It’s my favorite time of year! The weather is warming, and the high humidity days here on the East Coast are not quite upon us yet. Now is the perfect time to enjoy all the amazing things to do in DC this spring.
Washington, DC, and the surrounding area, has a fantastic social and cultural scene all year long, but during the spring, there is a special excitement in the air which makes our local events even more enticing. Check out this list of events and locations that are free or reasonably priced, so you can experience all the flavor and culture of our Nation’s Capitol.
This highly anticipated new museum on the National Mall has been booked since it’s opening in September. Now that a few months have gone by, there are more opportunities to get timed tickets to attend. Make sure to get an early entrance time, so you have plenty of opportunity to view all 85,000 square feet of exhibits. I am especially excited to view the cascading waterfall in Contemplation Court, coming from the oculus which filters natural light into the lower levels of the museum.
For two weeks in spring, DC comes alive with the color and fragrance of the Cherry Blossom trees planted around the Mall. This is a popular tourist attraction, but well worth the crowds, and I think everyone in the country should experience it at least once. This year, the festival will span from March 25 to April 9, with free performances daily. The festivities culminate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 8 on Constitution Avenue.
Late spring nights are the perfect time to relax by the water and enjoy a movie under the stars. The National Harbor boasts a large projection screen facing the Potomac river, which separates DC from Maryland and Virginia. Check out this awesome outdoor adventure all summer long on Thursdays (date night movie) and Sundays (family day).
While you’re visiting the National Harbor, check out the Wine and Food Festival from April 29 to 30 to experience the unique mix of cultural cuisine in the DC Metro area. General admission tickets for this event are around $40, but it comes with a free wine glass, live entertainment, and plentiful samples.
Check out the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for free shows every evening at 6pm on the Millennium Stage. Every day there is something different and exciting to see. And while you are there, make sure to visit the rooftop terrace which wraps around the building. Take photos of the gorgeous view of Downtown DC and Virginia!
The Kennedy Center is also sponsoring free hour long vinyasa yoga classes in the Grand Foyer on Saturdays in spring and summer, starting March 4 at 10:15am. The Kennedy Center is partnering with the National Institute of Health for this and other mind-body wellness activities this spring, including dance lessons, musical performances, food demonstrations, and a 5k run/walk.
Browse local artists, craft vendors, produce counters, and more at one of the oldest markets in the city. Eastern Market is a great Capitol Hill jewel that bustles with renewed life in springtime. Get your flowers, produce, meats, desserts, and more while enjoying the culture of the downtown DC community.
On Saturday, April 22, celebrate Earth Day at the Smithsonian National Zoo, where they will be highlighting many of the green initiatives implemented throughout the zoo. Also, spring is the best time to complete the Zoo scavenger hunt. Download the printable from the National Zoo website, and play along during your visit.
This gorgeous park and museum is set in the heart of Georgetown, and during the springtime, the gardens bloom with the most beautiful and diverse array of flowers and plants. This year the gardens will close for renovations on July 10 and will not reopen until 2018, so get in to see the gardens this spring before they close to the public. Admission is $10.
Not only is the FDR Memorial one of the most beautiful on the National Mall, with beautiful fountains throughout, but this memorial also has an amazing alternate view of the Monument and Tidal Basin. There is a gorgeous path along the Basin that leads from the FDR Memorial to the newer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, so this is really a two-for-one visit. My husband took me there on one of our very first dates together, and the location has not lost its magic all these years later.
Have you tried any of these fun DC activities? What are some other things to do in DC this spring?
Stephanie is a working wife + mom, blogger, and owner of PinUpGirlBeauty.com. When she is not working or writing, she can usually be found leading book clubs, working out, organizing charity events, and taking hot, relaxing bubble baths. She lives in the Washington, DC Metro area with her husband and their amazing four year old son.