Now that winter seems to have finally disappeared, it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy all of the festivals that the D.C. area has to offer. Here are the Best Spring Festivals in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area.

Sweetlife Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy,
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550
www.sweetlifefestival.com

With Sweetlife Festival you get the best of both worlds as this two-day festival brings you the best in food and music.  This year’s festival will take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 30 and 31. The festival brings a diverse musical line-up including Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, Pixies, Phantogram, Billy Idol and Charli XCX. Prices for two-day passes range from $175 to $350 while single day passes range from $97.50 to $225.

DC Craft Beer Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 249-3000
www.handcraftedtasting.com/dccraftbeerfest/#dccraftbeerfest-overview

Featuring 150 seasonal selections of craft beers from more than 75 local and national breweries, the D.C. Craft Beer Festival is a beer lovers dream come true. This year the festival will be at at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, May 9 and features two tasting sessions. The first session runs from 1 p.m. if you’re VIP and 2 p.m. for general admission tickets. It all culminates at 4:30 p.m. The second session runs from 6 p.m. for VIP and 7 p.m. for general admission until 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $49.94 to $75 depending on which level you purchase. Designated driver tickets are $15 and the Convention Center is close to the Metro for another option to get home safely.

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National Asian Heritage Festival: Fiesta Asia Street Fair
Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd & 6th St NW

Washington, D.C
(202) 470-0899
www.asiaheritagefoundation.org

Now in its tenth year, The Fiesta Asia Street Fair, part of the National Asian Heritage Festival, will take place on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This outdoor festival, held on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 6th streets, features everything from cooking demonstrations, to craft exhibits and flash mob dancing. As an added bonus, it’s free to attend.

U Street Music Festival
U Street Corridor NW (9th to 16th Sts)
Washington, DC
www.funkparade.com

Also know as the Funk Parade, D.C.’s annual free event, taking place on May 2 in the U Street Corridor area is a unique combination of street fair, music festival and parade.  The street fair start at noon and ends at 5 p.m. with various craft and food vendors and musical performers including the Junkyard Band, Brass Connection and Crush Funk Brass.  But the real fun begins at 5 p.m. when the Funk Parade starts at The Howard Theatre and winds it way through the neighborhood, ending at The Lincoln Theatre. If you want an authentic D.C. festival experience, then the Funk Parade is for you.

 

M3 Rock Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy,
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550
http://www.merriweathermusic.com/event/754813-m3-rock-festival-2-day-passes-columbia/

The M3 Rock Festival is, hands down, one of the best people-watching events each year.  The two-day music festival, taking place this year at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 1 and 2, includes heavy metal acts such as Europe, Kix, Warrant, Quiet Riot and Queensryche. Tickets are $60 to $120 dollars and there is a six ticket limit per customer. The event will also be hosted by video vixens Tawny Kitaen and Bobbi Brown in addition to That Metal Show‘s Eddie Trunk. So if you love 80s heavy metal, then this is the festival for you.

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