Washington D.C. August 2024

Washington D.C. August 2024 Events

Washington D.C. August 2024 Events

See D.C. in August for a Distinguished Adventure

Average temperature low and high: 66°- 87°
The hot and sticky summer weather continues throughout August. As always, outdoor activities, bars, restaurants, and museums create great times and even better memories. Mix outdoor and indoor adventures when experiencing this unique city.

August Event Calendar

Water Lantern Festival

Water Lantern Festival

Water Lantern Festival is an event that is held throughout the country wherein attendees come together to celebrate and remember the loved ones that they have lost. The Washington, DC event will be held on August 5th, at the National Harbor where attendees will enjoy food from food trucks, music, and the stunning views of their lit-up lanterns reflecting on the water at night. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm, with lantern decorating beginning at 8:00 pm and the lantern launching lasting from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The earlier you buy tickets, the better. Prices for admission will be $35.99 until July 28th, then $45.99 until August 4th, and then $55.99 until the day of the event. Tickets include a wristband for entry to the event and access to food trucks, a floating lantern kit with an LED candle, a drawstring backpack, and a marker. Tickets can be purchased online.

Moulin Rouge! - The Musical

The glamorous Moulin Rouge. The Musical is playing in your city. Come and experience one of the most iconic stage musicals of all time and revel in the opulent set design, classic songs and memorable characters. You've seen the movie. Now imagine watching it all unfold on stage right in front of you. The dazzling crew orchestrating this spectacle includes Tony Award winners like director Alex Timbers, music supervisor Justin Levine and choreographer Sonya Tayeh. This show's recommended for ages 12 and up, and you can get your tickets right here.

2023 National Book Festival

2023 National Book Festival

The 2023 National Book Festival is where bookworms bring their favorite novels. This bibliophile held at Walter E. Washington Convention Center offers author presentations, book signings, and good, old-fashioned book love. It's free to attend, You don't need tickets, but you're advised to pack light, as the "one bag per person" rule and strict security protocols ensure only explosive things at this event are plot twists. Remember, books from home are welcome for signings, but each author may have specific preferences. The festival also offers online access for those that can't attend in person.

Silver Spring International Food and Craft Festival

Silver Spring International Food and Craft Festival

Free your inner foodie and let loose your culture vulture for the Silver Spring International Food & Craft Festival at Veterans Plaza. This gastronomic extravaganza features an array of global cuisine and artisanal crafts brought to you by over 60 artisans and small business owners. Take your taste buds on a world tour with spicy Ethiopian injera, bold South American and delicate French crepes and macarons. You will probably find dishes that you've never tried before. Keep a discerning eye out for handicrafts, and you will be sure to leave with some eclectic souvenirs as well as lots of colorful memories. Festival entry to the festival is free and includes live music entertainment.

Arlington County Fair

Arlington County Fair

This urban fair, an East Coast giant, celebrates over four decades of free fun, showcasing the best of Arlington, one deep-fried candy bar at a time. Marvel at the heart-stopping bravery of pie-eating contestants gobbling dessert hands-free or the yogis perfecting their downward-facing goat. Listen to local tunes in the Entertainment Tent, or let loose at the Kids Court – where the only court order is to have fun. Remember, it's not about winning or losing. It's about how you ride the midway.

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CityFestDC

CityFestDC

Washington, D.C. has more to offer than historic landmarks and political discourse. Visit Culture House, a historic church converted into a colorful art and event space, for a different look at what the nation's capital offers. CityFestDC is the excuse to visit, featuring food, art and shopping from local artisans 12-8 p.m. You'll see murals painted on the spot and enjoy music from the likes of  Dre Thompson, Jhoan and DJ Skeem. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 VIP (with a food plate and two drinks included).

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Margarita March: Summer Edition

Margarita March: Summer Edition

There is nothing quite like drinking ice-cold margaritas in the summer. Well, now there's something better. 8 different margaritas, all included in your ticket to the DC Margarita March. After checking in at Pearl Street Warehouse, this annual tasting tour will take hundreds of revelers across some of the city's most popular venues. You're free to choose your route as long as you finish up by 9 pm. Tip your waiters and remember you need to be above 21 to participate. Using public transport is recommended, and the event offers free entry to designated drivers.

Distrito Music Fest DC

Distrito Music Fest DC

The Distrito Music Fest 2023 brings the best of Latin, Indie, and Electronic music scenes to the capital. This year's lineup is another banging celebration of Latin American music featuring Sonòsfera, Nayas, Pekeke Project, Los Novios De Martita, Bongo District, QuinTango, and Outerloop. So, dust off your dancing shoes, prepare your most outrageous festival outfit and join us at Union Stage for a day of unforgettable tunes and questionable dance moves. Entry is open to all ages, and tickets start from $35. Doors open at 4 pm, so get a good spot near the front early.

2023 Around The World Cultural Food Festival

2023 Around The World Cultural Food Festival

Mark your calendars and come hungry. The Around the World Cultural Food Festival returns to Alexandria's historic Old Town neighborhood with an array of global cuisine as well as art, shopping and live music to keep you busy all day long. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., showcasing food as not only something delicious but also a reflection of culture and place. Event organizers are very selective in choosing chefs, restaurants and food trucks, with only one per country represented. So expect the best recipes while walking the grounds of Oronoco Bay Park with the beauty of the Potomac as your backdrop. There's no entry charge. Food and drinks are priced individually.

Runway for a Cure DC

Runway for a Cure DC

The 6th Annual Runway for a Cure DC is bringing high fashion and breast cancer awareness together at the Crystal Gateway Mariott near Downtown Washinton D.C. Designers, vendors, and models are set to unveil their take on this year's theme-"The Pink Phoenix Rising." Tickets start at $50 for the Pink and White after-party. Or, get the full VIP treatment with dinner and drinks for $250 for two. Enjoy a dazzling runway show, meet the designers, and lots more! You must be 18 or older to attend.

DC JazzFest

DC JazzFest

Head to the nation's capital for the 19th annual Jazz Fest, a "celebration of all things jazz." Located across several neighborhoods, this five-day event will include a Labor Day weekend of performances at the waterfront District Wharf. Here, concert-goers will enjoy water views, local restaurants, and live performances from numerous jazz artists - including Grammy-winning musicians and groups. Some of this year's lineup includes Gregory Porter, Samara Joy, Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble and lots more. Tickets are available online and include options for seated or standing single-day passes, VIP lounge passes, or exclusive cabana access, complete with food and alcohol packages.

Washington D.C. Events in August

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Things to do in Washington D.C.

Things to Do in Washington D.C. in August

Eat at Iron Gate

Eat at Iron Gate
Iron Gate is one of Washington D.C.'s oldest restaurants. Located in Dupont Circle, Iron Gate's menu features locally-sourced fare cooked in Greek and Italian styles but changes their menu with the season, making each visit a new culinary adventure.

Enjoy the Seafood in Annapolis

Enjoy the Seafood in Annapolis
The Chesapeake Bay not only gives the State of Maryland its distinctive shape, it also provides Maryland with its legendary seafood. The Chesapeake is best known for dishes featuring crab, oyster, and striped bass. A daytrip to Annapolis, Maryland – a 40 minute drive from Washington D.C.- will be a worthy excursion for the food alone.