What are you doing this weekend? We offer you a starting point:
Desperately looking for something to eat this Passover? Casa Nonna (1250 Connecticut Ave. NW) has you covered -- they're offering Passover dishes with an Italian twist. From now until April 14, enjoy eats such as gefilte fish in saffron gelatina with ramp aioli and chive blossoms, as well as homemade matzo pasta with suckling lamb ragu. A la carte prices vary; tasting menu $40. Reservations suggested.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6:
Smoke and Barrel (2471 18 St. NW) hosts a Craft Beer Countdown, when all drafts go down a dollar on the hour until midnight. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. with the full menu. What’s better than booze and barbecue? 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; no cover.
Free events are running all day, every day at the Canon Performance Stage as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and on Friday, into the evenings. Offerings include "visual artist supreme" Quest Skinner (5:15-6 p.m.) and Honor by August (6:30-7:30 p.m.). See full schedule here.
The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, (600-900 Water St. SW) is held in the blossoms' home quadrant. As music from local and military bands fill the air, visitors can enjoy a variety of waterfront activities, food and performances. The day of dragon boat and sailing demos, a theatrical dance show, Japanese candy making, grilled food and seafood, will cap off with fireworks, of course. 1-9 p.m.; free admission.
Fireworks dinner cruises offer a unique -- and uncrowded -- view of the fireworks. The Odyssey and the Spirit of Washington will give you waterfront access to the fireworks show, plus dinner and live entertainment. The boats set from the Gangplank Marina (6th and Water streets, SW). Odyssey boards 5:30 p.m.; $124.90; three course-dinner. Spirt of Washington boards 6 p.m.; $99.90; buffet.
Top Bhangra dance student groups from all across the country are coming together at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St. NW) to perform at Bhangra Blowout, a huge annual event presented by the George Washington University's South Asian Society. 7 p.m.; $20-$35.
SUNDAY, APRIL :
Celebrate Easter the Louisiana way, with the first-ever Honkytonk Easter Crawfish Boil at the Red Palace (1212 H St. NE). Enjoy live music from Sean K. Preston and Jonny Grave and the Tombstones as you chow down on crawdads and drink your fill of beer. 3 p.m. boil begins; 5 p.m. show; $25. Age 21+.
Ping Pong Dim Sum (1 Dupont Circle) dishes up a its weekly Party Brunch, featuring $25 all-you-can-eat dim sum. You can also opt in for a $15 bottomless mimosas with specialty juices such as passionfruit, lychee and guava. Show up in your best bunny-related apparel to score 15 percent discount. Opens 11 a.m.
Sunday is also National Empanada Day! Head over to Cuba Libre (801 9th St. NW) for a Cuba-inspired Easter empanada with poached egg, melted leeks and crispy bacon. The dish is available alone or as a part of Cuba Libre’s small plate brunch of 30+ bites for one price. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; $25 small plate special; $7 meal a la carte.
Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave. NW) is serving up an Easter brunch, with leg of lamb and maple ham carving stations, scrambled eggs and of course Chef Art Smith’s famous fried chicken and waffles. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; $55. Call 202-393-7777 for reservations.
701 Restaurant (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) is offering a unique three-course Easter meal for both dinner and brunch... jazz brunch. Highlights include grilled asparagus and crabmeat with Choron sauce, and a beef strip steak with horseradish mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. $45 adults; $22 kids 12 and younger. Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner 5-9:30 p.m.
Zaytinya (701 9th St. NW) is celebrating Greek Easter with a two-week festival through April 22. On Sunday, the restaurant is offering a spring lamb feast featuring a 10-course prix-fixe meal for two. Sides include white asparagus tzatziki and rice pilaf. Pricing of a la carte items varies; chef's experience meal $99.