Spring Calendar

Washington has been the national 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.

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Explore the C&O Canal and Potomac Heritage Trail

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A boardwalk trail winds through Huntley Meadows.

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A peacock struts in the Frying Pan Park barnyard.

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

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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

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Stroll Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy

Discover art & history in Occoquan
Occoquan Historic District

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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
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