It’s time to shake off the last chill of winter and celebrate the beauty of spring! Check out our curated list of April events around the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia area. From garden expos and museum offerings to festivals, markets, and local history days, there is plenty to choose from this month.
While we can expect plenty of April showers to bring us May flowers, for the time being we are happy just soaking in the sunshine and enjoying gorgeous evenings with loved ones and friends.
Of course, the biggest D.C. area celebration this time of year is the National Cherry Blossom Festival – click here for some of the festival highlights.
Photo Courtesy of Virginia Historic Garden Week (2017)
Your indoor and outdoor spaces are just as tired of winter weather as you are. Spring is the perfect time to clean and refresh indoors, but many people really look forward to exercising their green thumbs and getting their hands in the dirt. There are flower shows, garden expos, and home and garden tours throughout April and May. Here are a few of our favorites:
29th Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival
April 27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & April 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Downtown Historic Leesburg
Virginia Historic Garden Week – April 27 – May 4, Statewide.
Tours in the Northern Virginia area include:
House & Garden tours offered at more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of historic public gardens, a research fellowship program, and the Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks.
Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic – April 28, 12 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to picnic on the grounds of one of our area’s premier historic homes. The Plant Sale features heirloom and native sun to shade perennials, herbs and other edible plants, as well as tropicals and houseplants. Proceeds support conservation and education. Free admission.
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street, NW
Photo Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
While we all want to be enjoying the spring sunshine and beautiful flowers, sometimes we have those famous April showers. If you find yourself dodging raindrops, you can duck into one of these world-class museums and check out a new exhibit.
All Work and No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor – Through February 2020
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave, NW
Courtesy of Arlington Festival of the Arts
The Women’s Club of Chevy Chase Annual Community Art Show & Sale – April 5 – 7
More than 135 local artists will be featuring original works. Free admission.
7931 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD
Washington Auto Show – April 5 – 14
Car lovers and shoppers alike can check out more than 600 new makes and models from 35+ manufacturers at this year’s show. Admission: Adults $12, Children $5.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Cherry Blossom Guided Kayak Tour – April 6 – 14
Experience the stunning Cherry blossoms in a new way – from the water! Join our historical kayak tour along the Georgetown waterfront. The tour is 1 hour and 40 minutes. $45, times vary, reservation required.
Departs Key Bridge Boathouse, 3500 Water Street NW
Arlington Festival of the Arts – April 13 – 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
More than 100 artists will showcase their works including glass, mixed media, paintings, jewelry, and pottery. Free admission.
Clarendon – 3003 Washington Boulevard
DC Wine Fest! Spring Edition – April 13
Includes unlimited wine tastings to participating wineries, an art and entertainment experience, and food for purchase. 2-hour (general admission) or 3-hour (VIP) time slots between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m. Pricing varies, $35+ per person.
Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St NW, Washington, DC
5th Annual Anacostia River Festival – April 14, 1 – 5 p.m.
This free event encourages residents and tourists to explore the communities and parks east of the river. Activities include a bike parade, kayaking and canoeing, lawn games, live music, and more.
11th Street Bridge Park
Smithsonian Craft Show – April 24 – 28
This prestigious juried show of fine American crafts features one-of-a-kind works from 120 artists. Admission: $20 at the door.
National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW
Filmfest DC – April 25 – May 5
Theaters all over the city with showcase 80 independent and foreign films from 45 countries over 11 days. Check website for screening dates, times, and admission.
The Georgetown French Market – April 26 – 28
Every year, the charming Book Hill neighborhood is transformed into a Parisian-inspired open-air market with more than 35 boutiques, cafés, salons, and galleries.
Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road
Potomac Odyssey Relay – April 27
The American Odyssey Relay is an overnight relay race, but The Potomac Odyssey is an option for a one-day, nine-leg, 57-mile relay beginning in Point of Rocks, MD at 7:00 am. Finish at the SW Waterfront (Recreation Pier at The Wharf) and be a part of the overall relay celebration party! Team registration required.
Fairfax History Day – April 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Living history exhibits highlight the Civil War and daily life during the 19th century. Admission: Adults $5, Children (3-12 yrs) $3, Children under 2 free.
Historic Blenheim & Civil War Interpretive Center, Fairfax, VA
Photo courtesy of the Georgetown French Market