Events and Things to do this Spring in the DC Area

March 15, 2022 | Inside Alexandria | By: The Goodhart Group

Cherry Blossom Festival
Throughout the DC Region
March 22-March 25

When you think Spring in the DC area, the first thing that of course comes to mind is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom Festival coincides with the peak bloom of the Cherry Blossoms, which is expected to begin this year around March 22, though of course that date can always change based on the weather. If you haven’t been, the Tidal Basin can get very crowded around peak bloom, as can the roads and Metro stations near the Tidal Basin. If you’re looking to experience the Cherry Blossoms in a not-as-crowded area, we recommend checking out our blog here on areas other than the Tidal Basin to explore the Cherry Blossom. 

The Friends Experience
March 17-June 2
1025 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Fans of the show Friends will definitely want to check this out. As part of The Friends Experience, you can explore 12 rooms of set recreation including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen, and Central Perk. You can even dance in front of the fountain. Standard tickets are $42. 

Buy tickets and learn more about The Friends Experience here. 

Inaugural ALX Dog Walk
April 2
Old Town Alexandria

Beginning in Oronoco Bay Park, over 500 dogs and their owners will stroll along the waterfront walk to the Robinson Landing pier on April 2. A judging panel at Robinson Pier will choose winners from categories including funniest personality, biggest ears, fluffiest tail, best groomed, and best-recycled costume. The Dog Store in Del Ray will also award a $100 gift card to each winner. Walkers will also receive a goodie bag, a t-shirt, and breakfast refreshments at check-in.

Register your pup on the official website here

Washington Nationals Baseball
Staring Mid-April
Nationals Park-Washington, DC

With the Major League Baseball lockout now over, we can now look forward to catching our Washington Nationals at home this season at Nationals Park. While the Nats don’t have quite the star power they had in previous years, catching a Nats game with friends and family is always a good time, especially if the weather is good. 

To plan your perfect outing to the Nats game, read our blog here. 

Celebrate Easter

Celebrating Easter, especially with young kids, whether they’re family or friends, can always be fun. Easter egg hunts are always a fun interactive way to celebrate the holiday with younger family members or friends. We put together a list of fun, easy Easter egg hunt ideas on our blog here. 

Barber & Brahms – Resilience -Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
April 23, 7:3o pm & April 24, 3 pm.

See violinist Dylana Jenson as she sparks joy with her rendition of Barber’s Violin Concerto. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Brahms’ First Symphony and Brian Precht’s Tribute. The performance will feature students from Sympattico commissioned by Classical Movement’s Eric Helms New Music Program.

Buy your tickets for the performance here. 

Second Annual Old Town Charity Chili Cook-Off
Augie’s Mussel House & Beer Garden
April 24

Join The Goodhart Group at Augie’s for the second annual Old Town Charity Chili Cook-Off. Six different competitors will submit their chilis for judging, you may know of the guest judges!  Attendees will help choose the People’s Choice winner. We’ve got a special guest judge panel to help us determine the winner of the BEST tasting chili and YOU (attendees) will help us choose the People’s Choice winner! The event will also be raising money for Feed It Forward DC (feeditforwarddc.org). Raffle prize giveaways during the event include two front-row Washington Nationals tickets, a cash prize, and gift cards! Tickets are $60 and include a tasting of each competing chili, two Turnt Cocktails/Beers, Pretzels & Beer Cheese Sauce, classic Mussels & wings.

Buy your tickets to the Chili Cook-Off here.

White House Easter Egg Roll
The White House
April 18

The White House Easter Egg Roll is always a hot ticket event in the Washington, DC area. Kids and parents head to the White House lawn to roll special Easter eggs with the president and first lady watching and presiding over the event. Each year around 50,000 people enter the lottery for about 200,000 tickets. This year’s Easter Egg Roll will be the first Easter Egg Roll since 2019 as the 2020 and 2021 rolls were canceled due to the pandemic.

For ticket information and event details, visit the Easter Egg Roll website here.

