The spring thaw once again awakens our senses to all that is colorful, festive and new. It’s a time to share and celebrate our creative energies and ideas. There’s no better way to enjoy all that is creative than through a festival. Here are a few that might suit your fancy.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Norfolk Ave. and Auburn Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Date: Sat. May 10-11, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Attendees of this arts festival will enjoy the work of more than 100 artists who will share unique ceramics, jewelry, paintings, clothing, photography, sculptures and more. There will also be live entertainment and food from Bethesda’s tastiest restaurants including the Hard Times Café, Mamma Lucia, Yamas Mediterranean Grill, Freddy’s Lobster & Clams and Haagen-Dazs. The food vendors will be lined up along “restaurant row” on Del Ray Avenue with an array of delights including pizza, sausage sandwiches, ice cream, beverages and more.
Blossom Kite Festival
Washington Monument Grounds
2 15th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Date: Mar. 29, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fly high with the kids and the kid in you with a day of fun at the Blossom Kite Festival. Kite craftsmen and fliers from across the U.S. and all around the globe converge upon the sprawling grounds of the Washington Monument to spread the wings of their unique kite creations and to showcase their flying prowess. This year’s event is complete with entertaining competitions and dramatic demonstrations. Last year’s festivities included the Rokkaku Battle and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Awards will be conferred in over 36 categories including beauty and aerodynamics. Children can enjoy an activity station where they will be able to create their own kites.
National Cinco De Mayo Festival
Washington, DC 20001
Date: May 4, 2014 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Enjoy Mexican and Latino heritage and pride at one of the most recognized and popular festivals in the DC area. This national festival celebrates Latino art and culture with an art pavilion and an arts and crafts pavilion just for kids that will include hands-on exhibits and piñatas. A Mercado will allow festival goers to shop from an array of items including shirts and hats. And, of course, there will be festive Latin music, cultural dancers adorned in elaborate attire and dance contests including salsa, merengue, cumbia and folk. The event will be topped-off with games, including Mexican Bingo, and festive foods. Produced by the Maru Montero Dance Company, this lively festival will have something for everyone.
National Cathedral Flower Mart
3101 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Date: May 3-4, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Art, as well as beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Flower and garden enthusiasts can enjoy the artistry of landscaping at this outdoor springtime festival. At this event, spring’s bounty of color can be appreciated in creative arrangements of annuals and perennials, horticultural displays and colorful garden tours. Situated with tents spread around the Washington National Cathedral, the festival will present attendees with various booths containing the latest in gardening items, handbags and jewelry. There will also be food, music and entertainment including a tower climb, and a fun antique carousel ride for the kids.
Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..