Witness the National Memorial Parade in Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day in Washington DCThis year the National Memorial Parade in Washington, D.C., will take place on May 30, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. The American Veterans Center, along with the World War II Veterans Committee, first launched the Memorial Day parade in 2005. Every year since then, the parade has gotten bigger and better. In the last eight years, troops stationed all over the globe have watched a live television broadcast of the parade, and they’ll be able to watch this year’s event as well.

Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., is by far one of the biggest events in the nation. Without fail, the public supports this tribute to honor our service men and women.  

More about Things to Do on Memorial Day in Washington, D.C.

If you have been looking for things to do on Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., make sure you get to the parade. The parade will start at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue and proceed west down Constitution. The parade will travel past the White House and end at 17th Street. Participants in the parade will walk past a variety of the nation’s most famous museums and monuments as thousands of spectators proudly cheer and wave their flags.

The parade aims to remember the American spirit and sacrifices made for our country from the American Revolution right up to today’s ongoing conflicts. Coast Guardsmen, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, and Sailors are all celebrated during the parade. Attendees can look forward to a variety of high school marching bands, floats, local and national celebrities, veterans, service organizations, service members and plenty more.

Don’t Forget Somewhere to Stay

Book your stay for Memorial Day Weekend with us as at the Fairfax at Embassy Row. You’ll find us in the hub of Dupont Circle, among iconic monuments, world-class shopping, and incredible dining.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Make Mother’s Day in Washington DC One to Remember


If you want to spoil your beloved mother this year, spend Mother’s Day in Washington DC with us. Our luxury hotel lies amongst some of the top boutiques in the world, and iconic monuments and sensational dining are right on our doorstep. You’ll find us well situated in the bustling neighborhood of Dupont Circle.

We Offer Great Hotel Deals in Washington DC

Mother's DaySpoil mom with one of our hotel deals in Washington DC this year. Our Bed and Breakfast package allows you to book a stay with the best available rates and enjoy complimentary breakfast for two. You can also earn double iPrefer points.

Make the day extra memorable with Mother’s Day cruises in Washington DC with Spirit Cruises on May 8, 2016. The special cruises for mom include a delectable buffet-style meal, incredible views from the water and a DJ to entertain the whole family. Cruises to choose from include:

  • Early brunch cruise, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon brunch cruise, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Dinner cruise, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

All the cruises include either a brunch or dinner buffet menu, a complimentary mimosa, glass of wine, juice or soda and a flower for Mom.

Don’t Delay, Plan Your Mother’s Day!

Book your stay at the Fairfax at Embassy Row today. After the time out on the water and some wondrous sightseeing, come back and relax in our well-appointed guest rooms and indulge in luxury bathroom amenities.

Our intimate hotel is just the upscale treat Mom deserves this year. Nestled among tree-lined avenues, we are a haven at the end of a busy day. Let us help you make Mother’s Day unforgettable this year.


Will You Be at the Dragon Boat Festival in DC?

The Dragon Boat Festival in DC will be held on May 21 and 22, 2016 at the Thompsons Boat Center. This year the festival will celebrate its fifteenth year and the two days of festivities will include cultural exhibitions, dragon boat racing and craft demonstrations. The Chinese Women’s League sponsors the event and serves to promote Chinese culture in the DC area.

Dragon Boat Cultural Festivals in DC

Dragon BoatDragon boat cultural festivals are by no means a new trend. In fact, dragon boating is based on the 2,300-year-old legend of Qu Yuan, who was a Chinese statesman and poet. In the ultimate form of protest, Yuan committed suicide in the Mei Lo River in 278 B.C. The local fishermen who saw it happen paddled their boats in the river, thrashing the water to scare away fish in an attempt to stop them eating at his body. The act of thrashing the water is what we now know as dragon boating.

The Cultural Aspects of the Festival

Such festivals in DC have several cultural aspects. The eye-dotting ceremony intends to awaken the sleeping dragon and resuscitates the boats with good spirits, providing top-notch entertainment for racers. A lion dance is also usually performed. Symbolizing strength, wisdom, and courage, the lion dance is regularly performed during the openings of restaurants and stores, during the Lunar New Year, at weddings and various other festivals. The dance aims to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck and happiness. A traditional Chinese food, Zhong Zi, is traditionally consumed at the festival. The food is made of a glutinous rice and stuffed with a range of fillings before being wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves. This tradition also dates back to Qu Yuan when packets of rice were thrown in the river to ward off fish.

If you’re coming to DC for the festival, be sure to book your stay at the Fairfax at Embassy Row and enjoy luxury accommodations and ultra-convenient amenities.


Be Part of the 2016 Earth Day Celebrations

Earth DayCelebrated annually on April 22 and the days before and after, Earth Day sees events being held around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day celebrations originated in 1970 and today, the Earth Day Network coordinates Earth Day celebrations in over 192 countries around the globe. If you’ve never been one to celebrate Earth Day, why not do so this year in D.C.?

Earth Day Events in Washington, D.C.

Whether you are a D.C. local or will be in town, there will be a variety of Earth Day celebrations in Washington, D.C.

