As spring flowers burst with color, splashing the nation’s capital with their delicate beauty, artists of all types spring to life with their own works of art showcased through festivals and events. From fancy kite craftsmen, to filmmakers, to musicians, the DC arts scene is never more alive than during the spring season. Let these upcoming events add a splash of color to your day.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Tidal Basin on the National Mall
Independence Ave. and 15th St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Dates: March 20-April 14
Three-thousand cherry trees, in hues ranging from pink to white, stand as a symbol of the lasting camaraderie between the United States and Japan from the day they were gifted by the Japanese in 1912. Since then, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has become an annual local tradition celebrating this long-standing relationship, the graceful beauty of the trees and the joy of the spring season. Each year, millions flock to the Tidal Basin to enjoy four weekends of events that include traditional and contemporary arts and culture, culminating in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
Washington Monument Grounds
Constitution Ave. and 17th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.orgDate: March 30
Bring the kids and the kid in you out for a day of fun at the Blossom Kite Festival. Guru kite craftsmen and fliers from across the country and around the world descend upon the grounds of the Washington Monument to showcase their unique kite creations and flying prowess. The third annual event is complete with competitions and demonstrations such as the Rokkaku Battle and Hot Tricks Showdown. Awards in more than 36 categories, including beauty and aerodynamics, will be conferred. There will also be an activity station where children can make their own kites.
White House Garden Tours
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Dates: April 20-21
Enjoy the beauty and history of the White House gardens in the spring. The Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, South Lawn and the Children’s Garden bloom in all their springtime splendor. The Rose Garden, just steps from the Oval Office — where presidents often stage receptions, sign important bills and legislation and host media events — is also on display. As visitors enjoy lush grounds and fragrant blossoms, military bands perform from a balcony of the White House. Be part of a tradition that began in 1972 when First Lady Pat Nixon first opened these beautiful gardens to the public.
Easter Monday: Celebrating the African American Family Tradition
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Date: April 1
This Easter-themed event celebrates African American heritage and traditions. Hosted by the National Zoo and Friends of the National Zoo, in years past the celebration has featured African storytelling, gospel performances, a steel drum band, dance team and double-dutch jump rope. There has also been an Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter bunny. The entire family can enjoy demonstrations by animal keepers as they showcase wildlife that includes gorillas, bald eagles, cheetahs and Asian elephants.
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place, Landmark E Street Cinemas, Avalon Theatre
701 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Dates: April 11-21
Filmfest DC features new films from more than 30 countries around the globe. This annual event selects a region on which to place its focus, offering film lovers an immersion into the culture, music and politics of that location. Filmfest also presents groups of flicks with similar themes. The festival is complete with movie premieres, discussions with film directors, opening and closing night events as well as free programs for children and seniors.