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 Cherry 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 month for the remainder of the year. For other DC events this spring, check out the list at the end of this article.

Upcoming Events:

March 2: Take Notes: An Introduction to Music Theory - Smithsonian Associates - If you’ve always wanted to learn the language and elements of musical notation and composition or are a singer or instrumentalist who has never mastered reading music, here’s the perfect...

March 3: You Must Remember This: Favorite Movies and Their Times - Smithsonian Associates - Some moments in movies never leave us: a snappy line of dialogue, a dance in the rain or by the Seine, a timeless love song, a great last line. Documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson revisits...

March 4: Tom Stoppard: A Life - Smithsonian Associates - Tom Stoppard is a towering and beloved literary figure known for his dizzying narrative inventiveness and intense attention to language. Hermione Lee discusses her new biography of one of our...

March 5: Brian McKnight - Brian McKnight has been serenading fans with his silky, sensual R&B for nearly 30 years. With over 30 million albums sold worldwide, this iconic performer’s chart-topping hits include “Back to One,”...

March 8: Music City, DC - Smithsonian Associates - Washington, D.C., has given much to the musical world beyond its best-known exports Duke Ellington and the punk and go-go scenes. In a 3-session series, join musician, broadcaster, and historian Ken...

March 8: The Airborne Toxic Event (NEW DATE) - Please note: We can only guarantee that tickets purchased through our official ticket seller, Eventbrite, are valid. Tickets purchased through secondary sources/ reseller sites may or may not be...

March 11: The Tallest Man On Earth at 9:30 Club (NEW DATE) - The Tallest Man On Earth at 9:30 Club Artist Presale begins Wednesday, November 13th at 10am Onsale begins Friday, November 15th at 10am

March 14: Unbreakable - New Date! All tickets for the 6/7/2020 show will be honored

March 16: Russian Concert Masterworks: A Vibrant Tradition Part I - Smithsonian Associates - With the works of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and other 19th- and 20th-century composers, Russia has provided some of the most exciting and original music in...

March 16: Cole Porter: Sophisticate of American Song - Smithsonian Associates - He’s the top! American music specialist Robert Wyatt leads a musical journey through Cole Porter’s dazzling career on Broadway and in Hollywood, his personal tragedies, and his legacy of...

March 17: American TV in the 1950s: A Medium's "Golden Age" - Smithsonian Associates - In the years after World War II, television blossomed as a creative medium, with live dramatic shows like “Kraft Television Theater” and “Playhouse 90” showcasing the talents...

March 27: The Lone Bellow (NEW DATE, LATE SHOW) - Please note: We can only guarantee that tickets purchased through our official ticket seller, Eventbrite, are valid. Tickets purchased through secondary sources/ reseller sites may or may not be...

April 7: Waxahatchee with Ohmme (NEW DATE) - Please note: We can only guarantee that tickets purchased through our official ticket seller, Eventbrite, are valid. Tickets purchased through secondary sources/ reseller sites may or may not be...

April 13: Russian Concert Masterworks: A Vibrant Tradition Part II - Smithsonian Associates - With the works of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and other 19th- and 20th-century composers, Russia has provided some of the most exciting and original music in...

World Embassy Tour

May 1: World Embassy Tour
The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

First Sunday Arts Fest

May 2: First Sunday Arts Fest
Whitmore Garage

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