From grand Inaugural balls to live music festivals on the Mall to military commemorations, the Willard InterContinental Washington offers a front row seat to an enjoyable Washington DC events calendar. Welcome the arrival of spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival – a colorful showcase of the 3,000 vibrant Japanese cherry trees ringing the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin. Honor those who serve and remember those who have fallen at the National Memorial Day Parade. Test your mettle in the Marine Corps Marathon, a 26.2-mile course winding through the National Mall. Or stroll one of the eclectic neighborhoods during the Adams Morgan Day Festival. Ask our friendly concierge for more information about popular downtown Washington DC events taking place during your visit.
Café du Parc Terrace Opens
At long last, we are glad to announce the opening of the Café du Parc terrace on April 1.
Café du Parc’s Parisian-style outdoorPennsylvania Avenuesidewalk seating, is a premiere spot to relax, see and be seen, and enjoy the capital surroundings.
Hop on over to the Willard InterContinental on April 20, for an incomparable Easter Brunch Buffet in the Crystaland WillardRooms. Seatings are available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $99 per adult and $35 for children ages 6 through 12, children under 5 years dine free. Complementary Valet parking included, tax and gratuity excluded.
Live piano accompanies the Entertainment for children include an egg decorating station and visit from Peter Cotton Tail! Reservations are recommended, call 202.637.7305. A cornucopia of culinary offerings is created by Executive Chef Luc Dendievel. These include made-to-order Breakfast specials, Chef-attended roasted meats Carving Stations, Cold offerings include local and Imported Artisanal Cheeses, local Charcuterie, Seafood raw bar, a delightful Children’s mini buffet and extensive selection of sumptuous desserts including a chocolate fountain, among other holiday treats!
Café du Parc Celebrates Lucky Lily Day™
Café du Parc celebrates its seventh annual, Lucky Lily Day™ with a courtyard tasting event and a prix fixe menu. Known in Franceas La Fête du Muguet, the holiday is observed by offering sweet-smelling Lilly of the Valley sprigs for good luck and to celebrate the arrival of spring.
On Thursday, May 1, guests will be offered fresh sprigs of Lily of the Valley at the French appetizers, wine and cheese tasting event in the Willard Courtyard 5:30 p.m. Tickets for $20 provides for four food or wine items and are available at the entrance.
Bonnets and Bowties Kentucky Derby Party
On Saturday, May 3, The Willard InterContinental's historic Round Robin Bar will host its annual "Bonnets and Bow-Ties” Kentucky Derby Party. Guests will enjoy the “fastest two minutes in American sports” from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the bar and in the elegant WillardRoom. A $80 cover fee includes red carpet entry, two handcrafted Henry Clay Mint Juleps - the Round Robin Bar’s signature cocktail, or two cocktails of choice, a traditional Southern buffet, live music, prizes and raffles throughout the event. Private table reservations with dedicated service are available for parties of ten (10) at a price of $750. All pricing is inclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call the hotel’s special events line at 202-637-7350. Click here to see the Round Robin’s famous Barman Jim Hewes’ How to Make a Mint Julep video on YouTube: http://bit.ly/17umOK.
Politics & Prose Literary Series
The Willard InterContinental celebrates its literary roots partnering with famed Washington DC independent bookstore, Politics & Prose on a series of teas and luncheons with notable authors and thinkers. The Series is a nod to the Willard’s literary history as the home away from home for such legendary writers as Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson and Julia Ward Howe.
May 3 – Author Linda Przybyszewski
The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish
1:00 p.m. Afternoon Tea $75 p/p, includes Afternoon Tea and a signed book.
The Lost Art of Dress tells the story of the "Dress Doctors," who taught millions of American women how to dress beautifully, efficiently, and thriftily for the 20th Century. Praised as "remarkable" and "enchanting," this splendidly illustrated book "reminds us that once upon a time we were classy and fabulous."
May 18 - Author Cokie Roberts
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
1:00 p.m. Mother-Daughter/Family Tea, $110, includes Afternoon Tea for two and one signed book.
Celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts is a New York Times bestselling author, a political commentator for ABC News and NPR, and was recently named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. Her latest book, aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds, recounts the incredible women patriots who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes.
June 7 - Author David Baldacci
12:00 p.m. Lunch, $85 p/p, includes Lunch and one signed hardcover book
International bestselling author David Baldacci has published 27 novels. Starting with his first, “Absolute Power,” many have been adapted for film and television—more than 110 million copies of his books are in print worldwide. Recently inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame, he has also established a foundation to support literacy. Hot off the press, Baldacci’s latest novel crackles with urgency, and furthers the adventures of spies Will Robie and Jessica Reel.
September 14 – Author U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
My Beloved World
12:00 p.m. Lunch, $90 p/p, includes Lunch and one signed paperback book
The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. With a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. Her extraordinary determination, intelligence and buoyant humor are evident on every page.