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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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.
Spring has gotten off to an early start this year temperature-wise, but springtime blossoms and events are in full bloom this month 🌸🌸🌸
You won't want to miss all the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrations, the sound of music as National Symphony plays in locations across the city, National Women's History Month events galore, exciting and inspiring film festivals, an unique, immersive theatre experience, a daring high wire act, get a taste of Iceland, and more!
We've curated 100+ (our biggest list yet!) awesome and unexpected things to do this month that will make you see why spring in DC is simply the best!
How you like them apples?
Put down the daiquiri and step away from the rosé. With summer in the rearview, our sipping sights are set on pumpkin beer, hot toddies and the most beloved fall libation of all, hard cider.
Cider has become popular in DC with several cideries springing up in recent years offering refreshing and unique flavors. Here's what you can expect to find at the four locations in the city when you're ready for a hard cider taste test.
Fall is a great time to be in DC!
It brings with it ample opportunities for outdoor activities, from hikes and cidery visits to leaf peeping. Fall concerts return, and so does spooky season: a time for all things creepy, fun, and pumpkin-flavored. So, from a raucous, German-themed beer fest to a international culinary battle and a day-long music festival on the historic grounds of Walter Reed Hospital, here are some of the most fun things to do in DC this fall.
Don't Forget Your Shades: Your Ultimate Guide to Awesome Things to Do in DC This Summer
Summer in DC are is like no other city.!
Sure, it's hot and humid but there's no slowing down all the things you can do inside and outside. From tons of free museums and exhibits, outdoor movies and live music, fireworks bursting in patriotic flair against the backdrop of famous monuments and memorials, to say nothing of all the waterfront activities, you'll have an epic time with lots to do, no matter what you're into.
Our curated content and guides take you off-the-beaten-path and into DC's neighborhoods to discover new and awesome ways to explore and take advantage of the long days of summer.
June is our favorite month, and not just because it's our birthday (though that doesn't hurt!).
Summer in DC kicks off with sun-filled days and endless things to do. From making a splash at the waterfronts, free festivals, outdoor concerts and movies, a cultural scene that can't be beat, and gallery exhibits galore, DC is full of amazing and unexpected fun. What to look forward to: Sunset military parades, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, pride celebrations, an immersive King Tut exhibit, the Black Food Festival, a sunrise dance party, and that's just for starters!
This month is going to be epic!
The best ice cream in the area, minus the brain freeze
**This article has been updated**
During these dog days of summer (basically any day ending in -y in DC), there’s nothing like a sweet and delicious frozen treat to cool you down. With so many spots for summertime scoops, we've compiled a handy list of 10 local places to sample some of the best frozen confections in the city!
Summer is all about eating and drinking outside. We've already covered some of the best ways to elevate your picnic grub, so now we're looking at the perfect boozy canned accompaniments because, seriously, hauling a bottle of wine and all of the paraphernalia gets to be a hassle on a picnic, or camping trip or a day at the beach. Corkscrews and stemware aren’t always convenient. And hauling glassware?! Fuggedaboutit.
Besides, what says "it's summertime and the living is easy" more than grab-and-go canned wine and cocktails?
We've scouted some of the best canned wines and cocktails -- made and sold in the DMV, of course -- for your next day drinking hang on the patio, the beach or wherever.
Cheers to that!
May is one of our favorite months in DC. It's the pre-summer sweet spot when there's no humidity, the nights are cool and the great outdoors beckons you to spend time exploring off-the-beaten-path spots and hidden gems. Plus, there's no mosquitoes!
This month brings the return of outdoor movies, Funk Parade celebrations, embassy open houses are back after two years, nature walks, live music festivals and concerts, a one-of-a-kind garden art party at Hirshhorn and so much more.
We've curated 50+ activities for you to enjoy; there'll never have a dull moment! Ready, set, choose your spring adventure!
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it