Top Springtime Events in DC Area 2017
Washington DC offers something to everybody of all ages and ethnicity all through the year. These exclusive springtime events in DC are to be savored to the fullest by families, photographers, partygoers and tourists alike.
Go wild and green this St. Patrick’s Day with DC’s official festival celebration – the Shamrock Fest! This Irish celebration is a bumper party with native Irish dancers, bag pipers and beer thumping to sounds of popular Celtic and Alternative rock bands. There’s also an Irish village market and a happening DJ party tent with an extensive lineup of Ireland’s most coveted DJs.
Shamrock Fest 2017:
Date: March 17th 2017. 2 pm to 10 pm.
Where: RFK Stadium Festival Grounds
Tickets for the event out here.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Springtime in Washington DC is synonymous with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This Japanese festival celebrates the blossoming of the 3K+ cherry trees and cultural influences of the country on the US capital. The Blossom Kite Festival is a signature event which attracts thousands of people to DC every year.
The Sakura Masturi Street Festival is another showcase event of the festival. Here’s the entire list of cultural events you can visit in DC during the cherry blossom festival days.
White House Easter Egg Roll
Spending Easter in DC can give you a chance to sprawl about on the South Lawn of the White House. The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is a fun-filled family event taking place on Pennsylvania Avenue on Easter day. You and your children can enjoy egg rolling and painting activities, games, live music and storytelling events right from the White House lawns.
Also, you get little coloured wooden eggs signed by the President and First Lady to take home. Purchase from the official collection here. And of course, if visiting, be ready to rub shoulders with some surprise guests!
Though entry is free, you need to register online in advance and wait for the results to pop up via a lottery system on or before the end of March.
The White House Easter Egg Roll has been rated amongst the best springtime events in DC area for children.
White House Easter Egg Roll 2017
Date: April 7 2017. 8 am to 5 pm.
For more details regarding rules and permissions, visit the official website here.
Earth Day Events in DC
If you’re in for a bit of spring cleaning, help clean up the DC act with the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup projects.
These happen almost every weekend in April and spread across a staggering 270+ locations in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Project Start Date 2017: April 8th 2017.
Time: 9 am to 12 pm.
View location and schedule here.
The National Zoo also commemorates Earth Day with special green demonstrations and eco-friendly activities every year. On April 22nd 2017, Earth Day events will occur between 10 am and 2 pm.
This educational event is the official cultural celebration of around 70 embassies based in Washington DC. Passport DC is a month-long event with many tours and sub-events such as the National Asian Heritage Festival (Fiesta Asia).
Based on the embassy, you can experience fusion dance and karate performances, henna art, classical music and authentic international food prepared by embassy chefs.
Embassies participating include those of Mexico, Denmark, France, Bahamas, India, Malta, the UK, Croatia – to name a few.
Passport DC 2017:
Date: May 1st to 31st 2017.
View the entire schedule of the embassy springtime events in DC here.
National Cathedral Flower Mart
Elegant single stem roses, flushed tulips, chrysanthemums, blooming dahlias, fruit flowers and orchids. If not for your garden, then your kitchen! The Flower Mart is a free family event complete with a historic wooden carousel, food trucks and live music at the Washington National Cathedral. Pick up an early Mother’s day surprise bouquet or find the freshest hybrids and blooms for your home at the Flower Mart.
Flower Mart 2017 – 78th Annual Flower Mart Event:
Date: May 5th and 6th 2017. 10 am to 6 pm.
Where: National Cathedral grounds
More details on the Annual Flower Mart at the National Cathedral here.
Mount Vernon Springtime Events in DC Estate
George Washington decorated his Mount Vernon estate in the most tasteful and sustainable way with apple-scented roses, strawberry vines and fruit tree plantations. When planning your visit to this historic abode, pick dates in May for the Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour or the Revolutionary War weekend. The wine fest samples the finest wines from over 20 distilleries in Virginia while giving guests exclusive mansion and cellar tours.
Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour 2017:
Date: May 19th to 21st 2017. 6 pm to 9 pm.
Purchase advance tickets or book VIP waterfront tables here.
Revolutionary War Weekend at Mount Vernon 2017:
Date: May 6th and 7th 2017. 9 am to 5 pm.
Events: Military mapmaking, battle reenactment, drilling and surveying demonstrations, military music performances.
Mark this event off your calendar by booking tickets here.
DC Dragon Boat Festival
The Chinese Women’s League of Washington hosts the annual DC Dragon Boat Festival on the banks of the Potomac. This event is a fast race between boating clubs from across the world, competing in 250m and 500m stretches. The deep Chinese origins of the event are commemorated by calligraphy sessions, paper cutting and other Chinese folk art activities. You can also see authentic Chinese martial arts on the shore line.
DC Dragon Boat Festival 2017:
Date: May 20 and 21st 2017. 8 am to 5 pm.
Where: Thompson’s Boat Center, Virginia Avenue, DC.
Official website for registration and tickets: The DC Dragon Boat Festival
Springtime events in DC is what the capital is famous for. With so many cultural events spanning the length and breadth of Washington, people of all ages, backgrounds and regions can experience spring to the fullest!
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