Best Events in April Around Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

by McEnearney on April 3, 2019

Wharf district in Washington DC USA

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.



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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


Arlington Home Show & Garden Expo – April 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kenmore Middle School, 202 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington VA


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



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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.


Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) – Through May 19
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St, NW

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912 – Through June 23
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave., SW

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists – April 14 – July 21
National Gallery of Art, West Building, Constitution Ave., NW

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling – Through July 28
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave, NW

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence – March 29 – January 5, 2020
National Portrait Gallery, 8th St NW & F St NW

Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California – Through January 2020
National Museum of the American Indian, Independence Ave, SW

All Work and No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor – Through February 2020
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave, NW

Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release – April 16 – September 2
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths – April 17 – October 20
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave SW



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


DC Beer Festival – April 20, 12 – 3 p.m. or 5 – 8 p.m.
This annual festival returns to DC bringing together dozens of breweries, food trucks, lawn games, DJs, and more. Admission: $45.
Nationals 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

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