A delicate floral aroma wafts on the breeze. Baseballs crack off the bat. Runners once again take their marks.
It’s spring in Washington DC! Now is a great time to head to our nation’s capital, and the surrounding region, for wonderful festivals, beautiful blossoms and lots of fun for the whole family!
Celebrate Spring in Washington DC
National Cherry Blossom Festival
The famous Japanese cherry trees start blooming this month! Soon DC will be a cloud of pink fragrant blooms. Head over before April 15th, when the National Cherry Blossom Festival officially ends.
Throughout the festival, there will be performances and events that are free to the public. One popular event is the Cherry Blossom Parade. Be sure to snag a viewing spot early!
On April 8, thousands of runners will compete in the annual Cherry Blossom 10 Mile race. While this year’s bibs are already assigned, you might be able to grab a transfer bib. Even if you’re not running, go and cheer on those who are. It’s a fun and motivating way to spend a morning!
White House Easter Egg Roll
Celebrate Easter with a unique tradition! If you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll get to spend April 2 at the White House rolling wooden Easter eggs.
If you didn’t make it into the lottery or weren’t selected this year, now’s your chance to put it on your calendar for next year!
Go Fly a Kite
The wide expanses of the National Mall make it the perfect place to fly a kite this spring! Join other kite enthusiasts on March 31 for the Blossom Kite Festival. This annual event is held as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
You’ll be able to check out cool kites, watch amazing trick flying and maybe pick up a few tips yourself.
Take a Garden Tour
The White House is opening up the gates for garden tours this spring. Typically held in April, the 2018 dates are still pending. However, if you ever wanted to walk in the Rose Garden, keep an eye out for official dates.
Spring is also a great time to visit historic gardens throughout the region. The Garden Club of Virginia is offering historic garden tours in April. There are locations throughout the state spread across a whole week. You could opt to stay closer to home or take a day trip to a particularly prime location.
Visit Historic Homes
With everything blooming, now is also a wonderful time to visit historic homes in general. Head to Tudor Place, in the heart of Georgetown, to stroll under their wisteria arbor.
Hillwood Estate, in northwest DC, is known for their gorgeous flowers and landscaping. In fact, all of March is orchid month at Hillwood. As a special bonus, you’ll be able to check out their extensive collection of pre-communist Russian artifacts. The collect includes Czarina Alexandra’s tiara and a Faberge egg!
Head to the home of our first president, George Washington, to dive into early American history. Mount Vernon is alive with blossoms and baby lambs in the spring. Check out the working farm and take a river cruise, too!
Show Your Ooh-Rah
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a super family friendly place to spend a whole day or just an afternoon. Learn about the long history of the Corps, grab lunch in the canteen and then run around the surrounding lawn.
The Museum offers several playdates and celebrates the Month of the Military Child in April.
Sip and Swirl
Escape the city and enjoy time together. Many Virginia wineries and breweries welcome children and pets, just check their specific rules first.
There are several wine expos and festivals throughout Virginia in the spring months. But whether you go for a specific event or just on a whim, you’re sure to enjoy the journey!
Celebrate at the National Zoo
The National Zoo’s annual family celebration will be held on April 2. There will be food booths, performances and vendors galore. As always, admission to the National Zoo is completely free. Arrive early to snag a prime parking spot or plan to take the Metro.
What are your favorite DC and NoVA events? Share your best bets in the comments!
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