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For Your Weekend: Springtime for Blossoms, Nerds, the Renwick

Here's the best and brightest for your weekend in and around D.C.: The Renwick has reopened with a mezmerizing exhibit, it might be nice enough to hang out on roofs, Awesome Con has begun and more.

Experience New Art, Installations

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:

Out of the Desert, Into DC: Renwick Opens Burning Man Exhibit

Our Creative City: Faces and Spaces
Meet the artist and reception Saturday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Exhibit open through April at The Line Hotel

Local artist Nancy Bratton's photographs are on display in the community center below The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan. Bratton will host a reception with jazz on Saturday, but you can see the exhibit Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Afterward, you can head upstairs to check out the The Line Hotel, which offers restaurants and a bar. We have a preview here:

First Look: New Adams Morgan Hotel Aims to Channel a Truly Local DC Vibe

National Museum of Women in the Arts Community Free Day
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. near Gallery Place

The first Sunday of every month, you can visit this museum for free. Exhibit "Women House" explores domesticity while an exhibit on Hung Liu's work connects you with China's past.

Cars at the Capitol: Ferris Bueller's Ferrari
Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 a.m.

This might be worth playing hooky for. The famed Ferrari from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" will be on display on the National Mall in the Cars at the Capitol series. Check out the cars and more about the series here:

Ferris Bueller's Ferrari, Other Famous Cars Going on Display on National Mall

Nerd Out

Awesome Con
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Convention Center

D.C.'s famed comic book convention has landed! Covering four floors at the Convention Center, you'll find more celebrities, food, comics, art and cosplayers than you could possibly absorb. Whether you're a tabletop gaming aficionado, Star Wars mega-fan, Pocket Mortys addict or want to see what Netflix and the CIA are up to, there's something for any fandom. Three day passes start at $80, but one-day tickets are available.

2018 Ujamaa Book Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel, Alexandria

Harambee Books & Artworks hosts more than 40 authors at this book festival which puts the spotlight on African-American literature. Huge highlight: You can catch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who wrote "Americanah" and other acclaimed books, one month before she's interviewed by Hillary Clinton. It's free and open to the public.

Cherry Blossom Festival Continues

Blossom Kite Festival
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Washington Monument on the National Mall

Bring your own, make or buy a kite to fly with dozens of others in one of the key Cherry Blossom Festival events.

Cherry Blossom Festival 2018: Your Essential Guide to Blooms, Parades and More

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.

Bonus: Think you know the cherry blossoms? Take our quiz to find out.

Toast to Good Weather

Rock and Roll Hotel's first Rooftop DJ Sesssions
Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Atlas District

This free dance party features DJs, happy hour until 9 p.m. and a rooftop (if you're over the age of 21). 

Spring Wine Fling
Through April 1, various locations

Pick one of two dozen restaurants offering a special wine deal: flights of three wines for $15 and five wines for $25. This weekend is your last chance to try the deal.

Wings & Whisky
Saturday, 3 p.m. at The Park at Fourteenth downtown

The Final Four games will be playing, but the headline is two hours of free wings and whiskey from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. You just need to RSVP in advance. There's not a better deal this side of the Atlantic. Or Pacific.

Celebrate Passover and Easter

Enjoy a chef-prepared Passover meal
Various times and locations

Reserve a table at Equinox (near Farragut Square) for a $55 per-person Passover Seder on Friday, or check out Centrolina, BLT Steak, Summer House Santa Monica, Mon Ami Gabi, Dino's GrottoJoe's Seafood Primesteak & Stone Crab or Kapnos Kouzina.

11th Annual PEEPshow
Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. at Carroll Arts Center, Westminster, Maryland

Sculptures, dioramas and more art inspired by the sweetest Easter candy will be on display in Westminster. Proceeds benefit the Carroll Arts Center.

Braehead Farm Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, 10 a.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fredericksburg, Virginia

Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at this kid-centered event.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Sunday, 8 p.m. live on NBC

John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper teamed up with NBC to bring the legendary musical to TV screens across America.

p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Follow landscape architect Ron Henderson&rsquo;s journey following the cherry blossom trail from southern to northern Japan. His sketches exhibit not only looks at the trees themselves, but how they&rsquo;re cared for. This exhibit &mdash; and all the others! &mdash; is free.</span></p>

