Spring Events to Circle on Your Calendar



Winter is leaving.

We think (read: hope).

Though it doesn’t feel like it, spring is right around the corner, and that means warmer weather, longer days, and plenty of things to do around DC.

Whether you’re looking to party, chow down, or find some cultural enrichment, DC has has something for everyone over the next few months.

Here’s the #FrayLife guide to events in DC this spring:

1. National Cherry Blossom Festival    

March 20 – April 15, 2018, The Tidal Basin

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is one of DC’s most well-known events, bringing over one million visitors per year to the Tidal Basin. The 3,000 plus cherry blossom trees, which were a gift from Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912, only bloom for a short time, so make sure you get there before they’re gone. The National Park Service is predicting the peak bloom period as March 27-31.

Keep in mind that there’s more to the event than just the trees, it’s also a three week long cultural festival! Check out washington.org’s full event guide here.

#FrayLife Tip: Want to the experience the cherry blossoms but not the crowds? We’ve got you covered with 6 non-touristy activities.

2. Broccoli City Music Festival

April 28, 2018, RFK Stadium Festival Grounds Lot 8

Migos. Cardi B. Miguel. Food. Art. Need we say more? The Broccoli City Music and Arts Festival  should definitely be on your spring do-to list. The fact that it’s one day, relatively cheap for the lineup, and actually inside the city makes it an easy win. Tickets start at $185.

#FrayLife Tip: Don’t miss the only two local DC acts at the festival – Lightshow of 86 America & Lyrici Aka Rookie

3. Washington DC International Film Festival

April 19 – 29, 2018, Location: Various

The 32nd Annual D.C. film festival will show 80 films from 45 countries over the course of 11 days and is definitely worth a visit, even if you can only manage to catch one screening. In the past, the festival has hosted some of the world’s best actors and directors, including Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich, while also offering panels, Q&A’s and more.

Films are shown at various locations around DC, so check their website for screenings and show times.

4. (Savor): Craft Beer & Food Festival

June 1-2, 2018, The National Building Museum

Do you love craft beer? Dream of micro-brews? Are you insulted by the idea of drinking anything that comes in sets of 30? Well we’ve got the festival for you. The two-night Savor Festival is hosting 90 independent and small breweries from across the country with a whopping 181 beers to choose from, and each beer is paired with a small plate.

If that’s not enough, you get to enjoy the festival beneath the iconic pillars of the National Building Museum. It’s one of the few times you won’t get kicked out for drinking there! Tickets start at $135 per night.

5. Capital Pride Parade

June 9, 2018, Dupont Circle/Logan Circle

Start: 22nd & P St. NW

End: 14th & R St. NW

One of D.C.’s wildest and most popular spring events, the Capital Pride Parade brings together the LGBTQ+ community and its allies for its massive annual gathering. Hundreds of floats, vehicles, marchers, and entertainers will take over the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods as they trace the mile and a half long parade route.

#FrayLife Tip: The event is free and open to the public, and draws huge crowds. Plan ahead and show up early to get a prime spot.

6. 26th Annual Giant National Barbecue Battle

June 23-24, 2018, Pennsylvania Ave between 3rd and 7th Streets NW

For all things barbecue, look no further than the annual BBQ Battle. For two days, Pennsylvania Avenue will be transformed into a smoked meat Mecca as barbecue legends compete for the title of National BBQ Champion. There will be tons of food vendors and live entertainment in the form of over 30 live bands playing all day.

Tickets start at $15. And yes, there will be free samples.

7. Smithsonian Folk Life Festival

June 27 – July 1, 2018 & July 4, 2018, The National Mall

The annual Folk Life Festival highlights different cultures from around the globe in an effort to help preserve them and expose them to others. This year, the festival will highlight cultural heritage enterprises in Africa, Armenia, and Catalonia.

What events or festivals are you looking forward to this spring? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to tag us in all your adventures using #FrayLife.

Looking for other fun things to do this spring? Here are 6 DC brunch spots with outdoor patios you have to try!



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