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40+ Things to Do This April in Washington, DC

Spring is in full swing with a month full of can’t-miss events

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Events

Cherry Blossoms in bloom along Tidal Basin Washington, DC

Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk – April 1
Lace up your sneakers for this stroll, which commemorates Japanese Americans and their experience during the Second World War. The walk begins and ends at the intersection of Louisiana & New Jersey Avenues NW, the site of the National Japanese American Memorial. Expect plenty of pretty sights along the way.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. |  Register
Meet at National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, Louisiana and New Jersey Avenues and D Street NW, Washington, DC

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@alinarose - National Cherry Blossom Festival Kite Festival - Spring in Washington, DC

Blossom Kite Festival – April 1
The Blossom Kite Festival is one of the most cherished traditions of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Witness incredible creativity and skill as kite flyers from the U.S. and around the world participate in a variety of competitions and demos, including Rokkaku Battles and a Hot Tricks showdown. You can also bring your own kites or make one while you’re there!
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Free admission
Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20024

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Willard InterContinental Washington Lobby - Washington, DC

The Willard Rosè Romp – April 1
The Willard InterContinental Washington, DC and Château d'Esclans come together to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a day filled with rosé and revelry. Attendees can relax on the hotel’s outside terrace and enjoy wine, food, real cherry blossom trees, live music and an exclusive art walk featuring cherry blossom-inspired artwork from DC artists.
1 – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
The Willard InterContinental Washington, DC, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Cherry Blossom Wine & Beer Festival - Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Cherry Blossom Wine & Beer Festival – April 1-2
Drink the District brings the beer, cider and wine while The Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront 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, Boozy Bingo, on-site food trucks and lots of lawn and social games. Live music will be provided by DJ Julian Rivera and Jeff from Accounting.
Tickets
The Yards Park, 1300 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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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 2
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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Washington Nationals - Things to Do This Spring and Summer in Washington, DC

Washington Nationals Opening Day – April 3
Fresh off a National League East title in 2016, the Washington Nationals look to bring DC its first World Series title since 1924 as the 2017 season gets underway at Nationals Park. The Nats begin the season against the Miami Marlins and perennial MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton, who’s known to hit the loudest and longest home runs in baseball. Fortunately, manager Dusty Baker has plenty of talent at his disposal, including Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner and newly acquired catcher Matt Wieters. Opening Day is a major event, so get your tickets quickly!
1:05 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – April 8
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. Hunker down in the grandstand, or walk along the parade route – which runs for 10 blocks along 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 8
The largest one-day Japanese cultural festival in the United States, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is an event for all ages. Enjoy live performances on four stages, food, merchandise and even martial arts demonstrations. The event is held on M Street & New Jersey Avenue SE in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets
M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

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DC Wine Fest – April 8
Wine lovers, rejoice. DC Wine Fest is back for a second year, this time at Long View Gallery in the Shaw 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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Anacostia River Festival - Spring Events in Washington, DC

Anacostia River Festival – April 9
The Anacostia River Festival celebrates connecting people to parks. Activities include hands-on art projects, kayaking and canoeing, live music 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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A Conversation with Alec Baldwin at the Lisner Auditorium - Things to Do This April in Washington, DC

A Conversation with Alec Baldwin – April 12
From “Coffee’s for closers” to his role as Jack Donaghy to a certain recurring role on Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin has captured the attention of audiences for over thirty years. The actor will sit down with Arena Stage’s artistic director, Molly Smith, at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in Foggy Bottom for this in-depth interview that will touch on Baldwin’s private and public life, his rise to stardom and his unflinching dedication to the art of performance. A copy of Baldwin’s new memoir, Nevertheless, is included in the ticket price.
7 – 8 p.m. |  Tickets
Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

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Events DC Cherry Blast - National Cherry Blossom Festival Events in Washington, DC

