The July Guide

Our online events calendar features a week-by-week rundown of the region’s music, theater, dance, art, comedy and festival events, as well as special events specifically for kids.


July 1 – July 4

Firecracker 5k
July 4, 8 a.m.- Noon
5k race by the Potomac River benefiting USO of Metropolitan Washington including live music, face painting, free massages for runners and more.
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July 5 – July 11

American Idol Live! Tour at Wolf Trap
July 6, 8 p.m. Watch the top 10 finalists of this year’s American Idol competition come together for a cross-country tour. Hear crowd-pleasers from finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson, and Sam Woolf. View all

Ukulele festival

July 12- July 18

Lake Anne Annual Ukulele Festival
July 12, 11 a.m – 5:30 p.m. Calling all ukulele fans! Grab your ukes and group together at the fourth annual free music festival in Reston. This festival features several local and internationally known musicians. View all


July 19 – July 25

Clifton Film Fest
July 19, 4-10p.m.  Watch original films made by community members in Northern Virginia. The Film Fest will showcase creative and thought provoking independent dramas, documentaries, comedies and more that will entertain people of all ages. View all

Virginia Gold Cup

July 26 – July 31

World Equestrian Games Preparatory Trials
July 26-27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Watch the U.S. championship team practice for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France with a preparatory trial at the Great Meadow Event Center.  View all


For food and wine events throughout the region, visit our Food & Wine Calendar.