Festivals in Washington D.C.

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Cherry Blossoms from the Tidal Basin

Cherry Blossoms from the Tidal Basin

Patrick Morrissey

Washington, DC is home to spirited protests and festivals alike.  Parades and fireworks are our specialty, but we're also known for our music, particularly jazz, and sports events as well.  Be sure to check what's going on in the city during your visit.  A march on Washington could make any trip very interesting.

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October 14, 2005 new by patrickneil

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National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Cherry Blossoms from the Tidal Basin
Cherry Blossoms from the Tidal Basin
photo by: Patrick Morrissey

This is by far the most famous of Washington's annual festivals.  When the thousands  of cherry blossom trees bloom every spring, it's time to celebrate.  The two week long festival takes place mostly on the mall and around the Jefferson Memorial, where most of the trees are planted.  Events vary by year, but always include the Cherry Blossom Parade, Japanese heritage events, and a thriving street festival.

The date for this festival vary by year depending on when the trees are in bloom, so check their website beforehand.  Most events are free, more..

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tel:202-661-7584
url:www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org
date:Late March/April
email:parade@downtowndc.org

Duke Ellington Jazz Festival

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DC celebrates native son Duke Ellington every year with a week-long festival.  Concerts and events are held throughout the city at local jazz clubs, theaters, and on the mall.

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tel:202 232-3611
url:www.dejazzfest.org
date:9/28 - 10/2
email:info@dejazzfest.org

Easter Egg Roll

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The White House's south lawn is home to this yearly children's event.  Taking place most Easter Sundays, the Easter Egg Roll is a long tradition in Washington.  Tickets for the Roll are required, and can be picked up for free the Saturday of the weekend before Easter from the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion on 15th and E Streets, NW.  Other free children's events, such as a petting zoo usually take place outside the White House gates on the Ellipse, and do not require tickets.

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url:www.whitehouse.gov
date:Easter Sunday, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
address:1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
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