlington.  The festival includes an outdoor stage with all day entertainment, hundreds of country crafters exhibiting and selling their work, a fall harvest of mums, pumpkins, and of course, apples! There is also a children's area with games where kids can stuff their own scarecrows. There are also hayrides for the whole family all day long.

Maryland
Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 5 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Chesapeake Celtic Festival
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Location:
Snow Hill, Maryland

Hosted on the wooded grounds of the Furnace Town Living History Museum, the Chesapeak Celtic Festival preserves and showcases the culture of the Celtic lands from which many of the early Eastern Shore settlers came. Stroll the Celtic Marketplace among the trees and watch strolling performers. Visit with artisans in the weaving house, print shop and other buildings. Enjoy music throughout the grounds and watch dancers and other performances on the outdoor main stage from informal hillside seating (bring a chair or ground cover.)

 

Maryland
Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 5 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Riverside Winefest at Sotterley
Location:
Hollywood, Maryland

Celebrate the best of Maryland in the breathaking setting of this National Historic Landmark! Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, live music, great food, exhibits and demonstrations, artisans, children's programs and more. Fabulous foods will be available for purchase including such Southern Maryland specialties as crab cakes, fried oysters, stuffed ham, pit roasted meats, freshly made ice cream and more. Tour Sotterley’s Plantation House (fee) and Sotterley’s Colonial Revival Gardens (free).

Maryland
Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Point Lookout Lighthouse Open House
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Location:
Scotland, Maryland

Tour one of the most haunted lighthouses in the U.S. Beautiful views from the lantern room. Talk with a former resident; docents available to answer your questions. Entrance to lighthouse is free - State Park charges entrance fee to get into park.

Virginia
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Richmond Folk Festival
Location:
Richmond, Virginia

Downtown Richmond's riverfront hosts a celebration of the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond, 2 years running. 

Maryland
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
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For more than 39 years, the nation’s most talented artisans have sold their contemporary crafts and fine art at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Attracting 175,000 visitors annually, Sugarloaf shows are consistently rated by leading industry publications as one of the top craft experiences in the country.

Virginia
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Shenandoah Antiques Expo
Location:
Fishersville, Virginia

The largest indoor/outdoor show in the Mid-Atlantic, featuring 18th and 19th century American and English period antiques plus a trove of vintage Americana, jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, rugs and mid-century modern pieces. Intriguing collectibles include stoneware, toys, Civil War memorabilia, vintage hardware and restoration pieces, and much more.

Virginia
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Richmond Folk Festival
Location:
Richmond, Virginia

A FREE three-day festival draws visitors from across the country and celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food.

Virginia
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Prelude to Victory
Location:
Colonial Williamsburg

Come and be part of a vast army on its way to lay siege to Yorktown in what proves to be the decisive battle of the American Revolution. Come face-to-face with a number of America’s revolutionary era war heroes and experience their thoughts, emotions, and struggles.

Virginia
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival
Location:
Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Support the local seafood industry as they mark the arrival of the oyster season.  This is an all-you-can-eat affair of oysters prepared many different ways along with a variety of festival foods including hush puppies, clam chowder, hot dogs, and much more. In addition to the oyster feasts, guests will enjoy live entertainment, souvenirs, raffles and contests.

Virginia
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Richmond Oktoberfest
Location:
Richmond, Virginia

This is the oldest and best Oktoberfest celebration in Virginia. Patterned after Munich’s world famous Oktoberfest,the Richmond Oktoberfest combines a great party with the preservation of German heritage. Eat authentic German food and drink a variety of German & domestic beers. Dance to polkas, waltzes, American standards and more. Kids will enjoy Kinder Korner with face painting and other children's activities. Everything combines to create Bavarian style "Gemütlichkeit". 

 

Maryland
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland

For more than 39 years, the nation’s most talented artisans have sold their contemporary crafts and fine art at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Attracting 175,000 visitors annually, Sugarloaf shows are consistently rated by leading industry publications as one of the top craft experiences in the country.

Maryland
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Location:
Bethesda, Maryland

The Bethesda Row Arts Festival is one of the leading fine art and craft festivals in the mid-Atlantic featuring 190 juried museum quality artists. The streets of Bethesda Row are transformed over the weekend into an outdoor gallery featuring a variety of art in different mediums including ceramics, fiber, decorative, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more.

Virginia
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Yorktown Victory Celebration
Location:
Williamsburg, Virginia

Mark the anniversary of America’s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781 by observing military life and artillery demonstrations.  Enroll in “A School for the Soldier” to drill with wooden muskets and learn about soldiers’ provisions and sleeping quarters. Yorktown Day features a parade and commemorative and wreath-laying ceremonies in historic Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield.

Virginia
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing
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Location:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

This landmark exhibition will feature more than 180 works of art from the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing (“The Forbidden City”).  The exhibition will offer a broad perspective of Imperial China during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties with a focus on the 17th and 18th centuries. Featured works will be combined with 3-D virtual technology and architectural features to offer visitors an immersive experience, as if passing through the Forbidden City during the height of its glory and splendor.

Washington, DC
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Washington International Horse Show
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Location:
Washington, DC

Downtown DC welcomes Olympic-class horses and riders for jumping competitions, special exhibitions of musical freestyle dressage, bull riding, terrier races and more.

Washington, DC
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Boo at the Zoo
Location:
Washington, DC

Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC's favorite not-so-spooky Halloween tradition. With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as healthy snacks, souvenirs, and other items, thousands of Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don’t forget your costume!

