Rock On: 10 Biggest Parties in Washington DC

August 9, 2018 0 0

While the city is known for being somewhat buttoned-up (it is the residence of Capitol Hill and almost every branch of the US Government, after all), the 10 biggest and best parties in Washington DC aren’t afraid to let their hair down. Need a place to relax, unwind, and cut loose where you can enjoying drinking, dancing, and a little live music, or take in the sights of several of the town’s most iconic museums and landmarks? Make a point to add each of the below gatherings – among the biggest and best parties in Washington DC – to your calendar. We promise you’ll come home with a story to tell.

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Location

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Kabin Saturdays

1337 Connecticut Ave NW

Boasting an expansive 3200 sq. foot dance floor, Kabin hosts killer parties on Saturday nights. A revolving door of local DJs blows the roof off the joint every week into the wee hours of the morning. Reserve a VIP table if you want to make sure you’re not swallowed into the black hole of the dance floor.

D.C.’s Most Exciting New Year’s Gala

201 Waterfront St Oxon Hill, MD

Get ready for the wildest New Year’s Eve celebration of your life — one of the 10 biggest parties in DC, bar none. Count the numbers with us: There are 15 party areas, 5 dance floors, over 20 entertainment acts, and more than 9,000 attendees. “Off the chain” would be an understatement. Ring in the new year in style with great drinks, plenty of food, and of course thumping music to keep you hyped. 

Cherry Blossom Festival Pink Tie Party

1300 Pennsylvania Ave, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual tradition in DC and attracts thousands upon thousands of out-of-towners and locals, making it one of the best parties in Washington DC. As part of the festival, a series of events is held, including popular favorite the Pink Tie Party. This annual non-profit fundraiser includes beautiful décor, delicious food, a silent auction and most importantly, for some, an open bar.

H Street Festival

4th St NE, to 14th St NE on H St NE

Imagine the thrills of a summer block party stretched over 11 blocks of Northeast DC, and that’s what you’ll experience at the H Street Festival. Celebrating the arts and humanities, H Street sees an endless number of musicians, artists and other participants work their magic over a single day. The community spirit and joy the festival brings has only increased its popularity over the years.   

Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C.

Nationals Park

Spring sees the always-fun Washington City Paper’s Best of DC contest come to town. At the end, the winners are celebrated with a grand party. The best local eateries, mixologists and performers offer a night filled with booze, food, and music. Think of it like the best of Washington DC in one place, for one night.

Ultrabar

911 F St NW

Sometimes to find a really great party you need to throw on your dancing shoes and hit a nightclub. This weekend head to Ultrabar. This former bank-turned nightclub boasts five floors (count them) of bumping music against a backdrop that doesn’t shy away from its roots. High ceilings, safety deposit boxes… it’s all still here in a nightclub setting. There are DJs stationed throughout the club so don’t worry, you won’t stray too far from the action.

Flash

645 Florida Ave NW

Stick with us on this nightclub theme for a moment. There’s another spot that deserves your Saturday night attention. Roping in international and national DJ talent every week, Flash is home to a good time. Two levels, both sporting dance floors, offer plenty of room to cut a rug after a stressful work week. While other clubs like The Living Room offer great places to party, few rock as long into the evening as Flash does.

Gatsby’s DC Fireworks New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2018

137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD

This year join the elusive Gatsby for an unforgettable New Year’s celebration aboard The Mount Vernon Spirit Yacht. A ticket includes a dinner, open bar, party favors and a 3-hour cruise with a view of the fireworks in Alexandria. DJs will be spinning music all night long.

DC Mardi Party

Chinatown

What if Mardi Gras came to DC? For the past three years, the city has hosted the DC Mardi Party in February. A number of popular bars in Chinatown team up to host the experience. Beads and masks are provided to add the New Orleans flavor and drinks.   

Art on the Rocks

105 North Union St Alexandria, VA

In 2018, each mixologist will pick a piece of art from the Ikebana Exhibit in the Art League and create a cocktail and appetizer pairing based upon it. Ticket holders will sample each and cast their vote. Enjoy live music, beautiful art and, of course, delicious cocktails and appetizers.

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There is business and pleasure to be had at the biggest and best parties in Washington DC, especially at upcoming events: 

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Nick Gambino

Associate Editor Nick Gambino is originally from New York City. With a strong background in the entertainment and tech fields, he writes engaging reviews and think pieces for numerous websites and online publications. A life-long movie fiend, he hosts popular movie-centric show Get 2 the Podcast - check it out at www.get2thepodcast.com

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