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Make sure you don't miss out on these amazing signature events and festivals in Washington, DC! You'll be happy to know that many of them are family-friendly and completely free to attend. Plus, they happen every year so you can plan ahead, and make the most of your time in the city.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival

Mar 20 – Apr 14 | The Tidal Basin
More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon the nation's capital each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees. The annual festival is held in honor both American and Japanese cultures and represents a close bond forged between the two countries that began with Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gift of the trees back in 1912.
Throughout the festival you can experience a variety of events, many of which are free, including the parade, the kite festival, and Petalpalooza.
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Passport DC

May 01 – May 31 | Pennsylvania Avenue | Free
Around the world in 31 days not 90! A month-long celebration of global art, culture, and traditions featuring; Embassy Open Houses, Food festival, Cultural performances, Exhibitions, Workshops
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DC Jazz Festival

September 2024 | The Wharf
The DC Jazz Festival, a summer highlight, showcases top-notch national and international jazz artists across the city. With diverse performances in various venues, including many free concerts, it's a must-attend cultural event for all ages.
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 26–30 and July 3–7 | National Mall
Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. This free festival is a can't-miss event in the nation's capital filled with only-in-DC activities and offerings.
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Capital Pride

June 08 - June 09 | Free
In June, the Capital Pride Alliance presents Capital Pride, a week-long celebration in Washington, DC Featuring the Pride Parade, Festival, and Concert, along with other events, it joyously honors the city's dynamic LGBTQ community.
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Fourth of July

July 04 | National Mall | Free
DC's Fourth of July celebration is a must-see with the National Mall fireworks and free A Capitol Fourth concert. Experience America's birthday in various venues and ways throughout the capital. Don't miss out on the grand celebration of summer's biggest holiday!
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DC Bike Ride

Sept 07 | West Potomac Park
Discover family-friendly fun in DC with the annual DC Bike Ride each September. Enjoy a car-free 20-mile bike ride, taking in the iconic sights, sounds, and tastes of the city for lasting memories.