Events in Washington DC

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Events in Washington DC

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  • L D J
    Memphis, TN477 contributions
    This was our first time attending the Cherry Blossom parade in DC. It is a free parade but we bought tickets to sit in the bleachers. The weather was great that day and overall was a nice parade.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Sightsee440234
    1 contribution
    great light displays. Area was a little small for the amount of travel I had to do to get here from SIlver Spring. Nice time and great value for a free public event
    Written 7 January 2020
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  • Louis S
    Washington DC, DC32 contributions
    This event is top no0tch every year. We expect no less from the Library of Congress. However, success breeds popularity and even though it is in the convention center it is too crowded to be able to see the speakers you want and move around the building. It is a 5 star event but when you get blocked from doing what you would like to do, well, then it is less than 5 star. There should be overflow rooms for people to see the most popular speakers. This year the RBG talk was very full and there were likely many hundreds of people shut out from this very popular speaker. if there was a ball room where we could see a screen, it wouldn't be as nice as live but better than missing it. The volunteer staff was wonderful and extremely helpful. I will go back next year and hope for the best.
    Written 8 September 2019
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  • Sunshine04489857492
    Mount Vernon, WA8 contributions
    It was amazing watching this event! The riders and their bikes were great! The blessings of the bikes at the National Cathedral was beautiful!
    Written 4 September 2019
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  • drmomAlabama
    alabama29 contributions
    Inspirational...well run for the huge crowd of runners and spectators...traffic flow for spectators is difficult but logistically I can't see a way to improve on that. Runners expo is great too
    Written 30 October 2019
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  • globetrottergirl196
    Fort Lauderdale, FL9 contributions
    The Citi Open (aka Washington D.C. Open) offered quality players and matches and affordable parking. So much good and bad about this tournament that I will focus on the most important issues. The facility is very old and in need of renovations. Seating is generally good from any point, except the 2nd level lower rows views were obstructed by advertising banners. At one point we made a game of how soon fans would sit in the empty lower rows to immediately rise up to able to see player at south end baseline and then leave for better seats.

    Mature landscaping and park provided an Intimate setting with various covered and uncovered seating areas with TVs to watch the matches. But no TV for the outside seating area at the main food court and many areas in disarray were not rearranged daily throughout the tournament.

    Food quality varied from bad to good depending on the vendor and location of food purchase. The Choudin lounge was transporting food from a kitchen at another food location and therefore could be old and lukewarm. Whereas the food court and food trucks were good quality with nice selection, but the prices were high.

    Event entry was adequately staff and fast entry using Apple digital wallet or printed tickets. I recommend budgeting time to enter as standard for any sporting event, at least 30 minutes from the offset parking using shuttle service to grounds entry and another 15 minutes to seats. Yet there were no ushers during the day sessions and people were sometimes hesitant on giving seats to ticket holder. I overheard several times of incidents where people seating other places because they seats were taken. I had to verbally state to one person that yes I did want to sit in my seat for them to remove themselves. This also meant there was movement throughout the matches to include even when ushers were present for the evening sessions.