Virginia
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
International Gold Cup
Location:
The Plains, Virginia

The International Gold Cup steeplechase race is a celebration of hunt country tradition with over 50,000 spectators gathered to witness one of largest, most celebrated outdoor social events held in Virginia. In addition to the races, guests will enjoy terrier and pony races before the main event, hat contests on Members Hill, vendor tents and booths, parachute demonstrations, classic and new car displays, and countless tailgates.

Washington, DC
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Craft2Wear
Location:
Washington, DC

Hosted at the National Building Museum, this popular event put on by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee offers clothing, jewelry and accessories created by artisans from all around the country.

Virginia
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Middleburg Film Festival
Location:
Middleburg, Virginia

The Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic films in a spectacular setting, only 30 minutes from Dulles International Airport and just one hour from Washington, D.C. A carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films will screen in an intimate theatre environment, followed by fascinating Q and A’s with world-renowned filmmakers and actors. The films include festival favorites, premieres, and Academy Award contenders.

Maryland
Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Point Lookout Lighthouse Open House
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Location:
Scotland, Maryland

Tour one of the most haunted lighthouses in the U.S. Beautiful views from the lantern room. Talk with a former resident; docents available to answer your questions. Entrance to lighthouse is free - State Park charges entrance fee to get into park.

Maryland
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Symphony of Lights
Location:
Ellicott City, Maryland

Cars, vans and buses can take a 20-30 minute drive-through the Symphony of Lights. Enjoy a beautiful display of holiday light creations, illuminated by a fantasy of color, design and animation. Delightful for all ages!

Maryland
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland

For more than 39 years, the nation’s most talented artisans have sold their contemporary crafts and fine art at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Attracting 175,000 visitors annually, Sugarloaf shows are consistently rated by leading industry publications as one of the top craft experiences in the country.

Virginia
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Grand Illumination Parade
Location:
Norfolk, Virginia

The Grand Illumination Parade kicks off Holidays in the City, a six week long holiday celebration in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. The themed parade includes festive floats, marching bands, giant balloons, dancers and Santa himself.

Virginia
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
Location:
Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Virginia foodways are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the Yorktown Victory Center, learn about typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a 1780s' farm from field to kitchen.

Virginia
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Dominion Gardenfest of Lights
Location:
Richmond, Virginia

A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s'mores and hot chocolate (for purchase), nightly family activities & more. The region's ultimate holiday extravaganza!

 

Washington, DC
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Downtown Holiday Market
Location:
Washington, DC

Celebrating its tenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region. Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market offers hundreds of diverse gift items such as jewelry, pottery, paintings and textiles from 60 exhibitors each day. Check back as the exhibitors rotate and the selection of goods will vary daily. While you’re shopping, enjoy lively seasonal entertainment and festive treats. 

Virginia
Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT-0500
A Colonial Christmas
Location:
Williamsburg, Virginia

Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs and, from December 26 through 31, musical entertainment of the period. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampments and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s farm. 

Virginia
Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Location:
Alexandria, Virginia

Experience one of the region's most beloved holiday traditions! Dozens of brightly lit boats will stretch along the Potomac River during this colorful parade at Alexandria's historic harbor. The parade is led by Alexandria's fireboat Vigilant and Washington, DC's fireboat, John Glenn. Cheer on your favorite boats and come early for docskide festivities at the marina including live music and pictures with Santa. The parade is the culmination of a day filled with holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria including the annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk and the Campagna Center's Holiday Designer Tour of Homes.

Virginia
Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Christmas in Middleburg
Location:
Middleburg, Virginia

With a reputation as the "Nation's Horse and Hunt Capital", the charming town of Middleburg hosts a holiday celebration like no other.  The festivities kick off with the local hunt parading down Main Street with approximately 100 horses, riders in red coats, and dozens of hounds.  Additional festivitie include a second traditional Christmas parade in the afternoon, breakfast with Santa, silent auction, craft fair, kid-friendly activities, food and drink, a progressive wine bar tour, and more. 

Virginia
Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
James River Plantation Progressive Christmas Candlelight Tour
Location:
Williamsburg, Virginia

Christmas past comes to life during this special afternoon in Williamsburg's James River Plantation Country. Explore history and holiday traditions at Piney Grove  (circa 1790), Ashland (circa 1835) and Ladysmith (circa 1857). You will enjoy the very unique collection of Christmas decorations of the Gordineer that spans five generations!   The tour concludes with hot cider and homemade cookie.

Maryland
Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Antietam Memorial Illumination
Location:
Sharpsburg

In honor of those soldiers who fell during the Battle of Antietam, 23,000 candles are lit, one for each soldier killed, wounded or missing.  Beginning at 6pm, visitors are invited to drive the 5-mile tour of the illuminated battlefield. 

Virginia
Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Colonial Williamsburg's Grand Illumination
Location:
Williamsburg, Virginia

In the 18th century, illuminations, which included the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks, were held to celebrate major events, such as great military victories, the anniversary of the reigning sovereign's birth, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Revolutionary City and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances from multiple stages and delight in the fireworks displays from three different locations.

Virginia
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Location:
Chantilly, Virginia

For more than 39 years, the nation’s most talented artisans have sold their contemporary crafts and fine art at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Attracting 175,000 visitors annually, Sugarloaf shows are consistently rated by leading industry publications as one of the top craft experiences in the country.

Washington, DC
Fri, 9 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Washington Winter Show
Location:
Washington, DC

Hunt for that perfect find among dozens of high-end antiques dealers at this four-day show.

Washington, DC
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT-0500
Washington Auto Show
Location:
Washington, DC

Rev your engine at Walter E. Washington Convention Center with more than 700 vehicles from over 42 domestic and import manufacturers.