June 24 through 28 and July 1 through 5: Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Learn about cultures around the world at the annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall (between Seventh and 14th streets). The Smithsonian packs the two-week event with music, food, dancing, crafts, cooking demonstrations, and outdoor exhibits. This year, Asian Pacific American cultures and Mexican traditions will be highlighted. The Smithsonian will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at its museums and insitutions with the Smithsonian Inside Out program. The festival is open daily from 11 to 5:30, and evening events start at 6. Free.
July 8 through 25: Capital Fringe Festival
The Capital Fringe Festival celebrates experimental art and theater. At venues throughout DC, you can see hundreds of performances of contemporary theater, dance, music, poetry, and puppetry, performed by local, national, and international artists. There are also panel and roundtable discussions with performers. Most events require tickets, and packages to see multiple performances are available.
July 23: Clifton Film Fest
Clifton residents submit original short films for this community festival, which culminates in a screening of the top entries in July. Films are three to eight minutes long and range in style from drama to comedy to documentary. The winning films in the adult and student categories receive a prize. Screenings begin at 8:30 pm at Clifton Town Park.
July 31 and August 1: Asian Festival
Reston’s Asian Festival, held at Lake Newport Square, celebrates Asian culture and traditions with food, arts and crafts, music, and stage performances. Past festivals have included special events such as martial-arts demonstrations, sports tournaments, a break-dancing contest, and an Asian Idol singing contest. Free.
August 7: Friendship Firehouse Festival
This annual festival celebrates the 1774 founding of Old Town’s Friendship Fire Company. It includes live music, craft and food vendors, giveaways for kids, and a peek at historic firefighting equipment. 9 am to 2 pm. Free.
August 14: Alexandria Irish Festival
Head to Old Town’s Waterfront Park on Prince Street for the Irish Festival. The event includes Irish-American food, crafts, and entertainment. Noon to 7. Free.
August 28 through October 24: Maryland Renaissance Festival
Hosted in a recreated 16th century English village called Revel Grove, the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival includes costumed villagers who man pubs, stages, food booths, and more than 130 craft shops. You can get into character, too—there’s a booth for adults and children to rent costumes. In addition to the day-to-day entertainment—strolling musicians, jugglers, mimes, and more—there are special weekend themes. Last year’s included Pirate Adventure Weekend and Shakespeare Weekend. Tickets are required.
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