Weekend Happenings: April 10th-12th

Spring is officially here and with that comes spring showers followed by May flowers. Just in time for the weekend though the showers are supposed to disappear, so be sure to take advantage of all the events happening all across the DMV!

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Washington, DC Events:

Honey & Groove Festival honey groove
Blind Whino
700 Delaware Ave., SW
Time: Saturday, 11am
Cost: $35 online, $45 at the door
Honey Groove is a festival that celebrates the talent of performing and visual artists, creating a new experience for music and arts enthusiasts. The event will host singers, DJs, food trucks, vendors, and more!

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival japanese street festival
12th St. & Penn Ave., NW
Time: Saturday, 10:30am-6pm
Cost: $10
The annual Japanese Street Festival takes place as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival each year. The event is the biggest Japanese street party in the nation;  it includes 3 performance stages, over 200 martial artists, over 60 exhibits and vendors, along with restaurant participants. 

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade 
Constitution Ave
cherry blossomsFrom 7th to 17th Sts., NW
Time: Saturday, 10am-12pm
Cost: $20
The National Cherry Blossom Parade is one of the largest annual spectator events filled with giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands, celebrity entertainers, and performers. The steps of the National Archives serve as an exciting performance backdrop, and vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor create the look of nation’s premier springtime parade.

DC Beer Festival dc beer festival
Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St., SE
Time: Saturday, 1-4pm or 6-9pm
Cost: $40
The DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park, bringing together dozens of craft breweries and featuring seasonal beers! The event will have over a dozen food trucks as well as lawn games, DJs, and more!  Admission includes unlimited tastings; food is sold separately.

Anacostia River Festival 
cherry blossomsAnacostia Park
Good Hope Rd. & Anacostia Dr., SE
Time: Sunday, 12-4pm
Cost: FREE
New this year for the Cherry Blossom Festival! The event will feature family-friendly activities including free kayaking and canoeing, musical performances, fishing and water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more.

Maryland Events:

Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar 
baltimore farmers marketUnderneath the Jones Fall Expressway
At Holliday & Saratoga Sts.

Time: Sundays thru December 20th from 7am to sell out (typically noon)
Cost: Free admission – prices vary on items available for purchase
Baltimore’s Farmers Market and Bazaar is open for the season! There will be a huge variety of items available for purchase including fruits and vegetables, baked goods, dairy products, and dozens of food vendors! Vegan food items will be available.

Heavy Seas Island Jam 
heavy seas island jamRash Field
Pratt and Light Sts.

Time: Saturday, 1pm-7pm
Cost: $29 in advance; $35 on site (kids 4 & under are free)
Come out to the Inner Harbor as Heavy Seas hosts great music acts for a day of beer, music and fun!

Hunt Valley Spring Festival hunt valley spring festival
Hunt Valley Towne Center
118 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley

Time: Sunday, 11am-4pm
Cost: Free
Bring your family out for this spring festival! Featuring Ravens players, music, vendors, kids’ activities, a pet zone, a VIP area, great food, a beer/wine garden, a home/garden area, and much more!

Enchanted Forest Cherrybration Days at Elioak Farms
Clark’s Elioak Farm
10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City

Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
Cost: $5.00
Come out and celebrate Cherry Blossom season! There will be hayrides, photo opportunities, story book sessions, a treasure hunt and more! A portion of the proceeds will support Blossoms of Hope, a charity focused on community beautification.
cherrybration days at elioak

Virginia Events:

Design House Tours 
DC Design House
956 Mackall Farms Ln., McLean
dc design houseTime: Friday, 10am-3pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Cost: $30
DC Design House is an annual project that brings together Washington, DC’s top interior designers to transform and showcase a house using the best in today’s home renovation and design ideas. This year’s host site is an 8,869-square-foot home in McLean VA that replicates an Old American Farmhouse as a nod to Virginia’s rich countryside, while also offering all the amenities of modern living.

Learn to Row 
learn to rowLake Ridge Park
12350 Cotton Mill Dr., Woodbridge
Time: Sunday 1-3pm
Cost: FREE
Whether it is fitness, teamwork, or regattas that you’re interested in, head over to the Oxford Boathouse for one of three FREE Learn-To-Row days! Attendees can discover the benefits of rowing and learn about the variety of programs that PWRC has to offer.  You can tour the boathouse, try out an erg, and get on the water and row!

Business Book Festival 
USA Today
7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean
Time: Friday, 5-9pm
Cost: $149
Join Author Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for The Soul and The Success Principles), and 10 other well-known and respected authors/thought leaders, for a night of meet-and-greets, networking and book signings. Enjoy meeting all the authors in one evening and spend time talking with them about their current projects and yours!
business book festival

Best Bib & Tucker Ball best bib and tucker ball
Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant
138 N Royal St., Alexandria
Time: Saturday, 7-10pm
Cost: $125
Dance and be entertained at this elegant event featuring Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra, a silent auction benefitting the museum, and a champagne, wine, and oyster bar. Black tie, military mess dress, or black and white attire suggested.

Events at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, Patriot Center, Friday thru Sunday
  • Baltimore Comedy Festival, Royal Farms Arena, Friday & Sunday
  • Wicked, Hippodrome, Friday thru Sunday
  • New York City Ballet, The Kennedy Center, Friday thru Sunday

Sports at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Camden Yards, Friday thru Sunday
  • Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers, Verizon Center, Saturday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

The Longest Ridethe longest ride
Duration: 139 Minutes
Genre: Drama/Romance
The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a lost love while he’s trapped in an automobile crash.
Starring: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Melissa Benoist

ex machinaEx Machina
Duration: 108 Minutes
Genre: Drama/Sci-Fi
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Issac, Sonoya Mizuno 

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