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.

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Stroll Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy

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Occoquan Historic District

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Celebrate Chinese New Year!
2700 F St NW

Tour Udvar Hazy Center, Smithsonian’s best Air and Space Museum
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy

Smithsonian and Beyond! Best museums along the National Mall
600 Independence Ave SW

Tour Baltimore’s B-Side
1415 Key Hwy

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

Visit Eden Center, DC’s Little Saigon
Eden Center

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Sculpture Garden Pavilion Cafe

Tour 1 West Mount Vernon Place
Walters Art Museum