Cherry blossoms and pink-and-white bloom related events are popping up across the city, but that's there are plenty of other things to do this month.
Museums are slowly starting to re-open, Georgetown Glow makes its spring debut, outdoor movies return, live music on porches and in a secret garden, and more! We've found 20+ of the best springtime events for everyone from singles to families to enjoy before the cicadas and DC's humidity show up.
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CURIOUS CARAVAN EVENTS
GRAFFITI UNDERGROUND TOUR: Go underground into the Dupont Circle tunnels for an exclusive guided tour that explores a treasure trove of hidden graffiti and murals. Curious Caravan and acclaimed muralist BlackLove and Owner & Creative Director for 9 Bars Street Art Cafe showcase the dynamic and colorful work of local graffiti artists and muralists on the tunnel walls and talk about the evolution of Dupont Underground from a streetcar station to a creative arts hub. April 8
DISCOVER HIDDEN ART: From a colorful, quirky Barbie display to a repurposed Waterfront church and a subterranean art space, there’s a treasure trove of artful wonders hidden in plain sight to be discovered on street corners, beneath underpasses and tucked into alleyways. Curious Caravan takes you on a virtual tour to uncover artistic wonders hidden in plain sight across Washington, DC. April 11 + April 25
WORD UP: Get ready to paint with words, talk with language ambassadors from around the globe, and watch books come to life before your eyes at Planet Word. Reopens April 1
GLENSTONE GALLERY: The sculpture-focused institution starts a gradual reopening with a major Faith Ringgold exhibit. Reopens April 8
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME: National Building Museum, the only U.S. cultural institution dedicated to the built environment reopens with its popular and ongoing exhibitions House & Home and Animals, Collected, and the new Gun Violence Memorial Project four glass-brick houses that are filled with remembrance objects collected from families whose loved ones were killed by gun violence (free to visit; no ticket required), plus other additions. April 9
CHEERS TO THAT: Victura Park, Kennedy Center’s family-friendly outdoor food & wine garden at the River Pavilion at the REACH returns for your al fresco pleasure. April 9
PLAY IN THE SANDLOT: Built to commemorate the movie "The Sandlot," check out Sandlot Southeast, an outdoor container bar & event space offering cold-pressed cocktails & grab-and-go meals w/ a side of sports, music, cultural arts & entertainment across the street from the players entrance of Nationals Park Stadium. Opens April 1
BLOOM AT CITYCENTER: In true hanami spirit, be immersed in a vision of spring while dining al fresco in transformed greenhouses filled with cherry blossoms at CityCenter. Features spring-themed menus from Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and Fig & Olive. Thru April 20. You can also visit artist Andrew Taylor's sculpture at The Park at CityCenter, one of the 26 pieces commissioned for the National Cherry Blossom Festival's Art in Bloom project. Thru May 31
GET HOOKED--CHERRY BLOSSOM POP-UP: Immerse yourself in pretty, floral pinkness at Hook Hall through spring. The indoor/outdoor Park View bar has swapped its wintertime “viking village” theme for a “celebrate the blossoms” motif with imported cherry trees, Japanese-inspired tea houses for private parties, and Japanese-inspired food and drink. Open now
TEDDY BEAR + DOLL TEA: Join Dumbarton House for an outdoor tea for the whole family! Bring a picnic blanket and your favorite doll or teddy bear to enjoy individually packaged, tea boxes. After tea, we will take a tour of the grounds and learn about the gardens before playing some socially-distanced games. April 18
Get your spring GLOW on: Georgetown GLOW is typically held in the winter, but will be held in the spring for the first time with an extended series featuring eight artworks and a safe and comfortable visitor experience. In addition to the installations, Spring GLOW programming will include in-person and virtual options – from walking tours to artist talks. April 2 through June 27.
PLAY BALL: The Capitol Riverfront BID has teamed up with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Washington Nationals for Opening Day Weekend to bring baseball-themed movies sure to be a homerun Friday night will feature a screening of 42: The Jackie Robinson Story, while Saturday offers A League of Their Own. Before the films start, you can enjoy trivia, prizes and giveaways; on Saturday night, the Swizzler Hot Dog Truck will be on-hand. April 2 - 3
ANIME MOVE DAYS: Part of their Bloomaroo celebration, the Wharf is celebrating the globally popular Japanese genre of anime with an outdoor anime movie festival on Transit Pier. Anime Movie Days at The Wharf is curated by Awesome Con and includes favorites like Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Tokyo Godfathers, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more. Every Friday-Sunday from March 26 to April 11 (no screenings on Easter Sunday)
PETAL PORCH PARADE: Bike, walk or drive through DC neighborhoods and see how DMV residents have decorated their porches, yards and windows for the new Petal Porch Parade, part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Decorations are in place throughout the festival. Petal Processions will be held on April 10 and 11 as a grand culmination, with the procession set to visit select Porch Parade neighborhoods.Through April 11
CHALK WALK: DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) has teamed up with Chalk Riot to transform the pavement at Gallery Place Alley into an immersive spring art experience! This unique, Instagrammable and cherry blossom-inspired “3D” art installation is a backdrop you don’t want to miss to celebrate spring in the city! Through April 30
SHOP TILL YOU DROP: Head to Dupont Circle for a day of retail therapy at the Dupont Circle Pop-Up. About 40 artists and makers will be situated in front of retail shops and in Dupont Underground, selling paintings, scarves, chocolates, jewelry, pottery and additional items. Pop-up shops will feature imported food, fine art, shoes and more. You’ll also find a plethora of restaurant options to fuel up and recharge. April 10
LET THE MUSIC PLAY: Groove to the beat at Petworth Porchfest for a neighborhood-wide live music event as more than 70+ bands turn porches into music stages throughout Petworth. April 24
SECRET GARDEN CONCERTS: Head to Old Town Alexandria, where the local orchestral and choral touring company Classical Movements is hosting “Sounds of Hope & Harmony,” a series of outdoor concerts in the “Secret Garden” tucked behind its former-rectory headquarters on Princess Street. Various dates
RBG PAINT + SIP: Hotel Zena hosts a specialty paint N’ sip that offers a sneak peek of new rooftop spot, Hedy’s Rooftop Bar. Includes a cocktail from Hedy’s carefully crafted menu, specialty canvas of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and accompanying paints. April 10
CHERRY COCKTAILS: Sixth & I hosts a virtual class with bartender and former Himitsu owner Carlie Steiner, that will demo a cherry blossom tree-inspired cocktail. Learn how to craft a refreshing cherry blossom sour with maraschino liquor, vodka, and lemon juice. April 1
EAT THE RICH: Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran, the latest from Woolly Mammoth, uses Instagram to present a dark comedic experience about entitlement, consumption, and digital technology through the lens of Iran’s elite. Live broadcast. April 1 - 18
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL VIRTUAL CELEBRATION: Hang out at home and celebrate the end of the cherry blossom festival with an epic cherry blossom-inspired performances and activations, which will premiere on Gather by Events DC with a showing on WJLA the next day. April 9
LIGHTS, CAMERA, GEORGETOWN: Warm up for the Oscars with a virtual tour of the glamorous side of Georgetown when the neighborhood was teeming with movie screens & settings for movie shots. Reminisce of Georgetown’s role in popular cinema productions from “The Exorcist” to “Wonder Woman, 1984.” April 25
COFFEE TASTING: Get buzzed with Slipstream's virtual coffee tastings as you compare two unique coffees side by side. Coffee tasting kits include two coffees (pre-ground and vacuum-sealed), two cupping glasses for tasting, and an engraved Slipstream coffee spoon.Starts April 2 and continues the first Friday of every month
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