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DanceAfrica, DC 30th Anniversary
May
30
to Jun 4

DanceAfrica, DC 30th Anniversary

The 30th annual festival celebrating the dance and music of the African Diaspora! Featuring Baba Chuck Davis as Griot, outstanding African dance companies from the DC metropolitan area, a master class series, free outdoor activities and our signature African Marketplace, this festival is guaranteed to inspire, invigorate, educate and entertain.

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DC Black Pride 2017
May
26
to May 29

DC Black Pride 2017

Since 1991, DC Black Pride (DCBP) has been held annually. DCBP is presented by the Center for Black Equity (CBE). The CBE is a coalition of Black Pride organizers formed to promote a multinational network of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Prides and community-based organizations. 

Each year, more than 50,000 men and women from all over the world attend DCBP and experience the great culture and history in the Washington, DC area. Attendees have come to expect only quality social and non-social events during the Memorial Day Weekend.

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Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival
May
20
to May 21

Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival

The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival, now celebrating it's 16th year, is a two day festival held along the Potomac River complete with cultural exhibitions, craft demonstrations, and of course... dragon boat racing. The event is sponsored by the Taiwan-U.S. Cultural Association (TUSCA) and serves to promote Taiwanese culture to the Washington DC area through the sport of dragon boat racing.

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27th Washington Jewish Film Festival
May
17
to May 28

27th Washington Jewish Film Festival

One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series, in our home venue at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

The WJFF annually serves over 15,000 people through 80+ screenings, nearly all of which are regional, US or world premieres. Most screenings are followed by discussions with guest filmmakers and subject matter experts.

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The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is all about celebration. A celebration of spring in DC, the amazing talent held by our friends and neighbors, and the natural beauty in our Nation's Capital that we can too easily forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As a fundraising event for the Living Classrooms Foundation, it is also a celebration of the fundamentally important role that community plays in lifting up those among us who are in greatest need.

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Funk Parade 2017
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Funk Parade 2017

  • U Street Northwest Washington, DC United States (map)
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Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival in Washington DC's U Street neighborhood on Saturday, May 6th, 2017.

Funk Parade celebrates DC's vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. In 2014, over 25,000 Washingtonians participated in the first-ever DC Funk Parade. In 2016, more than 70,000 from all corners of the District came together for the second Funk Parade.

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BROCCOLI CITY FESTIVAL
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

BROCCOLI CITY FESTIVAL

  • St. Elizabeth East Gateway Pavilion (map)
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Broccoli City announce the 5th annual Broccoli City Festival at the historic Gateway DC, featuring two stages with performances from some of today’s most in-demand and up-and-coming artists. Performers include Rae Sremmurd, Solange, 21 Savage, AlunaGeorge, Lil Yachty, Kevin Abstract, Rapsody, Smino, Chaz French, Nick Grant, Rejjie Snow and Sir the Baptist.

To celebrate the festival’s 5th year anniversary, Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week, a week long incubator for all who strive to create a better world. Broccoli City week will host a variety of events leading up to the festival, everything from city runs, to community action events, to an all night art escape, culminating with the all-day Broccoli City Festival. The Broccoli City Week highlight will showcase the first Broccoli City Conference, a 2-day interactive conference co-hosted by GOOGLE DC and African American History and Culture Smithsonian Museum, focusing on the brands mission to build thriving, resilient communities by improving and highlighting Environmental Justice, Economic Sustainability, Culture, Food Access, and Education in underserved communities.

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National Cannabis Festival
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

National Cannabis Festival

The National Cannabis Festival (NCF) is a celebration of cannabis legalization with a full day of musical performances, vendor fair, education pavilion and advocacy village featuring musical guests Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde, Backyard Band and more. Bring a picnic blanket and spend the day listening to great music. Shop for lifestyle products among our local and national vendors. Spend an hour learning grow techniques or participate in our CannaTank entrepreneur contest. Enjoy food, drinks and meeting the east coast cannabis community. Join us as we welcome thousands to celebrate progress on legalization and call for an end to federal cannabis prohibition. NCF is a 21+ event.

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RIAMS Porch Fest 2017
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

RIAMS Porch Fest 2017

  • Rhode Island Avenue Northeast Washington, DC United States (map)
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Join an afternoon of neighborhood fun at the Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Porch Fest! Artists can register here: bit.ly/porchfestperformerreg2017 Through the years, Rhode Island Avenue NE has been home to a variety of live music venues, including what was once Mr. Y's Jazz Club at 16th & Rhode Island Ave NE. Porch Fest continues that tradition as local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of FREE PERFORMANCE - music and art - that brings together neighbors, business owners, artists, and visitors in a casual and fun display of creative expression!

