Weekend Happenings: April 27 – April 29
Posted on April 25, 2018

Get outside this weekend – with markets, fairs, festivals, and carnivals of all kinds, the fresh air and fantastic food across the region is a summer teaser!


Georgetown French Market

Wisconsin Ave from O St to Reservoir Rd, Georgetown
Time: Friday and Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5
Cost: FREE!

Transport yourself to the charming streets of Paris: open air market, street performers, live music, and special discounts at area restaurants and boutiques characterize one of DC’s best shopping weekends of the year.

Smithsonian Craft Show

National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, DC
Time: Friday-Saturday 10:30-5:30, Sunday 11-5
Cost: daily admission $20, two-day pass $30

Peruse the best in contemporary American folk art for view and sale—from baskets to paintings to jewelry and everything in between, the casual art observer and the most seasoned collector will find treasures of all kinds. This year’s show seeks to engage the public through educational and artistic components that complement the theme “Asian Influence/American Design.”

National Park RX Day

Various park sites across DC
Time: Sunday
Cost: FREE

In culmination of National Parks Week, write yourself a prescription for better health, naturally, by visiting one of the many scenic parks made possible by the NPS. Check out Rock Creek Park, the National Mall and Memorial Parks, and Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens on Sunday for special programming. Looking for something different? View a full list of national parks in DC.


Maryland Day

University of Maryland – The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
8270 Alumni Dr, College Park
Time: Saturday 10-4
Cost: FREE

Featuring bands, choirs, theatre, dance, and all facets of arts advocacy, this family-friendly event is an invitation for all ages to engage in artistic and creative exploration via 50 unique workshops, performances, interactive activities, and sessions across campus.

Annapolis Opera’s Vocal Competition

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase St, Annapolis
Time: Saturday 10AM, Sunday 3PM
Cost: FREE

Arduous arias and vigorous vibrato – this fierce vocal competition’s semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday are an opportunity for young amateurs and semi-professionals to discover local prestige in the operatic arts. Viewing the competition is free and open to the public.

National Wine and Food Festival

National Harbor
165 Waterfront St, National Harbor
Time: Saturday and Sunday 12-6
Cost: single-day admission $39, weekend pass $69

A world-class, waterfront, culinary event – sample the creations of the DMV’s world-renowned chefs, artisanal craftsmen, and culinary pioneers with wine pairings, craft beer tastings, and hands-on cooking demonstrations.


Rosslyn READS: Spring Book Festival 

Central Place Plaza
1800 N. Lynn Street, Arlington
Time: Thursday 10AM-10PM
Cost: FREE

A pop-up bookstore on the plaza with author talks, family-friendly performances, live music, food trucks, and more, with all bookstore proceeds benefitting Turning the Page, a nonprofit organization that helps ensure students receive educational resources and a high-quality public education.

Taste of Vienna

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department
400 Center St. South, Vienna
Time: Saturday 11-8
Cost: FREE

Food trucks and local restaurants pop-up in support of the Vienna VFD, with live entertainment all day. Indulge in Crepe Amour, Red Hook Lobster, Taco Bamba, Paladar, Ruth’s Chris, and more!

Jane Austen Ball

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal St, Alexandria
Time: Saturday 8-11PM
Cost: $45

Spring is in the air! Dance to Mr. Darcy’s delight at this late-1790s era ball. The evening will feature a variety of English Country dances in the historic ballroom, live music, and dessert collation. Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged. First time at the ball? Reader, you would not deign to attend prior to a practice class on Thursday from 7:30-9:30 ($12).


Punk Rock Flea Market

23rd St Armory
22 S. 23rd St
Time: Saturday and Sunday 10-5
Cost: $3 admission, good for both days

You can’t control your fingers, you can’t control your toes – should you stay or should you go? Bust out your Chuck Taylors and your patched up vest and hunt for treasures to enhance your classic collection. Two hundred vendors peddling covetable records, clothing, art, and “old punk junk” – this isn’t your grandmother’s flea market.

Science Carnival on the Parkway

222 N. 20th St
Time: Sunday 10-4
Cost: FREE

The Philadelphia Science Festival ends on Sunday with an explosive daylong outdoor carnival. This massive party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway packs in engaging activities, jaw-dropping visuals, unbelievable experiments, and more from over 150 science festival partners.

Carnaval de Puebla

Washington Ave
Time: Sunday
Cost: Pay as you go

Classic folk traditions of Mexico fill South Philly streets for El Carnaval de Puebla, a giant celebration of Mexican culture. A parade, street fair, and dance performances commemorate the true meaning of “Cinco de Mayo,” recognizing the victory of the Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla.


Contact your concierge for pricing and availability

  • Rockin’ Road to Dublin, Hippodrome, Sunday
  • Echosmith, 9:30 Club, Sunday
  • Alan Jackson, Royal Farms Arena, Friday
  • Maryland Hunt Cup, Glyndon, Baltimore County, Saturday
  • Nationals VS Diamondbacks, Friday – Sunday
  • Orioles VS Tigers, Saturday – Sunday
  • The Sound of Music, Kimmel Center, Friday – Sunday
  • Echosmith, Theatre of the Living Arts, Friday
  • Minus the Bear, Electric Factory, Saturday
  • Phillies VS Braves, Friday – Sunday