Cultural Festivals in DC, Maryland, & Virginia

Step outside of your comfort zone and experience some new culture with these local events in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

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DC:

Smithsonian Folk-life Festival– The 2014 Smithsonian Folk-life Festival will be from June 25-29 as well as July 2-6. It is an outdoor event on the National Mall and best of all, it is completely free to attend! The goal of the festival is to strengthen and preserve diverse living traditions so expect to both witness and take part in cultural displays from all over the world. Click here for a link to the full schedule of events.

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  • The Festival take place on the National Mall.

National Cherry Blossom Festival– A celebration of both the deep Japanese culture as well as the relationship between the United States and the people of Japan. The festival not only features the blossoming trees along the tidal basin, but also an extensive annual parade. Food and craft vendors alike will also be sprawled throughout the tidal basin entrance.

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  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place on the National Mall.

Maryland:

Frederick 21st Annual Festival of the Arts– This is a juries, three-day fine arts festival held the first weekend every June along the Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick. The event features over 110 artists from across the country, two stages of live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s activities, food, and more. If you would like to sell your own artwork at this event, you can pay a small fee and set up shop as well.

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  • Frederick 21st Annual Festival of the Arts takes place at 

South African Independence Day– The free event is in partnership with the National Park Service and the District Department of the Environment. The day will include arts, crafts, and musical entertainment for all visitors and honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

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  • This celebration takes place on the National Harbor. 

Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival– This festival celebrates the rich traditions of the African American community. It is a free, family oriented celebration and is usually help on the third Saturday in the month of September. It will showcase the county’s communities an residents as well as raise funds to support charitable programs  like scholarships, summer camps, and historical preservation projects. Lastly, this is an alcohol-free event.

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  • Patriot Plaza Townson, Md. 

Virginia:

Claude Moore Colonial Farm Market Fair– Held on the third full weekend of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first- time visitors alike. Visitors come from all across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of Market Fair.

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  • The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is located at 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean.

Church Hill Irish Festival– A $5 donation will be collected at the gate and proceeds benefit St. Baldrick’s Society and their fight against childhood cancer, The Church Hill Association, the Church Hill Crime Watch, Richmond Hill, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, St. John’s Church, the St. Peter’s Meal Program, Stone’s Circle of Friends, and many other neighborhood causes. In addition to great entertainment, there will be plenty of family fun, including children’s games, face painting and Irish-themed crafts. Over 30 Irish vendors will be in attendance!

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  • Church Hill Irish Festival takes place downtown. 

Asian American Celebration– Join the Area’s Asian American community in a celebration of culture and tradition as the East meets the West. The Asian American Society of Central Virginia holds this celebration annually on May 5th from 11 AM- 7 PM. The event aims to both educate and entertain families with cultural exhibits, interactive crafts, vendors, authentic cuisine, a parade, and non stop performances.

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Credit: Asian American Society of Central Virginia

  • Asian American Celebration takes place at 403 North Third St, Richmond.  

Que Pasa Hispanic Cultural Festival– The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC) is hosting their annual cultural representation of the Famous Gardens of Xochimilco (in Mexico City) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Latin American community of greater Richmond. Expect an abundance of delicious food and a wide variety of musical and dance performance acts to enjoy.

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  • Que Pasa Hispanic Cultural Festival takes place along the Canal Walk in Historic Downtown Richmond. 

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