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Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival Presented by Harris Teeter
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival Presented by Harris Teeter

Enjoy more than seven celebratory hours of free music, family friendly water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment, delicious foods at multiple outdoor venues, and a beautiful fireworks show at the Southwest Waterfront at the finale event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. 

Join us at the District Wharf for a full day of live music, a beer garden, food trucks, all ages hands-on activities, and more. Beginning at 6PM, pre-fireworks entertainment will be held at Southwest Waterfront Park.

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Events DC Cherry Blast!
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Events DC Cherry Blast!

In celebration of the annual blooming of cherry blossoms, Events DC Cherry Blast!, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, brings the sights, sounds, scents and tastes of Tokyo to Washington, DC. 

Featuring music and live entertainment, Events DC Cherry Blast! puts the spotlight on Japanese culture, highlighting the country’s delectable cuisine, captivating arts and exciting night life. 

Events DC Cherry Blast! is the perfect way to kick off the finale weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Anacostia River Festival
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Anacostia River Festival

The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. For a taste of local D.C., come celebrate the Anacostia River and take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family and experience Southeast D.C.’s local arts scene at this special FREE event. This year we are celebrating biking in the District with trail rides, safety classes, quick bike tune ups and special bike activities for all ages.

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Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
Apr
8
10:30 AM10:30

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

  • Yards Park/Capitol Riverfront Washington, DC (map)
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The Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and is proud to be the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Performers and vendors travel from all over the country and the world to Washington, DC to share their love of Japanese culture and traditions with the Festival attendees.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC

  • Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC United States (map)
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One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, spectators are wow-ed by the pageantry and excitement that is the nation’s premier springtime parade.

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Damaged City 2017
Apr
6
to Apr 9

Damaged City 2017

Damaged City is a celebration of hardcore punk in the nation's capital. The 5th annual festival will occur on April 6th - 9th with bands: Protester (DC), Tony Molina (CA), Coke Bust (DC), Radiation Risks (NY), Give (DC), Dirty & His Fists (CA), Witchtrial (DC), The Real Cost (TX), Iron Cages (DC), & Rashomon (DC). 

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Blossom Kite Festival
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Blossom Kite Festival

  • Grounds of the Washington Monument near 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue (map)
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off kite season. The seventh annual Blossom Kite Festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field.

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BRAVE Summit 2017
Mar
25
9:00 AM09:00

BRAVE Summit 2017

  • Georgetown University McDonough School of Business (map)
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BRAVE was pioneered by several Black women of Georgetown University for the purpose of uplifting Black womanhood. We are on a mission to further expose the magic that lies within us, by celebrating black women and strengthening our leadership skills.

The Georgetown University Women of Color invite you to the second annual BRAVE Summit, recognizing the work and accomplishments of black women (the first in the nation) on March 25th, 2017.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival
Mar
20
to Apr 16

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  Events are primarily free and open to the public.

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Stonehenge Auditions
Mar
20
9:00 AM09:00

Stonehenge Auditions

WIFV is co-hosting the sixteenth edition of the Stonehenge Auditions with Team Jabberwocky in Washington, DC.

Stonehenge Auditions is a day-long marathon of actors delivering film and video monologues in front of a camera and 50+ producers, casting directors, and agents looking to build their roster of performers. Just like speed-dating is supposed to let you know if you want to go on a second date, this "speed-casting" format lets you see 120 actors and learn whether you want to call them in for your own audition.
 

Team J has been holding the Stonehenge Auditions since 2005, resulting in over 1,200 actors being cast in over 300 projects. It has helped independent filmmakers, casting directors, and commercial production companies. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. THERE ARE NO WALK-INS. 

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39 Years: Rejuvenate with Art, Accent on the Positive, Let’s Celebrate!
Mar
17
to Apr 29

39 Years: Rejuvenate with Art, Accent on the Positive, Let’s Celebrate!

Celebrate Zenith Gallery's 39 Years in business!  

Featuring Artists: Kim Abraham, Jan Paul Acton, Doba Afolabi, Mason Archie, David Bacharach,   Andrea Barnes, Bert Beirne, Caroline Benchetrit, Harmon Biddle, Binder, Francesca Britton, James Butler, Lenny Campello, Eric Elhenberger, Katie Dell-Kaufman, Renee DuRocher, Elissa Farrow-Savos, Richard Fitzhugh, Robert Freeman, Carol Gellner-Levin, Cassandra Gillens, Julie & Ken Girardini, Margery Goldberg, Carolyn Goodridge, Stephen Hansen, Len Harris, Chris Hayman, Philip Hazard, Tony Henson, Frank Holmes, Marcie Wolf & David Hubbard, Hubert Jackson, Robert Jackson, Gloria Kirk, Joan Konkel, Michael Madzo, Chris Malone, Paul Martin Wolff, Donna McCullough, Hadrian Mendoza, Davis Morton, Carol Newmyer, Ibou N’Daiye, Tom Noll, Keith Norval,  Katharine Owens, Larry Ringgold, Preston Sampson, Gavin Sewell, Sica, Ellen Sinel, Bradley Stevens,  Laura Taylor, Jennifer Wagner,  Curtis Woody, Joyce Zipperer and many more!

