Spring has sprung and D.C. knows how to celebrate the season. Here’s a round-up of the 7 best outdoor events in the area.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
National Cherry Blossom Festival Through April 13
The Cherry Blossom Festival is both a prelude to the warmer days ahead, and a commemoration of the 3,000 cherry trees gifted by Tokyo to our nation’s capital in 1912. From firework displays to parades to sporting events, don’t miss this longstanding tradition that has helped welcome springtime to Washington since 1927. Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave.
Extending Earth Day (April 22) celebrations throughout all of April, the month-long festival promotes environmental awareness via interactive and educational activities that range form discussion panels to a green fashion show. Exhibitors from all over the country will gather at Union Station to help spread their message of environmental consciousness and conservation. This year’s festivities will include a farmers’ market, a film festival, contests, games, and live music. Union Station, 2 Massachusetts Ave.
Truckeroo April 11–May 9
Street food is a big part of most cities’ cultures, and in D.C. many have turned their specialty food trucks into destination eateries. Feeding tens of thousands of hungry Washingtonians, this month-long foodie oasis has been embracing street cuisine since 2011. Sample tasty bites from an eclectic variety of over 20 of the city’s most popular menus on wheels while enjoying live music, fun activities, and games. Corner of Half St. and M St., SE
Fiesta Asia Street Fair May 17
For the ninth consecutive year, Asia Heritage Foundation’s Fiesta Asia Street Fair will take over Pennsylvania Avenue. The nine-hour event celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and showcases the culture’s art, food, music, and favorite pastimes. This year, the fair will feature over 100 live performances, a talent search, and interactive lessons in skills like hula, drumming, and belly dancing. Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 3rd and 6th Sts.
Dragon Boat Festival May 17–18
Held along the historic Potomac River, the weekend-long festival, now in its 13th year, serves to educate guests about Chinese culture and customs through the sport of dragon boat racing. Attendees will enjoy traditional Chinese food, exhibitions, craft seminars, lion dances, and many athletic demonstrations. Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave., NW
Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival May 31–June 1
This annual event gives guests the chance to sample the area’s best food and wine, while listening to live music from talented bands (Justin Jones, Allen Thompson Band, and Major and the Monbacks). This year’s festival will focus on Virginian cuisine with tons of vendors and wineries on hand, as well as cooking seminars by some of the country’s best chefs. One of the most unique features will be a selection of some of DC’s favorite food trucks, lined up and ready to dish up a variety of the city’s best street food. Bull Run Special Events Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville