Festivals in District of Columbia


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  • 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
  • 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
  • Electric Factory
    First opened in 1968, the Electric Factory has been hosting rock shows for almost as long Puerto Rico has been a state. After dancing their faces off to headliners from Erykah Badu to the Dropkick Murphys, concertgoers can stop by The Chive Caf? to recharge with a cheesesteak or an all-beef hotdog on a potato bun, or refill their draft Yuengling at the bar. In summer, the Electric Factory reveals an outdoor location complete with more refreshment booths, vendors, and upgraded food stands.
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    601 F St. NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Drink the World - International Beer Fest
    The Venue DAR Constitution Hall, D.C.'s largest concert venue. The hall, which opened in 1929, was originally designed to house the annual Daughters of the American Revolution convention. The first musical event in the hall was on November 2, 1929, and since then it has played host to everyone from Duke Ellington to George Carlin to the Moscow Philharmonic to Aerosmith. It is now a national historic landmark that welcomes more than a half a million patrons a year. The Event Drink the World International Beer Fest, one of the world's biggest beer-tasting events with more than 70 beers from dozens of countries, including: Belgium: Chimay Costa Rica: Imperial England: Strongbow Cider Jamaica: Red Stripe Sweden: Oppigards Each guest gets an event passport that yields unlimited pours during their session. They'll also dine on global cuisine, hear live music, and be entered in a complimentary raffle. Other prizes include awards for best international outfits, and everyone is sent home with a souvenir tasting glass and pictures from the complimentary photo booth. Project DC Events Project DC Events helps locals get to know D.C. and Arlington by hosting fun-filled events, including parties, bar crawls, and festivals. It puts on the Christmas-themed DC Santa Crawl, the costume-filled Clarendon Halloween Crawl, the extremely bright Neon Drink ON Summer Beer Fest, and many more. These events entertain thousands with drinks, games, photo booths, raffles, and danceable music.
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    1776 D St. NW
    Washington, DC US

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