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Date
Event Name
Description (if any)
General Information (where, admission, time, phone, etc.) 

December

Dec 3 
 - Lighting of the Menorah
NO DESCRIPTION 
 - Lafayette Park (across from White House on Pennsylvania Ave) - Free - 202-619-7222 

Dec 7
 - Pearl Harbor Day
 - Wreath-laying ceremony
 - U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW - Free - 202-737-2300 

Dec 8 - Jan 1
 - National Christmas Tree Lighting - Opening of Pageant of Peace
 - President lights National Christmas Tree on Wednesday, Dec. 8, Ellipse is site of nightly choral performances until New Year's Day.
 - The Ellipse, behind White House between 15th and 17th Streets. Tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:00, plan to arrive by 4:30 - Free - 202-619-7222 

Dec 10-26
 - The Washington Ballet's "The Nutcracker"
 - A Washington holiday tradition
 - Warner Theatre, 13th & E Streets, NW. - For tickets and information call 202-432-SEAT 

Dec 11-12 
 - An American Holiday
 - Period dress of the 1800's, performances by "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band and Chorale, and Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman
 - DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW - Saturday 3 and 8 PM, Sunday 3 PM - Free, but tickets required.  Call 703-696-3399 

Mid-Dec (date TBA)
 - People's Christmas Tree Lighting
 - Tree lighting and military band concert
 - West side of the U.S. Capitol - 5:00 PM - Free - For more info call 202-224-3069 

Dec 21-22-23
 - White House Christmas Candlelight Tours
 - Evening tours of the WH Christmas decorations
 - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW - Free - 202-619-7222 

Dec 26 - Jan 2
 - 58th Annual Capital Area Washington Auto Show
 - See the new models for 2000
 - Washington Convention Center, 900 9th St., NW - 301-670-1110
 

Millennium and New Year's Events

Dec 31 - Jan 2
 - America's Millennium
 - Three day celebration on the National Mall
   - Daytime:  family-oriented events and exhibits, Smithsonian museums will be open to the public
   - Colossal New Year's Eve Gala, hosted by President and First Lady, marching bands and musical entertainment
   - Lincoln Memorial - evening concert by Quincy Jones and a world premiere of a Steven Spielberg film
   - Grand Finale - fireworks display over the Washington Monument at midnight
 - ALL events are FREE and OPEN to the public.  Call 1-888-294-2100 for details 

Dec 31
 - Kennedy Center New Year's Eve Party
 - New Year's celebration with musical and dancing performances
 - John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW - FREE - 202-467-4600 

Dec 31
 - National Countdown 2000 Millennial Series
 - A series of formal and alternative ticketed New Year's Eve Balls held in ballrooms across the nation's capital.  Black-tie galas themed to represent the cultural diversity of the U.S.
 - Contact Shack Events 703-242-3648 for detailed information 

Dec 31
 - The National Millennium 
 - Live satellite feed of the celebrations in four time zones on large screens.  DJ's, dancing, local and national bands.
 - Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St., NW - for information visit www.lindypromo.com 

Dec 31
 - First Night Alexandria
 - Alcohol free celebration, 5K run, stage performances, hands-on craft projects, and more, designed for the younger set.  Ring in a family millennium.
 - King Street, Alexandria, VA - Donation - 703-836-1526 or fax 703-683-1793 

Dec 31 - Jan 1
 - Washington 2000
 - Weekend celebration with sights, sounds, tastes of America's diverse heritage and culture.
 - 7th to 14th St. on Pennsylvania Ave - call 1-800-408-8618 ext. 0726
 

January 2000

Jan (date TBA)
 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
 - Performances, exhibits, readings commemorate the life of Dr. King
 - Various locations throughout the city.  Events announced in Dec/Jan - call 202-789-7029 after December for details 

Jan 6-9
 - 45th Washington Antiques Show: Behind Closed Doors
 - Victorian era antiques
 - Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St., NW - 202-965-0640 for details, times, admission
 

February

Feb 11-13
 - International Gem and Jewelry Show
 - Semi-annual show of gems and baubles
 - Washington Convention Center, 900 9th St., NW - 301-294-160 for details, times, admission 

Feb 12-14
 - Valentine's Day Teas
 - Full tea with scones and finger sandwiches.  Tour of romantic Woodlawn Plantation, former home of Nellie Custis, included
 - Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA - 703-780-4000 for details 

Feb 17-21
 - Washington Boat Show
 - Over 200 booths featuring the 2000 models, dinghies to yachts
 - Washington Convention Center, 900 9th St., NW - 703-823-7960 for details, times, admission 

Feb 19-21
 - George Washington's Birthday Weekend Celebration
 - Various activities planned, including tours of mansion and museum
 - Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA - 703-780-2000 for details, times, admission 

Feb 19 - May 14
 - Honore Daumier
 - Paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures and lithographs by French society portrayer, Daumier (1808-1879)
 - The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., NW - 202-387-2151
 

