The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.
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National Cherry Blossom Festival
Through April 13, 2014. See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Don't miss the best events including the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.
Primary Election Day - DC Mayor Election
April 1, 2014. DC residents get out and vote for mayor as well as other local government officials.
Washington Nationals Baseball
Nationals Park. Opening Day is April 4, 2014. The team will play against the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals 2014 schedule includes 81 home dates. The major league baseball team plays through September.
Sugarloaf Craft Festival
April 4-6, 2014. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD. Enjoy a wide selection of contemporary crafts and fine art at this popular festival.
Earth Month Festival at Union Station
April 2014. The month-long event features interactive, eco-friendly experiences to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability.
Francophonie Cultural Festival
Through April 15, 2014. Learn about French culture through a variety of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more. Washington DC hosts the largest Francophone festival in the world.
The NHL Hockey team plays at the Verizon Center through April. Find information on tickets, schedules and more.
International Pillow Fight Day
April 5, 2014. National Mall. Massive pillow fights breakout in cities around the world.
Frederick County Bell and History Day
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Across the Maryland county, participating museums and historic sites offer free admission along with special events, tours, music, living history programs, and various bell-themed activities.
Smithsonian Craft Show
April 10-13, 2014. This is your chance to buy unique crafts from the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary American arts in the nation.
Bay Bridge Boat Show
April 11-13, 2014. Kent Island, Maryland. The show kicks off the boating season each spring with a display of hundreds of new and late model brokerage boats and boat equipment displays.
Bethesda Literary Festival
April 11-13, 2014. Dozens of authors and writers conduct readings, talks and other activities at galleries, bookstores and other sites in downtown Bethesda.
Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
April 12, 2014, 10 a.m. See wonderful entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances, and more.
Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
April 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The huge Japanese street party includes live entertainment, food, arts, games and a Ginza Marketplace.
Marine Corps 17.75K
April 12, 2014. Prince William County, VA. The unique 17.75K distance of 11.03 miles will be held just outside Marine Corps Base Quantico taking runners on a course along the wooded paths and scenic roads of Prince William Forest Park.
Thomas Jefferson Birthday
April 13, 2014, 11 a.m. Visit the Jefferson Memorial and attend the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the birthday of our third president. The event will feature a military color guard, patriotic wreath tributes and the sounding of "Taps".
DC Design House Tours
April 13 - 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.
Passover in Washington, DC
April 14-22, 2014. Find resources for planning and celebrating the Jewish holiday in the Washington DC area, including kosher markets, restaurants, synagogues and more.
White House Spring Garden Tours
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Visit the White House grounds and explore the beautiful gardens. Tickets are required.
DC Emancipation Day
April 16, 2014. The anniversary of the Emancipation Act, when Lincoln granted freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia is celebrated with educational and cultural events throughout the city.
April 17-27, 2014. See a wide range of extraordinary new films from around the world at a variety of Washington, DC locations.
Easter Egg Hunts
Dates vary. See a schedule of Easter events for children at a variety of venues around the capital 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.
Throughout the month of April, celebrate Earth Day with special activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages. Find activities in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
MS Walk - National MS Society, National Capital Chapter
2014 Date to Be Announced. This walk, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, is a fun, family oriented event, taking place in six different neighborhoods in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. You can participate in Washington, DC, Manassas, Reston, Potomac, Oxon Hill, or Bowie. Learn about more upcoming charity walks in the Washington, DC area.
Virginia Historic Garden Week
April 20-27, 2013. A garden-lovers paradise! This annual event features tours of the gardens at Virginia’s most prestigious private homes and public attractions. See lush gardens, stunning architecture, and historic furnishings.
National Park Week
2014 Dates to Be Announced. 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.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
April 25 – May 4, 2014, Winchester, VA. The annual celebration of spring showcases the blooming apple trees in the Shenandoah Valley with more than 45 events including the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, Firefighters events and more.
Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival
April 26-27, 2014. Historic Leesburg, Virginia. The family friendly event displays landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers, herbs and much more!
USA Science & Engineering Festival
April 26-27, 2014. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place. Washington DC. The event will feature leading science celebrities, hands-on activities, live performances, a book fair, a career pavilion and many special events.
Loudoun Bed & Breakfast Open House and Self-Guided Tours
2014 Date to Be Announced. , 1–5 p.m. Explore the scenic roads of Loudoun County, Virginia and visit a variety of charming and historic B&Bs and event venues. Local wineries, restaurants, and caterers provide tastings at the various destinations.
DC Yoga Week
April 28-May 3, 2014. Try a free or $5 yoga class this week at one of DC's yoga studios.
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