    I would only attend again after facility is renovated and/or return of the WTA to tournament. I'm hopeful that renovation plans are in the works with an owner change in 2019.
    Written 12 August 2021
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  • itunes526
    Washington DC, DC2 contributions
    This year's auto show was a bit of a disappointment. The Bugatii was not there for people who came to the show after Monday. Too many of the vehicles were off limits, such as the new Ford Lighting. vehicle was literally up on a pedestal with Ford employees around the vehicle to keep patrons away. This is a "state of the art" vehicle that is multifaceted. They could have least opened the hood and had a mock hook up to demonstrate how you can power your home during a power outage.
    Written 29 January 2022
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  • XTOC6
    United States85 contributions
    An awesome event for kids and the adult kid at heart.
    Plenty of activities, which start with a well planned and orchestrated, timed entry pass and exit from the once a year the public is allowed to come into this restricted area of The White House property.
    Written 10 April 2017
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  • Jacsprats
    New York City, NY136 contributions
    We went down to DC for my partner to run.
    The expo was fine, but it's like they didn't plan for a lot of people to be at a convention center. The traffic was barely controlled chaos and we had to pay for parking. Directions could have been signed better, they sent us to the main entrance on a narrow sidewalk when a lovely and WIDE walkway would have taken us directly to the expo room downstairs. No safety pins were included with the bibs. An unpleasant surprise on the night before when we're 200+ miles from home.
    The marathon route (at least this year) loops through DC and the mall. The setting was lovely, but hot with no shade. It was in the high 70's and humid. They should schedule it for December!
    The MCM app didn't work at all so we could not track runners. The text updates only worked half the time.
    Along Arlington Cemetery and nearing the finish, the crowds are on the far side of the highway from the runners. It was very disappointing as it was difficult to cheer from so far away.
    The walk to meet up with the runners is probably about a mile. It is ridiculously long and often blocked by people trying to see the finish. I mentioned the bottleneck to emergency personnel and they just stared at me. OK, thanks organizers.
    I wasn't blown away by the experience and hope not to repeat it!
    Written 25 October 2017
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  • mrhover
    Clinton, TN234 contributions
    If you're in DC at this time, don't miss this. There's a small charge (like $7 or so) to get in - but it's well worth it. Take a free bag on the way in. There are tons of vendors giving away free samples of food and products. As you walk closer to the capital building, vendors are BBQ-ing and selling amazing food. It's a fun place to spend a few hours. Don't miss it.
    Written 15 July 2017
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  • Shawn C
    67 contributions
    So many people! I don’t think it was possible to prepare for the crowds everywhere. In the metro, in the parking lots at the Pentagon , in line for the port a potty’s. The race itself was beautiful. The course wound past the Potomac River on the Virginia side past Arlington cemetery, across the Key Bridge into Georgetown, then down into DC Near the Washington monument and memorials then back into VA. The whole thing took most of the day because of the lines but worth doing once in a lifetime.
    Written 13 October 2019
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  • Army_recuerdos
    Washington DC, DC5 contributions
    I would have to say that the music a good experience. The bands along the way sounded good and the finish line festival and beer garden was fun. The starting line is in front of the National African American Cultural History museum and Washington Monument and the full marathon finished there too but the half ended at the DC Armory where the beer garden was. They need to improve the route because you’re out of the scenic area before you hit the first mile. At least it was convenient for taking the metro. With the streets they closed down I think they can at least go around the tidal basin though. Running up Rock Creek was beautiful and the hill at mile 6 challenging!
    Written 19 March 2019
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  • DC G
    Washington DC, DC70 contributions
    We attended 5 events during the month of Jazz Fest and I could tell that an enormous amount of work was put in to the planning of this festival. So kudos for all those involved who spent so much time working on it. The website and the printed brochure were really well done....great graphic design and lots of options from which to choose.

    There seems to be lots of conflict from the posted start times on all the materials and the actual start times once you arrived at an event. People plan their days around these times, especially with the DC traffic, so that could be improved.

    I saw SO many staff members and employees at this festival, but not many of them could answer basic questions.

    Because the weather was so hot, those bands who played outside at the Wharf did not seem to pull in a very loud crowd. They need a large tarp or some huge umbrellas, so people could sit outside and not get toasted by the sun. Most people were listening to the jazz outside under trees and awnings, far away from the bands, because the sun was just too oppressive.

    I also went to the main event at the Anthem, which was not as well attended as I would have hoped....and expecting guests to stay for 5 hours, yes 5 hours of performances was asking too much..wayyyyy too long

    other than that, i thought the idea of having jazz all throughout the city was a great idea...lots of venues and some really unusual ones as well
    Written 18 June 2018
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  • Marco G
    Westchester County, NY44 contributions
    We went to see the Washington Kastles play at American University. It was a really fun night. It was really great for the kids in the crowd. If you have a child or are a big tennis fan this is a good night.
    Written 11 October 2018
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