Weekend Happenings: April 13 – April 15
Posted on April 11, 2018

Embrace the warmer weather headed our way this weekend, and check out a festival that celebrates your favorite weekend relaxation pastime: food trucks, the scenic outdoors, books, and art!


National Cherry Blossom Parade and Sakura Matsuri

Parade route along Constitution Ave btwn 7th and 17th Sts, DC
Street festival along Pennsylvania Ave btwn 3rd and 7th Sts, DC
Time: Saturday – parade from 10-12, festival from 10:30-6
Cost: parade is FREE, street festival is $10

Two of the most highly anticipated signature events of the cherry blossom season occur this Saturday: the parade includes elaborate floats and musical performances, and the Sakura Matsuri street festival (http://www.sakuramatsuri.org/) continues the celebration of Japanese culture with traditional arts, music, incredible food, hands on activities from calligraphy to kimonos, and artisan crafts so you can bring Japan home with you!

Anacostia River Festival

Anacostia Park
1900 Anacostia Dr, DC
Time: Sunday 1-5PM
Cost: FREE

Held in Anacostia Park, this free event encourages residents and tourists alike to explore the communities and parks east of the river. Interactive art projects, a bike parade, kayaking and canoeing, lawn games, and live music and performances celebrate the 100th birthday of the historic neighborhood’s park.

NSO at the National Zoo

Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, DC
Time: Sunday 1PM and 3PM
Cost: FREE

Free concert passes become available at 11AM at the zoo – members of the National Symphony Orchestra on strings and piano will play two afternoon concerts, with instrument “petting zoos” immediately following. Bring your family to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music and DC’s beloved zoo.


Culture & Cocktails: Historical Hoaxes

Miller House Museum
135 W. Washington St, Hagerstown
Time: Friday 6-8PM
Cost: $15 for admission first drink; 21+ event

Enjoy a drink and have a think! At this lecture program hosted by the Washington County Historical Society,  tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude. Take April Fool’s Day seriously with Dr. Emilie Amt of Hood College: faked and forged and the stories behind these historical hoaxes, from medieval English manuscripts to slave narratives in the Cumberland Valley.

CityLit Festival

William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center
11 W. Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore
Time: Saturday 9:30-5:30
Cost: FREE

 “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Join fellow literature lovers for an entire day devoted to the written word. With keynote speaker Philip Gourevitch of the New York Times, featured novelist Elizabeth Acevedo, and more that 75 writers in attendance for poetry sessions, manuscript editing and consulting, and a literary marketplace, you’ll find that “if there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Light City Opening Night Parade

Downtown Baltimore
Time: Saturday 8-9PM
Cost: Free admission with some sessions $10

The downtown illuminated installations continue during the Light City festival! Walk through the community and hit all the light stops – check out the website for a map of all the concerts, experiences, and shining creations.


The Late Shift: What is Art?

Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St, Alexandria
Time: Friday 9-11PM

Spotlighting new talent in the visual arts around the DC metro, this assortment of receptions and introductions centered on the galleries of emerging artists features 3D animation, couture, special demonstrations, and the opportunity to craft your own paper scrap cityscape in celebration of Architecture Week.

Springing for Spring Arts and Crafts Show

Springfield Town Center
6500 Springfield Mall
Time: Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4
Cost: FREE

Browse a wide variety of regional crafters’ and artisans’ wares: wood, pottery, fiber, glass, metalsmithing, paintings, photography, and more. Upon each hour, you could win a drawing for a $100 voucher towards purchases from a participating show vendor of your choice.

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia

Under the Grand Chapiteu, Tysons II
Time: Your concierge has discounted tickets to select remaining shows
Cost: Contact your concierge for details

Luzia takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, Luzia cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces, and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.


Philadelphia Furniture Show

23rd St Armory
22 S. 23rd St, Philly
Time: Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
Cost: $15 per day

The Philadelphia Furniture Show showcases exceptional artisan quality furniture and is the longest running exhibition of its kind. Now in its 24th year, the show continues to set the bar for the finest heirloom handmade furniture and furnishings in the country.

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival

Main St, Manayunk
Time: Sunday 11-5
Cost: pay as you go

More than 60 local food trucks — including Revolution Taco, Say Cheese Philadelphia, and Zsa’s Ice Cream – converge on Main Street for this spring food festival. You’re bound to find every type of cuisine imaginable, and some that lie outside your wildest food dreams!

Sakura Sunday

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
100 N. Horticultural Dr, Philly
Time: Sunday 10-5
Cost: $15

Scores of events and demonstrations celebrating Japanese culture and arts take place at this Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival main event. Taiko drum and dance performances, a sushi-making contest, a harajuko fashion show, and more are backdropped by the blooming trees.


Contact your concierge for pricing and availability

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