Hello, festival season!
June officially kick starts the jam-packed festival season in the DC-metro area from music to BBQ, and films to art. There's something for every interest, age group and budget. And there will be some of the biggest celebrations in the city for Pride. Speaking of, be sure to get your glitter paint, rainbows and other gear to show your solidarity.
Here's a glimpse at what's ahead this month:
Summer in the city is heating up. Get out your calendar, get your crew and start making plans to make the most of it with 60+ awesome things to do!
Brunching is serious business in D.C., but adding in all-inclusive drinks and fabulous queens working the room like a runway takes it to the next level. Check out these places for your next Sunday Funday! And remember to bring cash to tip your girls. Smooches!
Celebrate DC’s LGBTQ+ community with an array of can't-miss Pride events 🌈 Speaking of, be sure to get your glitter paint, rainbows and other gear to show your solidarity
Spring has finally, fully, sprung in the nation's capital putting an extra bounce in DC's step with longer nights, patio drinking, and growing anticipation for the easy days of summer, it’s the best time to get outside and explore!
Plus, there is no humidity or mosquitoes yet.
There are tons of awesome things to get excited about this month:
And that's just for starters!
Read on for our guide to great things to do in DC this month!
The biggest event happening in DC throughout April is the Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes a month full of activities to celebrate the flowers in bloom. But that's not the only thing happening in the nation's capital during the month. The city is abuzz with festivals, outdoor events, and all types of off-the-beaten-path cultural activities for visitors and locals to enjoy. From drive-in movies and art walks to late-night museum events, check out our roundup of the best things to do this month to experience DC to the fullest.
As soon as cherry blossoms start to show up on trees, 🌸🌸🌸 specials begin to pop up on DC menus.
Want to celebrate peak bloom with food and drink? Check out our roundup of cherry blossom specials from sake tasting to pink cupcakes and limited-time restaurant menus.
What are you hungry to sample this Sakura season?
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DC's cherry blossom season is the perfect time to celebrate the pink-and-white blooms and learn about Japan and Japanese culture. Feeling inspired to plan your own Japan-inspired adventure? From cooking classes, sake, art and performances, bonsai and more, you can still get up close and personal with Japan even if you're not able to hop on a plane and travel there.
Check out our recommendations for ways to elevate this spring's cherry blossom viewing and experience Japanese culture right here in DC!
Spring fever is in full bloom as cherry blossom celebrations spring up all across DC 🌸🌸🌸
From the annual parade, street festivals, sake and wine tastings, and more, check out some of the best ways to celebrate Japan’s famous gift to the District beyond the Tidal Basin.
What cherry blossom events are on your can't-miss list?
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Think the Tidal Basin is the Only Place to See Cherry Blossoms in DC? Think Again!
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Cherry blossom season isn't complete without experiencing this ancient Japanese rice wine
In Japan, there’s a long tradition of cherry blossom viewing, or Hanami, which includes picnics with snacks and sake in the park under the trees with family and friends. I fondly remember spending all day at the cherry blossom festival when my family lived in Okinawa. It felt like everyone on the island had converged to the same point at the same time, much like the people that crowd the Tidal Basin during peak bloom.
Sake's popularity has finally found footing in the US. Sake today is where wine was in the 1980s—transitioning from a bourgeois beverage for special occasions to the mainstream. has grown over the years. Luckily, several DC restaurants, markets and liquor stores have large sake selections, diverse picks and knowledgeable servers to help you create your own Hanami experience.
Here are several places around town to broaden and educate your sake palate.
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it