Top Things to do in April in Greater Washington

by McEnearney on March 30, 2018

After a cold and snowy March, it’s time to get outside and enjoy April’s springtime weather!

 

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Washington DC in Spring - Jefferson Memorial during Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year this popular festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the mayor of
Tokyo to the city of Washington DC. The festivities continue even after the blooms have enthralled us.

 


 

HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK

Blooming tulips flowerbeds in Keukenhof flower garden, also known as the Garden of Europe, one of the world largest flower gardens and popular tourist attraction. Lisse, the Netherlands.

Each spring the Garden Club of Virginia hosts house and garden tours at more than 250 locations
statewide. It’s an opportunity to see some of the most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks
showing off their spring color. Proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 historic
public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship, and a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project
with Virginia State Parks. Events in Northern Virginia include:

 


 

LEESBURG FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL

April 21-22
This Loudoun County annual rite of spring boasts 150 vendors, live music, activities for kids, and
delicious food & drink in historic downtown Leesburg.


 

NATIONAL HARBOR WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

April 28-29

National Harbor Wine & Food Festival

Photo courtesy of National Harbor Wine & Food Festival

Relax and enjoy great local and international food, wine, beer and spirits on the waterfront at National
Harbor. Splurge for extra perks with a VIP package!


 

NATIONAL PARK WEEK

April 21-29
Get ready to celebrate our National Parks and possibly discover something new! There are too many
options in our area to list, but here are a few to peak your interest:

 


 

MUSEUMS

Renwick Gallery

Photo courtesy of The Renwick Gallery

Museums in our area offer so much variety. Whether you like to explore history and science or lose
yourself in priceless works of art, the options seem almost endless – and so many are free!

The DC area also boasts beautiful historic homes open for tours. This month’s feature is Dumbarton
House, the headquarters of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.The house is a fine example of Federal period architecture (1790-1830) with a museum collection of more than 1,000 pieces including furniture, paintings, textiles, silver, and ceramics.


 

THEATER & DANCE

Waiting for Godot

Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company

 


 

Company sponsored events:

ARLINGTON OFFICE:

Arlington Festival of the Arts – April 21-22

 

ALEXANDRIA OFFICE:

  1. St Coletta of Greater Washington Gala – April 7, 6:30-11:00 p.m.
    Mandarin Oriental Hotel – 1330 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington, DC
    Center for Alexandria’s Children 2018 Gala – April 12, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
    Old Dominion Boat Club, 200 Strand St, Alexandria, VA
  2. Historic Garden Week – April 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Old Town Alexandria, VA
  3. George Washington Parkway Classic – April 22, 8:00 a.m.
    Old Town Alexandria, VA
  4. Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-Off – April 22, 12 Noon-3:00 p.m.
    The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA
  5. ACT for Alexandria Spring 2 ACTion – 24-hour online giving event April 25
  6. Smithsonian Craft Show 2018 – April 26-29
    National Building Museum, 401 F St, NW, Washington, DC
  7. Scholarship Fund of Alexandria 32nd Annual Spring Gala – April 28, 6:00 p.m.-Midnight
    Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA
  8. Rebuilding Together Alexandria, National Rebuilding Day – April 28
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