Best time to visit Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.

Best time of year to visit Washington, D.C.

With its impressive architecture, an abundance of monuments and museums, Capital City has a lot to offer at any time of year. However, the best time to visit Washington, D.C. are spring and autumn, when the nice weather allows to explore and enjoy all of its beautiful nooks. Late March to mid-April is a great time to see abundant cherry blossoms and welcome spring in the U.S. capital. In the autumn, the foliage in D.C. becomes stunning, and the air temperature cools down to a more comfortable feel. Don't miss the Halloween Parades in October or the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in November. During the hot summer, discover the city by bicycle, kayak or canoe, hike Mount Vernon Trail, and see blooming water lilies at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden.

15 THINGS TO DO IN WASHINGTON, D.C. (DECEMBER 05 - DECEMBER 14)

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–early January • event

The United States capital is especially festive during the holiday season

Christmas Lights across Virginia

Christmas Lights across Virginia

early November–early January • event

Shimmering lights on the water, in parks, and in the tunnel

Christmas Lights around Maryland

Christmas Lights around Maryland

mid-November–February • event

The best displays in parks, on water, and in residential areas

Downtown Holiday Market

Downtown Holiday Market

November 20–December 23, 2020 • activity

The real Christmas magic starts here

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab

April–December • food

The most famous seafood of the Northeast

Luces de Navidad

Luces de Navidad

late November–early January • event

La capital de los Estados Unidos es especialmente festiva durante las fiestas

Luzes de Navidad alrededor de Maryland

Luzes de Navidad alrededor de Maryland

mid-November–February • event

Las mejores exhibiciones en parques, en agua y en zonas residenciales

Luzes de Navidad a través de Virginia

Luzes de Navidad a través de Virginia

early November–early January • event

Luminosas luces en el agua, en los parques y en el túnel

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

mid-November–mid-March • activity

A favorite place for kids and winter sport lovers—ice rinks

The Mansion on O Street

The Mansion on O Street

all year round • activity

Explore the hidden rooms of this secret hotel and museum

Washington Capitals Hockey

Washington Capitals Hockey

October–April • event

A fun winter alternative to baseball and football

Cycling in DC

Cycling in DC

March–December • activity

With hundreds of kilometres of beautiful paved trails, the District Columbia is a paradise for bikers

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Bull Run Festival of Lights

November 6, 2020–January 10, 2021 • event

A massive light display in Centreville, not far from Washington, D.C.

Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

November 11, 2020–January 3, 2021 • event

An enchanting holiday garden not far from Washington D.C.

Christmas Light Displays and Events in Baltimore

Christmas Light Displays and Events in Baltimore

late November–early January • event

Explore Inner Harbor and beyond during the festive season

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Rolling Thunder Run

Rolling Thunder Run

May 24, 2020 • event

The world's largest single-day motorcycle event

4th of July Concert, Parade & Fireworks

4th of July Concert, Parade & Fireworks

July 04 • event

There's no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than in Washington D.C.

National Memorial Day Parade

National Memorial Day Parade

May 25, 2020 • event

One of the most patriotic holidays is undertaken with great scale in Washington

National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20–April 12, 2020 • event

One of the largest spring celebrations in the U.S. capital

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 3, 2020(online event) • event

Welcome the holiday season with the U.S. President

Adams Morgan Day

Adams Morgan Day

September 13, 2020 (virtual event) • event

A celebration in the epicenter of Washington's nightlife

National Giant Capital Barbecue Battle

National Giant Capital Barbecue Battle

June 01–30, 2020 (virtual) • event

One of American's favourite activities gets a spotlight between the White House and U.S. Capitol

Fall Foliage in and around Washington, D.C.

Fall Foliage in and around Washington, D.C.

mid-October–early November • nature

Witness fall colors enveloping everything from the National Mall to cozy neighborhoods of DC in October

Presidential Inauguration

Presidential Inauguration

January 20, 2021 • event

A historical event not to be missed

Washington Auto Show

Washington Auto Show

January 29–February 07, 2021 • event

One of the top auto shows in the US will leave you in awe with cutting-edge exhibits, displays of historic vehicles, and latest model cars

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

mid-March–mid-April • nature

This grandiose celebration comes to the US capital with the arrival of spring

Halloween

Halloween

late October • event

One of America's favorite holidays is celebrated on a grand scale in Washington

Washington International Horse Show

Washington International Horse Show

October 20–25, 2020 • event

The premier metropolitan indoor horse show in the U.S.

JxJ

JxJ

May 07–24, 2020 • event

One of the oldest and largest Jewish cultural events in the world

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

September 05–07, 2020 • event

Commemorate the longstanding weekend with amazing outdoor activities and free events in the nation's capital

Great Falls

Great Falls

March–May • nature

See the Great Falls when they are especially great—full and roaring with the melted snowfall

Labor Day Concert

Labor Day Concert

September 06, 2020 • event

The outdoor music season ends with this wonderful concert near the U.S. Capitol

Kayaking, Paddling, and Canoeing on the Potomac

Kayaking, Paddling, and Canoeing on the Potomac

April–October • activity

The District of Columbia offers great water sport activities

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

April–September • event

Watching a baseball game is a true American experience

Lotus and Water Lilies at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden

Lotus and Water Lilies at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden

late June–mid-August • nature

Washington is said to be a former wetland, so no wonder you can find blooming water flowers

Autumn Pumpkin Patch

Autumn Pumpkin Patch

October • activity

A beautiful seasonal tradition

Marine Corps Marathon

Marine Corps Marathon

October 23–25, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Run along the fastest of the U.S. military's servicemen and servicewomen

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

March 15, 2020 • event

A perfect occasion for a pub crawl or to see the fountain by the White House turned green

Washington D.C. Restaurant Week

Washington D.C. Restaurant Week

August 12–18, 2019 • event

Experience the best prices in the best restaurants

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

September 12, 2020 • event

Enjoy world-famous seafood and lots of entertainment

Scream City Tours

Scream City Tours

September 25–November 07, 2020 (every Friday and Saturday and most Thursdays & Sundays) • event

There is no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to visit a haunted house

Mount Vernon Trail

Mount Vernon Trail

April–October • activity

Combine active outdoor sports with a visit to George Washington's historical estate

Sailing and Cruising on the Potomac

Sailing and Cruising on the Potomac

May–November • activity

Explore one of the greatest American river and see the landmarks of the US capital from the water

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

July 01–05, 2020 • event

A free festival at the Mall showcases culture and arts from all over the world

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