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60+ Things to Do This April in Washington, DC

Savor the spring season in DC with a packed events calendar, including National Cherry Blossom Festival events, Washington Nationals Opening Day and so much more.

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Events

Reasons to Catch a Washington Nationals Baseball Game - Things to Do in Washington, DC

Washington Nationals Opening Day vs. New York Mets – April 5
MLB’s hometown Nats will begin their season and their 2018 quest to bring the first World Series title to DC since 1924 with trips to Cincinnati and Atlanta before returning to the District for their home opener against the rival Mets on April 5. Nationals Park will be abuzz as Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and the rest of the Nats look for their fifth division title in seven seasons, led by new manager Davey Martinez.
1:05 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Japanese Lantern surrounded by cherry blossom trees on the Tidal Basin - Spring in Washington, DC

20th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk – April 6
Lace up your sneakers for this stroll, which commemorates Japanese Americans and their experience during the Second World War and encourages the continued defense of civil liberties for all Americans. This year, the walk celebrates its 20th anniversary, as well as the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. The walk begins and ends at the intersection of Louisiana & New Jersey Avenues NW, the site of the National Japanese American Memorial.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. |  Free admission
National Japanese American Memorial, Louisiana Avenue, New Jersey Avenue and D Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Outdoor dining at Union Market in NoMa - Food hall in Washington, DC

Union Market District Street Fest – April 7
Union Market celebrates spring with this street festival that welcomes the entire family. There will be live music all day, a pop-up bookshop from Politics & Prose, a youth workshop featuring D.C. United players, Masseria’s Nick Stefanelli selling breakfast sandwiches, an outdoor flower market from Trader Joe’s, plenty of opportunities for great Instagram shots and so much more. Fill your Saturday with creativity and community at this fair that will take up the entire Union Market District.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free admission
Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building Great Hall - Largest Library in the World in Washington, DC

Japanese Culture Day at Library of Congress – April 7
Watch Japanese culture come to life at the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson Building. Children and adults will be introduced to Japanese life and culture through hands-on activities like origami, kimono-wearing and a book reading and signing with best-selling author Tad Hills. This free event will also feature special programming from the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC, covering Japanese life in the states, as well as Japanese cuisine. Past National Cherry Blossom Festival princesses also attend, teaching children the art of tiara-making.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free admission
Library of Congress, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

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Drink the District’s Cherry Blossom Wine and Beer Festival - Spring event in Washington, DC

Drink the District’s Cherry Blossom Wine & Beer Festival – April 7-8
Drink the District brings the beer, cider and wine while The Yards Park provides the perfect setting for this springtime party. With two sessions on Saturday and another on Sunday, there are plenty of chances to take advantage of more than 100 beers and wines, on-site food trucks and free live music. You’ll also be hanging outside of Audi Field, the new home of DC United.
1 - 4 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m. |  Tickets
Audi Field, 151 T Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival - National Cherry Blossom Festival Events - Washington, DC

Petalpalooza – April 7
Get ready for nearly eight straight hours of free tunes, all-ages activities, interactive art installations and games, all capped off by fireworks at The Wharf in the Southwest Waterfront, during Petalpalooza (formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival). Folks can explore DC's hottest new development and grab a great seat for the fireworks show. Entertainment begins at 1 p.m. and is capped off with fireworks at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
1 - 9:30 p.m. |  Free admission
The Wharf, 1100 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk - Washington, DC

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk – April 8
Thousands of runners participate in this annual event that honors spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the beautiful scenery of Washington, DC. Watch for free as participants weave their way around the Tidal Basin and the city’s monuments, and if you have a child who would like to take part, there’s a Kids’ Run the day before. Support the run by donating to Credit Unions for Kids.
7:30 a.m. |  Free admission
Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20024

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@newseum - Newseum Nights - Washington, DC