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, April 16

This year sees the 28th year of the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. The event has evolved into a leading facilitator for progress, encouraging and inspiring people towards change. The community spirit of the Alice Ferguson Foundation spurs participants on to protect the environment throughout the watershed. This is the largest regional event of its kind and is the perfect chance to engage with community leaders and discuss change and preservation.

Open House: Celebrate Earth Day! April 22, 10AM – 2PM

Head over to the U.S Botanical Gardens for Earth Day celebrations where you can get involved in activities and talk to different representatives from environmental organizations. You will also have the opportunity to learn all the ways we can start making the planet a healthier place to live. The events will be held at the Conservatory Terrace, and entrance is free.

Earth Day at the Zoo – April 23, 10AM – 2PM

The National Zoo’s Sustainability Committee will be celebrating the day by educating visitors about the various green achievements across the zoo as well as their continued efforts towards environmental protection.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row wishes participants, attendees and visitors a memorable and inspirational Earth Day in Washington, D.C.


Will You Be Attending the 2016 Smithsonian Craft Show?

If you are looking for ways to create a designer home, be sure to check out this year’s Smithsonian Craft Show from April 21 – 24 at the National Building Museum.

Events at the Smithsonian to Look Forward To

Visitors to this year’s craft show in Washington DC can look forward to insider tips from the internationally acclaimed designer, Thom Filicia, who will be hosting a lecture series titled “Finding BasketsBeauty.” The series will include a wide range of discussions with various experts on the history of modern fine craft and the aesthetics of jewelry and art glass. The experts will share their insights into the history of the craft movement, too. These events in the Smithsonian will take place throughout the duration of the show. Another event to look forward to is the Preview Night Benefit where attendees will be able to marvel at a fascinating exhibition of innovation and creativity by 121 craft artists. The show will feature unique and limited edition works in 12 different media, from glass and ceramics to furniture and wearable arts. The Preview Night Benefit includes a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s Women’s Committee in the Commissioner’s Suite of the National Building Museum. There will also be an awards ceremony and the opportunity to meet the artists, be the first to shop for their crafts and enjoy a scrumptious dinner buffet while taking part in an auction and viewing exhibitor’s work before the general public do.

Need Somewhere to Stay?

If you’re coming to DC especially for the craft show, book your stay with us at the Fairfax at Embassy Row and enjoy all the comfort and convenience of home without having to lift a finger!


Have You Registered for Avon 39?

This year’s Avon 39 event will be taking place from April 30 – May 1, 2016. The event is a challenge, an attitude and a weekend you’re likely to remember forever. No matter how far you walk at the event, you’ll be donating to a very worthy cause.

What You Need to Know About the Avon 39 Walk in Washington D.C

Avon 39 WalkThe Avon 39 walk in Washington DC has become a popular event with Avon 39ers having banded to together since 2003 with one common goal: to beat breast cancer. The event overall enjoys some 207,000 participants who complete a combined 6,868,000 miles in their attempts to stomp out the disease. Avon 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer in Washington DC is exactly the way the nations’ Capital should be seen. Walking through the history of the Capitol, the Washington Monument and along the trendy streets of Georgetown. Proceed down towards the sidewalks of the leafy suburbs and through the quaint neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and Chinatown. By stepping up to the challenge, you will be helping breast cancer patients in the community as well as across our nation. The net funds raised will benefit the Washington DC area directly and ensure that care programs across the nation, including research programs, have the resources they need to progress in the fight to obliterate breast cancer. Some of last year’s beneficiaries included:

  • Washington Cancer Institute located at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • John Hopkins University – the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Bayview Medical Center
  • Georgetown University’s Capital Breast Care Center
  • Food & Friends
  • Meritus Healthcare Foundation
  • George Washington University

If you’re heading out to this very special walk, or even coming to Washington DC especially for the event, the Fairfax at Embassy Row wishes you a great and memorable day.


Get Ready for Exhilarating Concerts in Washington D.C

Verizon Center is home to the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoya men’s basketball team and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. It’s also host to some incredible concerts in Washington D.C.

Be Sure to Book Tickets for Concerts at Verizon Center

ConcertsWith an average of around 22 events every year, Verizon Center is the heart of the top events in D.C. Concerts at Verizon Center would be incomplete without an impressive schedule of chart-topping artists and all-time greats. In the 17-years the Center has been operational, some of the musical greats have graced the stage, including The Three Tenors, Justin Timberlake, U2, Bon Jovi, Barbra Streisand, Prince and many more. This year, some of the biggest chart-toppers, past and present will conduct a concert tour in Washington D.C, including:

April 8 – Duran Duran

April 9 – Katt Williams

April 29 – Justin Bieber

June 4 – Selena Gomez

June 23 – Sting & Peter Gabriel

August 9 – Janet Jackson

Within the arena, guests can enjoy a wide range of concession stands as well as restaurants with all sorts of menu options to suit different taste buds. There is, of course, traditional arena fare like crab cakes, hot dogs, deli sandwiches and chicken fingers. Other amenities at the Center include a private restaurant, private Owner’s Club, Budweiser Brew House, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, Draft Ops Fantasy Lounge and a Team Store.

