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Calendar of Events

Discover virtual and in-person events, including the celebrated National Cherry Blossom Festival.




Environmental Film Festival
Virtual, March 18-28

Celebrating Earth and inspiring understanding of the environment through film, the all-virtual annual film festival presents 100+ films from filmmaker around the globe.


The Phillips Collection Celebrates 100 Years

America’s first museum of modern art celebrates their centennial with a year-long celebration. Their centerpiece exhibition Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century opened March 6 and runs through Sept. 12. It provides a fresh perspective on over 200 major works by artists from the 19th century. Opening May 20, Marley Dawson’s Intersections—Marley Dawson: ghosts reimagines the history of the museum in the present with two groups of kinetic sculptures.


National Cherry Blossom Festival
Hybrid Virtual and In-Person/March 20 - April 11

As most things, this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival will look a little bit different with a series of entertaining hybrid events and community outreach programs. This year's virtual opening ceremony takes place on March 20, while the annual Pink Tie Party fundraiser takes place online March 26. The 2021 calendar also includes Art in Bloom, the Blossom Kite Fly (March 27-28), a Celebration Show (April 9) and the Petal Porch Parade (April 10-11).




Washington Nationals Home Opener
Nationals Park, April 1

The 2019 World Series champions kick off the 2021 season in the nation’s capital, facing off against the New York Mets. Nationals Park will start the season with 5,000 fans permitted per game and hopes to increase the capacity throughout the season.


Victoria Park at the REACH

The REACH, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, April 2

The outdoor beer and wine garden at the REACH, located at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts reopens.


National Park Week

All National Parks/April 17-25

The National Park Service and National Park Foundation celebrate our national parks with a variety of events and themed days. On April 17, all entry fees will be waived at every national park across the country. Visitors are encouraged to explore, discover and celebrate the history and culture of America’s parks. There are 24 National Park Service sites in Washington, DC.


Smithsonian Craft Optimism
Online, April 24-May 1

Visit the online marketplace of goods from all walks of craftsmanship and design – basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. The public is invited to learn about beautifully hand-crafted American goods created in response to sustainability and climate change.




DC Funk Parade

U Street NW, May 1-8

The 7th Annual Punk returns with a “Black Broadway” theme celebrating the iconic artists and creatives who made the U Street Corridor what is today.  The virtual festival will take place online on May 8.


National Memorial Day Concert

U.S. Capitol Building, West Lawn, May 30

The free annual concert will be broadcasted from the U.S. Capitol and salutes the sacrifice made by the men and women in uniform as well as their families.