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Environmental Film Festival
Mar
12
to Mar 26

Environmental Film Festival

For more than 20 years, the Environmental Film Festival has played a critical role in bringing together filmmakers, policymakers, scientists, educators, and citizens committed to the future of our planet.

Each March in Washington, D.C., they host America’s largest environmental film festival, presenting 150+ films to an audience of over 27,000. By partnering with leading museums, embassies, universities and theaters, they aim to advance the public’s understanding of the environment and inspire action, through the power of film.

Founded in 1993, DCEFF is the longest-running environmental film festival in the United States. It has grown into a major collaborative, cultural event, both during the festival season and all year-round.

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Women In the Arts : Pop-up Gallery and Happy Hour
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

Women In the Arts : Pop-up Gallery and Happy Hour

Women in the Arts: Celebrate International Women’s Day and Female Artists Changing the World. International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is not only a call to action for gender equality, but also a celebration of women, all women! Come celebrate women and the arts in Georgetown this International Women’s Day. Events. BKE and Poppir are teaming up to honor local artists. Join us for drinks, music and amazing local art at Kit and Ace’s Georgetown location. Women in the Arts will feature six local artists:

Desislava Sanz

Vian Borchert Fine Arts

Hilke The Artist

Arielle Krasner Art: Spray Paint Realism

Taylor Marie - Artist

Atousa Raissyan - Soulystic

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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Mar
6
to Mar 7

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

For our two-day capital tour, Freakonomics partners with WAMU to explore Politics & Power and “Wannabes.” Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is a new live event and podcast from host Stephen J. Dubner, author of the Freakonomics books and creator of Freakonomics Radio. It debuted in November and immediately went to the top of the iTunes chart.

Audience contestants are invited on stage to tell us something we don’t know. Three celebrity panelists — a mix of leaders in science, politics, sports, and comedy — grill the contestants and by the end we’ve all gotten a bit smarter. Each episode has a new topic, new panelists, and new contestants. There’s also a real-time human fact-checker to filter out the bull. Think of the most crackling dinner-party conversation you’ve ever heard.

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'A Legacy of Mies and King' Documentary Premiere
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

'A Legacy of Mies and King' Documentary Premiere

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (map)
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What do you do with a library designed in the sixties by world-famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King Jr.? This was the question Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, had to answer when she was commissioned to modernize the District's central library.

The documentary 'A Legacy of Mies and King' follows Houben as she investigates the past and present to design the library of the future. Houben delves into library archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current library visitors and participates in the District¹s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade to understand how to give the library a new future. A discussion with Francine Houben and DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening.

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DC Inno's Tech Madness Bracket Reveal 2017
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

DC Inno's Tech Madness Bracket Reveal 2017

This March, DC Inno is bringing the tech community together for some healthy competition… bracket-style. The goal of Tech Madness is to generate awareness and excitement for the city's top tech players, from the "favorites" (late-stage tech pillars) to the "diaper dandies" (seed round startups).

The competition is based around one question: Which local tech company do you think will be the most valuble in the next five years? Here's how it works: 64 local tech companies will go head-to-head throughout 6 rounds with you, our readers, voting to determine who moves on from every matchup. Every week, we'll post the updated bracket and voting will begin again.

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District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration
Feb
26
3:00 PM15:00

District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration

The 11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts present “District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration” inspired by the rhythm & blues history of Washington, D.C. from the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Join us for this FREE community event as we celebrate with live performances, hand dance lessons and panel discussions. 

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2017 DC Black History Film Festival
Feb
26
2:00 PM14:00

2017 DC Black History Film Festival

The nation’s capital is a hub for Arts and Culture in the northeast region of the United States. Black History Film Festival (BHFF) complements and aligns with DC’s cultural mission and strategic direction. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of African American Affairs, DC native Actor Lamman Rucker, and Urban Film Review.

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Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2017
Feb
24
to Mar 5

Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2017

  • The Atlas Performing Arts Center (map)
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The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2017 brings the best of DC arts and artists to the stage and H Street with performances, experiences and happenings in theatre, dance, music, vocal, choral, opera, visual arts, video, film, writing, sculpture, photography, circus, spoken word, public art, community art, and art space activation. Discover how art, culture and connection happen on H Street.

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