1 NATIONALS PARK
This isn’t your dad’s baseball stadium, the Washington Nationals play in one of the nation’s top state-of-the-art parks that make everything very convenient and memorable. The biggest feature that stands out is the digital displays used for the park’s concession stands. Orders come in faster and with less mistakes, which means less time standing in lines and more time spent watching the game.
2 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
There is no central location for this particular festival, as there are events and festivities carried out all over the city during the spring. The hues of pinks and whites fill the peripheral view, making even the grayest of paved tourist spots look happy.
Foodies unite! Truckeroo is fast food done right. Food trucks gather around every spring to show off their menus while music and entertainment kicks off the fun as you feast on new and delicious eats. There’s something for everyone here, not just fried foods and hamburgers.
4 DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Take a trip down the Potomac River to experience a great showing of Chinese arts and cultural demonstrations, culminating with the main event of competitive dragon boat races.
5 WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL
This spring tradition speaks for itself. Each year, tens of thousands of people converge at the White House lawn to take part in the annual egg roll, as well as games and activities for the whole family.
6 PASSPORT D.C.
This is what Washing D.C. should be most known for: multi-cultural celebration. Each year in May, there is a collective “festival” that brings embassies together and teaches the public about various cultures and relations with a sampling of various arts and traditions.
7 SMITHSONIAN JAZZ APPRECIATION
There’s almost always something going on at the Smithsonian, but in the spring they dedicate the month of April to the art and heritage of Jazz. You’ll find plenty of special guests speaking and performing, it’s a must for any fan of music, let alone jazz.
8 USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL EXPO
Held at the Washington Convention Center, this festival holds hundreds of activities and workshops for anyone even remotely interested in science and technology. The envelope of what science and engineering can accomplish is constantly being pushed, you can get a glimpse of what the future may hold at this expo.
9 FILMFEST DC
The oldest and most popular film festival in DC comes around every year at the end of April to bring audiences the most anticipated and newly discovered gems from around the world. Some venues are cheaper to get into than others, so don’t think it is a festival only open to the elite.
10 FREDERICK DOUGLASS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
This is another must-visit place while you’re in Maryland. The famous slave who escaped slavery to become one of the most revered black scholars and activists, step into the humble home that once housed one of America’s strongest minds.