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Can't-Miss Spring Events, Exhibits, Festivals & Shows in Washington, DC

The nation's capital is filled with exciting experiences this spring.

Make the most of springtime in the nation's capital. The city comes to life with an array of can't-miss events (including the famous National Cherry Blossom Festival), exhibits, festivals and shows over the next several months, with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities that are sure to liven up your calendar. After you’ve read through this list, make sure to check out our things to do for the weekweekend and month, as well as more than 100 free activities to enjoy in DC.

Picasso: Painting the Blue Period – Feb. 26 – June 12
The Phillips Collection's groundbreaking exhibition will provide new insight into the creative process of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) at the outset of his career. It is the first exhibition in Washington, DC, in 25 years to focus on the early works of the 20th century icon, just as he was beginning to define himself on the international stage.
Hours, Admission & Safety Protocols
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

Harriet Tubman Bicentennial – March
Numerous DC museums and attractions will celebrate American icon Harriet Tubman’s 200th birthday with artifacts, displays and events. More details will be revealed in the coming months. Many DC museums already feature Tubman prominently, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery and even the International Spy Museum.

 

Catch Me If You Can – March 4 – April 17
Catch the Tony-nominated musical comedy based on the popular Steven Spielberg film that was inspired by a true story. Corbin Bleu plays Frank Abagnale Jr. in this rousing production that follows the deceptions, successes, trials and tribulations of the con man who posed as an airline pilot and lawyer and escaped police captivity, all before the age of 22.
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Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

PIXELBLOOM – March 11 – May 30
An ARTECHOUSE original production, PIXELBLOOM pushes the boundaries of immersive digital art, inviting visitors to jump into the metaverse and glide through a virtual world of cherry blossoms brought to life only at ARTECHOUSE. The installation merges the digital and physical worlds in a one-of-a-kind dynamic experience inspired by nature’s beauty. The main 22-minute audiovisual installation in the Immersion Gallery employs 18-channel, 270° floor-to-wall surround projection array and a 22.5-channel spatialized audio system to breathe a new life into cherry blossoms in peak bloom through an explosion of vibrant colors and textures.
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show at The Kennedy Center – March 15-27
The ground-breaking stage show that brought Irish and international dance to the mainstream celebrates its 25th anniversary with this set of performances at the Kennedy Center. Expect to see the spectacle as you never have before, as a reimagined rendition of the riveting dance routine will captivate audiences throughout the spring.
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

COAL + ICE – March 15 – April 22
The REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Asia Society host this six-week festival of events paired with the East Coast premiere of COAL + ICE, a documentary photography exhibition that brings together the work of more than 50 photographers and video artists including Noah Berger, Sean Gallagher, Meridith Kohut, Barbara Kopple, Dana Lixenberg, Darcy Padilla, Gordon Parks and Camille Seaman. You can expect events for all ages that engage with local, national, and international communities. Among the highlights throughout the six-weeks of COAL + ICE are a conversation between youth climate leaders and Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, about the role of the arts in climate education; a Musical Homage to the Earth featuring Renée Fleming, Martha Redbone, Abigail Washburn and Jiebing Chen; the U.S. premiere of Allana Mitchell’s one-woman play, Sea Sick; and We Hear You, a performance inspired by Greta Thunberg launching a global climate storytelling project by emerging artists. Panels will include conversations with local and international artists, cultural leaders, journalists and authors.
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The REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20 – April 17
Set to be held in-person in 2022, the city celebrates the blooming of cherry trees with a month-long festival commemorating the 1912 gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. Peak bloom usually takes place in early April. Make sure to check out the festival’s website for event updates in the lead-up to the celebration. Update: the National Park Service forecasted peak bloom for this year's blossoms between March 22-25. The best viewing of the cherry blossom trees typically lasts four to seven days after peak bloom begins, but the blossoms can last for up to two weeks under ideal conditions.

 

Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue – March 25 – Sept. 5
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will present Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue, an exhibition exploring the 50th anniversary of the watershed moment through portraiture of the era. The exhibition will display 25 objects in various mediums to explore the relationship between portraiture, investigative journalism, activism and politics. Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue is curated by the Portrait Gallery’s acting senior historian Kate Clarke Lemay.
Thursday - Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. |  Free admission |  More Info
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection – April 1 – Nov. 27
The Hirshhorn has been collecting the prolific work of Yayoi Kusama since 1996. The museum’s 2017 survey of her work traveled to five North American art museums, introducing Kusama’s spellbinding visions to record audiences. Now, the Hirshhorn will display five of Kusama’s works from the museum’s permanent collection, including two of the artist’s transcendent Infinity Mirror Rooms. One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection is a tribute to the life and practice of the visionary artist. Free timed passes will be required.
Thursday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560
 

Mean Girls – April 5-24
The Broadway sensation based on the Lindsay Lohan hit movie returns to Washington, DC. Crafted by Tina Fey, with music written by her husband, Jeff Richmond, this production is sure to take the tale of Cady Heron and The Plastics to all-new heights. Tickets will be in very high demand, so purchase yours as soon as possible.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Afro-Atlantic Histories
The National Gallery of Art invites you on a voyage through time in this new exhibit that aims to shed light on the complex histories of the African Diaspora. Take an in-depth look at the cultural formations and historical experiences of Black and African people since the 17th century. The exhibit offers more than 130 pieces of art, including photos, sculptures, paintings and other media by artists from the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

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Pod Save America: (A)live And On Tour – April 14
One of the most popular podcasts in the country will touch down in DC for this special live show at The Anthem. Pod Save America is vaxxed, boosted and back out on the road. Join Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, Dan Pfeiffer and some special guests as they hopscotch this great land of ours to have another round of no-BS conversations that will touch on politics, the press and the impending threats to our democracy (but in a fun way).
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Filmfest DC – April 22 – May 1
The largest and longest-running annual international film festival in Washington, DC, Filmfest DC returns to the traditional late April dates with a hybrid combination of in-person and virtual screenings. The varied lineup will feature quite the genre exercise: comedies, dramas, thrillers, shorts and documentaries will all be on display.
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Project GLOW – April 30 – May 1
A new edition to DC's springtime lineup, Project GLOW will offer festival goers a transformation of one of the city’s most prominent recreational hubs, bringing two thoughtfully curated stages of music, exquisite food and beverage offerings and a collection of globally-recognized artists to the RFK Festival Grounds. True to the historic nature of the city, Project GLOW is the culmination of the past 20 years of Club Glow, representing its impact on the DC music scene while championing the superstar acts that will take to the new festival stages.
Tickets
RFK Festival Grounds, 2400 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20003

 

PASSPORT DC

Passport DC – May 1-31
Returning in-person in 2022, a month of programming across the city focuses on highlighting DC’s international culture. The Flower Mart (May 6-7), the Around the World Embassy Tour (May 7) and the European Union Open House are annual highlights. Most events and tours can be enjoyed entirely free of charge.
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Broccoli City Festival – May 7-8
For its 10th anniversary, Broccoli City is hosting its biggest festival yet. Kicking off with Broccoli Con on May 6, Broccoli City Festival will feature a theme of "BLK Change" throughout its proceedings, with a focus on mobilizing young people, local companies and community organization towards a more racially equitable society. Musical performers will include 21 Savage, Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Wizkid, Don Toliver and many more. VIP packages and general admission tickets are available.
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RFK Festival Grounds, 2400 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20003

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