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  • Judi D
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! Monuments and museums surrounded by beautiful cherry blossom trees.
    What a serene experience seeing this one unique week of natures beauty.
    Loved the festival which included music, food and specialty items.
    Written March 26, 2024
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  • Louis S
    Washington DC, DC30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This event is top no0tch every year. We expect no less from the Library of Congress. However, success breeds popularity and even though it is in the convention center it is too crowded to be able to see the speakers you want and move around the building. It is a 5 star event but when you get blocked from doing what you would like to do, well, then it is less than 5 star. There should be overflow rooms for people to see the most popular speakers. This year the RBG talk was very full and there were likely many hundreds of people shut out from this very popular speaker. if there was a ball room where we could see a screen, it wouldn't be as nice as live but better than missing it. The volunteer staff was wonderful and extremely helpful. I will go back next year and hope for the best.
    Written September 8, 2019
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  • Sightsee440234
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    great light displays. Area was a little small for the amount of travel I had to do to get here from SIlver Spring. Nice time and great value for a free public event
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • drmomAlabama
    alabama29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspirational...well run for the huge crowd of runners and spectators...traffic flow for spectators is difficult but logistically I can't see a way to improve on that. Runners expo is great too
    Written October 30, 2019
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  • Lauren P
    Gainesville, VA1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're a parent bringing kids to the Easter Egg Roll - here's what to know.

