Springtime Events in Washington, DC

Spring is the prime season of the year to visit the beautiful city of Washington, DC. Dozens of events are held this time of year throughout the city, including cultural events, spring garden tours, wine festivals, parades and more. Don’t miss out on this weather and the fun events that come with spring in Washington, DC!

1. National Cherry Blossom Festival: (March-April)
Washington, DC showcases its thousands of blossoming cherry trees with its annual two-week, city-wide event featuring more than 200 international cultural performance and 90 other special events. Among the most popular events are the Blossom Kite Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Parade, and the Japanese Street Festival. The beautiful blossom celebration lasts throughout March & April. People come from all over to see these beauties blossom! It is definitely one of the most talked about and sought after events going on in DC during Springtime.
2. Earth Day Activities: (Late April)
Millions of Americans participate in the annual fight for a clean environment. The Washington, DC metropolitan area has a variety of Earth Day activities that make caring for a planet fun for all ages! You can pitch in and help clean up a park or attend a family event that includes learning ways to improve our environment and make a difference. There are several events that occur during April to help these causes. Why not have fun while helping the environment, as well. These activities are a fun and simple way to get family and friends together and by saving our environment.
3. National Cathedral Flower Mart: (May 6-7)
DC is known for some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the U.S. Washington Cathedral’s annual outdoor festival for garden enthusiasts and families features annuals, perennials, landscape exhibits, Olmsted Woods and Garden Tours, and children’s activities such as a rock wall, moon bounce, mini-Ferris Wheel and a carousel. Other festival activities include over 80 booths offering gardening items, handbags, jewelry and more. This is an event that is made for anyone; from children to adults, all individuals are welcome and will inevitably find something that interest them!
4. Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tours: (May 13-15)
Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tour celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with special evening tours of mansion and cellar with special appearances by “George and Martha Washington”. The Vernon Home overlooks the scenic Potomac River. Visitors can bring a blanket and relax on the lawn as they sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries. This is the perfect place for a warm spring evening with friends.
5. DC Jazz Festival: (June 10-19)
The annual event features more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, D.C. This is a perfect event to celebrate musical styles from Bebop and Blues to Swing, Soul, and Latin. This is a 10-day extravaganza with performances at several museums, clubs, restaurants and hotels.
6. Passport DC: (May)
Washington, DC’s embassies open their doors to the public during a two week event called Passport DC, a new annual celebration of international culture presented by Cultural Tourism DC. Passport DC will showcase Washington, DC’s embassies and cultural organizations with a wide range of performance, talks, and exhibits.
7. Georgetown French Market: (April 29-30)
This spring shopping extravaganza features fashion, French fare, quaint home and antique shops, galleries and live music. Get a little taste of France through this quaint market in the beautiful neighborhood of Georgetown. This is a great time to explore the shopping in one of Washington’s top neighborhoods while enjoying the spring weather. Families are encouraged to bring the kids and enjoy live music, strolling mimes and other street entertainers. Georgetown’s historic house museums – Dumbarton House and Tudor Place – host arts and crafts activities for children.
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