20 Spring Festivals and spots you don’t want to miss in Washington, DC

//20 Spring Festivals and spots you don’t want to miss in Washington, DC

1. SHAMROCKFEST (St. Patrick event)

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 12PM – 8PM
Cost: $25

Performances by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Mahones and Andrew W.K.. Plan on plenty of brews, Irish dancers and bagpipes, DJs and contests.
General admission and VIP tickets are available to this Irish-themed extravaganza.

www.shamrockfest.com for Tickets.

2. National Cathedral Flower Mart

Date: Friday, May 3rd – Saturday, May 4th
Time: 10 AM

A festival for garden lovers. Enjoy the sights of landscape exhibits, Olmsted woods and garden tours. There will be lots of fun activities, great food choices.

For more info : https://allhallowsguild.org/programs/flower-mart/

3. National Cherry Blossom Festival

Date: April 13, 2019 (Dates change based on blossom season)
Best time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Cost: FREE

Enjoy the spring season with the amazing cherry blossom celebration. There will be lots of fun activities, great selection of food, and lots of Japanese performances.

For more information visit: https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/event/parade/

4. Passport DC (Around the World Embassy Tour)

Date: May 4th
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Cost: FREE

Embassies will open their doors to DC visitors as they travel the world experiencing the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries.
There will be dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, and henna. For more

information go to: https://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/passport-dc1


5. Check out Recreation Pier at The Wharf

Date: Anytime
Cost: FREE

The Wharf’s Recreation Pier is perfect for catching some rays in its lounge chairs, or you can take a seat at any of its outdoor desks.
There are also modern swing sets, where you can swing back and forth while admiring breathtaking views of the Washington Channel.

For more information visit the website at: https://www.wharfdc.com/

6. The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Date: Nov 1st – April 28, 2019
Time: 10 AM- 5:30 PM
Cost: FREE

The museum displays some of the most unique artworks in modern and contemporary art, including painting, sculpture and photography.
The museum is passionate about creating shared experiences among artists, their art and audiences.


7. Sugarloaf Craft Festival

Date: Nov 22nd, 23rd, 24th
Time: 10 AM- 6 PM
Cost: $10

Enjoy beautiful wares to admire and take home, delicious gourmet food (with free samples) and on-site live art demonstrations.
Watch experienced artists and master craftspeople turn a lump of clay, block of wood or tube of glass into a museum-quality piece.

For more information: https://sugarloafcrafts.com/.

8. FilmFest DC

Date: April 25- May 5, 2019
Time: TBD
Cost: $13

FilmFest welcomes everyone from around the globe to the amazing experience of great films and good times for which Filmfest DC is known.
The festival has become a prominent venue for recognized filmmakers to show their work and for new voices to express themselves.
Filmfest DC is one of Washington’s signature cultural events.

Visit http://www.filmfestdc.org/ for more information.

9. Petal Palooza

Date: April 6, 2019

Time: 12 PM- 9:30 PM

PetalPalooza will feature live music on multiple outdoor stages, a beer garden, all-ages activities, product giveaways,
a spectacular firework show by Pyrotecnico, and much more.

Check out: https://www.wharfdc.com/upcoming-events/2019-04-06-national-cherry-blossom-festivals-petalpalooza/ for more information


10. World Heritage Festival

Date: June 23, 2019
Time: 2 PM- 8 PM
Cost: FREE

Enjoy a cultural performance show with folk dances from Bolivia, Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, India, Japan, Lebanon, Romania, Turkey and much more!
There are several food vendors who will showcase only ethic food, smoothies and traditional beverages.

For more information visit: https://www.visitmaryland.org/event/world-heritage-festival-silver-spring


11. Windmills International Dance Festival

Date: March 30, 2019
Time: 12 PM- 8 PM
Cost: $20

Energetic Dancing, Beautiful Costumes, and Folk Dancers with roots from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Austria,
Switzerland, Macedonia, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Transylvania, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and many more countries!

For Tickets: https://www.visitmaryland.org/event/world-heritage-festival-silver-spring

12. Holi Festival

Date: March 31, 2019
Time: 3:30 PM- 6:30 PM
Cost: $22

Holi is a Hindu spring festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent, celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal,
but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent,
also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love”.

For Tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holi-festival-tickets-57346158905

13. Caribbean Heritage Festival

Date: June 30, 2019
Time: 1 PM – 7 PM
Cost: $17 – $24

Celebrates the Culture of the Caribbean Region with a lot of art , music, and amazing Caribbean food choices.

Tickets : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caribbean-heritage-festival-tickets-56819721316

14.Chinatown DC

Date: Anytime

Discover about 20 ethnic Chinese and other Asian restaurants and small businesses.
Learn about the culture by experiencing it.

For more information visit: https://www.galleryplace.com/

15. Virginia Safari Park

Date: Re-open at March 16, 2019
Time: 9 AM- 5 PM
Cost: $23

Soon it will be the right weather for a Drive- through zoo where you can check out amazing animals up close and even get the chance to feed them!

For more information visit: http://www.virginiasafaripark.com/


16. United States Botanic Garden

Date: Anytime
Cost: FREE

Botanic Garden is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value,
of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth’s fragile ecosystems.

Website: https://www.usbg.gov/


17. Assateague Island

Date: Anytime
Location: Berlin, MD (3-hour drive from VA)

If you love ponies and beaches this place has both! Enjoy the spring weather by laying on the beach and play with wild-life ponies.

For more information go to: https://www.nps.gov/asis/index.htm

18. Around the World Food Festival

Date: August 17, 2019
Time: 11 AM- 7 PM
Cost: FREE

A day trip around the world and present you the cuisine, culture and traditions of several countries participating on the event.
There will be a full day schedule of traditional dances, ethnic arts & crafts, small businesses and non-profit organizations will also be present at the festival!

Visit : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-around-the-world-cultural-food-festival-tickets-54334823921

19. Latin Heritage Fiesta

Date: August 11, 2019
Time: 2 PM- 8PM
Cost: FREE

A celebration of the Latin Heritage! From great Food, to Arts and Crafts and especially Cultural Dance Performances,
this festival will be a HUGE PARTY filled with lots of fun for the entire family!

Website: http://washingtondc.eventful.com/events/latin-heritage-festival-/E0-001-122410562-2


20. Japan Day

Date: March 31, 2019
Time: 11 AM- 3 PM
Cost: FREE

Come and enjoy Japanese food, culture, and traditions, and learn Japanese language and technologies. Japan Day 2019 has it all!
Enjoy the taste of Japan from local Japanese restaurant. Feel Japan with Okinawa Eisaa (Okinawan drum and dance show) and jumbo calligraphy demonstration.

Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-japan-day-2019-one-day-japanese-cultural-event-in-arlington-county-registration-57608524648

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