Washington, D.C. Festivals & Shows

Washington, D.C. Festivals & ShowsThe United States' Capitol City has a built-in regal charm that fills the whole area with a celebratory feel. That mood is built upon quite frequently when you consider the impressive variety of festivals and annual shows that are on the city's schedule throughout the year. From cultural celebrations, to military recognition, to the finest wines, there's always something worth celebrating any time of year in Washington, DC.

Veterans Day Ceremony
The Veterans Day Ceremony held every November draws veterans in record numbers to solemnly commemorate their fallen comrades during this highly patriotic ceremony. The President is often in attendance as well as several other political and military leaders. The ceremony is held in the amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns. Among the highly emotional parts of the ceremony are musical tributes, keynote speeches and the laying of wreaths.

Address: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211 - MAP
Phone: (703) 607-8000
Web: www.arlingtoncemetery.mil

USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo
The USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo is the largest celebration of science in the United States. Professionals from every facet of the field of science and engineering are on hand for special seminars, lectures and much more. Several of the nation's leading companies who employ science professionals and benefit from their work attend the festival to present their latest research to an interested audience. This highly popular event is also a major networking tool for the science community.

Address: Walter E Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001 - MAP
Web: www.usasciencefestival.org

Virginia Wine Festival
The Virginia Wine Festival is the oldest celebration of its kind on the East Coast and is regularly attended by wine aficionados from all over the country. Sixty of the state's top wineries are on hand to display their wares, but this celebration goes far beyond just tasting some of the best wines from the various participants. There are also seminars, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, gourmet food and an outdoor art and craft show. The event is held every September.

Address: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA 20112 - MAP
Phone: (703) 631-0550
Web: www.virginiawinefest.com

Fiesta Musical
The Fiesta Musical takes place every September to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a highly rhythmic musical festival of a culture that has never shied away from spice in its attitude and its music. Animal demonstrations, and traditional Hispanic and Latino dancing are just part of all the entertainment. There's also plenty of great food to enjoy as well as some unique souvenirs for sale by some highly skilled artisans.

Address: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC - MAP
Web: www.nationalzoo.si.edu

National Book Festival
The National Book Festival attracts both writers and readers of some of the world's best-loved books. Several award-winning authors head to the National Mall for this event every September to be on hand for autograph signing and seminar appearances. The kids will love meeting some of the characters from some of their favorite books as they come to life here and are available for photos.

Address: National Mall, 3rd St NW and 7th St NW, Washington, DC - MAP
Web: www.loc.gov

The National Christmas Tree Lighting
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a Christmas tradition that every American looks forward to. All eyes are on the President and First Lady as they light the tree, followed by the President's holiday wishes to the crowd and the millions more watching the event on television. There's a band playing holiday favorites, and in addition to the large tree that is the focal point of the festival, there are also several smaller trees that represent our states and territories. The trees stay lit and this celebration begins a month-long schedule of various entertainment that helps to keep the Christmas spirit high.

Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500 - MAP
Phone: (202) 456-1111
Web: www.thenationaltree.org