Newseum Nights: In Bloom – April 13
The Newseum shows off its cherry blossom spirit with this event that serves as the first Newseum Night of 2018. Enjoy an open beer and wine bar, sample sake, savor signature Asian dishes from Wolfgang Puck, see a traditional Japanese drum performance, receive a personalized haiku, explore Newseum's newest exhibit and so much more.
8 - 10:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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DC Wine Fest – April 14
Wine lovers, rejoice. DC Wine Fest is back for a third year. Long View Gallery hosts this celebration of wine in the Downtown neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to sample some of the best varietals from around the world while also enjoying live music. Wine bottles will also be available for purchase at the event, so if you find one you love, you can take it home with you.
12 - 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade - Spring Events in Washington, DC

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC – April 14
The culmination of the three-week National Cherry Blossom Festival yields arguably its most popular event: the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Catch everything from giant helium balloons to elaborate floats to live musical performances. You can purchase tickets to enjoy the parade from the grandstand or stand along the parade route on Constitution Avenue NW for free.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. |  Tickets
Constitution Avenue, from 7th to 17th Streets NW, Washington, DC

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Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival - National Cherry Blossom Festival Events - Washington, DC

Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival – April 14
The largest one-day Japanese cultural festival in the United States, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is an event for all ages. Check out more than 80 cultural groups, art vendors, food booths and more than 30 total hours of programming. The event is held on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW.
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Free admission
M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Top Reasons to see 'No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man' at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

Cherry Blossom Yoga in the Temple – April 14
As the festival winds down, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Brightest Young Things will host free yoga inside the Renwick Gallery’s Burning Man temple, part of the highly anticipated exhibit. All levels are welcome for the free session held inside a room-sized art installation. Check this page for updates on registration, which is required to attend.
9 - 10 a.m. |  Free admission (registration required)
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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2016 Emancipation Day Parade in Washington, DC

Emancipation Day 2018 Concert – April 14
Celebrate DC’s Emancipation Day, which honors the Emancipation Act of 1862 that ended slavery in the nation’s capital. This free concert will feature R&B singer Angie Stone and DC’s own go-go masters, Rare Essence, in addition to other artists. Freedom Plaza will play host to this party that will be filled with good vibes and DC pride.
3 p.m. |  Free admission – RSVP
Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC 20004

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Anacostia River Festival - Washington, DC

Anacostia River Festival – April 15
The Anacostia River Festival celebrates connecting people to parks. Activities include hands-on art projects, a bike parade, kayaking and canoeing, lawn games, live music and performances and much more. Held in Anacostia Park, this free event encourages residents and tourists alike to explore the communities and parks east of the river.
1 - 5 p.m. |  Free admission
Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Drive, Washington, DC 20020

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@dgpehrson - The Newseum in Washington, DC - Museums in DC

Free Expression Awards – April 17
Newseum is the ultimate champion of free speech, so it is fitting that the museum holds this ceremony in honor of those who champion free expression. The event will be hosted by John Seigenthaler of NBC News and will honor Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. of The New York Times Company, 1968 Olympic medalists and human rights activists Dr. John Carlos and Dr. Tommie C. Smith, as well as journalists that have exposed sexual misconduct in the workplace all over the country.
6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Filmfest DC – April 19-29
Beginning April 19, DC’s international film festival will touch theaters all over the city, showcasing 80 independent and foreign films from 45 countries. Its varied lineup will feature quite the genre exercise: comedies, dramas, thrillers, shorts and documentaries will all be on display. Screenings will take place at Landmark E Street Cinema, AMC Mazza Gallerie, the National Gallery of Art’s East Building and the Embassy of France. Check the festival’s website for further updates.

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2018 DC Beer Festival – April 21
The annual DC Beer Festival takes place on the field at Nationals Park, making for one of the District’s best outdoor parties of the year. Dozens of craft breweries will be spouting their seasonal suds, as local food trucks divvy out their tastiest eats. Prepare to compete in plenty of lawn games, with the whole shebang soundtracked by deejays.
12 - 8 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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@marcodip25 - Summer sunset on the National Mall in Washington, DC

National Park Week – April 21-29
The National Park Service celebrates with this week of special events and activities that the entire family can enjoy. National Park Week kicks off with Fee Free Day, which means you can enter any park in the area for free throughout the day. Before you plan your week of outdoor recreation, make sure to read our piece on DC’s national parks.

