There's endless festivals, music and fun activities happening in D.C. this weekend — our guess is that everyone expected a beautiful peak bloom season. Instead, we're getting snow.
Don't let that stop you! From festivals celebrating fireworks and cherry blossoms, pink wines, Wes Anderson, science, hardcore punk and Union Market's street food to self-defense classes and a giant pillow fight, here's the best and brightest for your weekend in D.C.
USA Science and Engineering Festival
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center
The Science and Engineering Festival boasts thousands of fun activities, stage shows and talks with scientists, all meant to encourage an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The festival is free to attend but you must register in advance.
Pop-Up Museum: Your D.C. Stories 1968 - 2018
Saturday, 12 p.m. at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library
D.C. has lived through a monumental 50 years. Bring your own local artifacts or check out others at this pop up museum.
Union Market District Streetfest
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All-day live music, free fitness classes, special food offerings and pop-up shops will be out in force for the Union Market streetfest. DC United will be doing soccer drills with kids and Cotton & Reed will roast a pig. Could they please do this every weekend?
National Harbor Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, National Harbor is hosting free rides on the Carousel and Capital Wheel rides, a parade and live music.
Sports and Sporting
Catch a Nationals Game
Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 8:08 p.m.
Women's Self Defence Training Seminar
Saturday, 1 p.m. in Columbia Heights
Professionals plan to give demonstrations and advice on staying safe in everyday situations. A portion of proceeds from the class ($15 plus ticket fees) go tot the D.C. Rape Crisis Center.
International Pillow Fight Day
Saturday, 3 p.m. on the National Mall
Bring your least-loved pillow to the corner of Independence Avenue and 14th Street SW for D.C.'s pillow fight! It's the event's tenth year.
Music, movies and art
Lorde, Blossom Bash, All Black Extravaganza, Petalpalooza
It's a major weekend for music in D.C.! Catch free local bands at Petalpalooza on The Wharf, Monica, BJ The Chicago Kid and The Chuck Brown Band at The Anthem's All Black Extravaganza, Third Eye Blind at The Anthem's Blossom Bash or mosh hard at the Damaged City Festival. Lorde is coming to town. She doesn't need a festival because she's more accomplished at age 21 than most people are at age 40.
Damaged City Festival
April 5 to 8, The Black Cat, All Souls Unitarian Church and Hole In The Sky
Radioactivity, Blazing Eye, Brown Sugar, Blood Pressure, Wildhoney, Firewalker, Nosebleed and Rashomon kick off the inaugural show of the festival at a 6:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $25. A late show follows at 11 p.m. Check out the full schedule of shows, which last all weekend, here.
Wes Anderson Retrospective
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, various times at the National Museum of American History
Transport to the awkwardly realistic and fantastical universe of Wes Anderson through this small-scale film festival. "Rushmore," "The Darjeeling Limited," The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Bottle Rocket" will all screen at the National Museum of American History this weekend. Tickets are $12.
Best of Bollywood at the AFI Silver Theatre
Saturday and Sunday in Silver Spring
The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is screening Bollywood classics"Bareilly Ki Barfi," "Newton" (a 2018 Oscar's selection), "Secret Superstar" and "Ittefaq" this weekend. Movies are in Hindi with English subtitles. The full schedule is here and you can buy tickets here.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" Immersive Exhibit Opens
Sunday at the National Air and Space Museum
You'll need a timed ticket to transport yourself into Stanley Kubrick's futuristic world. Check out our story about the exhibit here.
Teoja // Daebak Art Gallery with Julia Chon
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Maketto
Local teen artist Julia Chon is showing her art at restaurant and coffee shop Maketto.
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at The Renwick
Through January 2019, downtown
A slice of the fantastical and larger-than-life arts festival Burning Man has taken over the Renwick Gallery and even spilled out onto the surrounding streets. Expect a lot of buzz and selfie-takers, but between the virtual reality experience, the epic Grand Salon makeover and the larger-than-life displays, it'll be worth the inevitable lines and crowds.
Check out our first look here:
Cherry Blossoms Reach Peak Bloom
The cherry blossoms have finally arrived at the peak bloom stage, after weeks of unseasonably cold weather caused the National Park Service to push back their projected days twice.
Go see it ASAP — they’ll probably look gorgeous in Saturday morning’s expected snow, but who knows how they’ll look after.
National Cherry Blossom Festival's Petalpalooza
Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Bundle up and consider cozying up in one of The Wharf's restaurants or bars for this fireworks, music, art and cherry blossom celebration. The fireworks are set to be set off between Hains Point and The Anthem... so stake out your spot carefully. Check the Facebook event in case of weather issues.
Petal Paddle at The Wharf
April 1 to 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Wharf Boathouse
Get active while appreciating the blossoms at The Wharf. Single kayaks are $35 and double kayaks are $70.
$16 Cherry Blossom Cruise
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Catch this LivingSocial deal for a $16 blossom viewing cruise.
Parties, Eats and Drinks
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Woodridge
More than a dozen local brews and brewers will be on display at the DC Brewer's Guild festival. Tickets are $35 and organizers say they'll sell out. Each ticket gives you a tasting glass with unlimited pours of beer. Also, did we mention it's National Beer Day on Saturday? As if you needed another excuse.
Boozin' Through the 90s Bar Crawl
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Dupont Circle
Organizers promise a $40 ticket gets you admission to eight venues without a cover, drink and food specials, parties and a color changing cup. Prices go up on Saturday.
Silent Disco at Bardo Brewing
Saturday, 9 p.m. in Yards Park
2017 Vintage Rosé Wine Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Logan Circle
Rosé lovers unite! We know there's a lot of you in the District. Cork & Fork is hosting a celebration of pink wine. A $15 one-day ticket grants you tastings of several rosés.