Spring Calendar

Washington has been the epicenter of spring ever since the planting of the original 3,000 cherry trees gifted to the city by Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki, so you probably already have the National Cherry Blossom Festival on your spring calendar. Less-well-known is the Flower Mart that has adorned the grounds of the National Cathedral on the first Friday and Saturday of May for every year since 1939.

The cherry blossoms in front of the Arlington County Library are just as grand as the ones along the Tidal Basin (and with fewer crowds)
The cherry blossoms in front of the Arlington County Library are just as grand as the ones along the Tidal Basin (and with fewer crowds)

For culture buffs, the annual embassy tour is a can’t miss event spread over the first two weekends in May. First is the Around the World Embassy Tour, where you can wander down Embassy row sampling cocktails and music from around the world. The following weekend is the EU Open House, where the European Embassies host free performances and sell food and wares from their home countries.

Spring also marks the return of the First Sunday Arts Festival, a themed art day on the streets of Annapolis that runs the first Sunday of every throughout the spring and into our Summer Calendar.

Upcoming Events:

May 22: Silk Road Festival - Part of the "News from Central Asia" Exhibit and CAP's 10th Anniversary Celebration #CAPraising

May 22: The Fantastic Tale of Rumpelstiltskin - In a brand new production, the Puppet Co. gives you the full story of what happens after the gold has been spun and the day has been saved. This hilarious and smart comedy will be a great romp for...

May 22: You Married Dat The Movie DC Premiere Hosted By Juhahn Jones & Red Grant - Join Juhahn Jones and Red Grant as they host an exclusive DC premiere of their latest comedy movie "YOU MARRIED DAT"

May 23: Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education, Spring 2022 - Join the Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education as we explore the changing landscape of the workplace and workforce!

May 24: SMART CONTRACT SOLIDITY WORKSHOP - Learn the basics of writing Smart Contracts, NFTs, and Blockchain applications. No need to be a programmer.

May 25: Advancing Climate & Natural Resource Policy Through Peer-to-Peer Knowledge - Lessons from building networks in the Pacific Islands through the Pacific RISA

May 25: Half Day demo based, Smart Contracts, NFTs and Blockchain DApps workshop - Learn the basics of writing Smart Contracts, NFTs, and Blockchain applications by demos. No need to be a programmer.

May 25: 30th Annual Spring Garden Party – SAVE THE DATE – Tudor Place - As an historic site that bears the scars of slavery, Tudor Place seeks to look this injustice in the eye.  Click

May 25: Great Composer-Pianists: Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms - Smithsonian Associates - Popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin guides a unique series that explores the creative minds—and hands—of a quartet of piano pioneers celebrated for their prowess as...

May 26: Meet Your Neighbors: Buds and Suds Tree Walk with Right Proper Brewing - Wind down with Casey Trees as we go on a leisurely tree walk, and then head to Right Proper Brewery for a free pint.

May 26: The Story Collider Washington DC - Connections - Join us in DC as we share four true, personal stories about science!

May 26: THU 5/26: DITD DC PRIDE KICKOFF @ 12STORIESDC - Which Floor? Twelve it is. THURS 5.26 12Stories at the Wharf

May 27: Certified Blockchain Associate | Washington DC - 2-hours live online training on the introduction to blockchain technology!

May 27: Lyft Scooter Skills Clinic (in-person) - Scooter curious? Join Lyft for a fun in-person workshop covering everything you need to know before, during, and after your ride.

May 28: Capital House Music Festival Salutes Sam The Man Burns - Free All Day World Music Festival Salutes Sam "The Man" Burns

May 28: A South Asian Pop-Up @ The Outrage - This AAPI month, come celebrate and shop from local South Asian-owned Businesses for the first pop-up collab with A South Asian Pop Up!

May 28: The Magic Duel Saturday 5/[email protected] 5PM at The Mayflower Hotel - The Award-Winning, 5 Star Comedy Show, The Magic Duel, live on stage at The Mayflower Hotel since 2016. Amazing, funny and interactive.

May 28: The House Rules Comedy Show - A comedy show that brings together the DC area's best comics for an intimate night of laughter in the comfort of someone else's home.

May 28: Silly Saturdays at Sollys with Starr Struck - Olivia Bailey Avery Ford Dutch Martin Walter Gottlieb John Burton Daniel Wools Chad Raymond Makael Exum Brian Burch Sandra King

May 28: The Magic Duel Saturday 5/28 @ 8PM at The Mayflower Hotel - The Award-Winning, 5 Star Comedy Show, The Magic Duel, live on stage at The Mayflower Hotel since 2016. Amazing, funny and interactive.

The Best Ways to Celebrate Spring in DC:

Two children pose in front of a sign that says Visit Baltimore

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Baltimore

Evidence of a beaver at Seneca Creek Lake

The Top 5 Public Lakes Near Washington, DC

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The 4 Best Zoos Near Washington, DC

A boardwalk trail winds through Huntley Meadows.

The Best Birding Near DC

A peacock struts in the Frying Pan Park barnyard.

Take your sweet time at Frying Pan Park
Frying Pan Farm Park - Parking Lot

A girl shades her eyes as she looks out over the gardens in front of a plantation house at Oatlands Plantation in rural Virginia

Meander through the Oatlands Plantation and Gardens
Oatlands Plantation Lane

Hike the Gathland State Park trails
Gathland State Park

The Whitehouse Overlook in Sky Meadows State Park offers the quintessential Virginia view.

Hike Sky Meadows State Park
Sky Meadows State Park

3 hours at Raven Rocks Trailhead on the Virginia State Line
Raven Rocks Trailhead

DC gardens, nature centers, and easy walks

The Sierra Club bridge in Prince William Forest National Park

Best kid-friendly hikes in DC

the boss trail

10 Badass Mountain Biking Trails near Washington, DC

Hike the Potomac: 30 Best Places to Explore Along the C&O Canal and Potomac Heritage Trail

9 Spots to Golf and Putt near DC

Stroll Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy

Discover art & history in Occoquan
Occoquan Historic District

The Ultimate Guide to the Smithsonian & National Mall
600 Independence Ave SW

Wander Mawavi (Prince William Forest Park), the largest National Park in the DMV
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center

Visit the Holy Land, in Brookland
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

Get lost in Meadowlark Gardens
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens & Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park
Peirce Mill