Spring is here, which means you no longer have to hibernate! Take advantage of the warmer weather by enjoying one of the following spring festivals. All of them will be fun for the whole family!
National Cherry Blossom Festival 
Tidal Basin
1501 Maine Ave. S.W.
Washington, D.C.
Festival Hotline: 877-442-5666

Date: March 20 – April 17, 2016

This is DC’s most popular festival of the year, where locals and tourists head to the tidal basin to admire the 3,000 cherry blossom trees in our nation’s capitol. There are cherry blossom walking tours, a cherry blossom festival parade, a kite festival and more. Local restaurants will also be featuring cherry blossom food, drink, and dessert specials.

Bethesda Literary Festival 
Downtown Bethesda
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-6660

Date: April 15 -17, 2016

This annual festival takes place in downtown Bethesda. There are books for sale, book signing opportunities with well-known authors, poetry readings, and discussion groups. Kids will love the children’s story time. Take a look at the event website for a complete schedule of discussions and book signings. Awards will also be given out to winners of the festival’s short story and poetry contests. Bethesda has plenty of restaurants and coffee shops to grab a bite while you enjoy the Bethesda Literary Festival.

National Cathedral Flower Festival 
National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-2937

Date: May 6, 2016 10am to 6pm and May 7th, 2016 10am to 5pm

This beautiful festival includes floral displays, flowers and plants for sale, and vendors selling gardening tools, gifts and horticulture goods. There will be a tea room offering sit-down tea service, as well as vendors selling baked goods and snacks. Children will love the puppeteers, carousel and rides. The profits from the event will benefit the gardens around the cathedral. Parking will likely be difficult, so using public transportation is recommended. This is a great festival to enjoy with your mother over Mother’s Day weekend!

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Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut St.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 990-1400

Date: April 15-16, 2016 10am to 6pm, April 17, 2016 10am to 5pm

Arts and crafts aficionados will love this festival. There will be artisans selling pottery, jewelry, photography, sculptures, and more. In addition, there will be arts and craft demonstrations, live music, and gourmet food available for purchase. Learn how to throw pottery or spin metal. Over two hundred artisans will be showcasing their work, so be sure to plan to be there all day!

Southwest Waterfront Firework Festival 
Southwest Waterfront
399 M St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024

Date: April 9, 2016 1PM

During the day this festival will include live entertainment, while at night guests will enjoy a beautiful fireworks display. The live entertainment will feature everything from jazz, to blues, to funk. There will also be cultural performances from Latin American singers and Asian dance groups. See the event page for information about times and locations of performances, as there will be three different stages. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 8:30pm, over the water. Food trucks and other food vendors will be in abundance. This festival is great for the whole family.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.