It’s still below freezing with a chance of flurries, but before you know it, the temperatures will start climbing, the snow will melt, and spring will be in the air. Springtime is a wonderful time to live in the Washington DC metro area as it lights up with fun festivals and events. Get your calendars marked now for these exciting local spring activities.
MARCH 20 - APRIL 15, WASHINGTON: 2018 NATIONAL CHARITY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Washington DC’s most beautiful festival returns again, with the cherry blooms ringing in the spring season. Events take place throughout the three week period, ranging from elegant parties to fireworks. The signature National Cherry Blossom Parade happens on April 14, followed by a number of festivals around DC. Come early to get a great parade viewing spot!
MARCH 31, WASHINGTON: POTOMAC RIVER CLEANUP
Make the Theodore Roosevelt Island beautiful just in time for spring with a large cleanup event sponsored by Friends of Theodore Roosevelt and Potomac Conservatory. Wear sturdy shoes and take a positive attitude, and they’ll provide supplies, refreshments, and great conversation.
APRIL 21, WASHINGTON: 2018 DC BEER FEST
Adults 21 and up will have a great time at this popular annual event. You’ll get a chance to sample dozens of delicious seasonal brews, from local favorites to popular national brands. There will also be a DJ, lawn games and tons of food trucks on hand.
APRIL 26-29, BETHESDA: SMITHSONIAN CRAFT SHOW 2018
This must-attend yearly craft show features crafts made by 120 of the finest artists in America. This year’s theme is “Asian Influence/American Design.” Sponsored by The Smithsonian Women's Committee, proceeds benefit the Smithsonian museums.
APRIL 27-29, WASHINGTON: GEORGETOWN FRENCH MARKET
One of DC’s most popular open-air markets, the Georgetown French Market offers quality items and materials from over 40 local vendors. After shopping, stick around for live music, performances, family fun and a Parisian photo booth.
APRIL 29, WASHINGTON : CULTURFIED INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
The International Children’s Festival is a free event that gets kids and their families learning while having fun. This year’s theme is ‘global explorer,’ and kids can experience international food, crafts, dance, cultural traditions and attire.
MAY 5-6, BETHESDA: URBNMARKET
If you love funky, vintage, and homemade, don’t miss Bethesda’s popular URBNmarket. The event is filled with special one-of-a-kind items and also includes live music, wine tasting, and activities for kids.
MAY 5 & 12, WASHINGTON: AROUND THE WORLD EMBASSIES TOUR & EU OPEN HOUSE
Once a year, Washington DC’s embassies open up for free tours and fun. In these family friendly events, you’ll experience performances, demos, dance, music, food, and more from cultures around the world. Experience embassies open from all over the world on May 5 and European Union embassies on May 12.