Top Signature Events in America's Capital Region

Experience authentic American culture and celebrate the music, food and heritage of the Capital Region at these signature events in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. 

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Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC, cherry blossoms, Tidal Basin

Celebrate springtime at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia mansion

Tour public and private gardens during Virginia Historic Garden Week.

Maryland crabs

Feast on all-you-can-eat steamed crabs and clams at the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake.

DC Jazz Festival, Washington, DC music festival

Hear 100-plus performances all over America's capital at the DC Jazz Festival.

Bluegrass musicians at Carter Family Fold

Jam out at the Mountains of Music Homecoming in southwest Virginia.

Maryland State Fair, ride, attraction, midway

Enjoy an annual fun-filled event loved by locals — the Maryland State Fair.

Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC, cherry blossoms, Tidal Basin

Celebrate springtime at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia mansion

Tour public and private gardens during Virginia Historic Garden Week.

Maryland crabs

Feast on all-you-can-eat steamed crabs and clams at the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake.

DC Jazz Festival, Washington, DC music festival

Hear 100-plus performances all over America's capital at the DC Jazz Festival.

Bluegrass musicians at Carter Family Fold

Jam out at the Mountains of Music Homecoming in southwest Virginia.

Maryland State Fair, ride, attraction, midway

Enjoy an annual fun-filled event loved by locals — the Maryland State Fair.

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TOP WASHINGTON, DC EVENTS

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The annual March/April festival commemorates the 1912 gift of Japanese cherry trees from Tokyo’s mayor with a parade, fireworks and cultural events.

DC Jazz Festival

The multi-day June festival celebrates jazz with more than 100 performances at venues throughout the city. Washington, DC, the birthplace of Duke Ellington, is known for its jazz history.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Every June and July, thousands gather on the National Mall to witness the celebration of a living culture’s music, song, dance, crafts and other demonstrations. 

TOP MARYLAND EVENTS

Kinetic Sculpture Race

Hosted by the American Visionary Art Museum, human-powered sculptures make their way across 14 miles of Baltimore’s land and harbour each May, trying not to capsize along the way.

J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake

Hungry festivalgoers come out to Crisfield in July for all-you-can-eat steamed clams and crabs, corn on the cob, sweet-potato fries, watermelon and other Maryland food specialties.

Maryland State Fair

Classic American fun rules the town of Timonium each summer with rides, local food (peach sundaes, crab patties, chicken on a stick) and everyone’s favourite celebration of local agriculture — the birthing centre, where visitors can meet calves, piglets and newly hatched chicks.

TOP VIRGINIA EVENTS

Historic Garden Week

Visitors in April are invited to tour more than 250 beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks draped in floral arrangements at the peak of springtime blooms.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

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.

Virginia Wine Month

Virginia celebrates its more than 300 wineries and vineyards throughout the month of October with wine specials and events at wineries, restaurants and retailers across the state.

MORE CAPITAL REGION EVENTS

For more information on other fun fairs, festivals and events taking place throughout the Capital Region all year long, check out our events calendar!