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Check out upcoming spring events, performances, festivals and exhibitions, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Passport DC.


Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
National Gallery of Art/March 4 – May 28
Arguably the most influential American photographer currently investigating the South, Sally Mann has captured images of family, landscape, battlefields, mortality and legacy over 40 years in Lexington, VA. The collection of 125 images, many not previously exhibited, frames her talent for placemaking.

Direct Current
Kennedy Center/March 6-16
A ten-day festival of contemporary American art, music, film, dance, drag and activism converge at the nation’s performing arts campus with presentations new to Washington audiences. The programming taps luminaries like Taylor Mack, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mark Rylance and Phillip Glass.

2018 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship
Capital One Arena/March 7-11
The postseason Atlantic men’s NCAA tournament comes to the District for the first time.  Fourteen teams including the George Mason Patriots and George Washington Colonials play in the five-day tournament.

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Citywide/March 15-25
Documentary, feature, animated and experimental movies concerning the natural world and its preservation are screened across the city.

National Cherry Blossom Festival 
March 17-April 15
The nation’s largest springtime celebration packs concerts, exhibitions and family-friendly events like a kite festival, parade and fireworks festival at The Wharf. The estimated 2018 peak bloom is March 17-20.

March for Our Lives
Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 12th Streets NW/March 24
According to a permit filed with the National Park Service, the march will include “student speakers, musical performers, guest speakers and video tributes,” and up to 500,000 people are expected to attend.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
March 30-Sept. 16
The first major consideration of participatory work from the Nevada meet-up takes over the Renwick Gallery. Six large installations will be displayed in the surrounding neighborhood (thru Sept. 16).


White House Easter Egg Roll
Enter the ticket lottery for a chance to bring the kids to hunt for Easter Eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny and POTUS on the White House Lawn.

Washington Nationals Home Opener vs. New York Mets
Nationals Park/April 5
The rival Mets come to battle Bryce Harper and the Nationals, marking the home debut of new manager Davey Martinez. The exciting 2018 season will feature DC’s first MLB All-Star Game since 1969 (July 17).

Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography
Newseum/April 6 – Jan. 20, 2019
Seven decades of award-winning images capture the major moments, people and events that have defined our times.

Snow Child
Arena Stage/April 13 – May 20
The world premiere of a bluegrass musical based on Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel, a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. 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. In 2015, Arena Stage incubated Dear Evan Hansen and Lynn Nottage’s Sweat in advance of their Broadway debuts.

Smithsonian Craft Show
National Building Museum/April 26-29
The four-day show features 120 juried craft artists showing and selling their wares.

Anacostia Riverfront Festival
11th Street Bridge Park/April 15
The third annual event connects visitors with the features and ecology of the Anacostia River and celebrates the centennial of the surrounding city park. Activities include kayaking, boating and fishing, lawn games and a bike parade.


Passport DC
Citywide/May 1-31
A monthlong journey through DC’s international pathways invites celebrants to explore the offerings by more than 70 embassies and 40 cultural organizations. Among the unique and most popular events are the Embassy Row open houses, an invitation to trip to sovereign soil. In 2016, more than 235,000 people engaged with Passport DC.

Planet Word Museum Groundbreaking
Franklin Square/May 4
The first step in converting the historic Franklin School, once home to Thomas Edison’s lab into private museum dedicated to fostering a life-long love of literacy and storytelling. The non-profit attraction is expected to open its doors in 2019.

National Museum of Natural History/Opens May 16, 2018
An examination of disease in the modern world prompted by the Ebola outbreak, heightened by the Zika epidemic and coinciding with the centennial of the Spanish influenza pandemic, the program is designed to raise public awareness by considering the interconnectedness of human health.

Smithsonian National Zoo/May 17
Local restaurants serve gourmet cuisine and fine wines at the National Zoo.

DC Bike Ride
Citywide/May 19
Bike 20 miles on a closed-road scenic ride throughout Washington, DC.

National Memorial Day Concert
U.S. Capitol Building, West Lawn/May 27
The free annual concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol salutes the sacrifice made by the men and women in uniform as well as their families.

National Memorial Day Parade
Constitution Avenue/May 28
One of the largest Memorial Day parades in the country ushers marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers and, of course, veterans, down Constitution Avenue. The televised parade is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and honors those who have served or presently serve in the U.S. military.

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