Events DC presents Cherry Blast! – April 14
Held at Union Market's Dock 5 for the first time in 2017, this vibrant spectacle is a cultural mash-up that promises to be one of the highlights of the season. The event will feature a night market full of food and artisan vendors, all curated by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto. You'll be immersed in Japanese culture through an interactive art showcase, fashion displays and live music.
7 – 11 p.m. |  Tickets
Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival – April 15
Music lovers, get ready for nearly eight straight hours of free tunes, all-ages activities and a beer garden capped off by fireworks at the Southwest Waterfront. Folks can stroll along the riverside for fresh seafood finds, and stick around for one of the best vistas for firework watching. Entertainment begins at 2 p.m. and is capped off with fireworks at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
2 – 9:30 p.m. |  Free admission
xDistrict Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Filmfest DC – April 20-30 - Things to Do This April in Washington, DC

Filmfest DC – April 20-30
Beginning April 20, DC’s international film festival will touch theatres all over the city, showcasing more than 60 independent and foreign films. 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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DC Beer Festival - Events and Festivals this April - Things to do in Washington, DC

DC Beer Festival – April 22
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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Smithsonian Craft Show – April 27-30
This annual event showcases some of the most impressive sculptural design and objects in the U.S. Talented ceramic, jewelry, metal and furniture crafters – some 120 artists in all – will show off their creativity in an expansive exhibition at the National Building Museum. A special Preview Night benefit will be held on April 26 with featured artists, cocktails and a dinner buffet.
Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Politics & Prose Bookstore - Upper Northwest - Washington, DC

Halcyon Book Party with Politics & Prose: John Waters in Conversation – April 28
Politics & Prose hosts this chat with an artist who has lovingly embraced the weird for decades. John Waters, famed director of Pink Flamingoes and Hairspray, will talk about his new book, Make Trouble, at one of the city’s most popular bookstores. Expect numerous fascinating tales and anecdotes, as Waters is known for giving fantastic interviews. Who knows – you may leave wanting to embrace the weird like never before.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Tudor Place Historic House & Gardens - Washington, DC

Earth Day Plant Sale and Picnic – April 29
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, as well as tropical and house plants. There will also be a terrarium demonstration from 1 – 1:30 p.m.
12 – 3 p.m. |  Register
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Museum Exhibits

 Ella Fitzgerald at 100’ – Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Museum Exhibits in Washington, DC

‘The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100’ – April 1 – April 2, 2018
The voice of Ella Fitzgerald could inspire an entire museum to itself, her songs serving as vital artifacts of American history and one of the country’s most important art forms: jazz. The National Museum of American History dedicates an exhibit to Fitzgerald this spring, showcasing the incredible talent and accomplishments of one of the greatest performers to ever live.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - Washington, DC

‘Artist Soldiers’ – April 6 – Jan. 31, 2019
The National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular in the nation, and the dynamic locale features an exhibit like few others in its history this summer. Artist Soldiers shows how war art drastically changed during World War I, when depictions went from heroic and romanticized to first-person accounts by professional artists and soldiers themselves.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20560

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‘Advertising War’ - Smithonian National Museum of American History - Museum Exhibits in Washington, DC

'Advertising War’ – Opens April 6
At the outset of America’s involvement in World War I (which began on April 6, 1917), art and illustration were the primary modes of mass communication. This exhibit at the National Museum of American History showcases works that were used to inspire patriotism, enrollment in military forces, rationing and charity work. Visitors will be able to view what the America of the time looked like, from the new roles of women to new technologies.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian National Museum of American History

‘Uniformed Women and the Great War’ – Opens April 6
Continuing its focus on World War I on the 100-year anniversary of America’s entry into the conflict, the National Museum of American History highlights the role of women in this new exhibit. Thousands of middle- and upper-class women wore military-style uniforms to assist in civilian relief on the homefront and overseas, and also actually served in the military. Outfits will be presented that show how women could express their patriotism.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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‘Modern Medicine and the Great War’ - Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Museum Exhibits in Washington, DC

‘Modern Medicine and the Great War’ – Opens April 6
New medicine was essential to the United States’ efforts in World War I. In this exhibit, you can view artifacts that represented these new technologies and procedures, as well as learn how these practices came to be accepted. The display also details how wartime medicinal practice came to represent larger social and economic issues in the country at the time.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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‘Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I, 1917-1918’ - Museum Exhibits in Washington, DC