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Tudor Place Historic House & Gardens - Washington, DC

Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic – April 22
Tudor Place invites you to enjoy a picnic on its historic grounds before or after perusing a wide range of plants for sale. This is the only time that the estate allows picnicking on its gorgeous property, so take advantage of the free opportunity! Plants for sale include perennials, tropical and house plants and herbs and edible plants (new this year).
12 - 4 p.m. |  Register
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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Dining Room at District Winery's Ana Restaurant - Where to Eat on the Capitol Riverfront in Washington, DC

District Winery Rosé Release Party – April 22
District Winery is ready to debut its first DC-made wine, the 2017 Dry Rosé, and they’re throwing a party to celebrate. You’ll be able to enjoy three tastings of beer or wine, French-inspired bites and roaming oyster shuckers at the Capitol Riverfront abode. You can also receive a bottle of the inaugural Dry Rosé for an extra $20.
12 - 8 p.m. |  Tickets
District Winery, 385 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Smithsonian Craft Show – April 26-29
Crafters across the country descend on the National Building Museum each year for this show that shares its profits with the Smithsonian Institution. A four-day craft arts extravaganza, attendees can expect to see a full spectrum of works from 120 juried craft artists, including basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. A preview night reception gives guests first dibs on shopping, and will be held on Wednesday, April 25.
Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Georgetown French Market - Events and Festivals in Washington, DC

The Georgetown French Market – April 27-29
For the 15th year, Georgetown's Book Hill neighborhood turns into its own version of Paris. The Georgetown French Market features more than 40 locally owned merchants, restaurants, galleries and salons participating in an open-air shopping frenzy. Expect discounted items and rare finds. Check the official website for updates on scheduling and participating vendors.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & 12 – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road, Washington, DC

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@insta_kenya - Dock at National Harbor in Maryland - Things to Do Near Washington, DC

National Wine & Food Festival – April 29
The scenic National Harbor hosts this day-long festival that foodies will not want to miss. Hang out on the waterfront and indulge in cuisine from world-renowned chefs and culinary creatives, in addition to exotic and delicious wines. There are also numerous ticket options, so that you can choose the option that works best for you.
12 - 6 p.m. |  Tickets
National Harbor, 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

Museum Exhibits

@twigemlens - Exterior of National Building Museum in Washington, DC

‘Community Policing in the Nation’s Capital’ – Open Indefinitely
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, the National Building Museum hosts this exhibit with a local angle. After King’s assassination and the ensuing riots, neighborhood policing was a popular topic across the nation. The exhibit examines the Pilot District Project (PDP), founded in response to the civil unrest in the spring of 1968. Numerous materials from the effort are showcased, as are the successes and failures of PDP, which lasted through 1973.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian National Museum of American History

‘Art in Industry’ – Open Indefinitely
The commodification of art is present throughout U.S. history. This exhibit at the National Museum of American History goes in-depth on artistic industries, with a focus on the 1830s to the 1930s. You will learn of businesses as varied as publishing and pottery through the lenses of selling, working and learning. Expect to see fascinating objects such as electric toasters, pocket watches, cameras and ceramics.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office Museum - Museum off the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘War on Our Doorsteps’ – Through May 19
Civil War photography and its effect on the citizenry of the time is the focus of this special exhibition at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. Alexander Gardner’s The Dead of Antietam exhibit of photographs shocked observers when it debuted more than 150 years ago, showing the grisly aftermath of the bloodiest day in American history. The museum features the photos and re-creates the powerful impact that these images had on DC residents in this immersive display.
Hours & Admission
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, 437 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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@teamgrayduck - Exterior of Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum on the National Mall - Free Modern Art Museum in Washington, DC

