12 Top Events for Every Month of the Year

Capital Region USA is a happening holiday destination, where hundreds of special events take place throughout the year. 

Independence Day, Fourth of July, fireworks, Washington, DC
Independence Day Celebrations in Washington, DC
Urbanna Seafood & Raw Bar in Virginia
Urbanna Oyster Festival
Jefferson Vineyards in Virginia
Sample Virginia's extraordinary wines at the Virginia Wine Expo
Ladies at HonFest in Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, Maryland's HonFest (Photo credit: Jack Lyons)
Maryland crabs
Get your fill of Maryland crab at the annual Annapolis Crab Feast
Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC, events, National Mall
Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC
Independence Day, Fourth of July, fireworks, Washington, DC
Urbanna Seafood & Raw Bar in Virginia
Jefferson Vineyards in Virginia
Ladies at HonFest in Baltimore, MD
Maryland crabs
Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC, events, National Mall


You might break any diet resolutions you made for the new year, but Washington, DC’s Restaurant Week will be good for your budget. For one week in January (and again in August), more than 200 of the city’s best restaurants offer prix fixe meals at lunch and/or dinner.


The Virginia Wine Expo celebrates Virginia's extraordinary wines and the Richmond region's culinary, historic and cultural excellence. Meet the owners and winemakers who have made Virginia an internationally renowned wine region as you enjoy dozens of events like the Walk-Around Grand Tasting.


Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the scenic town of St. Michaels hosts the Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival, showcasing artisans from all over the east coast. Shop for jewelry, trinkets and home décor handcrafted from sea glass; visit the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile, a traveling marine science program; and enjoy Maryland wine tastings, food specialties and live music.


First hosted in 1924, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is a six-day-long spring celebration known for its many celebrity guests. The festival features more than 30 events, including band competitions, dances, parades, a carnival, circus, wine and cider tastings, and more.


Passport DC is a monthlong journey through the world highlighting DC’s thriving international diplomatic community. Travel around the world without leaving the city as you visit more than 50 embassy open houses and attend street festivals, performances, exhibitions and workshops.


Here, "hon" is a term of endearment short for honey, and HonFest is an annual celebration in honour of the working women of Baltimore. Locals and visitors alike vie to become Baltimore’s Best Hon, a version of '60s-era women complete with bee-hive hairdos, bright blue eyeshadow and anything leopard print! Fit right into the festivities by getting your own beehive at the festival’s Glamour Lounge.


For an authentic American experience, join the Independence Day Celebration in the nation’s capital city. Festivities include the National Independence Day Parade, a musical exhibition featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and celebrity performers from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, plus a spectacular fireworks display that illuminates the iconic monuments and memorials along the National Mall.


Maryland crabs are a must-eat for any visitor to the Capital Region. Get your fill of this regional specialty at the annual Annapolis Crab Feast, the world’s largest crab feast. Hosted in Maryland’s capital city, this is an all-you-can-eat-and-drink event featuring steamed crabs, crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob and more.


Known as the “Official Birthplace of Country Music,” the town of Bristol, Virginia, celebrates its music heritage at the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Hosted on historic State Street, this three-day music experience digs deep into the roots of Appalachia to present a festival bursting with creative passion, electricity and soul.


Boo at the Zoo is Washington, DC's favourite 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.


November is Virginia Oyster Month, a time when the commonwealth celebrates its distinction as the oyster capital of the east coast with numerous festivals and events. Join the celebrations at the Urbanna Oyster Festival, the largest and longest-running oyster festival in the U.S. The event features a parade, oyster-shucking contest and more than 50 vendors offering oysters in a variety of presentations.


Ring in the new year during Big Night DC, a premier all-inclusive party hosted at Gaylord National Hotel and Resort at National Harbor in Maryland. Located across the water from DC, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline as you dance the night away on one of five dance floors. Fifteen party areas feature first-class cuisine and a huge midnight celebration that will make it a New Year’s Eve to remember.

Explore more events in our Events Photo Tour, Guide to Regional Food Festivals and Events and Events Calendar.

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