March 2018 ~ Calendar of Events

Washington Wizards or Washington Capitals Game
~ Enjoy some basketball or hockey, and catch a game at the Verizon Center.

Chinese New Year 2018 - February 16 - March 3, 2018. 
~ Celebrate The Year of the Dog! With tons of celebratory events (make sure you wear red!), attendees can immerse themselves in traditional Chinese culture and celebrate the New Year with a festival of sight, food, culture and fun! Enjoy the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment. The Chinese New Year is a 15-day event that starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later, so there is tons to do and see!

Chocolate Festivals 2018 - January - April - Varying times and locations.
~ In keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, Chocolate Festivals pop up all over the District with amazing food, drinks and crafts! Don’t miss the Chocolate Challenge, where sculptors and artists compete to create art out of the delicious treat!

Intersections Arts Festival - February 22-March 11, 2018. 
~ Held at the Atlas Theatre Performing Arts Center, this awesome event features visual art, film screenings, literary readings & dance, musical and dramatic productions as well as so much more - performed by more than 30 artists and cultural institutions!

The Francophonie Cultural Festival - March 2018.
~ Experience and celebrate French traditions throughout March with various events commemorating the French speaking culture!
Over 40 countries contribute food, theater, children’s workshops, literary salons, and more - there is so much to see!

Women’s History Month in DC - March 2018.
~ Celebrate influential women in history by visiting one of the many museums and events happening in DC!

Alexandria St Patrick’s Day Parade -  March 3, 2018.
~ Celebrate Irish culture at the wonderful Alexandria St Patrick’s Day Parade! The event is perfect for families; with entertainment ranging from a traditional car show, dog show and parade!

Annapolis St Patrick’s Day & Irish Weekend - March 11, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Historic Annapolis, MD
~ Commemorate and honor Irish traditions, while celebrating in wonderful city of Annapolis. Events ranging from coffee competitions, “history dinner”s, bar crawls, the big parade, and more! If in Annapolis on the 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) don’t miss the festivities at Galway Bay!

NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo 2018 -  March 10-11, 2018, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
~ This wonderfully immersive and family friendly event helps spread awareness and educate those about all things healthy living. FREE health screenings, fun activities and more make this a great way to get active 2018!

Rock n’ Roll DC Marathon  - March 10, 2018.
~ Run for an amazing cause in the shadow of the Nation’s monuments. Includes participation for the whole marathon (26.2 K) and the half (13.1 K)
There is also a 5K race at RFK Stadium.

National Shamrock Fest - Saturday, March 17, 2018.
~ Celebrate St Paddy’s day at this uber trendy street festival, featuring live music, food, entertainment, carnival rides, an Irish Village and more! his year's headlining bands include  Sum 41, Shaggy, Less Than Jake, and Reel Big Fish.

2018 St Patrick’s Day Parades and Events in the DC Area
~ Commemorate St Patrick's Day at one of the many events and celebrations throughout the District! 

The DC Environmental Film Festival - Thursday March 15 - Sunday March 25, 2018.
~ Observe environmental issues and successes through cinema at this moving and influential event. Various films are showcased, focusing on climate change, animal activism, and politics in order to create a meaningful dialogue about important issues. Many of the screenings are free, the location offers the unique opportunity for films & filmmakers to reach national and international lawmakers and decision-makers.  Be a part of the change!
Question and Answer discussions following the premiers give the event an interactive atmosphere, with an educational twist!

Cherry Blossom Festival - March 20 – April 15, 2018. 
~ Enjoy the beginning of spring with the blooming of the Cherry Blossoms. “A tradition that showcases the beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital in 1912.” Many events go hand in hand with the celebratory three weeks.

CineMatsuri - March 18 - April 3, 2018. 
~ Celebrate Japanese history and culture by viewing a screening as the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASW) presents the Japanese film festival, called CineMatsuri. The event will screen five recent Japanese films, reflecting the richness and diversity of today's Japanese cinema.

March for Our Lives - March 24, 2018. 
~ In an effort to spread awareness about gun legislation, and “ demand that our lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. “,  thousands of people will take to the street in front of the Capitol and March. This grassroots event was inspired by, and organized by students whos purpose is to enact change, but also meant to honor those who have lost their lives.

Blossom Kite festival - March 31, 2018. 
~ Witness the start of Kite season amid the backdrop of the falling Cherry Blossom petals! See amazingly creative kites with even more experienced fliers, as well as competitions and demonstrations to top off the event. Kites will be available for purchase at the event.

Spring Theater 2018
~ Take in a show and enjoy DC’s wonderful theaters all over the city - see link for scheduled performances.

Rock Creek Park 
~ Horseback riding, trails for hiking, biking, and exploring provide a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city! 

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