‘Tony Lewis: Anthology 2014-2016’ – Through May 28
Innovative artist Tony Lewis deconstructed and refashioned hundreds of Calvin and Hobbes strips to create this enthralling collection that will be displayed at the Hirshhorn Museum through May 28. The collage-poems from the Chicago-based artist combine drawings and words to create a vocabulary that lets the viewer construct their own interpretation.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20560

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‘No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man’ – Through Jan. 21, 2019
The Renwick Gallery hosts the first major national exhibition to focus on the large-scale participatory work from the annual gathering of bohemians who construct a city of 70,000 in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for one week every year. No Spectators will take over the entire building, even extending outdoors, with sculptures positioned throughout the surrounding neighborhood in parks and on streets in a collaboration between the museum and the Golden Triangle BID. Overall, this extensive exhibit will showcase room-sized installations, costumes, jewelry and more.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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@mattschmalzel - Visitors at the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC

‘Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints Into Maiolica and Bronze’ – April 1 – Aug. 5
In the first exhibition of its kind in the U.S., the National Gallery of Art will show how striking images from the Renaissance came to be printed upon ceramics and bronze reliefs. More than 90 of the objects will be on display, showcasing designs from major artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo and Albrecht Dürer. Find out how image replication became a technological phenomenon.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Unrest in Baton Rouge - ‘Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World's Best Photography’  at the Newseum

‘Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World's Best Photography’ – April 6 – Jan. 20, 2019
The Newseum will display seven decades of award-winning, iconic, necessary images that capture the major moments, people and events that have defined our times. In a collaboration with photojournalism program Pictures of the Year International, the exhibit is sure to provide viewers with a full range of the human experience.
Hours & Admission
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC

‘Diane Arbus: A box of ten photographs’ – April 6 – Jan. 21, 2019
Diane Arbus was a major figure in the acceptance of photography as a legitimate art form. The portfolio that is the subject of this exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, A box of ten photographs, was a catalyst for photography’s evolution. The exhibition will detail the history of the project, its innovation and how Arbus came to be such a vital artist, even posthumously.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004

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@fight4olddc - National Building Museum in Washington, DC - Museum Off the National Mall

‘Evicted’ – April 14 – May 19, 2019
The National Building Museum features this groundbreaking exhibition that will use audio interviews, powerful images and detailed statistics to illuminate the crisis of housing instability in America. More than 2.4 million Americans are evicted from their homes each year, with a disproportionate effect on African American communities. Uncover the dire effects that this process has on communities, as well as potential solutions.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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‘A Right to the City’ exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum - Free museum in Washington, DC

‘A Right to the City’ – April 21 – April 20, 2020
The Anacostia Community Museum explores the evolution of Washington, DC’s neighborhoods over the past 50 years, from dilapidation to rising rents and inequality. You will find out how DC residents have always stayed organized and engaged, fighting for better schools, healthier communities and fair city planning, among many other efforts. Dive deep into the District, its history and its people.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020

Theater

@anapedroso - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom - Theater in Washington, DC

Nederlands Dans Theater – April 4-6
Nederlands Dan Theater embraces the avant-garde through progressive productions that showcase the company’s incredibly talented dancers. The company appears at the Kennedy Center for the first time with performances of three compositions, including one featuring music by Philip Glass. Expect cutting-edge, boundary-pushing dance theater inside the Opera House.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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‘Underground Railroad Game’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Underground Railroad Game’ – April 4-29
The 2017 Obie Award Winner for Best New American Theatre Work comes to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre this April. Underground Railroad Game follows two teachers who get a bit carried away with a lesson on sex, race and power, going deep into U.S. history through brash comedy. The production will also incorporate the audience, so prepare for a wild evening full of historical connotations and belly laughs.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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@somosojos - The Opera House at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Performing Arts and Theater in Washington, DC

The Improvised Shakespeare Company – April 5-8
Shakespeare has been interpreted in many, many ways, but The Improvised Shakespeare Company has come up with one of the most intriguing approaches yet. With one audience suggestion (a title of a play not yet written), the Company creates a Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes, totally improvised. Equipped with language and themes from all The Bard’s classics, the talented players could unveil a comedy or a tragedy – you will have to come to find out.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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David Sedaris at the Kennedy Center - April events in Washington, DC