<p><a href="https://www.thewatergatehotel.com/the-next-whisky-bar/dc-cherry-blossom-garden-globes"><strong>The Watergate Hotel&rsquo;s Cherry Blossom Domes</strong></a></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Saturday and Sunday in Foggy Bottom</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enjoy afternoon tea in one of the Cherry Blossom Domes (previous known as the Igloos). Rentals for two to eight people start at $100. They&rsquo;re also offering a </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/135945050556034/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">flower crown making class</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (times vary).</span></p>
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<p><strong>Bring the Craic on Saint Patrick&rsquo;s Day</strong></p>
<p><a href="https://shamrockfest.com/lineup"><strong>National Shamrock Fest</strong> </a></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Saturday (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at RFK Stadium</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sum 41, Shaggy and Less Than Jake headline this one day festival of beer, music and of course, Irishness.</span></p>
<p><a href="http://www.ballyshaners.org/parade/"><strong>Alexandria St. Patrick's Day Parade</strong></a></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Saturday (11:30 a.m.) in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Looking for some chill, Irish-themed fun? Alexandria&rsquo;s St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m. from King Street and St. Asaph Street. The fun continues afterwards with a car show. Go early for the Fun Dog Show.</span></p>
<p><a href="http://lindypromo.com/washington-dc/barcrawl_dc-st-patricks-day-bar-crawl-in-washington-dc-3-17"><strong>St. Patrick's Day Irish Stroll Bar Crawl</strong> </a></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Saturday (1 p.m.) in Dupont Circle, Northwest Washington DC</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a href="http://lindypromo.com/washington-dc/barcrawl_dc-st-patricks-day-bar-crawl-in-washington-dc-3-17"><span style="font-weight: 400;">bar crawl entry ticket</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> will get you cover-free entry to 10 participating bars, including Decades, Dirty Bar, Living Room and Barcode. Drink specials include $3 beers, $4 specialty beers and $5 mixed drinks. Tickets cost $20, but </span><a href="http://lindypromo.com/washington-dc/parties_washington-dc-st-patricks-happy-hour"><span style="font-weight: 400;">combo tickets to the Friday night party and Saturday bar crawl cost $15.</span></a></p>
<p><a href="https://tickets.theshamrockcrawl.com/event/washington-dc"><strong>The Shamrock Crawl</strong></a></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Saturday (2 p.m.) Dupont Circle, Northwest Washington D.C.</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Participants have access to more than 16 bars, including Public Bar, Eden, Kabin and Heist. </span><a href="https://tickets.theshamrockcrawl.com/event/washington-dc"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anyone with a ticket</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> gets a refillable shamrock mug, party favors, $2 beers, $4 shamrock shots and $5 Irish Car Bombs. $35 in advance; $40 day of.</span></p>
<p><a href="https://dupontunderground.ticketfly.com/listing"><strong>Sights &amp; Sounds: Ireland Today</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span></a><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and Sunday (4 p.m.) in Dupont Circle</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dupont Underground is hosting artist Solas Nua to discuss her project exploring video art in Ireland. </span><strong>Friday</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Nua will discuss her work ($10). On </span><strong>Saturday</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, you can stop in and enjoy the exhibit. From 10 a.m. to noon, the exhibit is free and offers activities geared towards kids. After noon, it costs $15. On </span><strong>Sunday</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, you can catch short films at the Irish Short Film festival ($8).</span></p>
<p><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/the-scene/St-Patricks-Day-Washington-DC-Maryland-Virginia-Bar-Crawl-Parade-Specials-476983663.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">We have a roundup of the best brunch specials and drink deals right here.</span></a></p>
<p><strong>Rage&hellip; against injustice, with music or by smashing a printer</strong></p>
<p><a href="http://www.thearcdc.org/events/breathe-musical-0"><strong>Breathe: The Musical</strong></a></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Friday, Saturday and Sunday (8 p.m.) at THEARC (1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, D.C.)</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Howard University alum Cleavon Meabon IV wrote and directed this play, which follows a family of sharecroppers in the early 20th century as they struggle under Jim Crow injustice, KKK attacks and police brutality. </span></p>
<p><a href="https://rageroommd.com/"><strong>Rage Room of Maryland</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span></a><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Friday (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) in Glen Burnie, Maryland</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Grab your friends and vent some frustrations! Full-service packages start at $25. You can BYOB (bring your own breakables) starting at $10.</span></p>
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<p><a href="https://www.unionstage.com/event/1648411-r-bumppp-free-dance-party-washington/"><strong>R&amp;BUMPPP! Dance Party</strong></a></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Saturday (10:30 p.m.) at The Wharf)</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Union Stage hosts an R&amp;B night featuring The Good Guys. No covers, just dancing.</span></p>
<p><a href="https://www.930.com/#upcoming-shows-container"><strong>The Floozies at 9:30 Club</strong></a><strong>; G-Eazy; Judas Priest; Justin Timberlake</strong></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">All weekend, various locations</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even if fiddles aren&rsquo;t your thing, there&rsquo;s a lot of music to be heard this weekend:</span></p>
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<p><strong>Celebrate makers and creators</strong></p>
<p><a href="http://invention.si.edu/about/events/innovative-lives-how-women-shaped-alcohol-industry"><strong>Innovative Lives: How Women Shaped the Alcohol Industry</strong></a></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Friday (6:30 p.m.)</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enjoy craft beer and custom cocktail tastings while learning about the history of booze from four women whose life work is to brew and distill. Tickets are $40 and include appetizers and drinks.</span></p>
<p><a href="https://africa.si.edu/events/"><strong>The &ldquo;Real Life&rdquo; Warriors of Wakanda Tour</strong></a></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (3 p.m.) Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on the National Mall</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Discover the true inspiration behind the afrofuturist world of Wakanda by exploring historic African art. This awesome, free tour fills up fast, so RSVP soon.</span></p>
<p><a href="http://nova.makerfaire.com/about/"><strong>NoVa Maker Faire</strong></a></p>
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) George Mason University campus, Fairfax, Virginia</span></em></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether you&rsquo;re interesting in older crafts like spinning yarn and woodworking, or are looking ahead to robotics and auto hacking, the Maker Faire promises something for you. This all-ages event costs $15 for an adult, $5 for kids or $36 for a family of five.</span></p>
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