SPRING IS HERE! Springtime is definitely the season where DC shines the most. Cherry blossoms, festivals, and warm tolerable weather before the summer heat waves hit allow DC residents to enjoy their city to the fullest. So with that being said here are 10 things to I recommend you do this spring in DC.
1. Cherry Blossoms!
I could not make a list about spring in DC without mentioning the cherry blossoms. Outside of the inauguration, the Cherry Blossom Festival is arguably the biggest event DC has. However, you do not have to brave the crowds of the Tidal Basin to see them. The National Arboretum is a great alternative option and you don’t even have to get out of your car! There is also the option to see the cherry blossoms by boat on a Potomac River cruise. Personally, I think the best way to see them is by taking a stroll through your favorite DC neighborhood. Seriously, they’re everywhere. BUT if you are dead set on going to the Tidal Basin for the Cherry Blossom Festival here is the info.
DC might not have New York’s skyscrapers but our rooftop bars still provide a great view of the city. POV, Brixton, and Roofer’s Union are among some of the best DC has to offer.
3.Washington Nationals game
Baseball and spring are synonymous. The people here in DC love their Nationals (I’m a Yankee fan). Nationals opening day is April 7, but you have all season to catch a game. You can get tickets as cheap at $10 if you buy them the day of at the box office. Combine this with $1 hot dog nights and you can experience a day at the ball park for less than $25 (I factored in the $9 beer because you know you’re getting one). If you feel like splurging and want to arrive to the game in style take the baseball boat to the stadium.
4. Margarita March
Saturday April 29 & Sunday April 30
We love a good bar crawl here in DC, and Margarita March is one you don’t want to miss. For $55, you and your friends can visit eight bars in DuPont Circle and U Street and receive one specialty margarita per bar. In addition to the margaritas venues will have food specials and live music. Most importantly, a portion of all proceeds from this event go to charity. Nice!
Pro-tip: Living Social usually has a deal about a month out before the event for half off tickets. Instead of $65 per ticket you could pay $25. Keep an eye out for this deal!
20 Food trucks, drinks, live music, and lawn games make up this monthly festival. Once a month from April to October you can come down to Half Street Park outside of Nats stadium and have your fill from mac and cheese, lobster rolls, and Korean bbq (fyi, there’s always a line for this truck).
Pro-tip: Bring cash. Most of the trucks accept credit cards but you never know.
6. Farmers Markets
Fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, and coffee that could put Starbucks out of business can all be found at any of the areas farmers markets. My personal favorite is the Old Town Farmers Market in Alexandria.
7. Spend the Day in Alexandria
Speaking of Alexandria, have you been? Recently voted “Best Downtown” by Livability.com, Alexandria is known for its 18th and 19th century history, growing boutique scene, and restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world. If you are looking to experience more of what the DMV has to offer, take the metro (blue and yellow line) to King Street, hop on the FREE King Street trolley, and explore DC’s oldest neighborhood.
Pro-tip: If you are a history buff, be sure to get a Key to the City pass for $10 for access to the city’s 9 museums.
8. Visit the monuments at night
I know it is kind of touristy but this is the best time to see them. No crowds!
Springtime is the beginning of festival season in DC. It seems like there is a different festival every weekend, and I am not complaining! Some festivals are free but others require purchased tickets. Again, look on Groupon, Living Social, and the Capitol Deal to get tickets half off.
My festival picks:
Broccoli City Festival May 6
National Harbor Wine and Food Festival April 30
10. Day trip to Baltimore
Sometimes a change of scenery is necessary. Baltimore is just an hour away and has a lot of great things to experience besides the harbor. Visit Fort McHenry and learn how Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the Star Spangled Banner, stroll the cobblestone streets of Fells Point and check out the bar scene, and of course visit the National Aquarium. DC is great, but there is nothing like Charm City.
How are you spending spring in DC? Share in the comments below!