The Vegetarian Society of DC (VSDC) is an educational nonprofit organization promoting the tremendous benefits of vegetarianism through education, community-building, and social activities. VSDC welcomes people wherever they are on the path to an all-plant, vegan diet and lifestyle.

Creating communities for your health, the animals, and the planet since 1927.


News and Updates

Life Affirming-Thanksgiving Gala

Register by November 1 for early-bird rate!

The VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving is a festive, annual event that brings together vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians to enjoy a delicious, abundant, gourmet vegan meal.

Thursday, November 24, 2016, 12-4 pm at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda (above the Bethesda Red line Metro station)

Our featured speaker is Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Barnard Medical Center. The programming also includes live music, exhibitors, exciting door prizes, and a silent auction fundraiser.


DC VegFest - Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

VSDC is a proud Carrot Top Sponsor of DC VegFest. Founded by VSDC in 1997 and hosted by our wonderful friends at Compassion Over Killing, this free festival highlights the many benefits and joys of choosing veganism. More than 15,000 people enjoyed the largest vegetarian celebration in the nation’s capital, with food, speakers, cooking demonstration, kids’ activities, and more.

election of VSDC directors


ongoing Activities and Events

VSDC cooking classVSDC organizes community-building activities each month to include include African-American networking group, LGBTQ group, children’s playgroup, book club, restaurant visits, singles group, cooking classes, our annual vegan Thanksgiving feast, and more. Our events are open to members and non-members.

Learn more about our activities and events


Why Should You Join VSDC?

By becoming a member, you’ll be supporting the work VSDC does to educate the public about the benefits of an all-plant, vegan diet. You’ll also receive our award-winning newsletter, VSDC News, and discounts at local restaurants and businesses.