Slather on your sunscreen and soak in some vitamin D on Friday and Saturday: Spring has tentatively sprung. We've got more than two dozen options for your weekend, including the end of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Rhode Island Avenue Porchfest and bobblehead day at Nats Park.
Enjoying your weekend cheaply? Here's our top free and cheap picks in D.C.:
National Cherry Blossom Festival Closes Out
This is it: the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival is comes to a close on Sunday. The cool weather has preserved the Cherry Blossom flowers, but the weekend warm up could bring the blooms to the end.
The Tidal Basin is the quintessential spot for blossom watching, but you can avoid the crowds at these spots:
Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, downtown
The parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW. You can buy a grandstand seating ticket starting at $20, or watch between 9th and 15th Streets for free.
"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" signer Silento, hip-hop group Arrested Development, "The Voice" contestants Billy Gilman and Sarah Potenza are set to make an appearance alongside giant balloons, marching bands and an extreme pogo stunt team.
The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown
Enjoy Japanese bites, music, dance and more at the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S. Anyone over 13 needs a $10 ticket to get in, which you can buy in advance. You'll find the festival on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW.
Anacostia River Festival
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the 11th Street Bridge Park
Close out the Cherry Blossom Festival by exploring the Anacostia via canoe, riding in a bike parade and playing lawn games. The festival is free.
Cherry Blossom Wine and Beer Festival
Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
One $50 ticket gets you admission to the festival, where organizers promise endless refills of wines, ciders and craft beers. There's live music, games and food trucks to enjoy, as well.
Emancipation Day Parade, Concert and Fireworks
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Freedom Plaza
Celebrating the day when 3,185 people who were enslaved in D.C. finally won their freedom, Emancipation Day 2018 will feature music, a parade and fireworks. The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. from 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW — and you can even sign up to walk with Mayor Muriel Bowser in the procession. Afterwards, Brandy, Angie Stone, Big Daddy Kane and other artists are set to perform. The day caps off with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
Rhode Island Avenue Porchfest
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Langdon/Brookland
Dozens of artists are slated to perform on porches and stoops along Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast. In addition to music, dancing and poetry, there's also chances to eat, drink and shop. A free shuttle is scheduled to bring guests from the Rhode Island Metro station.
Saturday through April 21, Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Journey to Baltimore for an amazing light displays throughout the harbor.
March for Science
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the National Mall
Hear from a number of scientists or attend a teach-in ahead of a rally and march.
White House Garden Tours
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tours of the White House gardens are free and open to the public, but even the smallest of guests will need a ticket. Visitors can get free tickets starting at 8:30 a.m. on each of the tour days at the National Park Service tent, near the intersection of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Race to End Poverty
Sunday, 7:30 a.m. registration, Silver Spring
The non-profit A Wider Circle is set to host a Race to End Poverty on Saturday. The organization's founder and executive director, Dr. Mark Bergel, shared details of the race and spoke with News4's Pat Lawson Muse how ending poverty is an achievable goal:
Capre Librum Pop-Up Bookstore
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Union Station
Every book costs $5 or under. Proceeds benefit the education non-profit Turning the Page. Sounds like a winner.
Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Georgetown
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Georgetown University
Organizers promise dancing, music and food in Georgetown University's Gaston Hall.
History Talks at the Hill Center at the Old Navy Hospital
Friday at 7 p.m. — African American Women: A History of Sexual Violence & Trauma
Saturday at 2 p.m. — Tragedy, Turbulence, Transition and Transformation: Remembering 1968 Washington, DC
Ahead of Emancipation Day, take a scholar-led tour through history at the Hill Center.
Sports and Sporting
Friday, 7:05 p.m. — Sean Doolittle Bobble head night
Saturday, 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — Jackie Robinson and Black Heritage Day
The Nationals face off against the Colorado Rockies at three home games this weekend.
Nats Park has some very interesting new drinks and bites to try:
Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Capital One Arena
The Capitals have made it to the playoffs! As of writing, $44 tickets are still available for Sunday's game. We'll keep you updated on the results of all games, too.
Music, Movies, Laughs and Art
DC Comedy Festival
Through Sunday, various venues
From Friday's free showcase to a host of solo shows, the DC Comedy Festival is bringing laughs to restaurants and bars across the city, including Ben's Chili Bowl (H Street location), Red Rocks, Bier Baron Tavern, Busboys and Poets (Mount Vernon location). Many shows cost $10 or $15. Several are free.
SHIFT Festival at the Kennedy Center
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Musicians from throughout the U.S. will travel to D.C. in a celebration of symphony orchestras. Tickets are $25 for each show.
The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose Guitar Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various times and locations in Takoma Park
Although festival passes are sold out, there are several free-to-the-public performances scheduled, all in celebration of American primitive guitar music. Here's the schedule.
Lil Rel Howery Comedy Show
Early and late shows on Friday and Saturday
The true hero of "Get Out" will grace Arlington with his comedic routine with 4 shows on Friday and Saturday.
Slow Art Day
Saturday, various times at Dumbarton Oaks, the Hirshhorn, National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Portrait Gallery
Take a deep breath, museum rushers, and spend time contemplating one work for longer on Slow Art Day. If you want a guide, a Hirshhorn Gallery Guide will lead 30-minute dives into different pieces of art. The National Portrait Gallery will help visitors enjoy the experience with music, art and writing activities.
Best of Bollywood at the AFI Silver Theatre
Saturday and Sunday in Silver Spring
"2001: A Space Odyssey" Immersive Exhibit
Through May 28 at the National Air and Space Museum
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:
Parties, Eats and Drinks
Jaleo's Gin and Tonic Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Bethesda and downtown locations
Free gin tastes? Yes please.
Kegs & Eggs
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Navy Yard
Enjoy a classic college breakfast — beer and eggs — made upscale at a rooftop farm. Tickets start at $55 and allow you unlimited beer/egg samples.
Crawfish for Cancer's 6th Annual DC Boil
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pinstripes Georgetown
Stuff your face for a good cause at this all-you-can-eat (and drink) crawfish celebration. Proceeds from tickets, which are $90 in advance or $100 at the door, benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.