‘Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I, 1917-1918’ – Opens April 6
Step into a replica of General John J. Pershing’s war office in this fourth Great War exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Pershing demanded that the U.S. have an independent army on the ground when the country entered the war, and this display showcases America’s incredible global influence during the conflict, reflecting its place in a newly arranged global community.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Peter Voulkos, Plate, 1963 - Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery - Things to Do in Washington, DC

‘Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years’ – April 7 – Aug. 20
The Renwick Gallery presents yet another mind-bending exhibit this spring. Peter Voulkos revolutionized pottery making in the 1950s, utilizing an array of influences from other artistic forms, including Abstract Expressionism and the artworks of Pablo Picasso. A rebel through and through, Voulkos rejected standard technique and form, creating a truly distinctive body of work. This exhibit features 31 pieces that highlight Voulkos’ incredible innovation.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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 Americans at War, 9/11 to Now - Exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery

‘The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now’ – April 7 – Jan. 28, 2018
The National Portrait Gallery's new exhibit, The Faces of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now, examines the cost of ongoing war through incredible portraits of soldiers. Several leading photographers and artists have contributed to the 56 works inside, which show the immense sacrifice and extraordinary experiences of common soldiers. The museum is free to enter.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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National Gallery of Art East Building - Washington, DC

‘Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism’ – April 9 – July 9
Journey to the National Gallery of Art’s recently redesigned East Building to discover the fascinating beginnings of Impressionism with Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism. The underrated Bazille, a contemporary of Monet and Renoir, will be showcased by a major American exhibit for the first time in 25 years.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Theater

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‘Chicago’ – April 4-16
The longest-running American musical in Broadway’s decorated history comes to the Kennedy Center this April. Chicago is the tale of Roxie Hart and her rise to dubious fame after murdering her lover, filled with sensational intrigue, unforgettable songs and great dancing. Whether you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film or have never heard of the play before, Chicago will be a highlight of this DC theater season.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Smart People at Arena Stage - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Smart People’ – April 14 – May 21
Arena Stage features this thought-provoking production that will have audiences pondering cultural and personal bias while laughing hysterically. Smart People concerns a doctor, an actress, a psychologist and a neurobiologist, all looking for love and acceptance while contemplating their nature and prejudices. Expect sharpened wit and multi-layered performances at one of DC’s most reputable theaters.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, DC

‘Ballet Across America’ – curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck – April 17-23
Creativity in American ballet is honored with this week-long celebration at the Kennedy Center. Programs that showcase the new directions of the art form have been curated by two superstars in Misty Copeland and Justin Peck. An opening night extravaganza will feature two world premiere commissions, and throughout the week, audiences will have the chance to observe the bright future of dance in the U.S.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Shakespeare's Birthday at Folger Theatre - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

Shakespeare’s Birthday – April 23
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 – 4 p.m. |  Free admission
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Macbeth - Performance by Shakespeare Theatre Company - Things to do this spring in Washington, DC

‘Macbeth’ – April 25 – May 28
One of Shakespeare’s most revered plays takes another turn at Sidney Harman Hall courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company. Macbeth is a harrowing tale of a country ripped apart by invasion and civil war, with the title character and his lady at the center of a series of murders. Director Liesl Tommy brings Broadway experience to this classic, allowing audiences to see Macbeth in a new light.
Tickets
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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 ‘Three Sisters’ – April 26-30 - Performing Arts This Spring in Washington, DC

Maly Drama Theatre: ‘Three Sisters’ – April 26-30
Maly Drama Theatre is one of Russia’s leading theater companies, and the group will bring one of playwright Anton Chekhov’s masterpieces to life at the Kennedy Center for a limited run this April. The play concerns three sisters who have just lost their father and are forced to leave Moscow for a suburban town and a new life. The sisters face struggle and strife for the first time, and must come to grips with their identities and societal changes. Acclaimed Russian director Lev Dodin helms this complex and fascinating tale. The play will be performed in Russian with projected English titles.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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 Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs’ – April 29 - Performances in Washington, DC

