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Get excited for spring with events like the National Cherry Blossom Festival, National Asian Art Museum’s 100th Anniversary Celebration and Capital Pride. 

April 
National Cherry Blossom Festival | Mar. 20 – Apr. 16 
Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the nation's capital like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the occasion. Visitors admire 3,000-plus trees and take part in the festival which is full of free events that honor American and Japanese cultures and represents a close bond forged between the two countries that began with Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gift of the trees in 1912.  
  
Shear Madness at The Kennedy Center | Ongoing 
Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,500 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing. 
  
The Georgetown French Market | Apr. 28-30 
An annual open-air market featuring small businesses of Book Hill, where more than 25 local boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, salons and galleries display their discounted wares and specials.  
  
May 
Passport DC | May 1-31 
A month-long festival in May that pays tribute to Washington, DC's thriving international culture. As part of the festival, the first two Saturdays in May are devoted to embassy open houses. Thanks to this only-in-DC experience, you can step inside a foreign embassy with the Around the World Embassy Tour and the EU Open House. 
  
National Asian Art Museum 100th Anniversary Celebration | May 1-13 
Celebrating its 100th anniversary beginning in November 2022 through 2023, the Asian Art Museum will roll out its newly conserved Peacock Room, its new Introductory Hall (April 2023) and its first gallery devoted to modern and contemporary art (summer 2023) with four video-based exhibitions. A celebratory anniversary festival is schedule for May 1-May 13, 2023. 
  
Memorial Day Parade | May 29 
Memorials are DC’s specialty, and the city celebrates with unique and meaningful events and exhibits designed to recognize the selfless service of our active-duty military and veterans. Experience the country’s largest Memorial Day parade and more during this start-of-summer holiday. 
  
June 
Smithsonian Folklife Festival | Jun. 28 – Jul. 9 
Each summer, the National Mall plays host to this free, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe, providing an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other tradition bearers. The 2023 theme is The Ozarks: Faces and Facets of a Region, exploring the historic origins of the Native American Illini peoples of the Mississippi River Valley and Living Religion: Creative Encounters in the U.S., exploring religion’s meaning and diversity to the people of the United States. 
  
Capital Pride | Jun. 2-11 
Each June, the Capital Pride Alliance curates Capital Pride, which features a popular collection of events including the Pride Parade, Festival and Concert. These events – and many others that take place during the week – celebrate Washington, DC's dynamic LGBTQ community. 
  
DC JazzFest | TBD 
A two-week festival celebrating the sounds, stories and personalities that make up the uniquely American art form with performances across the city. 
  
  


Ongoing 2022-2023 
  
US Park Police Horse Mounted Patrol Stables | Spring 2023  
The stunning Tudor-style stables are nearly completed and will open spring 2023 across from the MLK Memorial and within walking distance of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. The sustainable stables will include a public learning and education center, self-guided tours, and paddocks for viewing the horses. Integrating the stables into the space on the National Mall will further enrich the story of the mounted park police who service the national park. 
  
Bird House at the National Zoo | 2023 
The Smithsonian National Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House will transform into a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds. With almost 100 species of birds, the Bird House and the surrounding bird plateau will be the first zoo exhibition of this size that focuses on the cyclical journeys of migratory songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds integral to North, Central and South American ecosystems. Through themed walk-through aviaries, interactive experiences and dynamic educational programming, the Bird House will inspire and connect visitors to birds in entirely new ways. 
  
National Museum of Women in the Arts Re-opening | Fall 2023 
The building’s first full renovation since 1987, the project honors the structure’s history while improving its interior spaces, mechanical systems and exterior envelope. Key improvements include enlarged gallery space, a new destination for researchers and education programs, enhanced amenities and accessibility for visitors as well as infrastructure and storage upgrades to improve the long-term conservation and security of the museum’s collection of more than 5,500 works. 
  
National World War I Memorial | 2023 
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission finished construction on a dedicated U.S. WWI Memorial. The memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the war’s end and honors its 4.7 million servicemen and women. Located across The Willard InterContinental Hotel, the memorial’s 58.5-foot (about 17.8 meters) bronze sculpture will be the highest free-standing bronze sculpture in the Western hemisphere. 
  
Folger Shakespeare Library Renovation | 2023 
The historic 1927 E. Capitol Street building is undergoing a $72 million major renovation to expand public space with a new Shakespeare exhibition hall, an elegant wood-paneled Great Hall, library and outdoor gardens and seating. The building renovation project will add a 12,000-square-foot public pavilion under the Folger’s front lawn with large, welcoming, and fully accessible entry plazas for all visitors on both the east- and west-facing sides of the building. 
  
11th Street Bridge Park | 2024  
The city’s first elevated public park over the Anacostia River, visitors can expect an amphitheater, picnic gardens, interactive art, and waterfalls among other attractions and events. 
  
Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Revitalization | Ongoing 
Hirshhorn will host a ceremonial groundbreaking on Nov. 16, 2022 in the garden with first lady Dr. Jill Biden. She will be joined by many of the artists who will make new work for the revitalized garden including Japanese Hiroshi Sugimoto, the architect/poet/photographer who is leading the design group.  
  
National Museum of the US Navy | Ongoing 
The exhibits of this new museum, slated for a location near the Navy Yard, will create a living memorial to the U.S. Navy’s heritage of victory and valor, bringing to life the human experiences of serving at sea, giving all visitors a greater appreciation and understanding of the economic and diplomatic importance of what a strong and robust Navy means to national and economic security 
  
Museum of Ice Cream | Ongoing 
The museum is currently looking for property in DC to establish its fifth location. 
  
New Smithsonian Museums | Ongoing 
The Smithsonian Institution recently identified optimal sites for two new museums – the National Museum of American Latino and the American Women's History Museum. The two optimal sites are:  
•    South Monument site—undeveloped land across the National Mall from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, on Jefferson Drive S.W., under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. 
•    Tidal Basin site—undeveloped land bordered by Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W., Maine Avenue S.W. and Independence Avenue S.W., under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.