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.
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.
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 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
The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
First Sunday Arts Fest
Go Birding on the Huntley Meadows Boardwalk
Huntley Meadows Park
Take a dip at Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park
Meander through the Oatlands Plantation and Gardens
Oatlands Plantation Lane
Hike the Gathland State Park trails
Gathland State Park
Is Kent Island the best beach destination that you’ve never heard of?
Terrapin Nature Park
Hike Sky Meadows State Park
Sky Meadows State Park
Beach Barbecue at Freestone Point, Leesylvania State Park
Leesylvania State Park Barbecue Parking
3 hours at Raven Rocks Trailhead on the Virginia State Line
Raven Rocks Trailhead
DC gardens, nature centers, and easy walks
Best kid-friendly hikes in DC
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
Free Saturday Morning Live at The National Theater DC
1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Stroll Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy
Discover art & history in Occoquan
Occoquan Historic District
Best Ski Resorts near DC
Tour Udvar Hazy Center, Smithsonian’s best Air and Space Museum
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy
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
Explore Burke Lake
Burke Lake Park
Get lost in Meadowlark Gardens
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens & Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights
Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park