David Sedaris – April 9
One of America’s great humor writers will read new and unpublished work at the Kennedy Center this month. David Sedaris is the author of such best-selling books as Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, addressing everyday life and the human condition with searing wit and deft commentary. Catch him in action at one of DC’s most prestigious venues. He will be in front of the Concert Hall before and after the show signing copies of his new book.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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@endave - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom - Theater in Washington, DC

Falun Dafa Association of D.C. presents: ‘Shen Yun’ – April 10-15
China was once known as the Middle Kingdom, and Shen Yun will bring this ancient world to life through dance, an orchestra and incredible backdrops. All these elements come together to reveal 5,000 years of awe-inspiring Chinese stories and history. Discover new dimensions, powerful heritage and historical wisdom in this jaw-dropping performance.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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The Washington Ballet presents ‘Mixed Masters’ – April 11-15
The Washington Ballet will perform compositions from three masters of choreography during this show that will close the Kennedy Center season. Accompanied by an orchestra, the company will take on George Balanchine’s Serenade, Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations and Jerome Robbins’s The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody), all essential pieces in the history of dance.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Snow Child at Arena Stage - Theater in Washington, DC

‘Snow Child’ – April 13 – May 20
Be a part of the world premiere of a bluegrass musical based on Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel, a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, at Arena Stage. The lesson - things are rarely as they seem -  is told in a tale about a childless couple who are visited by a mysterious girl and her fox companion in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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‘Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles’ at National Theatre in Washington, DC

‘Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles’ – April 14
This Broadway production rocks out with classic songs from the most successful rock group of all-time. The first half of the show features their biggest hits in theatrical form, while the second half imagines a different history: what if The Beatles had reunited 10 years after breaking up? You’ll hear classics such as “Hard Day’s Night,” “Get Back,” “Got to Get You Into My Life” and so many more at the National Theatre.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Waiting for Godot at the Shakespeare Theatre Company - Theater in Washington, DC

‘Waiting for Godot’ – April 17 – May 20
Samuel Beckett’s classic play comes to Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre for a month-long run this spring. Estragon and Vladimir hang out by the side of the road, telling jokes and stories to pass the time. Along the way, you’ll encounter hilarity, tragedy, poetry, philosophy and a rumination on the absurd. Catch one of the 20th century’s greatest plays at one of DC’s most illustrious venues.
Tickets
Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC - Things to do in Foggy Bottom neighborhood

‘After the Rehearsal' & 'Persona’ - part of the Bergman 100 Celebration – April 19-22
The Kennedy Center honors the centennial of Ingmar Bergman, one of history’s greatest auteurs of both the screen and the stage. Two of his screenplays will be performed by the ensemble Toneelgroep Amsterdam, directed by Tony Award-winning Belgian Ivo van Hove. After the Rehearsal concerns a director forced to face a lack of control, while Persona encounters an actress who falls mute, and her eventual struggle with her own nurse. Don’t miss this double-bill that zooms in on the plight of artists to create consuming psychological drama.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Tracy Morgan at the Kennedy Center - Comedy in Washington, DC

Tracy Morgan – April 20
After a legendary stint on Saturday Night Live and an unforgettable role on 30 Rock, Tracy Morgan became a household name in comedy. He followed that up with a successful national tour and an acclaimed Netflix special, Staying Alive. Now, he returns to the Kennedy Center stage to lighten up a Friday night in April. Just a heads up: Tracy’s humor is intended for mature audiences, so make it a date night and prepare for hearty laughs, as you’ll be paying witness to one of the best in the biz.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Shakespeare’s Birthday celebration at Folger Shakespeare Library - Free family-friendly spring event in Washington, DC

Shakespeare’s Birthday – April 22
The Folger Theatre celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday with this annual event that is free to all. The birthday of the Bard will be honored with birthday cake, musical and theatrical performances, “sword fighting” demonstrations, discussions from Folger curators and scholars and even food trucks. Bring the whole family out to wish a happy born day to William.
12 p.m. |  Free admission
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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‘Vietgone’ at Studio Theatre - Performing arts in Washington, DC