‘Renée Fleming VOICES: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs’ – April 29
The VOICES series brings in one of its most acclaimed performers for this late-April show. Alan Cumming has received raves for his roles in the Tony-winning Cabaret, CBS’s The Good Wife and many, many other film and theatrical turns. He’ll be joined by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington during an intimate and powerful performance that will feature songs hand-picked by Cumming, as well as personal anecdotes from the man himself.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Music

30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Portugal. The Man – April 2
9:30 Club hosts one of indie rock’s most popular bands on April 2. Portugal. The Man were prolific during the late 2000s and early 2010s, putting out an acclaimed album nearly every year. Their sound draws on pop and electronic music as much as it does rock, creating songs and albums with dynamic range. With a new release on the way, expect an adventurous set at one of the city’s best music venues.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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John Mayer The Search for Everything Tour - Concerts in Washington, DC

John Mayer – April 6
John Mayer has become synonymous with guitar wizardry, and he’ll bring his immense talent and long list of hits to the Verizon Center for a Thursday night show. This is Mayer’s first solo tour since 2014, so fans should be clamoring for a DC stop from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Expect the classics from Mayer, but also new tracks from his forthcoming album, The Search for Everything.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Curren$y at Howard Theatre - Concerts this spring in Washington, DC

Curren$y – April 7
Howard Theatre hosts one of hip-hop’s most successful independent artists for what will be a raucous Friday night show. Curren$y rose to stardom through acclaimed mixtapes, including the back-to-back releases of Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II in 2010. Ever since, the rapper has been a household name, and after breaking through on Lil’ Wayne’s label, now runs one of his own. One of DC’s most prestigious music venues will be packed for this one.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Verizon Center – April 12 - Concerts in Washington, DC

Red Hot Chili Peppers – April 12
Now in their fourth decade of existence, Red Hot Chili Peppers have never ceased giving away incredible songs with their trademark energy and swagger. From the commercial breakthrough of their “Higher Ground” cover in 1989 to their 1999 classic Californication to this year’s The Getaway, Anthony Kiedis, Flea and their cohorts have made unforgettable music and put on vibrant live sets. The band will bring its hit-packed set to Verizon Center for a Wednesday night show.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Pete Seeger and the Power of Song: Tribute to a Folk Legend – April 15
The late Pete Seeger will forever be an icon of folk music, laying the groundwork for such luminaries as Bob Dylan and John Prine. The Kennedy Center honors the legend with this one-night-only concert, presented in tandem with the GRAMMY Museum. Notable artists will be on hand to celebrate Pete’s legacy, including Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins and members of Peter, Paul & Mary.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Aimee Mann at the Lincoln Theatre - Spring Concerts in Washington, DC

Aimee Mann – April 20
The Lincoln Theatre welcomes one of the premier singer/songwriters in music today for a one-night performance. Aimee Mann is known for her penetrating and cinematic lyrics, which she often sings beautifully over acoustic guitar. Mann also has an ear for pop melodies, which she flexed on 2012’s Charmer. Her new album, Mental Illness, sees her at her most introspective, with great results. The theatre setting will suit Mann perfectly in what promises to be an emotionally resonant show.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Drive-By Truckers – April 21-22
Hailing from the American South, Drive-By Truckers have been the definitive Southern rock band since the late 1990s, churning out a steady stream of hard-rocking, gut-busting, soul-searching records. The live shows are loud and torrential, with songs capable of going in any direction. Their new album, American Band, reaffirms the band’s unmistakable voice and sound. You’ll have two chances to catch them at the legendary 9:30 Club.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Echostage - Live Music Venues in Washington, DC

Gucci Mane – April 27
Fresh off of his first number-one single on the Billboard chart – which was a rousing collaboration with Rae Sremmurd called “Black Beatles” – Gucci Mane continues his reign as one of the leading figures in hip-hop. The Atlanta native put trap music on the national scene and has been captivating hip-hop audiences with every single, mixtape or album that drops. Echostage will be rowdy for this performance.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

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