Washington DC is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States that is known for its political and historical background. The city is also known as the Federal City or The District and is located in between Virginia and Maryland. One of the main highlights in the city is the eclectic lifestyle of people in the city. In fact, four out of every ten households in Washington DC speaks in a tongue other than English. You can also see people of different ethnic beliefs, culture, background, nationalities, economic background, etc., in DC.
Similarly, the variety of neighborhoods in the capital city of the United States is notable; it ranges from urban apartments to suburban townhouses and single-family homes to rural farmlands, etc. No wonder, most people opt to tour Washington DC in order to enjoy a number of amazing cultural events and festivals. Below are some of the top-rated cultural events and festivals hosted by the American capital city year round. You may take part in these events and festivals on your Washington DC tours in order to know more about the food culture, arts, and traditions of different countries.
Chinese New Year
There are numerous Chinese New Year events, which are conducted in the United States during the months of January and February. One of the most popular celebrations associated with the Chinese New Year is the Annual Parade that is held in Chinatown. The parade showcase a number of Chinese attractions such as kung fu and tai chi demonstrations, live music, dance performances, children’s crafts, lion dancing, etc.
Francophonie Cultural Festival
Francophonie Cultural Festival is a celebration that entails a voyage of discovery, exploration, and cultural sharing in order to point out the eclectic nature of the French-speaking world. This annual event is usually organized in Washington City during the months of March and April. The highlights of this amazing celebration include concerts performed by a number of veteran French artists, movie watching, culinary tastings, children’s workshops, theatrical performances, literary salons, etc.
St. Patrick’s Day Events
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated as a tribute to the foremost patron saint of Ireland. It is celebrated every year on March 17, which is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick. In Washington DC, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by conducting Irish-themed parades every year. Most of the Irish pubs in DC will add some unique attractions on the day and foodies may participate in a pub-crawl as well. Moreover, the famous one-day music fest, The National Shamrock Fest, is also conducted in order to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which is one of the biggest annual parties in Washington DC.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is usually conducted in the months of March to April when the cherry trees bloom in DC. When the spring arrives, you can see colorful cherry blooms in every nook and cranny of the city. No wonder, the overall ambiance of the US capital city will be something totally different and spectacular at this time. The National Cherry Blossom Festival lasts up to three weeks and the occasion usually highlights Japanese traditions by conduction around 200 performances and 100 other unique events. Unsurprisingly, the number of visitors flocking to Washington DC in order to witness this beautiful phenomenon is always on the rise.
There is an annual event held during the month of May, in which all the embassies and cultural organizations of the city come together to offer a number of special programs and open houses. The main motive of Passport DC is to flaunt the international culture of the American capital city with a wide variety of exhibits, performances, and talks. Another attraction of this month-long event is the Embassy Chef Challenge that is actually an incredible mark of respect to the international cuisine. All these programs are sure to encourage both the visitors and the locals to explore the city and to boost the economic prosperity of the community.
Kids Euro Festival
Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals in the United States for kids. This festival is usually conducted during the months of October and November and it features more than 90 events and you can enjoy all of them for free of cost. This will be a great option for kids from two years old to twelve years old. In order to add to the entertainment factor, there will be artists performing in almost every genre including virtual orchestra, bubble blowers, storytelling, acrobats, etc. This unique event is sponsored by more than a dozen cultural institutions in DC and 27 Washington based European Union Embassies.