‘Vietgone’ – April 25 – May 20
Qui Nguyen is quickly emerging as a powerful new voice in American theater and you can find out why by checking out Vietgone at Studio Theatre this spring. The play follows three immigrants from post-war Vietnam who embark on a road trip across 1970s America. Packed with action, engaging dialogue and romance, don’t miss this innovative production that’s unlike anything else you’ll see at a theater this season.
Tickets
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Katt Williams at DAR Constitution Hall - Spring comedy shows in Washington, DC

Katt Williams – April 27-28
With a distinct style all his own, Katt Williams has become a household name in stand-up comedy. Known to many as the King of underground comedy, Williams has seven stand-up specials to his name, including this year’s Great America, which sees him take on the political climate, racial tensions and relationships. He also made a recent, memorable appearance on FX’s Atlanta. Katt is going to bring all you can handle at DAR Constitution Hall at the end of April.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Washington National Opera: ‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Kennedy Center - Performing arts in Washington, DC

Washington National Opera: ‘The Barber of Seville’ – April 28 – May 19
One of the opera’s all-time classics, the Washington National Opera will stage The Barber of Seville for the first time since 2009. The witty barber is asked by Count Almaviva to woo the beautiful Rosina, even though a silly doctor has claimed her first. All kinds of chicanery ensues, including disguises, distractions, bribery and unforgettable songs and vocal turns.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Music

Superchunk – April 3
This Chapel Hill, NC quartet has been crafting punk rock gems since the late 1980s. After a prolific run of eight acclaimed albums from 1990 to 2001, the band went on an extended hiatus that had fans craving more of their invigorating, inspiring music. Superchunk re-emerged with Majesty Shredding in 2010 and released What a Time to Be Alive earlier this year, their first album since 2013’s I Hate Music. Even through all the breaks, fans pack venues to watch this legendary group do their thing, which should be the case at Black Cat on April 3.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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@bandoftomorrow - Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Concert venues in Washington, DC -

Yo La Tengo – April 4
Capable of amplifier-searing guitar heroics or mellowed out pop, Yo La Tengo would undoubtedly reside on the Mount Rushmore of indie rock acts. The trio just released their 15th full-length, adding to a canon that already includes numerous classics. Catch their unforgettable live show at DC’s 9:30 Club, a legendary venue for a legendary group.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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@wwwchris - Concert at The Anthem on the Southwest Waterfront - Events at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Blossom Bash – April 6
The Anthem, a new, state-of-the-art venue at The Wharf, will host this musical celebration of the cherry blossom season. Third Eye Blind and Bush will headline, two alternative rock groups with plenty of credentials. Although both groups did most of their damage in the 1990s, each maintains a loyal following, making for a lively atmosphere at this springtime soiree. Lovely the Band will open the show.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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@namesmusic - Concert at Rock and Roll Hotel on H Street NE - Where to See a Show in Washington, DC

Titus Andronicus – April 13
They’re named after Shakespeare’s most violent play. Their lead singer sports a beard that would make Walt Whitman blush. They sing songs about the blue collar life, they name tunes after Albert Camus and release punk rock operas about the Civil War and manic depression. It’s safe to say that Titus Andronicus presents a spellbinding, roof-rattling way to spend a Friday night. Although their new album, A Productive Cough, presents a more stripped-down sound, still expect fist-raising moments at this one.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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National Symphony Orchestra at the Zoo - Family-friendly event this spring in Washington, DC

