Washington D.C. January 2023

Washington D.C. January 2023 Events

Washington D.C. January 2023 Events

D.C. is hot with culture and culinary delights during cold January

Average temperature low and high: 25°- 45°
The cold weather scares many people away from visiting Washington D.C. during January, but that just means less lines for popular attractions. Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy by visiting his memorial and attending the parade in his honor. Learn more about the civil rights movement as a whole by visiting the Smithsonian Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. You'll also have the opportunity to try the best culinary dishes across the city during D.C.'s Restaurant Week.

January Event Calendar

MLK Holiday DC Parade and Festival

MLK Holiday DC Parade and Festival

DC is the home of the Washington Nation Cathedral, the church where Dr. Martin Luther King preached his last Sunday sermon before his assassination, and the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. That said, it's a great place to celebrate MLK weekend. Each year there is a parade that begins at noon at 2700 MLK Avenue SE and continues to Anacostia Park for a free festival.

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The Washington Auto Show

The Washington Auto Show

From concept cars to the hottest luxury vehicles, the Washington Auto Show features the newest technology, gorgeous vehicles, and various automotive-related exhibits across three floors of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased here. Families wanting to attend will love the child play area designed to occupy younger visitors.

Monster Jam

Looking for something to get your adrenaline pumping? Then head down to the Capital One Arena for some excitement. See the country's most popular motor sport event: Monster Jam. Over 2 days, you'll get the chance to see giant, 10+ foot-tall, 12,000-pound monster trucks compete against each other with jaw-dropping stunts and tricks. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased here

Washington D.C. Events in January


Theater & Headliners



Upcoming Events

Fri, Jan 13 at Flash The Ritual with Anané & Louie Vega
Sat, Jan 14 at Flash Marcellus Pittman - Byron the Aquarius
Fri, Jan 20 at Flash Mathew Jonson
Sat, Jan 28 at Flash Amir Alexander
Things to do in Washington D.C.

Things to Do in Washington in January

Go ice-skating

Go ice-skating
Every winter, Washington D.C. bundles up and straps on skates to enjoy ice skating at one of the numerous rinks that pop up. Whether you choose to hit the ice at the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art, amid beautiful art pieces, or skating the trail at Enchant Christmas, where you can stop at one of the food and drink stands lining the path, it's a fun and inexpensive way to spend an evening. If you tend to spend more time falling than skating, Pentagon Row also offers classes to help you refine your skills.

Visit the Smithsonian

Visit the Smithsonian
Any trip to the nation's capital should include a trip to some of the greatest museums in the country. The Smithsonian is a group of museums where you can learn about and see artifacts from the history of the United States, view stunning artwork, and explore the multitude of cultures that have blended into our current society. The icy days of January are a perfect time to make the trip - since it's the off-season for tourism, the buildings won't be overcrowded. If you're traveling with kids, pick up the National Park passport in advance so you can get it stamped in the different buildings.