MLK Memorial Events Calendar

Updated: Your guide to D.C. happenings celebrating the King Memorial.

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Update: Please note that the dates of the dedication and a number of the preceding events have been postponed due to weather forecasts. We’ll bring you the latest details as they unfold.


The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, more than 15 years in the making, finally opens to the public on Aug. 22. The following week, on Aug. 28, notable names from Aretha Franklin to President Barack Obama will congregate at the site for the official dedication ceremony. As for all those days in between? Theyll be packed with a mix of official and unofficial events around the District. Heres a quick look at the happenings.

Monday, Aug. 22

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial opens to the public.

Location: The intersection of West Basin Drive SW and Independence Avenue SW
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Honoring Global Leaders for Peace, International Salute Gala Dinner

This formal dinner will commemorate the men and women who continue to pursue Dr. Kings dream of global peace and social equality.