National Symphony Orchestra at the Zoo – April 15
The National Symphony Orchestra comes to the Smithsonian National Zoo for two free afternoon concerts on April 15. Free, same-day passes become available at 11 a.m. for the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. concerts, and passes are required to attend. There will also be instrument “petting zoos” at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Bring the entire family to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music and DC’s beloved zoo.
1 p.m. & 3 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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9:30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Hurray For The Riff Raff & Waxahatchee – April 15
Two extremely talented folk singers come to the 9:30 Club for this mid-April show. Alynda Segarra, a New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, is responsible for Hurray For The Riff Raff, which showcases an array of genre influences in dynamic songs that are filled with both protest and introspection. Waxahatchee is the brainchild of Katie Crutchfield, mixing indie rock and folky campfire songs to create albums that have received widespread acclaim. Bedouine will open.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Pink at the Capital One Arena - Concert in Washington, DC

P!nk – April 16-17
P!nk has been a mainstay on the pop music charts for nearly 20 years, constantly reinventing herself and her sound, dazzling audiences every step of the way. Her acrobatic, thoroughly entertaining live show will touch down at Capital One Arena for two nights this April. The singer/songwriter is currently touring her Beautiful Trauma album, which debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard charts when it was released last October. Expect a set list packed with hits when this dynamic starlet performs on one of DC’s biggest stages.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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RZA: Live from 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin' at the Warner Theatre - Concert in Washington, DC

RZA: Live from 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin' – April 18
The mastermind behind the incredibly influential sound of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA has also made a name for himself on the screen, and his knowledge of classic kung-fu films is unmatched. All these elements will come together when the Warner Theatre screens The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, one of the kung-fu genre’s standouts, while RZA provides his own live score using an array of instrumental tracks, beats and effects. This is an audio-visual experience that does not come around often, so catch this master at work while enjoying classic kung-fu action.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Black Star w/ Dead Prez and Special Guests - Concert at The Anthem in Washington, DC

Black Star w/ Dead Prez & Special Guests – April 20
Black Star, a duo consisting of Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), made one unforgettable, spellbinding rap album way back in 1998. In the 20 years since, the duo has only intermittently worked together, with chances to catch them on stage few and far between. Well, you’re in luck this month, as The Anthem will host Black Star and showcase their socially conscious, thought-provoking songs. Dead Prez, another fiercely political duo with captivating songs to boot, will open the show. Hip-hop heads will not want to miss this one.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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The Anthem at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Live Music Venue in Washington, DC

Beck – April 26-27
Beck’s free-wheeling, post-modern approach to pop music means you never know what to expect next from the singer/songwriter. Since he burst onto the charts with “Loser” in 1994, Beck has constantly surprised his fans, releasing genre exercises that never reek of imitation. The Anthem will host this idiosyncratic performer for two nights at the end of April. The April 27 performance has sold out, so you’ll need to scour the secondary market for tickets to that one.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Broccoli City Festival 2018 – April 28
Celebrate environmental awareness, a healthy lifestyle and the fact that it’s a Saturday in spring with Broccoli City Festival. You’ll be treated to a stellar lineup of musicians, including Migos, Miguel and Cardi B. The festival is not just entertainment, either: you’ll come away more educated on your carbon footprint and how to live sustainably. In addition, there will be a food village, a vendor market and much more.
12 p.m. |  Tickets
RFK Stadium Lot 8, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – April 27
Led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson, Unknown Mortal Orchestra make psychedelic music for the 21st century. Nielson’s songs are distinct in style, using his unmistakable falsetto, funky synths and a heavy 1960s influence to create pop gems like “Multi-Love,” “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” and “American Guilt,” the lead single from Sex & Food, set to be released on April 6. Nielson will take the project’s enthralling live show to the 9:30 Club for a late-April performance.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Old Crow Medicine Show – April 28
The singers of “Wagon Wheel” once busked on street corners, only to eventually be discovered in Boone, NC in front of a pharmacy. Now, Old Crow Medicine Show play prestigious venues all over the country, including The Anthem in DC. Prepare for down-home feels and plenty of singalong opportunities when the group takes the stage for a Saturday night show.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Modest Mouse – April 30
Modest Mouse has achieved success on the pop charts without ever losing its core base of fans. The group has also never stopped releasing excellent music, with lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock’s signature wail and insightful lyrics always coloring music that takes listeners on a journey. The seven-piece band will showcase an impressive catalogue during this late-April show at The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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