April 2019 Festivals and Events in the Washington, D.C. Area

The Washington, D.C area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossoms along the tidal pool in Washington, DC

Kevin Voelker Photography / Getty Images

See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Don't miss the best events including the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks, and cultural events. (Through April 14, 2019)

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Passover in Washington, D.C.

Outside the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue


mtcurado / Getty Images

Find resources for planning and celebrating the Jewish holiday in the Washington D.C. area, including kosher markets, restaurants, synagogues and more. Check out this guide to celebrating the holiday in the area.

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Easter Egg Hunts

Children hunting for eggs at Morven Park in the Washignton D.C. area

Morven Park

There's plenty of Easter events for children at a variety of venues around the capital region. Here's where to go hunting for eggs, meet the Easter bunny, and more family-friendly holiday activities. (Various dates)

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Easter in Washington, DC

Worshippers attending the Annual Sunrise Service held at the Lincoln Memorial

Alex Wong / Getty Images

Check out our guide to celebrating the holiday in the nation’s capital including the schedules for religious services. You'll also find suggested venues for Easter brunch, Easter egg hunts, religious services, and other special events. (April 21, 2019)

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White House Easter Egg Roll

Kids participating in the easter egg roll

Alex Wong / Getty Images 

Bring the kids to hunt for Easter Eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny on the White House lawn. See also Easter Egg Hunts in Maryland and Virginia. (April 22, 2019)

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Family Celebration at the National Zoo

Sign at the Smithsonian National Zoo

Smithsonian National Zoo

At this year's multicultural tradition, the Zoo will offer an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, live entertainment, a food bazaar, and more family-friendly fun. It's also the Zoo's Earth Optimism celebration. (April 22, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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International Pillow Fight Day

People having a pillow fight outside

Ted Eytan / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Massive pillow fights breakout in cities around the world, including on the National Mall. Be there with pillow in hand. (April 6, 2019)

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Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month

Branford Marsalis picks up Louis Armstrong's cornet at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

STEPHEN JAFFE / Getty Images

The National Museum of American History celebrates the month with special talks, workshops, concerts and more. This year's theme is Jazz Beyond Borders and the featured article is Nat King Cole (Throughout the month)

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Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

People dancing as part of the National Cherry Blosson Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

See wonderful entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, and antique cars. There will also be celebrity performances too. (April 13, 2019, 10 a.m.)

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Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

Performers during the Sakura Matusi Japanese Festival in Washington, D.C.

The Japan-America Society of Washington, Inc.

The huge Japanese street party includes live entertainment, food, arts, games, and a Ginza Marketplace. Celebrate Japanese culture during the Cherry Blossom Festival. (April 13, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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DC Emancipation Day

People marching for Emancipation Day

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 The anniversary of the Emancipation Act, when Lincoln granted freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia is celebrated with educational and cultural events throughout the city. DC Emancipation Day has been a public holiday in the nation's capital since 2005. (April 13, 2019)

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Anacostia River Festival

Kids biking and skating at the Anacostia River Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The festival features a wide variety of activities including outdoor recreation, musical performances, a bike parade, and more. Be there at Anacostia Park in Southeast. (April 14, 2019, from 1 to 5 p.m.)

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Aerial view of a festival with fireworks going off

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Petalpalooza, formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, is one of the highlights of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This rebranded, family-friendly event recently moved to new waterfront development, The Wharf, with fireworks bursting above the Washington Channel and interactive art installations and fun activities too. (April 6, 2019, from noon to 9:30 p.m.)

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National Park Week

View at the East side of the Constitution Gardens

 Roman Babakin / Getty Images

The National Park Service encourages everyone to enjoy the natural wonders found in parks across the country. Special activities will take place around the region. (April 20-28, 2019)

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FilmFest DC

Washington DC International Film Festival

Washington DC International Film Festival 

The city's oldest film festival returns this year featuring a wide range of films from around the globe including features, documentaries, comedies, shorts, and award winners. See the films at multiple venues around Washington, D.C. (April 25-May 5, 2019)

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Bay Bridge Boat Show

Aerial view of a Yacht Show

United States Yacht Shows, Inc.

The show kicks off the boating season each spring with a display of hundreds of new and late model brokerage boats and boat equipment displays. Enjoy the day on Kent Island, Maryland. (April 12-14, 2019)

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Earth Day

Tables with promotional goods for Earth Day

City of Alexandria

Throughout the month of April, celebrate Earth Day with special activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages. Find activities in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

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Virginia Historic Garden Week

Close up of tulips in a beautiful garden

Kelly J Mihalcoe / Virginia Tourism Corporation

This annual event features tours of the gardens at Virginia’s most prestigious private homes and public attractions. See lush gardens, stunning architecture, and historic furnishings. See a guide to more upcoming garden tours around the region. (April 27-May 4, 2019)

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White House Spring Garden Tours

View of the white house from tulips

Karen Bleier / Getty Images 

Visit the White House grounds and explore the beautiful gardens. Tickets are required. (April 13, 10 a.m.-4:30 pm.; April 14, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

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DC Beer Festival

Aerial view of people attending DC Beer Festival

DC Beer Festival

The American craft beer tasting will feature seminars and food and the spring releases from approximately 75 breweries. Try all these beers at Nationals Park. (April 20, 2019)

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Arlington Festival of the Arts

People viewing art at the Arlington Festival of the Arts

Arlington Festival of the Arts 

The arts festival features vibrant paintings, contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more. The annual festival happens in Clarendon. (April 13-14, 2019)

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Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival

People looking around the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival

Leesburg Parks and Rec

The family-friendly event displays landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers, herbs along with children's entertainment, crafts, and a landscape design contest. Make a day of it in historic Leesburg. (April 27-28, 2019)

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Smithsonian Craft Show

People shopping for jewelry at the Smithsonian Craft Show

Smithsonian Craft Show

This is your chance to buy unique crafts from the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary American arts in the nation. This happens each year at the National Building Museum. (April 24-28, 2019)

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Annapolis Boat Show

Annapolis Boat Shows sign in the water

Annapolis Boat Shows

The show includes new and brokerage catamarans, monohulls, racing boats, inflatables, and day sailors. Cruisers University features hands-on training by cruising experts. (April 26-28, 2019)

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Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

People marching in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival 

The annual celebration of spring showcases the blooming apple trees in the Shenandoah Valley with more than 45 events including the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, Firefighters events and more. (April 26-May 5, 2019)

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Georgetown French Market

Georgetown French market

Sam Kittner / Georgetown Business Improvement District

 The spring shopping extravaganza features fashion, French fare, quaint home and antique shops, galleries and live music. Be there in Georgetown's charming Book Hill neighborhood. (April 26-28, 2019)

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