Remember to Book Your Stay with Us

If you’re coming to D.C for a concert, book your stay with us at the Fairfax at Embassy Row and enjoy a boutique-style hotel complete with luxury accommodation and top-notch amenities to ensure you have an unforgettable stay. You’ll find us in the heart of Dupont Circle and close to a range of top D.C. attractions. We look forward to hosting your stay.


Start Planning Your Spring Getaway Today

If you’ve not yet planned a spring getaway, it’s time to consider a spring getaway to Washington, DC. There’s plenty to do in DC for the entire family, from unsurpassed dining and shopping options to incredible architecture, culture, the National Zoo and more, so you’re sure to find something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Planning Your Washington, DC Spring Break Getaway

The Fairfax at Embassy RowBook your stay with us and you can enjoy a Washington, DC spring break getaway right in the heart of historical DC. You’ll be located just a few minutes from the Whitehouse, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Vietnam Memorial. We’re also located close to the Smithsonian. Founded in 1846, the museum is one of the world’s largest research complexes and museum, housing 19 galleries and museums, nine research facilities and the National Zoological Park.

There is also the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens. Lying in the hills to the northwest of DC, the venue has welcomed visitors from around the world. It’s the perfect opportunity to escape the bustle of DC into an oasis a mere five miles from downtown. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal at the Café, explore the Mansion and simply take in the tranquility and sheer beauty of the formal gardens.

Be Sure to Book Your Stay Early

Be sure to take advantage of our special hotel packages in Washington, DC. Book the Advance Purchase Discount at the Fairfax at Embassy Row and save as much as $50 off our best available rates. The rates for this package are prepaid and not refundable. Come enjoy the best of DC this Spring Break in the comfort of our hotel. We have all the amenities that make for a relaxing and convenient stay and we look forward to welcoming you.


Discover the Tradition of the Easter Roll at the White House

History tells us that the tradition of the Easter Roll at the White House started in 1814, when the wife of James Madison – the fourth U.S. president – organized the first edition of this event and encouraged children to join the game and bring their decorated eggs to the race. Using a spoon with a long handle, kids push their ornate eggs through the White House lawns.

Fresh Ideas on How to Celebrate Easter in Washington DC

The Fairfax at Embassy RowScheduled for March 28, the 138 edition of the annual White House Easter Egg Role has a special theme suggestively entitled “Let’s Celebrate!” This year, approximately 35,000 people are expected to attend the event. If you are planning on doing the same thing, you should get ready for a celebration that will include fun stories, games, and the traditional egg rolling. Activities taking place on the South Lawn also include live cooking demonstrations and sports courts. In honor of the well received Let’s Move initiative introduced by the First Lady, this year’s event will also feature the first edition of the White House Fun Run.

If you wish to explore other entertainment options, keep in mind the fact that several other Easter egg hunt events are going on in Washington. For instance, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park will celebrate Easter Monday this year by hosting a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and offering prizes for all participating children. The event is focused on live entertainment and family-friendly activities and includes a visit from the beloved Easter Panda, as well as special animal demonstrations. Moreover, the Easter Egg Hunt organized by Tudor Place can be enjoyed by kids of all ages, giving entire families the chance to relax and spend quality time in a breathtaking setting.

A Day of Uninterrupted Fun Starts at Fairfax at Embassy Row

Regardless of how you’re planning on celebrating Easter in Washington DC, remember that a fun, unforgettable journey begins at Fairfax at Embassy Row. Located only one mile away from The White House, our luxurious hotel housed in a beautiful 1927 building will impress you with its lavish Georgian style décor, and its perfect mix of modern amenities and features, including flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, as well as access to an opulent ballroom and a chic American restaurant. Book your room with us today, plan the details of an unforgettable Easter getaway in Washington DC and get ready for an eventful Easter Egg Hunt in Washington.


Be Sure to Visit the International Spy Museum Next Time You’re in DC

The International Spy Museum is a must do in DC.

If you’ve been looking for the ultimate spy experience in DC, be sure to take the family to the International Spy Museum during your next visit. The museum boasts the biggest international collection of espionage artifacts ever to be placed on public display.

Fun Family Activities in DC at the Museum

The Fairfax at Embassy RowThe museum offers some of the best family fun activities in DC. Families can go along and explore the craft, history and practice of espionage. Having opened in 2002, the museum is the only public museum in the country that is completely dedicated to espionage and, in fact, the only one in the world to offer a global perspective on an almost-invisible profession.

Grab the whole family and come and experience some amazing displays and exhibits. There are also scheduled programs and events as well as plenty of interactive experiences. The interactive experiences are almost like a live action spy adventure. The one-hour mission means you’re the only spy on the case, so be sure to solve it! Once you have qualified for the mission, you’ll get to see DC through a spy’s eyes while taking a GPS guided tour of the city. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the capital on foot. Don’t miss out on the resources that mean you can bring your inner spy back home with you.

Book Your Stay with Us

Whether you’re coming to DC specifically to check out the museum or bringing the family on a fun adventure anyway, book your stay with us at the Fairfax at Embassy Row. We’re right in the heart of Dupont Circle, and close to a range of top attractions in the capital.