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Top 10 Spring Events in Washington, DC


Spring is the prime season of the year to visit Washington, DC. Dozens of events are held this time of year throughout the city, including cultural events, spring garden tours, wine festivals, parades and more. Don't miss these top spring events in Washington, DC! (In Chronological Order)

1. National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Washington, DC showcases its thousands of blossoming cherry trees with its annual two-week, city-wide event featuring more than 200 international cultural performances and over 90 other special events. Among the most popular events are the Blossom Kite Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Parade and the Japanese Street Festival. (March - April)

2. White House Easter Egg Roll

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The annual family event invites kids of all ages to hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn while enjoying a morning of storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Free tickets are required. (Easter Monday)

3. African American Family Celebration at the National Zoo

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The annual multicultural tradition at Washington's Zoo includes an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, live entertainment, a food bazaar, and plenty of family-friendly fun. (Easter Monday)

4. National Cathedral Flower Mart

Washington Cathedral's annual outdoor festival for garden enthusiasts and families features annuals, perennials, landscape exhibits, Olmsted Woods and Garden Tours, and children's activities such as a rock wall, moon bounce, mini-Ferris wheel and a century-old restored carousel. (May)

5. Mount Vernons Wine Festival & Sunset Tours

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Celebrate the history of wine in Virginia with special evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington”, and live music on the east lawn of George Washington's Mount Vernon home overlooking the scenic Potomac River. (May)

6. Passport DC

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Washington, DC's embassies open their doors to the public during a two week event called Passport DC, a new annual celebration of international culture presented by Cultural Tourism DC. Passport DC will showcase Washington DC’s embassies and cultural organizations with a wide range of performances, talks, and exhibits. (May)

7. National Asian Heritage Festival - Fiesta Asia

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The street fair in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month showcases Asian art and culture with live musical performances, Pan-Asian cuisine, martial arts and lion dance demonstration, a multicultural marketplace, cultural displays and interactive activities. (May)

8. Memorial Day Parade, Concert and More

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The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season and the Washington, DC region celebrates with wreath laying ceremonies, the National Memorial Day Parade, a special concert on the U. S. Capitol grounds, the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally and more. (May)

9. Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

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The event is one of the largest and longest-running wine festivals on the East Coast featuring tastings by more than 50 wineries including over 250 award-winning Virginia wines, educational seminars on food pairing, fine art exhibits, children’s activities, food and live entertainment.(June)

10. DC Jazz Festival

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The annual event features more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC. Celebrating musical styles from Bebop and Blues to Swing, Soul, Latin and World music, the DC Jazz festival includes performances at the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection, on the National Mall, and at more than 30 museums, clubs, restaurants, and hotels. (June)

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