1. Passport DC
Passport DC is a month-long festival that features DC’s international diplomatic community. Embassies open their doors to visitors and host different cultural events throughout the year.
2. H Street Festival
DC’s biggest neighborhood festival, H Street Festival is a huge block party celebrating the culture and history of Washington DC with live music, food, and crafts.
3. Smithsonian Folklife Festival
For two weeks every summer, the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage hosts the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This free festival features community-based cultural presentations including concerts, performances, crafts, storytelling, food, and much more.
The DC food truck culture is hot right now and you can celebrate it at the Bullpen outside of Nationals Park. Truckeroo features food trucks, live music, and beers.
5. DC Jazz Festival
Jazz has a rich history in the city and every year the DC Jazz Festival celebrates that history and musical styles. Featuring jazz legends and emerging artists, the DC Jazz Festival provides entertaining performances.
6. Capital Fringe Festival
The Capital Fringe Festival fills Washington DC with theatre, dance, music, visual arts and everything creative. You’ll find off-beat artistry from every walk of life.
7. March on Washington Film Festival
The March on Washington Film Festival increase awareness of events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era. The festival uses film, music and arts to share the stories of these unsung heroes.
8. Brew at the Zoo
Drink beer and save wildlife at the National Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo festival. Unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 breweries, animal encounters, and games all take place.
9. National Capital Barbecue Battle
Brewmasters from all over the country come to DC for the National Capital Barbecue Battle that features BBQ competitions, cooking demonstrations, food samples, and entertainment.
10. National Book Festival
Book lovers unite at the National Book Festival every summer in Washington DC. Authors, illustrators, and poets come to DC to present lectures, hosting readings, hold interviews and book signings.