    Overall, this was an awesome, special experience; I'm so grateful I got tickets to attend. I had no idea what to expect and lots of questions. Here’s what I wish I’d known in advance:
    - Wear RAIN BOOTS! Wear shoes to get MUDDY in, if there is any chance of rain. Do not wear heels or cute shoes—you stand for hours. We stood for hours in muddy muck, from the tens of thousands of people standing on the lawn… there was no avoiding the sloppy mud swamp that the White House lawn turned into.
    - Metal water bottles or containers are not allowed – bring plastic cups for the kids. They offered bottled water (free) at several locations, easy to find.
    - Bring your own snacks/food for the kids. There is a ton of waiting in line (trust me, throw snacks at your kids, you’ll need the distraction). And once you get inside the event, there is only 1 chance for food – and they offer you 2 small bites per person, and it’s fancy, nice, tiny food.
    - BATHROOMS – I was nervous about taking my littles to stand in long lines. But bathrooms were pretty easy to find; we passed at least 4 different spots with rows of porta potties. Once while waiting in line, before you go through security. And then at different stages of the event.
    - When you enter the event—you start South of the White House, where there are bathrooms and lawn games. You then move through a walkway that takes you through the food line (once you get food - you can’t go back and reenter) closer and closer to the White House. There are bathrooms again.
    The coolest stuff is immediately by the White House—the Easter Egg roll and celebrity book reading is in front of the White House, by the stage. There are bathrooms near the end.
    There was SO much to do. We spent 2.5 hours inside the actual event – there were tons of craft and science activity tents, dozens of cartoon characters and easter bunnies in costume, huge dinosaur displays, a music/storytelling stage, an Easter egg hunt, celebrity book reading, and of course the main event – the Easter Egg Roll.
    - Like any big event, it’s load, it’s stimulating, and kind of tiring after a while. Lots of kids were breaking down crying, especially in the cold rain. But when the sun came out, and we got past the food, to the main event near in the front White House lawn – there was more space to spread out, sit down under the tents, and rest.
    There were volunteers EVERYWHERE to direct traffic. Despite the cold rain, the event was very well organized and such a special thing to see.
    Written April 3, 2024
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  • Julia B
    Mount Vernon, WA8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was amazing watching this event! The riders and their bikes were great! The blessings of the bikes at the National Cathedral was beautiful!
    Written September 4, 2019
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  • LoafJugThouTree
    Shepherdstown, WV786 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You should not come here. STAY AWAY! The only thing you get -- two nights and one afternoon a year -- are unlimited quantities of some of the best oysters you will ever in your life consume, and unlimited quantities of award-winning frabulous white wines. They also serve unlimited quantities of shrimp, cheeses and such, but who wants those? It's not called the shrimp riot or the cheese riot. It's the Oyster Riot at the Old Ebbitt Grill, and it is a colossally marvelous event that getting tickets for is already almost impossible. DON'T GO. And another reason to avoid it: It's ADDICTIVE!
    Written November 20, 2017
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  • mrhover
    Clinton, TN219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're in DC at this time, don't miss this. There's a small charge (like $7 or so) to get in - but it's well worth it. Take a free bag on the way in. There are tons of vendors giving away free samples of food and products. As you walk closer to the capital building, vendors are BBQ-ing and selling amazing food. It's a fun place to spend a few hours. Don't miss it.
    Written July 15, 2017
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  • Shawn C
    68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many people! I don’t think it was possible to prepare for the crowds everywhere. In the metro, in the parking lots at the Pentagon , in line for the port a potty’s. The race itself was beautiful. The course wound past the Potomac River on the Virginia side past Arlington cemetery, across the Key Bridge into Georgetown, then down into DC Near the Washington monument and memorials then back into VA. The whole thing took most of the day because of the lines but worth doing once in a lifetime.
    Written October 13, 2019
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  • zen3107
    Flushing, MI85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the second year I have done this event- and while I plan to return next year as well it just doesn't quite measure up to other events I have done....
    Yes, there is music- but that is at other events as well- the route is fine- but only the first few of miles are around the monuments... the rest, while nice to see, is thru various neighborhoods and shopping districts- the last couple of miles for the half have no music- so the hardest part thru which to push has nothing- no aid stations either, although there was a medical tent, I think. This year the residents were out in fuller force (last year it rained) so that made it nicer- the whole area down Constitution was packed with people- and their dogs- I don't think I have ever seen so many dogs!
    The finish line is perhaps the most disappointing - I guess there is supposed to be a 'concert' and 'party' but when I finished there was nothing.. a DJ at the actual finish line, then go thru the shoot to get your medal, a warm bottle of water, a cold mini chocolate milk, pretzels, a banana and a power bar- the warming blankets were at the end rather than the beginning- I have had WAY better 'treats' at the end of other races. As noted, I didn't wait around as I had about a 4 mile walk back to where my car was parked... I WILL do this event again because I signed up at the expo for $50, I DO like the medal, and my daughter and SIL live nearby- so I visit them and go- and it is always my BD weekend- but if you are specifically seeking out an awesome half or full, I am not sure this one is it...one other note- ALL the bands that played along the course were wonderful and as I was walking back to my car I passed a lot of people still coming in around mile 10 and the band there was sooo encouraging to them! Great spirit by all the bands and other support teams along the way- Toyota, Nike running club and many others-
    I also didn't care for the expo this year- it was at the armory- which made entry difficult- there were lines to get in, even tho 3 doors were open, they had to search everyone's bags, couldn't take in my bottle of water, and had to be wanded- you had to go down two flights of stairs to the packet pickup area then up a different flight to get your shirt- and the expo itself seemed quite small and some vendors for which I was looking and are usually there were not... Toyota had a great setup and it was very fun going thru the cars and earning 'prizes' but the Brooks display last year was much better and more interactive. I don't like to appear to be a whiner but large events like this should be stunning and superior, not just ok or pale in comparison to 'smaller' more 'local' events in which I have participated.. again, tho, KUDOS to the bands and support on the streets-- if you are reading this, really, really appreciate all your energy! You just don't know how inspiring that is for a runner out there!
    Written March 14, 2016
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  • globetrottergirl196
    Fort Lauderdale, FL8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Citi Open (aka Washington D.C. Open) offered quality players and matches and affordable parking. So much good and bad about this tournament that I will focus on the most important issues. The facility is very old and in need of renovations. Seating is generally good from any point, except the 2nd level lower rows views were obstructed by advertising banners. At one point we made a game of how soon fans would sit in the empty lower rows to immediately rise up to able to see player at south end baseline and then leave for better seats.

