The District of Columbia is home to a myriad of events and seasonal festivals. A party can be found at anytime in the U Street district where college students mix with the locals in celebration. In the District of Columbia, every neighborhood has an opportunity to express itself in unique ways. The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual favorite among locals and visitors alike. These trees were donated by Japan as a gift to the United States. They usually are in full bloom by late March and early April. This past year was one of the latest blooms of these trees recently. The parks services blamed a wet and rainy spring season for delaying the much anticipated blooms. This special occasion also hosts food and performances from people all over the country. It lasts for one month and it makes for a fun family outing, so bring comfortable shoes, park outside of the city and take the complimentary shuttle to avoid heavy traffic. It is a great spot for photography and for meeting new people, too! The Marine Corps Marathon is an annual marathon that contains thousands of walkers and runners. It benefits those who have borne the battle for us and is a great way to stay in shape. You will pass by many famous landmarks on the path, too. If you don't like running, you can volunteer to help the runners and walkers to the finish line. If you finish this race, you get a nice medallion and t-shirt showing that you were among the best of the best.You should also check out the 8th Street food fair. There are so many food truck vendors to choose from that you will never go hungry. Come with an empty stomach and leave with a full heart! Over 30 countries represented and it’s a weekend event in August so there are no excuses not to get out of the house. The other two events not to miss are the annual Christmas tree lighting at the White House and the snowball fight held in the northwest part of town, if you prefer visiting during the winter months.