Special Events in Washington DC

January
Washington Auto Show
Washington, DC's premiere auto show. The 2007 Washington Auto Show: "Presenting Advanced Technologies" will bring more than 700 new cars, trucks, mini-vans and sport utility vehicles from over 42 domestic and import automakers to the Washington Convention Center

March
White House Easter Egg Roll
The story of the White House Easter Egg Roll, which begins at one end of Pennsylvania Avenue and continues at the other, is one of the oldest and most unique traditions in presidential history. Over the years, the Egg Rolls have evolved and changed, with different games and amusements popular in different years. Near the end of the nineteenth century, children played "Egg Picking," "Egg Ball," "Toss and Catch, " and "Egg Croquet." Soon the event evolved into a more elaborate affair, with bands, entertainers and food.

April
Filmfest DC - Washington International Film Festival
For 12 days each April, filmgoers take a cinematic journey around the world, without ever leaving the nation's capital. The Washington, DC International Film Festival brings outstanding world cinema right to Washington, DC with more than 100 features, documentaries, short films and special programs.

May
National Memorial Day Parade
For sixty years, the nation's capital was without a parade on Memorial Day to honor all who served our country. The World War II Veterans Committee has taken the lead in reviving this annual tradition.

June
DC Caribbean Carnival
Parade starts at 10 am at Georgia & Missouri Avenues and heads south on Georgia Avenue. Parade culminates at Barry Place (across from Howard University) where activities continues at Banneker Park until 7 pm.

July
Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate the nation's birthday in the nation's capital. Don't miss the parade, with more then 100 marching units stepping out at noon along Constitution Avenue. When that's over, popular music groups entertain from mid-afternoon until the fireworks.The National Symphony Orchestra, with guest stars and soloists, performs at 8 pm. The fireworks show begins around 9:20 pm over the Washington Monument grounds.

August
Legg Mason Tennis Classic
This summer's tournament will benefit the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), a non-profit organization established in 1955 that serves as the owner of this annual world-class event. WTEF strives to improve the life prospects of DC-area youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through tennis, educational and community-based activities.

September
Kennedy Center Prelude Festival
From the majesty of the National Symphony Orchestra and soulful rhythms in the KC Jazz Club, to the Texas swing of Asleep at the Wheel and a gumbo of sights and sounds from Artists Along the Gulf Coast Highway, the Prelude Festival is a grand opening series of events that promises to be as exhilarating and entertaining as the performance season that follows.

October
Marine Corps Marathon
The 26 mile, 385 yard, USATF certified course is relatively flat, winding through Arlington, Georgetown and the District of Columbia. Passing many of the area's attractions, including the Capitol, Union Station, the Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR Memorials, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian Museums and the Kennedy Center, it is truly a beautiful course that has been aptly nicknamed the "Marathon of the Monuments".

November
Veterans Day Celebrations
Veterans of the nation's wars are honored at various war memorials throughout Washington, DC.

December
National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace
Each night during December, musical groups perform free concerts for the entertainment of visitors to the Ellipse.