by Sara Bastian
Eager to come out of hibernation, Hoyas are beginning to venture outside more and more with the recent arrival of this absolutely wonderful warm weather. The Cherry Blossom Festival – which celebrates the March 27th, 1912 gift of Japanese cherry trees to DC – has been ongoing along the Tidal Basin for the last few weeks. Peak bloom for the flowers was this past weekend, but don’t be afraid if you missed it – it is not too late! And despite that festival reaching its end soon, there are many other events and activities to look forward to this spring beyond the ‘M street bubble’. Here’s your guide to the top ten best things to do in and around DC this spring!
1. How Do Trees Get on the Internet?
They log in (excuse this cheap attempt at a pun). What better way to celebrate Earth Day than the outdoor Global Citizen free concert? This event will be held this Saturday, April 18th from 11:00 am-7:00 pm, and will feature Usher, Fall Out Boy, Train, and more!
2. Film Frenzy
The 29th Anniversary of Filmfest DC will take place from April 16-April 26. This festival allows attendees to explore different realms of film from all over the world. It proves to be every year a memorable event for members in the audience and substantiates the importance of the visual arts.
3. Drawn to Art
Cross over to Virginia to enjoy the Arlington Festival of the Arts – a two-day-long art exhibit in the Clarendon District on April 18th and 19th. Over 100 artists will display paintings, glass, pottery, jewelry, and mixed media – so make sure to stop by if you’re seeking a fresh source of inspiration. The shows are free admission from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
4. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Leaning towards the sportier side of fun pastimes, a Washington Nationals Game is sure to be a good time. Take a group, bring your spirit, and head to the next DC baseball game. With college basketball season over (RIP), we need to focus that energy elsewhere, and baseball is the sheer springtime substitute.
5. Screen on the Green
A popular DC tradition, dozens of venues around DC offer late night movie screenings in the spring – check out the National Mall, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, and the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Fest. Dates for this years screenings will be announced soon.
6. Beer Me
For our 21+ readers, this one’s for you. Looking for a fun and different way to spice up happy hour? Pretend you’re in Germany and try out some beer gardens like Biergartenhaus, Standard, or Marvin.
7. Zealous for Zoos
The Smithsonian National Zoo – one of the oldest zoological parks in the country – will no doubt be the stress relief you need before or during finals. Admission is free, meaning the day will be priceless in more than just one sense.
8. Take a Trip with Teddy
Tired of the same run to the monuments? Change it up by running, walking, or riding your bike to Theodore Roosevelt Island, which is an 88.5- acre island in the Potomac. It’s the perfect escape from the busy, crowded capital lifestyle.
9. Fresher Farmers
Yes, we’re pumped about the return of the Wednesday Farmers Market in Red Square. But if you’re looking to try an alternative farmer’s market without the typical Georgetown vibe, we recommend Union Market, Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market, and Eastern Market as just some among the top rated markets to check out this Spring.
10. I Keep Going to the River
Spend some time up close and personal with the Potomac by renting kayaks at Keybridge Boathouse or paddle boats at the Tidal Basin. You will definitely gain more appreciation for our convenient access to water sports despite our city location.
Culture permeates throughout Washington and we have it all at our fingertips, so let the perfect weather and perfect city not go to waste – get out there and take on DC!