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Washington DC Events - Top Things to Do this Weekend (April 18-21)

Thursday April 17, 2014
See a guide to the top events going on this weekend in the Washington, DC area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia.

  • Passover in Washington, DC - April 14-22, 2014. Find resources for celebrating the Jewish holiday in the Washington DC area, including kosher markets, restaurants, synagogues and more.

  • Filmfest DC - April 17-27, 2014. See a wide range of extraordinary new films from around the world at a variety of Washington, DC locations.

  • National Park Week - April 19-27, 2014. The National Park Service encourages everyone to enjoy the natural wonders found in parks across the country. Special activities will take place around the region.

  • Easter in Washington, DC - April 20, 2014. See a guide to celebrating the holiday in the nation's capital including the schedules and suggested venues for Easter brunch, Easter egg hunts, religious services and other special events.

  • White House Easter Egg Roll - April 21, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bring the kids to hunt for Easter Eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny on the White House lawn. See also Easter Egg Hunts in Maryland and Virginia.

  • African American Family Celebration at the National Zoo - April 21, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this year's multicultural tradition, the Zoo will offer an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, live entertainment, a food bazaar, and more family-friendly fun. Talk with Smithsonian scientists, who will share their work with such African animals as the kori bustard, cheetah, gorilla, and gaboon viper.

  • DC Design House Tours - Through May 11, 2014. Washington, DC's premiere residential design showcase features a home renovated by the region's top interior designers. Tours are available and raise funds for Children's National Medical Center.

  • Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month - Throughout April 2014. Various locations. The Smithsonian celebrates jazz music with special talks, workshops, concerts and more.

More Upcoming Washington, DC Events
  • April Festivals and Events in Washington DC
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  • Marian Anderson Artifacts Donated to the Smithsonianís African American History Museum

    Thursday April 17, 2014
    The orange-and-black velvet ensemble Marian Anderson (1897-1993) wore during her Easter Sunday performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 has been donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is under construction and slated to open in 2016. The concert attire is part of a collection donated to the museum by Ginette DePreist, the widow of the celebrated conductor James DePreist (1936-2013) who was Anderson's nephew. Also in the collection is a framed photograph of Anderson posing with other luminaries who, in 1978, were the first recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors: Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Richard Rogers and Arthur Rubenstein. Also in the collection is the blue dress Anderson wore to that awards ceremony.

    Anderson was subject racial bias and the concert was an important moment in our nation's civil rights history. Howard University wanted to host Anderson for a concert in Washington, DC and approached the Daughters of the American Revolution about using Constitution Hall. DAR had a policy that barred the use of the hall by African American performers. DAR's refusal to let Anderson perform at Constitution Hall became a national story when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt publicly resigned her membership in the organization. In response, Walter White, executive secretary of the NAACP, and Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes arranged for Anderson to give a public concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939.

    In honor of the 75th anniversary of the historic Marian Anderson concert, the classic skirt and blouse will be on display at the entrance to the African American History gallery in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History from April through September 2014.

    Photo by Hugh Talman, Smithsonian Institution

  • A Guide to All of the Smithsonian Museums
  • Washington DC History
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  • Public Voting for 2014 RAMMYS

    Wednesday April 16, 2014
    Public voting for the 2014 RAMMY Awards (Restaurant Awards) will be accepted through Sunday, April 27. This year, the public will decide the winners in four categories including Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Favorite Fast Bites, Upscale Casual Brunch of the Year and Everyday Casual Brunch of the Year. The finalists are listed below.

    Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
    • Bar Pilar
    • Bistrot Du Coin
    • Cashion's Eat Place
    • Hank's Oyster Bar - Dupont
    • Tune Inn
    Favorite Fast Bites:
    • Amsterdam Falafelshop
    • Bayou Bakery
    • Buzz Bakery
    • Red Apron Butcher
    • Woodward TakeOut Food
    Upscale Casual Brunch of the Year:
    • Art and Soul
    • Blue Duck Tavern
    • Mintwood Place
    • The Source by Wolfgang Puck
    • Vermilion
    Everyday Casual Brunch of the Year:
    • DGS Delicatessen
    • Et Voila!
    • Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
    • Pizzeria Orso
    • Ted's Bulletin - Barracks Row
    Votes for these four categories can be cast online at washingtoncitypaper.com or ramw.org. The winners will be announced at the 32nd Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

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    Embassy Chef Challenge 2014

    Wednesday April 16, 2014
    The Embassy Chef Challenge will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC. As part of the annual Passport DC, celebration of international culture, chefs from around the world will dish up hors d'oeuvres showcasing their countries' cuisine while trying to win favor for the People's Choice Award. A panel of celebrity chefs and food critics will select the Judge's Choice. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art, culture and heritage found in Washington's diverse neighborhoods. Tickets are $250 and available at www.embassychefchallenge.com. Early registration is encouraged-- last year's event sold out.

  • Washington DC Embassy Guide
  • Embassy Row in Washington DC
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