Between Emancipation Day and Petalpalooza fireworks, a PEEPS show and egg hunts, there’s no excuse for boredom this weekend in the D.C. area.
On Saturday, Petalpalooza will take over five zones of D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront for a cherry blossom-filled party. You’ll find interactive art installations, stages with live entertainment, yard games, boat tours of the Anacostia River and so much more. It all ends with fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Here’s the full schedule and list of locations.
Over on Freedom Plaza, D.C. will be celebrating Emancipation Day. The holiday honors the Emancipation Act of 1862, which freed 3,100 people from slavery. The city will host a parade at 2 p.m., a concert at 3 p.m. and fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
About a half-mile away at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, you can visit a new public exhibit.
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Invisible Words hopes to build empathy and compassion for people experiencing homelessness. Artist Wendy Abrams curated more than fifty signs she purchased from unhoused people. It’s open through June 30.
In Prince George’s County, the town of Cheverly is set to host an Easter egg hunt Saturday at 11 a.m. Kids can join outside Town Hall along Forest Road. Everyone’s a winner: There will be a bag of goodies for all. Here’s more information.
Or ditch the kids and have an egg hunt just for adults Saturday. Henway Hard Cider in Bluemont, Virginia, is hosting its annual adult egg hunt. It’s 21 and up. There will be plenty of plastic eggs to find, candy and beverages to enjoy responsibly. There are three time slots available, and tickets cost $29. Here’s more information.
The most fun things to do and places to be in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
On Sunday, the Takoma Park Farmers Market kicks off its 39th season.
Historic Occoquan has their PEEP Week. Businesses are displaying marshmallow candy PEEPs in fun displays. There’s a voting component and prizes — cast your vote and enter to win a PEEP basket of goodies.
If you’re in Occoquan, it’s a short drive to the Workhouse Arts Center. Catch live musical performances on Friday and Saturday or some of their art and history exhibits.
More things to do in the D.C. area
- The National Zoo will host its Pandaversary Party all weekend — celebrating 50 years of pandas in D.C.
- The Michelin Guide is spilling some of its new restaurant picks before the release of the full guide.
- Check out TransPerfect DC's Victory Lap 5K on Saturday.
- Starting April 15, the National Building Museum will be transporting visitors from D.C. to Paris with its inaugural interactive technology exhibition. Here's a preview.
- The Afro-Atlantic Histories Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art looks at the cultural contributions and complex history of Black and African people around the world since the 17th century.
- Did you know you can rent a lockhouse along the C&O canal for an affordable, rustic getaway?
- If you're near Navy Yard for Petalpalooza, here's our guide to home-run eats and drinks.
- Burnside Farms in Nokesville, Virginia has its annual Festival of Spring, where you can stroll through fields overflowing with tulips, pick your own flowers or capture a few selfies. Details here.
- The U.S. Botanic Garden has reopened.
- The wildly popular work of artist Yayoi Kusama is back at D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum. Get a sneak peek.