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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for April 12-14

We've gathered up some fun things to do in DC this holiday weekend. You can also read what else is going on during the week and throughout the month.

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Friday

 

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

National Cherry Blossom Festival – Final Weekend
DC celebrates the blooming of cherry trees with a month-long festival that commemorates the 1912 gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city. Check out popular festival events in the lead-up to the celebration, in addition to our guide to the celebration, how to get the most popular blossom spots and the best places to snap photos.

 

AdMo Art Walk
Immerse yourself in the arts and culture of historic Adams Morgan through this year's AdMo Art Walk. Pathfinders will be able to discover the work of 23 local artists  as well as the 19 neighborhood businesses that will have pieces on display  with the option to map their own route or join one of the DC Arts Center's free guided walking tours.
More Info | Free Admission
2438 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
 

Little Shop of Horrors
Originally a sci-fi/horror comedy film released in 1960, Little Shop of Horrors then became an off-Broadway musical in the early 1980s. Yet another film adaptation followed a few years later, showing how this timeless story of a floral shop assistant and his singing, deadly plant will always dazzle audiences. The historic Ford’s Theatre revives the dynamic production during its upcoming spring season. Make sure to use code DDCSHOP20 for 20% off your tickets to the show (valid for March 16 - April 6 & May 1-18; limit two tickets per purchase)!
Tickets
Ford's Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Peter Pan
The Broadway musical based on J.M. Barrie’s legendary character turns the National Theatre into Neverland. The play, which has been dazzling audiences for more than 70 years, receives a reimagination by playwright Larissa FastHorse and is directed by Emmy Award winner Lonny Price. Peter Pan and his fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, will take the entire family on a magical voyage, performing songs like “I’m Flying,” “I Gotta Crow” and “I Won’t Grow Up” along the way.
Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Chronicles of Nina … What now?
The Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Project showcases Project ChArma, a local artists’ collective founded by DMV natives Ama and Chris Law that promotes social change through movement. Chronicles of Nina...What now? uses modern dance styles to explore the process of grief and the yearning to establish deep connections with our ancestry.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Saturday

 

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Witness DC's grandest petal procession with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC. Catch everything from giant helium balloons to elaborate floats to live musical performances. Enjoy prime performance viewing in the grandstand (tickets are $25-$40), or stand along the parade route – which runs for 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue NW – for free.
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Sakura Matsuri: Japanese Street Festival

The Sakura Matsuri, produced by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, returns for two exciting days again this year. The event will present over 80 cultural groups, art vendors, food booths and dozens of hours of programming. You can also enjoy a Ginza Marketplace, popular Japan Now! Pavilion, a cosplay contest, sake tasting and more. This goes down on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW.
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Unknown Soldier
Arena Stage welcomes an elegiac musical that concerns Ellen Rabinowitz, who discovers a photo of an anonymous soldier while cleaning out her grandmother’s home. Daniel Goldstein and the late Michael Friedman penned this captivating tale of a woman’s journey to uncover the secrets of her family’s past, inevitably leading her towards the future.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Message In A Bottle
A jaw-dropping new dance-theatre show from five-time Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince inspired by and set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award–winning artist Sting drops in at the Kennedy Center. Message In A Bottle focuses on three siblings in the village of Bebko, which has come under sudden attack. The trio embarks on a perilous journey to survive that will uplift and inspire.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Reckoning with Remembrance: History, Injustice and the Murder of Emmett Till 
Fourteen-year-old Chicago native Emmett Till was brutally lynched in Mississippi in 1955; his mother insisted on an open-casket funeral in his hometown. The saga made national news and eventually led to the founding of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission in 2008, which erected nine historical markers to honor the youth. Since then, these markers have been stolen, riddled with bullets or chucked into a river. The National Museum of American History displays a desecrated marker as a reminder of the violent legacy of racism that continues to thrive in America today as part of a new exhibit.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Jacqueline Woodson’s Block Party
Join the Kennedy Center and the REACH for a celebratory event masterminded by Education Artist-in-Residence and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. Take in free live performances (including music and spoken word), participate in fun-filled games, create chalk drawings, build forts with Arts on the Horizon and check out an awesome array of vendors on-site. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase from local food trucks.
1 p.m. |  Free Admission |  Reserve
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

DC Beer Festival
The annual DC Beer Festival takes place at Nationals Park, making for one of the District’s best outdoor parties of the year. Across two sessions, more than 80 breweries will be showcasing their seasonal suds, as local food trucks divvy out their tastiest eats. The event also features live music and access to a dueling piano bar. Use code “APRIL5” for $5 off your ticket.
Session 1: 12-3 p.m. |  Session 2: 5-8 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

 

The Feelies
Since their debut LP, Crazy Rhythms, was released in 1980, The Feelies have been staples of alternative rock, their signature jangling guitar sound serving as the backbone for one acclaimed release after another. Their influence is incalculable; just like their heroes, The Velvet Underground, the group has inspired the creation of countless bands. Expect an intergenerational crowd of appreciators at the Black Cat for this show.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

VOCA: A Not So Quiet Nocturne
Atlas Performing Arts Center stages a new play from Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA), which supports the works of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing BIPOC artists. A Not So Quiet Nocturne takes place in New York City in the early 1990s and follows Charyn, a young Black Deaf woman who has contracted AIDS and has lost her husband and infant daughter. In the face of immense tragedy and struggle, Charyn showcases her resilience and is able to blossom and evolve even in the face of her own mortality.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

Sunday

 

New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024
Discover how recent global turmoil has impacted and inspired women artists. Works by 28 artists are featured in New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024, offering pieces that explore a range of geographies, cultural viewpoints and perspectives. The exhibit immerses visitors in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ renewed spaces. It is the seventh and largest installment of the museum’s Women to Watch exhibition series.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

 

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
ARTECHOUSE welcomes visitors to its seventh annual installation dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the cherry blossoms in DC. The museum treats your eyes to an exhibit inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime, allowing for the exploration of alternate universes stacked with colors, adventures and immersive technologies. Make sure to take advantage of tickets with a 10% discount.
Tickets (10% off)
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

capital classic hoops 2024

​​​​​​​The Capital Classic
What do LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson all have in common? They're just some of the highly regarded alumni of the Capital Classic, an All-American high school basketball spectacle held annually in DC. From future college stars to NBA legends, witness the next generation of basketball greatness. Catch the Suburban vs. District All-Stars at 12:15 p.m., followed by the United States vs. Capital All-Stars at 2 p.m.
12:15 p.m. & 2 p.m. |  Tickets
Entertainment & Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Drive SE, Washington, DC 20032

 

Places to Stay

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Need some inspiration for a place to stay in between events? Washington, DC is filled with a multitude of hotels to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for that specialty boutique hotel or booking at your favorite hotel brand, Washington, DC's booking engine has it all. Find your stay today!
 

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Do you know where you’ll be dining pre- or post-event? From pop-up restaurants to Michelin-starred hot spots to laid-back food halls, our DC food guide is perfect for helping you plan a more memorable experience.

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