David Spade
Capital One Hall
May 1

Come check out hilarious comedian David Spade at the new Capital One Hall in McLean, VA. Capital One Hall, a cornerstone of the broader Capital One Center development in McLean near Tysons Corner, will host Fairfax County non-profit arts groups through ArtsFairfax, as well as Broadway productions, comedy shows, and concerts. The performance hall seats 1,600, and The Vault, a smaller performance hall, seats 225 in their Black Box theatre. Individuals and businesses may also rent our spaces for private events and weddings. Capital One Hall is located just steps away from the McLean Metro Station on the Silver Line and also provides ample covered parking.

Visit the event website here for tickets to David Spade.

Wells Fargo Championship
TPC Potomac Avenel Farm
May 4-May 8

The PGA tour is heading back to the DC area. Come check out the best golfers in the world battle it out at the beautiful TPC Potomac Avenel Farm golf course. The Wells Fargo Championship is sure to get some good attendance from tour players like Rory McElroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and more as the Wells Fargo Championships takes place two weeks before the PGA Championship. 

Visit the official Wells Fargo Championship website for tickets here.

Celebrate Mother’s Day
May 8

Mother’s Day is always a special time to celebrate the moms and motherly figures in our lives. There are several different wonderful stores in Alexandria and DC to shop for Mother’s Day gifts. If you’re in search of some last-minute gifts, check out our related blog post here. If you’re in search of local brunch options to show mom some love, you’ll want to explore our blog for a list of some of our favorite Alexandria brunch options. 

The Old Town Speed and Style Festival
May 22
King Street, Around Market Square

The Old Town Speed and Style festival is a one-day event featuring an amazing collection of rare and unusual cars from around the world.

The event will take place across the 200 – 400 blocks of King Street, and the 100 blocks of North Royal and North Fairfax around Market Square in Old Town. Along with exotic and fun cars, the event will also include a fashion demonstration led and emceed by celebrity stylist from “Say Yes to the Dress – Atlanta,” Monte Durham, from Alexandria’s Salon Monte. This year’s theme is celebrating style icon, Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
For more information, visit the event page here.

Pride Month Celebrations
June 3-June 12
Washington, DC

Pride will be celebrated in our nation’s capital for the 47th year this year. This year will also mark the return of the full-scale celebration and festival since 2019.  The parade and block party are scheduled for June 11 and the concert for June 12.
Learn more about pride month celebrations on the Capital Pride page.

Summer Concerts in the Region  

The spring months are the perfect time to start planning your summer concert calendar. There are several big headlining performers heading to the DC area this summer. Some of the big names include

For a list of other concerts this summer, check out the calendar here.

Ongoing Events That Are Great to Do in the Spring Time

Visit the National Mall 

Visiting the National Mall in the springtime can be a lot of fun especially since it’s not too hot yet. Things like Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial are always free. You can also go up to the top of the newly reopened Washington Monument. Tickets are $1 through the National Park Service and can be secured the day before your desired trip. Keep in mind in the spring that the mall can often get crowded with tourists, so if you want to avoid crowds, consider going later in the evening or in the afternoons during the week. 

Visit Local Markets

There are several local markets that are a lot of fun to visit, especially during the warmer spring months. While these are mostly open year-round, they aren’t too much fun when temperatures are frigid. Union Market in Northeast DC is fun to explore with over 40 local vendors and a variety of events throughout the year. There’s also Eastern Market near Capitol Hill, which has been operating for 136 years. Eastern Market offers dozens of local vendors selling produce and meats as well as freshly prepared made-to-order food.

In Alexandria, you can also visit the Old Town farmer’s market and Del Ray farmer’s market which both operate on Saturdays from 7 am – 12 pm and 8 am – 12 pm respectively. 

Explore the National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC

The United States National Arboretum is an arboretum in Northeast Washington, D.C., operated by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. It covers over 600 total acres. The Arboretum presents a stunning collection of plants, with each given its own display. While it can get busier in the spring, it’s still worth checking out as it’s less busy than the Tidal Basin for things like Cherry Blossoms. 

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