Weekend Happenings: April 20 – April 22
Posted on April 19, 2018

Run, sail, or fly – our roundup of weekend happenings propels you from one adventure to the next! Check out our line-up of crafts, craft brews, and creative festivals to stimulate your mind and body.


Frühlingsfest: A Spring Garden Festival
Heurich House Museum
1307 New Hampshire Ave, DC
Time: Saturday 12-4
Cost: $15

Heurich House is notable for its technological innovations, original interiors, and rich archival collection of a successful brewer and philanthropist of the early 20th century. Spend the day celebrating spring in traditional German style in his castle garden with cold beer, sausages, botanical art, and garden games.

DC Beer Festival
Nationals Park
1500 S. Capitol St SE, DC
Time: Saturday 12-3 and 5-8
Cost: $45; 21+ event

Dozens of craft breweries featuring spring seasonal beers will set up throughout the stadium’s concourse, with over a dozen food trucks, lawn games, DJs, and more! Choose from two sessions for unlimited tastings, with food sold separately.

Shakespeare’s Birthday
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E. Capitol St SE, DC
Time: Sunday 12PM
Cost: FREE

Monday is the Bard’s 454th birthday: celebrate with sword fighting, Elizabethan crafts, touring the library’s reading rooms, sonnets, curators’ commentary, and cake!


Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
City Dock and Harbor
1 Dock St, Annapolis
Time: Friday and Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
Cost: $12

Annapolis hosts boat shows that are the nation’s oldest in-water events: set in the charming historic seaport of Annapolis, the 2018 sailboat show is for experienced and novice sailors alike.

Frederick Craft Spirits Festival
Frederick Fairgrounds
797 E. Patrick St, Frederick
Time: Saturday 2-6
Cost: $40

Take Frederick on the rocks this weekend: sample spirits from more than 10 of Maryland’s finest distilleries. All tickets include a complimentary rocks glass and access to local distilleries, food tucks, live music, and more.

International Day of the Book
Armory and Howard Aves, Kensington, MD
Time: Sunday 11-4
Cost: FREE

“El dia del libre,” or The Day of the Book, marks the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, two giants of literary history, on April 23, 1616. On this day in Barcelona, bookstalls and street festivities run the length of the picturesque La Rambla, the old city’s main boulevard. Luckily, a much nearer Kensington celebrates in a similar fashion! Authors, artisans, orators, and food trucks line the streets – viva el libro!


Kite Festival: A Celebration of Spring
George Mason’s Gunston Hall
10709 Gunston Rd, Mason Neck
Time: Saturday 10-4
Cost: $10

A day of kite flying and family fun during the annual Kite Festival with children’s activities, crafts, and guided tours, and kites available for purchase in the museum store.

Arlington Festival of the Arts
3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington
Time: Saturday and Sunday 10-5
Cost: FREE

Enjoy a weekend of true visual inspiration, as over 100 artists will showcase their works including glass, mixed media, paintings, jewelry, and pottery.

GW Parkway Classic: 10 Mile, 5K, and Kids’ Dash
Old Town Alexandria
Time: Sunday
Cost: Varies

Alexandria’s hometown race takes runners on a scenic course from the picturesque George Washington’s Mount Vernon down the tree-lined George Washington Memorial Parkway and into historic Old Town Alexandria. The 5K begins at 8am and runs from Belle Haven Marina to Oronoco Bay Park; the 10 mile begins at 8am from Mt. Vernon Estates to Oronoco Bay Park; the 800-meter Kids’ Dash begins at 10:30. See the website for details.


Philadelphia Science Festival
Various locations across Philly
Time: Friday through Sunday
Cost: most events are free

Celebrate discovery through curiosity and experimentation all weekend long with series of science-themed activities of all disciplines – turn your eyes to the skies at the Citywide Star Party; investigate technology, anatomy, nature, and chemicals at “labs” across the cities numerous hospitals, universities, museums, and more; the future is bright when your scientific mind can explore the world and beyond! Check out the website for a full calendar of events and map.

Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show
The Navy Yard
11th St. and Kitty Hawk Ave
Time: Friday and Saturday 11-8, Sunday 11-5
Cost: $20

Experience the finest examples in Colonial through mid-century decorative arts: antique silver, textiles, porcelain, jewelry, nautical and Native American art, and antiquarian books and prints. Enjoy extensive offerings of fine art galleries, plus a series of outstanding lectures by recognized experts.

Opening Festival: Middle East Galleries
Penn Museum
3260 South St
Time: Saturday 10-3:30, Sunday 10-4
Cost: Free with museum admission $15

The Penn Museum re-opens its impressive Middle East Galleries after a major renovation with a weekend-long festival celebrating Middle Eastern culture. Check out film screenings, discussion sessions, live performances, and arts workshops alongside the new improvements and interactive displays that are now part of the 130-year-old section of the museum.


Contact your concierge for pricing and availability

  • Gov’t Mule, Hippodrome, Saturday
  • Tracey Morgan, Kennedy Center, Friday
  • Lotus, 9:30 Club, Saturday – Sunday
  • The Weepies, 9:30 Club, Sunday
  • Light City, Baltimore, Friday – Sunday
  • The Cherry Blossom PUB, 1843 7th NW Washington DC, Friday – Sunday
  • 68th Annual Daffodil Show, 1430 West Braddock Rd, Alexandria VA, Saturday – Sunday
  • Orioles VS Indians Friday – Sunday
  • Tesseract, Theatre of the Living Arts, Friday
  • Built to Spill + The Afghan Whigs, Electric Factory, Saturday
  • Matt and Kim Tokyo Police Club, Electric Factory, Sunday
  • Phillies VS Pirates, Friday – Sunday