national cherry blossom festival
Flickr/Nicolas Raymond


Saturday - Saturday
Mar 4-Aug 19
Kennedy Center
“Sound health” is the Kennedy Center’s clever combo of yoga and performing arts. Find tranquility and get a workout in the beautiful Grand Foyer on select Saturdays with local instructors. It’s free, but you need to sign up in advance.
Monday - Saturday
Mar 6-Apr 15
Drink Your Cherry Blossoms
Drink Your Cherry Blossoms
Mockingbird Hill/Southern Efficiency
While we can’t promise less of a crowd than down by the Tidal Basin, drinking Japanese-themed cocktails in Mockingbird Hill’s Cherry Blossom PUB (pop-up bar) is a lovely alternative. Be sure to poke a head in next door at Southern Efficiency to check out their seasonal Super Mario-themed bar.
Monday - Saturday
Mar 6-May 13
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit is in DC for a few short weeks and features her avant-garde, immersive mirrored rooms. It’s free but you’ll have to try to get a guaranteed pass when they’re released every Monday, unless you want to take your chances for a walk-up entry. If those times don’t work out for you, keep an eye out for some special late-night hours, or just take a stroll through the sculpture garden where you can see one of Kusama’s pumpkins without all the fuss. But if you do get inside, try not to break one of them, like a recent visitor did while taking a selfie.
Tuesday - Sunday
Mar 14-26
Locations vary
The DC Environmental Film Festival is an annual showcase of some of the year’s best films related to nature, conservation, and the future of our world. What better way to get ready for Earth Day?
Wednesday - Sunday
Mar 15-Apr 16
Tidal Basin
Thanks to an unseasonably warm winter and spring, we might have one of the earliest peak blooms on record. The Cherry Blossom Festival runs about a month, though if you’re a local its programming can read like a list of places to avoid. If you just want to see the blooms and skip the fanfare, try to go early in the morning, especially midweek, to avoid the crowds.
Friday - Saturday
Mar 31-Apr 8
After a successful launch last year, Light City is back in Baltimore this spring. This weeklong festival showcases innovative light displays, sculptures, and videos, often paired with musical performances to make for a true spectacle. There’s even an all-female dance performance called “Pyroxotic: A Fire Cabaret.” Sold.
Friday - Wednesday
Mar 31-Jun 7
Arena-Fichandler Stage
If you haven’t seen A Raisin in the Sun, get to it at the Arena theater -- it’s in-the-round setup, meaning there’s not a bad seat in the house. Want to dig deep on the show’s connections to current events? Select performances feature post-show discussions with academics, including Soyica Colbert, production dramaturg and associate professor of African American Studies and Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University.
Courtesy of Nordstrom
washington nationals game
washington nationals game | Flickr/arianravan


Apr 1
Goddard Space Flight Center
If the release of Hidden Figures, NASA’s recent discovery of Earth-size planets, and SpaceX’s forthcoming space tours have you jonesing for a trip to another world, check out the Goddard Space Flight Center. It has family-friendly exhibits and demonstrations, and on the first Sunday of every month they even help you set off your own model rockets.
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 1-Oct 1
You might have food trucks by your office, but you typically pick just one at lunch, right? And you probably shouldn’t pair your meal with a cold brew in the middle of the workday. Grab some friends and enjoy this monthly food truck fest, sampling the best of mobile eateries that might not make it your side of town.
Apr 3
Nationals Park
For some, baseball is the great American pastime. For others, it’s an excuse to drink beer, eat overpriced food, and hang out with friends. No matter, it’s a great way to get out of work and spend a Monday afternoon cheering on the Washington Nationals. The defending NL East champions take on the Miami Marlins to kick off the 2017 season.
Apr 12
GWU Lisner Auditorium
Jack Donaghy is coming to DC! Actually, I mean that guy that plays Donald Trump on SNL sometimes is coming to DC! Whatever your fondest role of Alec Baldwin might be, you can be sure he’ll touch on all of them in this event showcasing the release of his memoir, Nevertheless.  
Apr 17
White House South Lawn
If you don’t have a child and still want to go to this presidential tradition, get permission to borrow one from a friend or relative, then enter the lottery in the hope of scoring a free ticket. If that fails, you can always sign up as a volunteer and help out onsite.
Thursday - Sunday
Apr 20-30
Locations vary
The official program for this year’s Filmfest isn’t posted yet, but last year’s edition featured 75 movies from 45 countries in venues across DC. There’s usually a handful of premieres, buzzed-about indies, and a smattering of afterparties that might just feature an A-list actor or two.
Apr 22
Pick up after yourself (and everyone else)
Pick up after yourself (and everyone else)
Green is sexy. Trash is not. Looking to give back in your community this Earth Day? Check out these Potomac River Watershed Cleanup projects (they’re actually every weekend in April, so you can start earlier).
dc flower mart
Annual Flower Mart | Flickr/oatsy40


Friday - Saturday
May 5-6
Washington National Cathedral
The 78th Annual Flower Mart is a two-day market and fundraiser to benefit the National Cathedral. Bring your special lady friend or, better yet, your mom for an early Mother’s Day bouquet.
Friday - Sunday
May 19-21
Mount Vernon
What’s more fabulous than drinking outside? Drinking outside while listening to jazz on a picnic blanket overlooking the Potomac and George Washington’s gorgeous estate at sunset.
sunday suppers
Laura Dominick


Jun 4
Dock5 at Union Market
While it’s a little pricy at $250, Sunday Supper is a jam-packed evening complete with a cocktail hour, high-end family style meal, and dancing. You can feel good spending this much for a night out knowing it’s a fundraiser to benefit the James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) program, which is working to address the gender imbalance in the restaurant industry. Here’s to investing in the next Alice Waters.