March

Mar - Dec
 - Anecdotal History Tours
 - Two hour walk through Georgetown, Adams Morgan, around White House and Capitol - tour led by Anthony Pitch, author of The Burning of Washington, the British Invasion of 1814
 - Info 301-294-9514, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - $10 per person, groups $200 

Mar 1 - Jun 15
 - Palace of Gold & Light: Treasures from the Topkapi
 - Imperial jewels and treasures from Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
 - Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW - Donation requested - 202-639-1700 

Mar 9-12
 - Washington Flower and Garden Show
 - 2-1/2 acres of thousands of flowers and trees
 - Washington Convention Center, 900 9th St., NW - 703-823-7960 for details, times, admission 

Mid-Mar - Mid-Jun
 - Arnold Newman: Sixty Years
 - Photographs from 1938 - 1998, some have not been exhibited previously
 - Cocoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW - 202-639-1700 for details 

Mar 26 - Apr 9
 - Cherry Blossom Parade and Festival 2000
 - Spectacular bloom of cherry blossoms in nation's capital
 - Parade of floats, costumed characters, marching bands on Saturday, April 8
 - For details call 202-547-1500
 

April

Apr 8
 - Cherry Blossom Parade
 - Parade of floats,costumed characters, marching bands
 - For details call 202-547-1500 

Mid-Apr
 - White House Spring Garden and House Tours
 - Military band plays on South Lawn while you tour the White House and stroll through the gardens
 - Southeast gate at "E" St. and East Executive Ave. - FREE, NO PASSES REQUIRED - call 202-456-2200 for more information 

Apr 27-30
 - Smithsonian Craft Show
 - Demonstration of crafts from every part of the world
 - National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Free - 202-357-2700 for more information 

Apr 29-30
 - 2000 Georgetown House Tour
 - Private homes open to public - tea, homemade sandwiches, cookies served in St. John's parish hall from 2-6 p.m.
 - St. John's Cathedral, 3240 O St., NW - Noon-5 p.m. - 202-338-1796 for details and admission 

Apr 29 - Sep 4
 - Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
 - Exhibit of more than 200 artifacts, 1,000 anniversary of the Vikings' arrival in North America
 - National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW - 202-357-2700 for details 

Late Apr - Early May
 - Internal Film Festival
 - 75 feature premieres, restored classics, shorts and special events
 - Produced by Filmfest, DC - 202-274-6810 or 202-628-3456 for information on theaters 

May

Early May
 - Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart
 - Flower booths, entertainment, demonstrations
 - Massachusetts & Wisconsin Aves., NW - Free - 202-537-6200 

Early May
 - 72nd Annual Georgetown Garden Tour
 - Self-guided walking tour of over a dozen gardens
 - 3224 N St., NW - 202-244-0381 or 301-656-2343 for information and admission 

May 3
 - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
 - Performance by the famous dance troupe
 - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW - 202-833-9800 for details and admission 

May 13
 - Annual Goodwill Embassy Tour
 - Selected embassies open to public
 - For information call 202-636-4225 

May 28 - Aug 20
 - The Impressionists at Argenteuil
 - Paintings of Eugene Boudin, Gustave Caillebotte, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley
 - National Gallery of Art, 4th St., & Constitution Ave., NW - Free - Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - for information call 202-737-4215 

May 28 (rain date May 29)
 - Memorial Day Weekend Concerts
 - National Symphony Orchestra performs, opens it's summer season
 - West Lawn of U.S. Capitol, 8 p.m. - Free - 202-619-7222 

May 29
 - Memorial Day Ceremonies
 - Wreath laying ceremony at the Kennedy gravesite and special services - Free
 - Arlington National Cemetery - 202-685-2851
 - Vietnam Veterans' Memorial - 202-619-7222
 - U.S. Navy Memorial - 202-737-2300

June

Jun - Aug
 - Marine Band's Summer Concert Series
 - Band Concert
 - U.S. Capitol at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays - Ellipse across from the White House at 7 p.m. on Sundays - Free - 202-433-4011 

Jun 17 - Sept 10
 - Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People
 - First major exhibition of Rockwell in 30 years
 - Cocoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW - 202-639-1700 

Jun 23-27 and Jun 30 - July 4
 - Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife 2000
 - 200th Anniversary of Washington, DC with activities on the National Mall and throughout the city
 - For details call 202-357-2700 

Late June
 - National Capital Barbecue Battle
 - Entertainment, children's activities, cooking demonstrations and cooking contest to determine the National Barbecue Championship
 - Between 9th & 13th Sts. on Pennsylvania Ave. - 703-319-4040
 

July

July 4
 - National Independence Day Celebration
 - Day-long concerts and activities, free evening concert by the National 
Symphony Orchestra.  Spectacular fireworks over the newly renovated 
Washington Monument
 - National Mall - 202-619-7222
 
 

 

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