Five Reasons To Visit Washington DC For Spring Break

March 7, 2015 8:00 AM

Cherry blossoms hang on the Tidal Basin as the Cherry Blossom Festival comes to a close Sunday. (credit: Cameron Thompson/All News 99.1)

Who says you have to travel somewhere far in order to enjoy spring break? There are plenty of places to go and things to do in the District during your time off. Check out this list of five reasons to visit DC for spring break and have yourself some fun a little bit closer to home.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Tidal Basin and Ohio Dr. NW
Washington, DC 20003
(877) 442-5666
www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Dates: March 20 – April 12, 2015

What better way to celebrate sunshine and warmer temperatures than with a visit to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The month-long celebration features over 150 daily cultural performances by local, national and international artists as well as cultural and educational programs, arts and crafts, interactive art demonstrations, film screenings, sports competitions and family-friendly events. Learn how to make a kite at the Blossom Kite Festival, grab a seat in the grandstands and watch the Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival or admire the fireworks show at the Southwest Waterfront.

National Shamrock Festival
2400 East Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
www.shamrockfest.com

Date: March 21, 2015

Whether you’re Irish or not, head over to the National Shamrock Festival, better known as ShamRock Fest, and have yourself some Celtic spring break fun. The one-day festival features an exciting lineup of activities including more than 30 live bands and DJs on five stages, Irish performers including bagpipes and Irish dancers, party games and contests, food vendors, plus the Irish Market, which features a variety of Irish goods and St. Patty’s Day gear. Party goers 21 and up will enjoy a variety of beer options and pub games.

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African American Family Celebration
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4888
www.nationalzoo.si.edu

Date: April 6, 2015

For a family-friendly spring break celebration, the National Zoo will host its annual African American Family Celebration, which features a variety of interactive activities and events including an Easter egg roll and hunt, arts and crafts, live entertainment, delicious foods and plenty of games. Learn more about animals from Africa, like the cheetah or the kori bustard. Or, watch a zookeeper feed an animal. Other activities at the zoo include discussions and lectures, elephant training demonstrations, meet and greets and animal viewings.

Passport DC
www.culturaltourismdc.org

Dates: May 1 – 30, 2015

Travel the world without leaving the District. Passport DC is a month-long international celebration that highlights DC’s thriving diplomatic community. More than 70 embassies will open their doors and invite guests to celebrate the cultural diversity that makes our city so great. Enjoy authentic foods, music, live performances, film and art from a variety of embassies. Participate in the National Asian Heritage Festival, taste delicious culinary creations at the Embassy Chef Challenge or sign up for the Around the World Embassy tour. Other activities include book signings, workshops, panel discussions and theater performances.

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Washington Nationals Opening Day
1500 South Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6287
www.washington.nationals.mlb.com

Date: April 5, 2015

If it’s spring, then it’s baseball season. Cheer on the Washington Nationals as they take on the New York Mets at Nationals Park on Opening Day. There are plenty of new players to cheer on, like pitcher Max Scherzer, as well as team favorites Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon. Have your photo taken as you walk into the stadium, stock up on jerseys and other gear at the Clubhouse Store or grab yourself a delicious snack at one of nearly 60 food and drink vendors. Opening Day activities include special guests and performances.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.