Outdoor festivals, celebrations and garden tours are back

Japanese Sakura Matsuri Festival. Photograph by S Pakhrin/Flickr.

A variety of outdoor festivals and celebrations are back in April, many after a pandemic break. Meet the Easter Bunny, treat yourself to a little shopping, listen to live music and more.

Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival

Enjoy sake tasting, a beer garden, more than 20 Japanese vendors, and a cosplay contest at the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States. Organized by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival will take place on April 9 and 10 downtown on Pennsylvania Avenue.

When? April 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How? ‘Or’ What? Tickets at $10 for one day (early bird) or $15 for two days (early bird).

White House Spring Garden Tours

The White House Gardens and South Grounds will be open to the public again for the year Spring Garden Tours, which was canceled last year. The National Park Service will distribute timed tickets under a tent near the Ellipse Visitors Pavilion. Note that tickets are free, but are compulsory for adults and children.

When? April 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How? ‘Or’ What? Free timed tickets will be distributed (one ticket per person), on a first-come, first-served basis from 8:30 a.m.

Anacostia River Festival

Be groovy at the eighth edition Anacostia River Festival. with live music and celebrations at 11th Street Bridge Park. Sadly, all morning canoeing and fishing activities have been sold out, but chilling out at a riverside festival sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

When? April 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How? ‘Or’ What? The event is free, all you need to do is show up.

Spring Celebration and Imperial Rolls in Walter Reed Parks

Meet the Easter Bunny, taste fresh donuts, take part in relay games, practice yoga and hunt Easter eggs at this block party. Neighbors and community members are encouraged to bring picnic baskets for an afternoon of fun at Walter Reed Parks Great Lawn.

When? April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

How? ‘Or’ What? The event is free, but organizers are asking anyone interested to RSVP so they have enough supplies.

Georgetown French Market

The 19th outdoor edition Georgetown French Market returns this year, with sidewalk sales by more than 25 locally owned shops, cafes and galleries along Wisconsin Avenue, NW. In addition to shopping, enjoy cartoon paintings, live music, an ephemera sale, stilt walkers and balloon artists.

When? April 29 and May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How? ‘Or’ What? Free and open to the public, just show up.

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day and an event blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, while moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.

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