    Mature landscaping and park provided an Intimate setting with various covered and uncovered seating areas with TVs to watch the matches. But no TV for the outside seating area at the main food court and many areas in disarray were not rearranged daily throughout the tournament.

    Food quality varied from bad to good depending on the vendor and location of food purchase. The Choudin lounge was transporting food from a kitchen at another food location and therefore could be old and lukewarm. Whereas the food court and food trucks were good quality with nice selection, but the prices were high.

    Event entry was adequately staff and fast entry using Apple digital wallet or printed tickets. I recommend budgeting time to enter as standard for any sporting event, at least 30 minutes from the offset parking using shuttle service to grounds entry and another 15 minutes to seats. Yet there were no ushers during the day sessions and people were sometimes hesitant on giving seats to ticket holder. I overheard several times of incidents where people seating other places because they seats were taken. I had to verbally state to one person that yes I did want to sit in my seat for them to remove themselves. This also meant there was movement throughout the matches to include even when ushers were present for the evening sessions.

    I would only attend again after facility is renovated and/or return of the WTA to tournament. I'm hopeful that renovation plans are in the works with an owner change in 2019.
    Written August 12, 2021
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  • Marco G
    Westchester County, NY39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to see the Washington Kastles play at American University. It was a really fun night. It was really great for the kids in the crowd. If you have a child or are a big tennis fan this is a good night.
    Written October 11, 2018
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  • J L
    Phoenix, AZ1,159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is my first Christmas event in all of DC. It was a great experience. It wasn’t too cold and was just right. It is cool to know it’s the world’s largest light maze.

    Although it is the world’s largest maze, I envisioned an actual maze you can legitimately worry about getting lost. I’m not sure if anyone has done other mazes such as the world’s largest maze in general, which is at the Dole Plantation on Oahu, Hawaii you can get spaced out. It was still cool. Especially, having you engaged with scratching out the animals you’re searching for in the game.

    There were some really nice little shops to include handmade ornaments. That hurt the pockets a little from the amount purchased. But worth it. Each a work of art.

    The house drink I had as part of the VIP experience was great. I thought about getting the lightbulb drink. But nearly $23 for a drink is a bit much. Especially, since I don’t need or want another souvenir cup.

    The decorations were all cool and what you’d expect. This is a one time experience. I was considering coming back with friends days or weeks later. However, it’s a one and done kind of thing. Although, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to revisit. It’s like saying you couldn’t see yourself going to another Smithsonian Museum. You’ll always find yourself noticing something new.

    It was mentioned that every single year the storyline changes and no year is the same. So it is recommended to visit yearly.
    Written December 10, 2023
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  • DC G
    Washington DC, DC79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We attended 5 events during the month of Jazz Fest and I could tell that an enormous amount of work was put in to the planning of this festival. So kudos for all those involved who spent so much time working on it. The website and the printed brochure were really well done....great graphic design and lots of options from which to choose.

    There seems to be lots of conflict from the posted start times on all the materials and the actual start times once you arrived at an event. People plan their days around these times, especially with the DC traffic, so that could be improved.

    I saw SO many staff members and employees at this festival, but not many of them could answer basic questions.

    Because the weather was so hot, those bands who played outside at the Wharf did not seem to pull in a very loud crowd. They need a large tarp or some huge umbrellas, so people could sit outside and not get toasted by the sun. Most people were listening to the jazz outside under trees and awnings, far away from the bands, because the sun was just too oppressive.

    I also went to the main event at the Anthem, which was not as well attended as I would have hoped....and expecting guests to stay for 5 hours, yes 5 hours of performances was asking too much..wayyyyy too long

    other than that, i thought the idea of having jazz all throughout the city was a great idea...lots of venues and some really unusual ones as well
    Written June 18, 2018
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