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11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for March 31 – April 2


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

SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras
In collaboration with Washington Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center presents this week-long focus on North American orchestras of varying sizes. Performances will be held at various venues around the District, with special showcases occurring inside the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall (tickets are just $25). Those showcases include the Boulder Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and The Knights, a chamber orchestra from Brooklyn. Events also include symposia and educational talks, and most are free.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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 John Neumeier’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ – March 28 – April 2 - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Hamburg Ballet: John Neumeier’s ‘The Little Mermaid’
The Hamburg Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time in 13 years to weave a visionary retelling of a classic tale. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is updated for modern times by John Neumeier, the Ballet’s artistic director. Neumeier shows the audience both an underwater world and the challenges presented on dry land, and even incorporates Andersen into the narrative. Featuring a powerful score from Russian composer Lera Auerbach, expect audiences to flock to this production.
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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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present ‘Out Of This World’ - Things to Do in Washington, DC

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present ‘Out Of This World’
Say a final farewell to one of the world’s greatest circus spectacles at Verizon Center this weekend. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will conclude their tours this May, but not before one more out-of-the-world stint in DC. The entire family can join the Circus Space Fleet, which will bring incredible performers back to Earth after a stint in outer space. Acrobatics, animals and daredevils will amaze audiences throughout the weekend.
Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Running On NAtional Mall-Photo Kate Warren

2017 AACR Runners for Research 5K Run/Walk
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) hosts its signature 5K in DC this weekend. The run benefits AACR’s ongoing efforts to advance lifesaving cancer research. Registration remains open for this race, which begins in beautiful East Potomac Park near the National Mall. You can also donate to AACR’s research as further support for this fantastic cause.
7 a.m. |  Register
Begins at 696 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20242

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@rubesaint - Flying kites on the National Mall

Blossom Kite Festival
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, near 17th Street & Constitution Avenue NW - Map

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Willard InterContinental Washington Lobby - Washington, DC

The Willard Rosé Romp
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
Drink the District brings the beer, cider and wine while the Capitol Riverfront's The Yards Park provides the perfect setting for this springtime party. With two sessions on Saturday and another on Sunday (1 – 4 p.m.), 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.
1 –  4 p.m. & 6 – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
The Yards Park, 1300 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Pike St. - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Pike St.’
Obie Award-winning playwright Nilaja Sun brings a new and vibrant play to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Pike St. shows off Sun’s distinctive performance and writing style in a tale concerning a Puerto Rican immigrant living on the Lower East Side in New York City. As she tries to keep the electricity on for her daughter’s respirator as a hurricane approaches, a mother interacts with a cast of characters, painting a vivid picture of her daily life.
8 p.m.  |  Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


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

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk
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

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A Raisin in the Sun - Arena Stage on the Southwest Waterfront - Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘A Raisin in the Sun’
One of the truly groundbreaking theatrical productions of the 20th century will call DC home this spring. A Raisin in the Sun will grace Arena Stage starting March 31. Inspired by a revered Langston Hughes poem, Lorraine Hansberry’s spellbinding story artfully depicts the African American experience through the struggles of a 1950s Chicago family.
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  |  Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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9:30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Portugal. The Man
9:30 Club hosts one of indie rock’s most popular bands on Saturday and Sunday (the first show has sold out already). 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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