Festivals in District of Columbia


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  • The Washington Auto Show
    When you hear the name "Washington Auto Show," you might expect to see some new vehicles. However, the name alone doesn't capture the scope of this massive event. At the largest expo of its kind in the Washington area, more than 700 makes and models from 42 manufacturers will fill the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, beckoning guests to take a closer peak or even take one out for a spin. Featured exotic vehicles range from the most expensive to the least expensive, giving visitors a chance to see a wide variety of cars. In the midst of all the motors, visitors will also find celebrities, and many of them. Depending on the day, you might spot WWE superstar Randy Orton, Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson, or Washington football legends Dave Butz, Charles Taylor, and Mark Moseley. Visit on Tuesday for Military Tribute Day, and enjoy a performance by the 257th Army Band, The Band of the Nation's Capital, and a visit from Star Wars characters, presented by the American Red Cross. Throughout the week, visitors can also hangout with the Angry Birds at the family-friendly event.
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    801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest
    Washington, DC US
  • Red Frog Events
    In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music. The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.
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    3050 K St. NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Red Frog Events
    In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music. The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.
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    2400 E Capitol St. SE
    Washington, DC US
  • Challenge Nation
    Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.
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    1301 Constitution Ave NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Smithsonian Women's Committee
    Every year, the Smithsonian Craft Show showcases the creativity of more than 100 distinguished craft artists from around the country. The event is one of the most prestigious juried show and sale of one-of-a-kind and limited-edition fine American craft and sculptural objects in 12 different media, ranging from baskets, ceramics, and glass to furniture and wearable art. The show is produced by the Smithsonian Women's Committee, a volunteer fundraising organization that dedicates its efforts to advancing the Smithsonian's mission. Proceeds from the show are distributed to the Smithsonian's 19 museums and galleries, 20 libraries, and the National Zoo.
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    401 F St NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Washington Chorus
    When the Rolling Stones wanted a chorus to sing with them during their last gig on their "50 and Counting" tour, they knew who to call: The Washington Chorus. That unexpected melding of talent is a testament to the group's stellar reputation—the Grammy-winning ensemble is noted for its ability to engage a wide range of audiences. And they've done just that for more than 50 seasons, delighting ears with a repertoire of classical masterpieces and modern compositions. Equally committed to enriching their community, the chorus performs free concerts throughout the greater D.C. area, sponsors a junior choir, and gently corrects anyone who misspells "requiem."
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    2801 Upton St NW
    Washington, DC US

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